Speakers

Jacques Badenhorst, Chief Executive Officer, Maatla Resources

Jacques Badenhorst is a metallurgist with over 25 years’ experience in operations and project development, managing diverse mining projects ranging from coal, gold, manganese, titanium to diamond. He is a co-founder of Maatla Energy / Resources and responsible for strategy and implementation of the coal and energy business facets of Maatla Energy as CEO. He has been the Managing Director of ASX listed Zamanco Minerals Limited and co-founder of Mineral Processing company MRD. He is a member of the South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy, Mine Metallurgical Managers Association and Institute of Directors SA. In the past, Jacques has worked for Grinaker / LTA Process Engineering and Anglo American Corporation, implementing and operating various medium and large scale mineral projects.


Mathews Bagopi, General Manager, Acting, Morupule Coal Mine

Matthews Bagopi joined Morupule Coal Mine in December 2007 as a Plant Manager.  In 2011, Matthews was appointed to the position of Business Development Manager. Earlier in 2021 Matthews was appointed Acting General Manager of Morupule Coal Mine, a position he still occupies. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Minerals Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines in England. He is responsible for business development and sales and marketing.


Roger Baxter, Chief Executive, Minerals Council South Africa

Mr Baxter was appointed CEO of the Minerals Council in 2015. He has 28 years of high-level advocacy and strategy experience in the business and mining sectors. He was involved in the first mineral policy discussions with the ANC in 1992 and has participated (and often led) discussions on all aspects of mining, economic, investment, transformation and tax policy with government.  He previously chaired BUSA’s Econpol and Growth Task Team. He has played a key leadership role in rejuvenating the brand of the Minerals Council and brings material leadership, governance, strategy, investment and transformation skills to the table. He is a member of the Minerals Council Board, the BUSA Board, the TEBA Trust Board and he chairs the World Platinum Investment Council. He is vice-Chairman of the international Associations Working Group and vice-Chairman of the Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa (MIASA). He was recently awarded the SAIMM Brigadier Stokes platinum medal for his contribution to the South African mining sector.


Steve Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, Caledonia Mining

Steven Curtis is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years of experience and has held a number of senior financial positions in the manufacturing industry. Before joining Caledonia in April 2006, he was Director Finance and Supply Chain for Avery Dennison SA and, prior to this, Financial Director and then Managing Director of Jackstadt GmbH South African operation. Steven is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and graduated from the University of Cape Town. Steven was appointed Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer in April 2006 and served in the position until December 2014 when he was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer.


Caroline Donally, Managing Partner, Sprott Private Resource Streaming and Royalty

Caroline Donally is a Managing Partner at Sprott Private Resource Streaming and Royalty, where she is responsible for all aspects of the business.  She has over 25 years of experience and has worked in numerous countries, including across Africa, North and South America in a variety of commodities covering precious metals, base metals, bulks and specialty metals.  She has served on various boards and audit committees of international companies involved in exploration, construction and operations.   Before joining Sprott, she was a Managing Director at Denham Capital and responsible for North and South America and Africa, which included Denham's successful investment into JDS Silver which Coeur Mining acquired for $250m. Before Denham, Caroline was a project and corporate finance banker with Rand Merchant Bank and Investec Limited (South Africa) where she was involved in numerous structured cross-border financings and investments. She is a Chartered Accountant and has twice been named as one of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining”.

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Morne du Plessis, Chief Financial Officer, Minergy Coal (Botswana)

Morne is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA from Heriott Watt University Edinburgh, Scotland. He has extensive experience in the mining industry, having been Chief Financial Officer of several groups including contract mining and beneficiation service provider Genet SA, junior coal miner Umcebo Mining Group and Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed junior coal miner Wescoal Holdings limited. Morne was appointed to the Board of Directors of Minergy in January 2017 and as its Chief Financial Officer in February 2017. He has solid experience in the workings of listed companies in South Africa and in Botswana as well as expertise spanning coal mining, trading and the various financial aspects thereof. 


Sandra du Toit, Head of M&A, Africa, EY

Sandra started her career as an academic, lecturing company and tax law at the University of the Free State, before joining Johannesburg Law Firm Brink Cohen le Roux & Roodt. It was here that she became involved in the South African mining industry, working first on the labour side of the business, before moving on to the corporate and commercial end of practice. Sandra has been with Standard Bank for just over ten years and focuses exclusively on African corporate finance transactions in mining and metals.


