2018 Speakers

Stuart Ausmeier, Director, Concentrate Capital Partners

Stuart is a qualified chartered accountant and CFA with extensive mining industry experience across many geographies and commodities. As a director of Concentrate Capital Partners (CCP), Stuart works with a multi-disciplinary global team of financial and technical specialists and partners to provide independent advice to project owners as well as to consider investment directly into projects through CCP's managed private equity fund. Stuart has over 15 years' advisory experience, having previously worked for Rothschild and KPMG.

Sacha Backes, Senior Investment Officer, Mining Investment Division, International Finance Corporation

Sacha Backes is a Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, mandated to provide financing and support to companies investing in frontier and emerging markets. In the mining sector, IFC can provide financing for activities across the project cycle, from equity for advanced exploration and studies, all the way to debt for project developments and expansions, as well as hybrid instruments for intermediate stages. Sacha has been with IFC for ten years - four years in London focusing on business development for mining, and oil and gas, four years at IFC’s headquarter office in Washington DC focusing on mining and infrastructure transactions, and now two years in IFC’s office in Johannesburg office focusing on mining investments across Africa. Prior to joining IFC, Sacha worked in Laos for seven years where he launched and managed several rural infrastructure development projects. Sacha has a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD.

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.

Roger Baxter, Chief Executive, Minerals Council South Africa

Mr Roger Baxter is the Chief Executive Officer at the Chamber of Mines of South Africa. He was appointed CEO on 1 May 2015. He sits on the Chamber Council and is responsible for the leadership of the Chamber’s team in terms of implementing the Chamber’s strategic plan.  He was previously Chief Operating Officer and recently returned from a brief stint as the vice-President of Industry Analysis for Rio Tinto Alcan in Canada in 2012. Prior to this Mr Baxter was the Chamber’s Senior Executive responsible for Strategy and Economics and the previous Chief Economist. Mr Baxter has worked in the mining and minerals industry for over 23 years and has been intricately involved in most matters related to the economics of minerals and mining policy. Most of his work has focused on engaging government and other key stakeholders at a strategic level on the economics and competitiveness of the mining and minerals industry, including significant work on the policy issues that affect investment. For example, he played a role as a negotiator of the country’s new mineral laws, the new Royalty Act, the path-finding Mining Charter, the Presidential Framework Agreement, the Stakeholder Declaration and Job Declaration, and so on.

Mr Baxter has also been extensively involved in organised business through Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). He served two terms as chairman of the Economic Policy Committee of BUSA and was previously one of the business principal members of the NEDLAC Trade and Industry Chamber. He has been involved in an array of policy discussions on promoting investment including leading the business input to the Presidential Growth and Development Summit.

Mr Baxter completed post graduate studies in economics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal before joining the Chamber of Mines. He has played a role in the South African Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce (on the Executive Committee) and was previously a director on the boards of the Rand Refinery, the National Productivity Institute and the Precious Metals and Diamond Regulator. He is currently the Chairman of the World Platinum Investment Council. He was a member of the Investment Analysts Society of South Africa and the Economic Society of South Africa. He previously sat on the Central Council of the Economic Society between 2002 and 2007 as the Chair of the Finance Committee.

Vuslat Bayoglu, Managing Director, Zululand Anthracite Colliery

Vuslat Bayoglu is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Canyon Coal, a mid-tier coal mining company. He is the Managing Director of Menar Capital, which has controlling stakes in Canyon Coal, Minerano Resources, Zululand Anthracite Colliery and Sitatunga Resources. He has an honours degree in mechanical engineering and 15 years’ experience in the mining industry. He is a hands-on investor and his investment company focuses on developing mines through exploring greenfield/brownfield projects and acquiring operational assets.

Sean Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Kore Potash

Sean Bennett is the CEO of Kore Potash (appointed in November 2015). Before this Sean was the CEO of UBS South Africa and Head of Sub-Saharan Africa. Sean joined SG Warburg in London in 1995 (now UBS Investment Bank) and then moved to South Africa in 2008, where he was co-Head of HSBC Global Banking for Africa before re-joining UBS in 2011. Sean has over 20 years’ experience in advising a wide range of companies, state owned enterprises and Governments, including several large mining houses such as BHP, South32 and Sibanye in corporate finance. He has been involved in many corporate finance transactions around the globe as well as numerous countries across Africa.

William Black, Director, BSM Black

William is an Executive Director of BSM Black and holds a degree in Chemistry from the UK and an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand.

William has over 25 years of experience in the natural resources sector followed by 3 years as a mining equities analyst and 5 years of Investment Banking experience at Investec Corporate finance on the mining team. Starting as a shift supervisor, career highlights include the development and commissioning of metallurgical processes, beneficiation projects, industry and market analysis at Implats. The publishing of a book on the global platinum industry in 2000, 2 years of managing a gold project in Tanzania and the financial and technical evaluation of various projects in the mining sector.

William has advised numerous mining clients on a number of transactions ranging from stock exchange listings, capital raises, M&A and BEE transactions, including most recently advising eXtract Group on its restructuring process.

