The Junior Indaba, for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining, is brought to you by Resources 4 Africa, the organisers of the Joburg Indaba.

2020 Speakers Include:

Honourable Minister Gwede

Honourable Minister Gwede Mantashe (MP), Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

Dr Abdulrazaq

Dr Abdulrazaq Garba, Director General, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency


Helen Pein, Director, PanEx Resources


Charles Siwawa, Chief Executive Officer, Botswana Chamber of Mines



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Resources 4 Africa is pleased to announce the 6th edition of the annual Junior Indaba, taking place on 3rd & 4th November.  Due to the ongoing uncertainties over the current pandemic, this year’s event will be held as an online discussion.

The Junior Indaba, known for its straight-talking and frank discussions, will take a critical view of both the state of play in South Africa and the exploration and junior mining ‘hot spots’ in the rest of Africa. The impact of Covid-19 on the junior mining sector will be a key focus, and local and international experts will give their views on how the pandemic has impacted the industry as well as the latest political, economic and regulatory developments and what the future holds for junior mining and exploration projects.

Panel discussions will focus on themes such as:  which commodities are “hot” this year; the demand and future role of coal in the African energy markets; the impact of 4IR and the transition to a low-carbon economy on junior miners; and how local and international investors view the risks and challenges of junior mining.

Crucial questions will be debated, including:

  • What is happening across Africa? Where is exploration taking place and investment flowing? 
  • Do we have clarity, consistency and stability in South African mining policy and legislation to attract investment?
  • What is the potential of junior mining in terms of economic activity, GDP contribution and job creation?
  • What are the most appropriate funding vehicles for juniors? What new financing options are available?
  • What does the transition to a low-carbon economy mean for junior mining?
  • What does the ‘just transition’ away from coal mean for African junior coal miners?

Popular features of the programme will include: Project Showcase sessions (featuring junior miners from across Africa); Myth Busters, Lessons from the Legends and Peter Major’s Facts and Fiction!

Keep checking our website to see the latest additions to our speaker line up here.

Chaired by Bernard Swanepoel, confirmed speakers include:

Honourable Minister Gwede Mantashe (MP), Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame,
Director, ENSafrica
Luis Almeida,
Chief Executive Officer, Sodim Group
Bontle Aphane, Chief Executive Officer, Arnot Opco
George Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Rare Earths
Sean Browne, Executive Director,  Acrux Resources
James Campbell, Managing Director, Botswana Diamonds
Steven Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, Caledonia Mining
Morné du Plessis, Chief Executive Officer, Minergy
Sandra du Toit, Partner & Lead M&A Advisory, Africa, EY
Rosemary Falcon, Retired SARChI Chair of Clean Coal Technology Research Group, Wits University; Director, Fossil Fuel Foundation
Pierre Fourie, Head: Strategy and Planning, Namakwa Diamonds
Abdulrazaq Garba, Director General, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency
Tim George, Chief Executive Officer, Pensana Metals
Mark Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer, Nupen Staude de Vries Inc
Alistair Hodgkinson, Executive Vice President Projects, DRA Global 
Sam Hosack, Managing Director, Prospect Resources
R. Michael Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Platinum Group Metals
Boris Kamstra, Director, Pangea
Roger Key, Head of Exploration, Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration Company
Derryn Maade, Global Head of Bulk Commodities, Wood Mackenzie
Mosa Mabuza,
Chief Executive Officer, Council for Geoscience
Peter Major, Director: Mining Mergence Corporate Solutions
Billy Mawasha, CEO, Kolobe Nala Investment Company
Paul Miller, Director, AmaranthCX
Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Chairperson, Menar
Fortune Mojapelo, Chief Executive Officer, Bushveld Minerals
Adv. Thabo Mokoena, Director General, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy of South Africa
Bert Monro, Chief Executive Officer, Cora Gold
Mametja Moshe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Moshe Capital
Mitford Mundell, Chief Executive Officer, Africa, Theta Gold Mines
Simone Naicker, Process Engineer in training, Exxaro Resources
Deshnee Naidoo, Former Chief Executive Officer,  Vedanta Zinc International and CMT
Jan Nelson, CEO and Founder, Nature Metal Environment Company (NME)
Lili Nupen, Director, Nupen Staude de Vries
Helen Pein, Director,  PanEx Resources
Mashale Phumaphi, Managing Director, Shumba Energy
Andries Rossouw, Partner, PwC South Africa
Jim Rutherford, Non-Executive Director, Anglo American
Muhammad Saloojee, Director, Tax Lexicon
Lars Schernikau, Energy Economist and Entrepreneur, HMS Bergbau Group
Charles Siwawa, Chief Executive Officer, Botswana Chamber of Mines
Errol Smart, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Orion Minerals
John Smelt, Former Head of IR, Rio Tinto, London
Madelein Todd, Chief Marketing Officer, Manganese Metal Company
Piet Viljoen, Chairman, Regarding Capital Management (RECM) 
Nick von Schirnding, Chairman & CEO, Arc Minerals
John Ward, Mineral Resources Manager, Namakwa Diamonds
Louis Watum, President of the Chamber of Mines, DRC; Managing Director, Kipushi Corporation SA
William Witham, Chief Executive Officer, Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group
Charles Young, Head of Mining, Partner: Corporate/M&A Bowmans
Simon Morris, Vice President, Global Head of Metals Research, Wood Mackenzie
Derryn Maade, Vice President, Global Head of Bulks Research, Wood Mackenzie


Registration is open so be sure to book now!

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2020 and to expanding our footprint globally and welcoming new participants from around the world interested in junior mining and exploration in Africa.

Participate in the conversation and view live stream sessions from anywhere in the world:

  • Meet and interact with speakers, sponsors and fellow participants from around the world
  • Join in live polls and Q&A and receive results and answers in real time
  • Receive recordings of all discussions to watch at your leisure in any time zone

Our excellent virtual conference platform will also offer significant branding opportunities for our speakers, partners and sponsors. For more information, please email Stuart Alderson-Smith,


We look forward to seeing you online in November.

“By the industry for the industry”



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Strategic thinking and interactive conversation about the junior mining sector in Africa, with the intention of aiding the advancement and development of this sector.

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Junior mining executives and investors from South Africa and the rest of Africa including the developing mining economies of Botswana, the DRC, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania...


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