Nolitha Fakude, Chairperson, Management Board, Anglo American in South Africa & President, Minerals Council South Africa

Nolitha Fakude serves as the Chairman of Anglo American’s Management Board: South Africa as well as a Group Director of Anglo American plc and President of the Minerals Council South Africa. Nolitha served as a non-executive director of the Board of Anglo American plc from April 2017 to August 2019. Fakude has worked in and held senior positions in various industries and sectors including Retail, Management Consulting, Financial Services, Mining and Oil and Gas. Until 2016, Nolitha served as an Executive Director at Sasol Limited as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability. Nolitha was elected as the first woman President of the Black Management Forum (2003-2006) and its Managing Director and she now serves as the Chairperson of the Council of Elders. Nolitha is the Vice President of the Minerals Council, Non-Executive Director of JSE Limited, Discovery Bank Holdings and International Woman’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA). She is a Patron of Guild Cottage home for girls. Her previous board roles include serving as Deputy Chair and Lead Independent Director of Datacentrix Holdings Limited, and as a non-executive director of Harmony Gold and Woolworths Holdings among others. Nolitha’s honorary accolated include the 2004 Most Influential Businesswoman by Financial Mail, Impala Platinum Young Entrepreneur Award and the National Honor by the Golden Key Society and University of Johannesburg. Nolitha is an author of a book titled, “Boardroom Dancing”, published in 2019.She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Fort Hare and completed the Senior Executive Programme at Harvard Business School in the United States.


Johan Ferreira, Chief Executive Officer, Khoemacau Copper Mining and Cupric Group

Johan Ferreira has 35 years of experience in the mining industry. His experience includes strategic executive leadership roles together with a managerial execution track record of  global/international assignments. Over and above his leadership and rigorous operational experience, his areas of expertise include: mine design, project management, the turning around of businesses/ operations and commissioning of mining projects. Johan started his mining career in 1986 with Anglo American as a Learner Official and progressed to the level of Senior Vice President Operations - South Africa Region, which later operated as AngloGold Ashanti. Prior to joining Khoemacau, Johan was the Regional Senior Vice President - Africa Region for Newmont, based in Ghana. During his four-year tenure with Newmont, he had many successes. Apart from dealing with complex internal and external stakeholder relationships, infrastructure challenges and new project development, Ghana was one of Newmont’s top performing operating divisions under Johan’s leadership. In addition to his career, he also led the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa as President as well as the President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and served as Director on various Boards. Johan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Pretoria and is a qualified and registered Professional Engineer. Johan assumed the role as CEO of the Cupric group, which owns and operates Khoemacau, in October 2018.


Tim George, Chief Executive Officer, Pensana Plc.

Tim leverages over 30 years of experience in the mining and engineering sectors, with a broad range of experience in mining, construction, engineering and infrastructure project development throughout sub‐Saharan Africa. He holds an Honours degree in Minerals Engineering from Leeds University and spent over a decade in production management at several Anglo-American operations in Africa followed by directorships of several listed junior exploration entities. He has been involved in the plant design and feasibility studies of various base and precious metal projects of which the Pensana rare earths project in Angola is the latest.

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Clare Hanna, Senior Analyst, CRU Group

Clare Hanna joined CRU in August 2019 and currently works as a Senior Analyst covering Manganese Ore and Ferroalloys and is Editor of the Bulk Ferroalloys Monitor. Clare has over 30 years’ experience in the steel industry with British Steel, Tata Steel and Corus in a range of strategy, sales, marketing and procurement roles. Recent responsibilities include business development for wire rod and, prior to that, lead buyer ferroalloys for Tata Steel Group. Clare holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and BA Honours degree in Economics from Leeds University.

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R. Michael Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Platinum Group Metals

R. Michael Jones brings over 25 years of experience as a professional geological engineer and has been involved with the raising of over $1 billion for exploration, mining development and production. In addition to co-founding Platinum Group Metals Ltd., Michael was a founder of Glimmer Resources Inc. and was responsible for the discovery of the Glimmer Gold mine, now Blackfox, in Ontario. During a six-year tenure as President of Cathedral Gold Corp., Mr. Jones ran a producing gold mining company and was involved in the review of a feasibility study and financing for the $1 billion Diavik Mine project during two years as Vice President with Aber Resources. Michael was a co-founder and director of West Timmins Mining that was purchased by producing company Lake Shore Gold Corp. in 2009 and was a co-founder and former director until 2012 of MAG Silver Corp. He is a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of West Kirkland Mining Inc. and a director of Nextraction Energy Corp. Michael served on the Securities Policy Advisory Committee of the British Columbia Securities Commission for six years and holds a B.A.Sc. in geological engineering from the University of Toronto.