Nick Brodie, Chief Executive Officer, Galane Gold

Nick Brodie is a senior executive with extensive experience in Africa. Prior to joining Galane Gold, Nick was the CFO of Katanga Mining Limited and Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc. Nick is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and holds a BSc(Hons) in Geography.

James Campbell, Managing Director, Botswana Diamonds

James Campbell is Managing Director of Botswana Diamonds plc and has spent over 30-years in the diamond industry in a variety of roles.  Previous roles include Chief Executive Office and President of Rockwell Diamonds Inc, Non-Executive Director of Stellar Diamonds plc, Vice President - New Business for Lucara Diamond Corp, Managing Director of African Diamonds plc and Executive Deputy Chairman of West African Diamonds plc.  Prior to that James spent over twenty years at De Beers, with notable appointments including General Manager for Advanced Exploration and Resource Delivery and Nicky Oppenheimer's Personal Assistant. James holds a degree in Mining and Exploration Geology from the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College, London University) and an MBA with distinction from Durham University. James is a Fellow of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Materials, South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and Institute of Directors of South Africa.  He is also a Chartered Engineer (UK), Chartered Scientist (UK) and a Professional Natural Scientist (RSA).  As part of his social commitment to South Africa, James is Chairman of the Joburg Ballet, Chairman of the South African Ballet Theatre Trust and Acting Chairman of Common Purpose SA

Pravin Chetty, General Manager: Mining, Puckree Group

Pravin qualified as a geologist in 1990 from UDW, now University of KZN, before joining Anglo American’s New Vaal Colliery where he started his career as a geologist, responsible for mine planning and grade control. He received an Anglo bursary to study Mining Engineering in 1994 at the University of Johannesburg. He graduated in 1996 and was thereafter transferred to Kriel Colliery to obtain his Mine Manager’s Certificate. There he gained three years of underground coal mining experience.
In 1998 he moved to Kleinkopjie Colliery as the Senior Mine Planner. In 2000 he moved to Landau Colliery to fill the critical Mining Superintendent vacancy at the Kromdraai Pit, a mid-sized pit mining pillars with Truck & Shovel and a BE1570 Dragline. He was promoted to Pit Superintendent (Section Manager) in 2004.
In 2005 he was head-hunted by Xstrata SA as Mine Manager of their five mini-pit operations at Tweefontein Mining Complex. These operations were mined by contractors and included the boxcut for the now 12 mega ton Goedgevonden Colliery. In 2008 he was promoted to General Manager of the iMpunzi Complex, mining 45 million m3 of waste, and 11.5 million tons of coal.
Pravin joined the Puckree Group in 2017 as Head of Mining Operations and is currently responsible for mining operations at the Group’s Witrand and Bultfontein Collieries.

Ferdi Dippenaar, Chief Executive Officer, Green Coal Technologies

Ferdi started his career with Gencor, which later became Gengold in 1982, and has been involved in various roles and executive positions in the gold mining industry for 35 years. After spending time at Buffels, Weltevreden and Beatrix, he left Gengold and joined Rand Mines as MD of ERPM, Cons Modder and Grootvlei before the latter was acquired by Harmony. On leaving Harmony he joined Canadian junior Great Basin Gold and later Village Main Reef, both as CEO. Following the sale of Village Main Reef in 2015 Ferdi has been involved in the mining industry in various roles, commodities and projects.

Jeff Dong, Executive Director, Heaven-Sent Capital Group

Xia Dong (Jeff) is an Executive Director of Heaven-Sent Capital Group (‘HSC’), and is currently is responsible for HSC’s mineral resources sector. He serves as a non-executive director of Village Main Reef (VMR) and Lesego Platinum, two South Africa mining entities that HSC acquired in 2015. Jeff is an experienced professional in China’s outbound mining investment sector. He started his career in China’s largest state-owned diversified investment holding group CITIC, as a financial accountant. Jeff has experience in both buy and sell-side M&A advisory, focusing on China’s outbound investment in mineral resources (especially in Southern Africa and Australia), as well as having participated in the establishment of a mining private equity business, funded by prominent Chinese groups from both private and state-owed sectors. Jeff holds a B. Admin in Financial Management from University of International Business and Economics, China.

Sandra du Toit, Executive, Investment Banking Client Solutions, Standard Bank

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.