Boris Kamstra, Director, Pangea

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela’s quote is an axiom that defines Boris’ career. That latest achievement has been the successful birth of Alphamin’s Bisie tin project. Boris is an accomplished senior business and investment executive. He has a passion for Africa and the varied opportunities it holds. His ability to identify potential, unlock opportunity and celebrate talent diversity adds significant value in the growing and competitive African business and mining environment. Boris graduated with an MBA from WITS Business School, University of Witwatersrand and a BSc (Civil Engineering) (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town - both times named on the Dean’s merit list. Boris is a Registered Professional Engineer with the SA Engineering Council and is a member of the SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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Luke Knight, Director, AMED Funds

Luke commenced his career in the mining sector in 1997 working as a Manager for New Projects with the Olympus Mining Group and Miranda Minerals Ltd. His activities saw him supervise mineral exploration projects in various countries in Africa and South America. Luke, was a founding member of Platmin Ltd and the COO of its South African operating subsidiary. His responsibilities included the acquisition of mineral rights, liaison with government regulatory bodies, environmental management, human resources, accounting, payroll and all other tasks involved with the day to day operations of the company and its administration.

Luke joined AMED Funds as a Director responsible for portfolio monitoring. Luke brings a wealth of experience in the management of exploration and development projects in Africa.

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Naseem Lahri, Managing Director, Lucara Botswana

Ms. Lahri is an accomplished Professional Accountant with a Masters in Strategic Management (BCOM, FCCA), with more than 17 years' experience in the mining industry, including 10 years within Corporate Finance at Debswana at the senior management level. She has also served as a board member in the Debswana Pension Fund, Botswana Accountancy College, and Pula Medical Aid. She currently serves as a director on the board of First National Bank declared the leading bank in Botswana. Ms. Lahri has served as Boteti's CFO and Director since March 2013, responsible for Finance, Administration, and Security. In May 2018 she was promoted to Managing Director, being the first woman and the first Motswana woman to serve in this capacity for a diamond mining company in Botswana. 

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Segun Lawson, Chief Executive Officer, Thor Explorations

Segun has been the CEO of Thor since August 2011. He has identified and lead all of Thor’s acquisitions and financings and Thor’s JV with Acacia Mining.

He is a Co- founder of African Star Resources Incorporated where he served as an officer assisting with financing, corporate and business development activities. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College (UK) with Honours in Geology, and has an MBA from Cass Business School. Mr Lawson had extensive transaction experience at Noble Company, in the Oil and Gas corporate finance areas, and also experience at Premier Oil in identifying and negotiating new West African opportunities.

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Peter Ledwidge, Managing Director, Mako Gold

Peter Ledwidge, Managing Director and founder of Mako Gold, is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in exploration and mining. His career has focused primarily on gold in Canada, Africa and Australia.

Prior to founding Mako Gold, Peter was a senior manager with ASX-listed Orbis Gold whereby he secured all of Orbis’ permits in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire. Peter played a critical role in the discovery of the Nabanga gold deposit and thereafter contributed geological ideas towards the discovery of the Boungou mine, currently being mined by Endeavour Mining Corporation. Peter is fluently bilingual in French, the working language of the majority of West Africa, and has established and maintained good professional contacts in West Africa.

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Mosa Mabuza, Chief Executive Officer, Council for Geoscience

Mosa Mabuza qualified as geologist with a BSc (Hons) and with a PDA in Business. He has extensive exploration experience in multiple regional jurisdictions that span SADC, West Africa and Canada, amongst others. He assumed his official duties in 2006 as Director of Mineral Economics in the erstwhile Department of Minerals and Energy and later became Deputy Director-General of the Mineral Policy (and Investment Promotion) in 2012. During his tenure as an official, he was assigned with the duties of leading the preliminary strategy for sustainable development and meaningful transformation of South Africa’s mining industry with emphasis on competitive growth and transformation as symbolistic reinforcing concepts, the development of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill and the assessment of the progress impact on the implementation of the Mining Charter in 2009 and 2015, which respectively based the evidence value proposition for the amendments of the 2010 and 2017 Mining Charter. Mr Mabuza represented the Department of Mineral Resources on the boards of number of science councils and State-Owned Entities, including, albeit not limited to, the Council for Geoscience, Mintek and the South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator. In November 2016, Mr Mabuza was deployed to the Council for Geoscience and now serves as CEO (since July 2017). He is currently working with his colleagues to champion the refocused geo-scientific programme that seeks to optimise the development impact, aligned with the national developmental priorities.


Peter Major, Director: Mining, Mergence Corporate Solutions

Peter Major was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on 16 May 1955. His family moved to Kellogg, Idaho, the 'silver mining capital of the world' in 1961, where Peter grew up and worked through 1981. Peter graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa in Jan 1982 to work for Harmony Gold Mine. He completed his South African Mine Manager's Certificate, an MBA from UCT and thereafter worked as a consultant and as Marketing & Training Manager for Eimco Mining Machinery SA. Peter began his investment career with Allan Gray in 1989 as a gold mine analyst. He then spent 10 years as mining analyst & fund manager at Nedcor Investment Bank where he won 2 Raging Bull Awards, 1 ‘runner up, and was South Africa’s Top Fund Manager 2 other years. In 2001 as CIO he set up HBD Asset Management with Mark Shuttleworth, with assets of $530m growing to $1.5bn by 2005. In 2006 Peter joined Mergence where he is Director: Mining, focusing on Private Equity, Capital Raising and M & A activity in the Mining & Resources sector.


Otsile Matlou, Chief Operating Officer, ENSafrica

Otsile Matlou is ENSafrica’s Chief Operating Officer. As COO, he ensures the seamless delivery of effective solutions for clients across the continent. His expertise covers the circle of mining – from exploration, mining and beneficiation to downscaling and closure. His experience ranges from start-up exploration projects to well-established mining projects and he acts for a wide range of mining companies in all mineral commodity sectors, including the base and precious metals, coal, rare earths, sand and diamonds sectors. Otsile’s expertise includes advising on mining aspects of equity and asset acquisitions, disposals and corporate restructuring and black economic empowerment transactions, as well as on distressed mining assets and on royalties in the mining sector. His experience further includes all aspects of regulatory work in the mining and petroleum (upstream) industries, for listed and unlisted senior, mid-tier and junior companies, as well as for financial institutions with regards to resource-finance projects.

He is also recognised as a leading lawyer by:

  • IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide (including Energy and Infrastructure) 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 – Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded; 2020, 2019 – Project Development (South Africa)
  • Chambers Global Guide 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (South Africa)
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2021, 2018, 2017 – Regional Summary (Africa); 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015 – Mining – Recommended/Key Lawyer (South Africa)
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Anton Mauve, Chief Executive Officer, Consolidated Nickel Mines

Anton Mauve took over as Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Nickel Mines plc. in 2019. He has been leading the company out of near-insolvency and has achieved a 400% improvement in production on its nickel operations to date.  Anton has over 30 years’ experience in corporate management, mining, exploration and minerals extraction. He is a partner at both Plinian Capital Ltd. and CE Mining; a fund investing in high value exploration and mining opportunities. He holds an MBA, MSc in Science in Engineering, and BSc (Hons) in Geology.  Anton formerly held the positions of MD at West African Minerals Corporation, Vice President Strategy and Long-term Planning with Lonmin plc. and an advisor on Southern African Minerals Development to the US Embassy in South Africa. 

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Billy Mawasha, Chief Executive Officer, Kolobe Nala Investment Company

Kolobe Nala Investment Company (Pty) Ltd (KNI) is a family-owned business focused on investments in mining, energy and aviation and is headed by Billy Mawasha, who has extensive mining experience with Anglo American, Rio Tinto, De Beers and AngloGold Ashanti to name but a few. Until recently, Billy was the Country Head in South Africa for Rio Tinto and the MD of Richards Bay Minerals. In addition, Billy serves on the Board of Metair Investments Ltd (MTA:SJ – Automotive Components and Battery Manufacturer) and is the Chairman of their Investment Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk and Nomination Committees. Billy is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Billy’s experience, a strong network of relationships in the mining industry and his understanding of doing business across the continent, enables KNI to bring long-term value-adding perspectives, hands-on and pragmatic expertise and solid operational and technical know-how to projects they invest in. This is realised through strategic guidance and active participation in the board of directors and associated committees, in particular the investment, technical and risk committees and through working collaboratively with relevant parties and management teams. 


Sean Meadon, Chief Operating Officer, Platinum 1

Sean Meadon, a SACNASP-registered mineral resources and mining start-up professional, with a Msc in Geology from Witwatersrand University, has been involved in exploration, resource modelling and mine start-ups for the past 30 years. He has worked either directly for, or as a consultant to, most of the major mining houses and was also employed at SRK Consulting where he honed his due diligence and resource estimation skills.

Sean has worked on his own projects for the past 10 years and currently operates PGM and gold projects. Through his firm Deadline Solutions, Sean has done valuations, due diligences and audits for a number of publicly-listed and private mining companies. He has presented SACNASP-accredited training courses for entrepreneurs on all aspects of mining start-ups and has a deep understanding of the mineral rights/environmental authorisation application process. He firmly believes that South Africa is a land of great mining opportunities, you just need to do the work properly to succeed.


Mxolisi Mgojo, Chief Executive Officer, Exxaro Resources & Past President, Minerals Council South Africa

Mxolisi Mgojo has been in the mining industry since 2001. Prior to that, his career includes 10 years as a software engineer and 8 years in the finance industry including Societé Generale Investment Banking. Mxolisi has been with Exxaro Resources since its inception in 2006, heading the Base Metals and Industrial Minerals business before being appointed as the Executive Head of Coal in August 2008.  In May 2015 Mxolisi was appointed as CEO Designate and took over the reins from Sipho Nkosi as Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2016.  Before joining Exxaro, Mxolisi was a founder member of Eyesizwe Coal where he was the Marketing and Logistics Manager.  Mxolisi sits on the boards of Exxaro Resources and Tronox Limited. On 24 May 2017 Mxolisi was elected as the President of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa after serving on the Executive Council of the Chamber since 2015 and the Collieries Committee of the Chamber prior to becoming a member of the Chamber’s Executive Council.  He stepped down from this role in May 2021.  On 27 May 2017, Mxolisi received the Paul Harris Award from the Hatfield Branch of the Rotary Foundation. Mxolisi has a BSc degree in Computer Science (Northeastern University, USA), an Honours degree in Energy Studies (Rand Afrikaans University), a Diploma in International Financial Management and an MBA (Henley Management College, UK).  He has also completed a Societé Generale Investment Banking and Corporate Finance Programme (Kellogg, USA) and an Advanced Management Programme (Wharton).


Paul Miller, Director, AmaranthCX

Paul is a business development specialist with a background in sales consulting, financial services, mining finance, minerals exploration, mine development and mining operations. He has previously worked as a management consultant, with Accenture, in the South African logistics, mining and financial services sectors and advised clients on equity capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions and Black Economic Empowerment transactions while an investment banker with Nedbank CIB. He was Founder and Managing Director of Keaton Energy, which was then a start-up coal exploration company.  He led the team which took the company through a listing and equity capital raising on the JSE, project financed and built a 2.4mtpa open-cast colliery and acquired and turned-around a distressed ultra-low seam anthracite colliery.  He then had a second stint with Nedbank CIB as a specialist Mining & Metals Investment Banker with responsibility for growing the bank’s business across all products in South Africa and into the rest of Africa. Until recently, Paul was Managing Director of CCP 12J Managers (Pty) Ltd, the management company of CCP 12J Fund Limited, a mining-focused venture capital company, established in terms of Section 12J of the Income Tax Act. Paul is currently a Director of AmaranthCX, a consultancy. Paul was listed in Miningmx’s Rainmakers and Potstirrers as one of the 100 most influential people in SA’s mining industry in every edition from 2008 to 2012 and again in 2018. He is a member of the JSE’s Altx Advisory Committee.  Paul is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences and is frequently quoted in the press. Paul completed INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme at the Singapore campus in 2015 and has a B.Comm (Hons) degree (cum laude) from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.


Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Chairman, Menar

Mpumelelo Mkhabela is the Chairperson of Menar, which has controlling stakes in Canyon Coal, Zululand Anthracite Colliery, Kangra and East Manganese. He is an experienced media practitioner and business leader.

As a political and policy analyst, Mkhabela regularly comments on South Africa’s political economy. He has edited the Sowetan and the Daily Dispatch newspapers and is also the former chairman of the South African National Editors’ Forum. His qualifications include a BA Hons (Political Science) from the University of Limpopo, BA Journalism (Hons) and a certificate in economic and political risk analysis from Stellenbosch University and, lastly, an MA in International Politics from the University of South Africa.


Fortune Mojapelo, CEO, Bushveld Minerals

Fortune is a mining entrepreneur with a strong exploration and development track record, Fortune has played a leading role in the origination, establishment and project development of several junior mining companies in Africa including New Kush Exploration and Mining (Gold in South Sudan), AfriTin Mining (Tin), Bushveld Resources Limited (Iron Ore), New Horizon Minerals (Iron Ore), Bushveld Platinum Limited (PGMs) and Eagle Resources Limited (Uranium). As Chief Executive Officer of Bushveld Minerals since its inception, he also serves as a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed Lemur Resources Limited.


Adv. Thabo Mokoena, Director General, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

Adv Thabo Mokoena was born on 20 March 1975 in Senekal, situated in the eastern part of the Free State province. He attended various farm schools from 1984 to 1989. In 1990, he moved to Tembisa Township and studied at the Jiyana Senior Secondary School until 1996, when he completed his matric. In 1997, he was awarded a scholarship to study law. He completed his LLB Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the University of the Western Cape. He has served as the African National Congress Youth League, Deputy Regional Secretary, in the Thabo Mofutsanyana Region; and further served as a Member or the Provincial Executive Committee of the Young Communist League in the Free State Province. He has served as the Deputy Regional Secretary of the African National Congress and Deputy District Secretary of the South African Communist Party in the Thabo Mofutsanyana Region and as a Regional Head of the ANC Legal and Monitoring Task Team for the Free State Regional Election Team. He also served as the Provincial Head of Legal and Monitoring for the African National Congress Free State Election Team. In 2007, he was appointed as a Manager of Legal and Communication Services for the Setsoto Local Municipality. In 2012,he was appointed as the Municipal Manager for the Ngwathe Local Municipality. In 2014, he was appointed to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Free State Legislature until 2017. In 2017, he was appointed to serve as the Director-General of the Department of Mineral Resources, which is now the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy.


Bert Monro, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Cora Gold

In January 2020, Bert Monro was appointed CEO of Cora Gold. Bert has significant experience in both the resource sector and the City. Most notably, he spent over ten years at Hummingbird Resources plc, holding several roles including Operations Manager, Country Manager and Head of Business Development as the company transitioned from a private pre-resource explorer through to a listed gold miner with over 6 Mozs of gold resources in West Africa. Bert was a Non-Executive Director for Cora from its IPO until 2019.

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Mametja Moshe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Moshe Capital

Mametja Moshe has over fourteen years’ finance experience in corporate finance, equities capital markets, debt capital markets, black economic empowerment, accounting, auditing and corporate tax fields. She is the founder and CEO of Moshe Capital. Prior to Moshe Capital, Mametja worked at Identity Capital Partners(“ICP”), a South African investment group, as an executive in finance and senior associate in the investments team. Mametja spent over four years in banking prior to ICP at Morgan Stanley from 2007 to 2010 covering South African, Zambian and Nigerian M&A and equity capital markets and UBS South Africa (2006 to 2007) covering South African M&A. During this period in banking she led teams in the execution of transactions worth over $4 Billion. Before her investment-banking career, Mametja spent five years at KPMG Inc., serving her auditing articles in the consumer products team and later joining the corporate tax team where she covered tax compliance, restructurings, M&A and BEE transactions.

Mametja sat on the boards of Identity Mineral Resources (Pty) Ltd and Altech Netstar (Pty) Ltd (alternate), Southgold Exploration (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the multinationally-listed Great Basin Gold Limited and EuroDollar Foreign Exchange (Pty) Ltd. Mametja obtained her B.Com Hons (Accounting) and B.Com Hons (Management Accounting) degrees from the University of KwazuluNatal. She is a qualified chartered accountant and an MBA graduate in the Global Executive Programme at Columbia Business School and London Business School


Brandon Munro, Chief Executive Officer, Bannerman Resources

Brandon has over 20 years’ experience as a resources executive and lawyer, including serving as Bannerman Resources’ General Manager between 2009-2011 and CEO from 2016. Brandon lived in Namibia from 2009-2015, where he also served as Governance Advisorto the Namibian Uranium Association and Strategic Advisor – Mining Charterto the Namibian Chamber of Mines. Brandon maintains a close involvement with the World Nuclear Association and is currently Chair of WNA’s Nuclear Fuel Demand working group, responsible for forecasting global uranium demand scenarios to 2040. He is a uranium sector thought leader, having published numerous articles and appeared as a speaker at various industry events. He is an expert contributor on uranium to the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Brandon’s African voluntary roles have included serving as a Trustee for Save the Rhino Trust Namibia and Trustee of the Erongo Development Foundation. Bannerman Resources is an ASX and OTCQB-listed uranium development company that is focused on the Etango-8 uranium project in Namibia.

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Eugene Nel, Chief Executive Officer, Vanadium Resources

Eugene graduated with a B.Tech degree in metallurgical engineering from the Tshwane University of Technology in 1997 and subsequently worked as metallurgist, senior metallurgist and operations manager at various companies including Samancor Chrome and Impala Platinum. During this time he also obtained an MBA from North West University.

Since 2005 he has been consulting to the minerals beneficiation industry throughout Africa and the Middle East. He has been involved in a number of Coal, Gold, Platinum, Chromite and Base metals projects in assisting client teams throughout the project lifecycles and disciplines.

Currently he is CEO at Vanadium Resources (VR8) who are in the process of furthering the Steelpoortsdrift Vanadium project. As a registered Pr. Tech. Eng. with the Engineering Council of South Africa, as well as member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Mine Metallurgical Managers Association of South Africa, he qualifies as a competent person under JORC. Eugene was intimately involved with preparing the recent scoping study results of VR8 and is spearheading the completion of the company’s feasibility studies towards production of high purity vanadium pentoxide from the Steelpoortdrift Vanadium project in Limpopo, South Africa.As a result of his exposure to all aspects of mining and processing projects he is a strong supporter of sustainable and responsible mining practices.

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Jan Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, Big Tree Copper

Jan is an entrepreneur and a seasoned CEO of several successful private and public companies. Jan was responsible for transforming Pan African Resources PLC from an explorer to one of the best dividend mid-tier mining companies of its day. Jan also formed ReThink Resources, a private company that within 2 years took from concept on paper two operating businesses: a junior gold refinery called Kusasa Gold Refinery and also built from scratch a copper SX-EW copper plant in Nababeep, South Africa (the first and only one in South Africa), where all was designed and built in-house. The copper business is housed in a separate vehicle called Cape Copper Oxide (Pty) Ltd which has been rebranded to Big Tree Copper Limited that intends to list on the ZARX exchange in South Africa in the next four months and offers the only pure ‘eco-friendly’ copper exposure in South Africa to investors. Big Tree also recently acquired the O’Okiep Copper company that was formed by Newmont in 1937 to mine copper in the area. Big Tree Copper produced the first plate of A-grade copper in the area in September of 2020 – 15 years since the last copper production took place in the region. Since September, additional capital has been invested to expand the plant. The operation is unique in that it rehabilitates old mined waste rock dumps without producing any waste product and in the process restoring the historical mine waste landscape to the natural environment that existed before mining took place in the area. In this way Big Tree not only provides copper to drive the green economy but also cleans up and restores the environment. And we do this whilst paying not less than 30% of our pre-growth profit as a dividend. The business is set to grow from 1500 tons of copper per annum to 6000 tons of copper within the next three years.

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Lili Nupen, Director, NSDV

Lili Nupen is a founder of Nupen Staude de Vries Incorporated, a boutique law firm specialising in construction, mining and environmental law. She has extensive experience in the environmental and mining legal regulatory arena. Previously, Lili was a senior associate at Bowman Gilfillan for three years, and a director for over seven years at Malan Scholes Inc, specialising in mining and environmental regulatory law practice. She has a deep understanding of the South African mining industry and enjoys well-established relationships with its regulators. Lili has practical experience working on transactions involving both international and local mining and exploration companies throughout South Africa and Africa. She is currently assisting with the analysis of the new Mining Charter and the effect which it has on mining operations in South Africa.


Prince Nyati, Chief Executive Officer, Lemur Holdings

Prince Nyati has been the Chief Executive Officer of Lemur Holdings since November 2017. Prince has over 15 years’ experience in energy and mining with a particular focus on project development and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked in several countries including Zambia, South Africa, India, Singapore and the USA under Shell Oil, Total Petrochemicals, Eskom, Tata Power and Oreport. As group head of Tata Power, Prince evaluated over 100 coal assets and over 50 power opportunities in 30 countries. He served on the Board of Directors at Cennergi and the Tsitsikamma and Amakhala Wind Projects. He has led the development of numerous infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa and facilitated transactions worth approximately $1.5 billion in Zambia and South Africa. Prince holds a BA from the University of Zambia and an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Houston.


Andries Rossouw, Director/Partner, PwC

Andries is PwC’s Africa Energy, Utilities and Resources leader and an experienced JSE accredited audit partner. He has been with the firm since 1997 and partner since 2007. He has experience in numerous stock exchange transactions, including IPOs, fund raisings, and reporting accountant work for acquisitions. He has a specific focus on mining clients across commodities and mining methods. Andries is the project leader for the firm’s SA Mine and Global Mine publications which gives him excellent insight into industry wide issues.  Although he has a specific focus on mining and construction clients, Andries also has a variety of cross industry exposure with previous involvements in retail, manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, banking and insurance clients. His core industries has given him the opportunity to work with cross border teams on a regular basis. 


Keith Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Fraser Alexander

Keith is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, spanning the mining value chain from exploration and evaluation, to feasibility and production. He is a mineral exploration and evaluation specialist with extensive experience globally and across Africa in multidisciplinary minerals projects. This experience includes tenure and permitting, geology, mineral resources and reserves, mining, processing, infrastructure, risk and financial analysis, environmental and social governance. Keith is currently the CEO of Fraser Alexander and has sat on the board of a public mining company and on several private boards of mineral exploration companies.

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Errol Smart, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Orion Minerals

Errol is a geologist, registered with the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professionals. He has more than 25 years of industry experience across all aspects of exploration, mine development and operations with experience in precious and base metals. Errol has held positions in Anglogold, Cluff Mining, Metallon Gold, Clarity Minerals, LionGold Corporation and African Stellar Holdings. His senior executive roles have been on several boards of companies listed on the TSX, ASX and JSE.

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Maritz Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Alphamin Resources

Maritz is Alphamin’s Chief Executive Officer and has 20 years’ experience in African mining and corporate finance. Prior to joining Alphamin, he was CEO of Denham Capital’s African mining platform, Pangea, and CFO of Metorex Limited, a mid-tier mining group with operations across Southern Africa.


James Smith, Executive Vice President Operations, DRA Global

James is the Group Executive for Operations and Advisory and is responsible for DRA’s Minopex business unit. James has over 20 years’ experience in the mining, industrial and financial sectors where he has held various consulting, investment advisory and operational leadership positions. In his current role, James drives the growth and development of DRA’s contract operations and maintenance business. He is also responsible for the newly formed DRA Advisory business and oversees the innovation agenda across the Group.James holds a Bachelor of Science, Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Witwatersrand.

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Mark Summers, Chief Executive Officer, Kropz

Mark Summers is responsible for the leadership and finance function of the company; for implementing long and short-term plans; and for communication to shareholders and other stakeholders. He joined Kropz in 2015. Mark has more than 20 years’ finance experience as a Chartered Accountant in the mining and resources industry, predominantly in Africa. His extensive career as a senior executive spans various financial positions at a number of companies including Anglo American plc and HSBC plc. Most recently he held the position of CFO of Gemfields plc. Prior positions included CFO of Amari Resources Ltd, MDM Engineering Group Ltd and TanzaniteOne Ltd. Mark holds an Honours Degree in Accounting from the University of Johannesburg.

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Bernard Swanepoel, Chairman

Bernard is the Chairman of the annual Junior Indaba and Joburg Indaba as well as an Executive Director of the SBI. He is a Partner at To-The-Point Growth Specialists as well as a Partner in THINKspiration. He served as Non-Executive Director on the boards of Impala, Zimplats, Eqstra and African Rainbow Minerals Limited. Previous roles include Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Village Main Reef Limited and CEO of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited. He is Chairman and Managing Partner of MMC (Manganese Metal Company) as well as a non-executive director of African Rainbow Energy Producer (AREP).

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David Twist, Partner, AMED Funds (UK)

David has a PhD in geology and more than 40 years’ experience in research, exploration and mining. He is an entrepreneur and has been involved with many mineral resource projects from concept to development. He is a founding partner of private equity investor, AMED Funds.


Andries van Heerden, Chief Executive Officer, Afrimat

Andries van Heerden has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Afrimat Ltd since November 2006. He is also a member of the company's board of directors. Prior to serving in this role, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Lancaster Group (Pty) Ltd (2005), the Managing Director of Prima Quarries (Pty) Ltd. (2003-2005) and served in various other operational management roles, mostly in the mining and quarrying industries. Andries is well known for his visionary leadership and was instrumental in 2006 in the formation and listing of Afrimat on the JSE from the merger of Prima and Lancaster. Being a results-driven, performance-oriented people person, Andries is constantly investing time and energy in refining the business' strategy. He is passionate about people and leadership development and further enhanced his knowledge on these subjects when he attended the four-week "Advanced Management" programme in July 2017 at INSEAD, The business school of the World in Fontainebleau, France. With his extensive experience in strategic positioning, engineering, marketing and finance, Andries was humbled in November 2017 when he was named the winner of the masters' category of the Ernst & Young World entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southern African region.

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William (Bill) Witham, Chief Executive Officer, Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group

William (Bill) Witham has broad experience over a 30-year career working in the technical, commercial, marketing and financial fields of the international exploration and mining industry. Bill spent two years in the 1990s based in Africa as General Manager for World Geoscience Corporation. This gave him a broad perspective over many African countries where their geophysical surveys were conducted. Since then Mr Witham has worked for a number of international and Australian companies in Africa and Australia including DMC Mining (Congo), Waratah Resources (Congo) and Whinnen Resources Ltd (Cameroon and Namibia). Bill holds a Bachelor in Science with Honours in Geology from the University of Western Australia and is the CEO of the Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group (AAMEG).