Anton Esterhuizen, Principal, PanEx Resources

Anton holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Pretoria) and Master of Science (Mineral Exploration), with distinction (Rhodes).  He received the Dreyer Award by the Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration Inc. (USA) for outstanding achievements in applied economic geology and was the first recipient of the Des Pretorius Memorial Award for outstanding work in economic geology by the Geological Society of South Africa. Anton has had a successful exploration career spanning more than 40 years in industrial minerals, coal, diamonds, base and precious metals, highlighted by discoveries of several world class deposits. In 1973 he commenced his career with Gold Fields of South Africa and in 1987 was a founder member of Pangea Exploration.  While with Pangea he was instrumental in the discoveries of the high grade Rhovan vanadium deposit, the Taaiboschspruit colliery, the Hillendale-Fairbreeze mineral sand deposits and the re-evaluation of the 16 million-ounce Burnstone gold deposit, all in South Africa.  In Tanzania he was responsible for the discovery of several gold deposits such as Tulawaka, Buzwagi and Golden Ridge, with his activities attracting major players into that country.  He was also responsible for the discovery of five titanium-zircon mineral sand deposits along the East African coast including the Corridor Sands ilmenite and Kwale rutile and zircon deposits. Now a director of PanEx Resources, he has generated a number of diamond and base metal projects throughout Africa and has worked on the development of rare earth, niobium and tin deposits. 

Terence Goodlace, Non-Executive Director, Gold Fields, Kumba Iron Ore & AfriTin Mining

Terence Goodlace’s mining career commenced in 1977 and has spanned more than 40 years. He spent the majority of this time at Gengold which merged with Gold Fields of South Africa to form Gold Fields Limited in 1998. Terence began as a miner and advanced through the ranks to become Chief Operating Officer in 2008. He gained experience in leading underground and open pit operations in South Africa, Australia, Ghana, Venezuela and Peru. For five years during this time he was responsible for creating, implementing and facilitating the strategic and operational planning processes and associated outcomes for all Group operations. This included executive responsibility for Group Mineral Resource Management, Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. He also spent two years in Corporate Finance.

Terence subsequently spent three years as the Chief Executive Officer of Metorex Limited, which was a debt-challenged, mid-tier, multi-commodity (fluorspar, antimony, gold, copper, cobalt) mining company with operations in South Africa, Zambia and the DRC. He transformed the company to become a focused copper cobalt company that was acquired and de-listed by Jinchuan, a major Chinese nickel mining company.

Terence served on the Impala Platinum Holdings Limited board for six and a half years with two years as an independent non-executive director and four and a half years as the Chief Executive Officer. He is currently an independent non-executive director at Gold Fields Limited, Kumba Iron Ore Limited and AfriTin Mining Limited. In 2017, he was appointed onto the South African Mining Extraction Research, Development and Innovation steering committee which has been set up to advance new mining technologies under the auspices of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

Tony Harwood, President & CEO, Montero

Tony Harwood is an economic geologist with 30 years of international exploration and mining experience. He graduated from University of Wales, Cardiff, UK with a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D in Economic Geology.  Tony is President and CEO of TSXV Montero Mining & Exploration since 2009.  Between 2006 and 2009, he was the President and CEO of TSX Africo Resources Ltd. and between 1998 and 2006 served as a Vice President Global Generative Exploration at Placer Dome Inc., a major Canadian gold mining company. Other positions include Executive Chairman of ASX listed Universal Coal PLC, Non-Executive Director of Adamus Resources (ASX), Endeavour Mining (ASX/TSX), Auryx Gold Corp. (TSXV), East African Metals (TSXV), African Gold Group (TSXV), Tesoro Resources (TSXV) and Lappland Goldminers (Nordic). He has listed 3 public companies in the last 10 years on the TSX and ASX. Founder and MD of Harwood International Ltd., a geological consulting company, and held a position as a lecturer - University of Wales, Cardiff (UK), University of Natal, Durban (South Africa).

Shirley Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, SHiP Copper Company

Shirley Hayes is one of the first women in South Africa to have qualified for a blasting certificate. She has extensive experience of surface mining and blasting, having run her own quarrying business for several years. She was the first woman to have identified the Northern Cape region as a major copper exploration area. She has invested her own capital to develop the Concordia tenament covering 36 000 hectares of the most prospective copper targets in the area. Currently she is in the process of developing two major copper mines in the area in addition to having discovered a copper ore-body similar in size to the historical Carolusberg orebody where some 411,435 tons of copper (26Mt @ 1,54% Cu) was mined. She has a clear vision for the area and is planning to develop it in to one of the largest copper producing districts in the world.

Kevin Hodges, Mining Industry Champion, Basic Metals & Mining, Industrial Development Corporation

Kevin specialises in sourcing developing and funding feasibility studies and equity transactions in the mining sector. He leads the teams of financing, technical and legal professionals that assess the investment cases in development projects. Kevin also has extensive experience in project finance and subordinated mezzanine capital instruments.

Kevin Hodges has a B.Sc. Hons degree in Geology and has 35 years’ experience in the mining industry. He has spent the last 20 years working at the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa involved in the financing and development of mining ventures. His previous experience was in managing exploration programmes in the mining and oil and gas sectors.

Alistair Hodgkinson, Senior Vice President, Africa, DRA

Alistair Hodgkinson is the Senior Vice President for the African region. Prior to joining DRA in 2007, Alistair was a Project Manager for Impala Platinum. Alistair has over 21 years’ industry experience and extensive knowledge of operational, project and contracts management, mining and process design, procurement and construction as well as the business and financial aspects of the industry. Alistair completed his B.Sc. Eng (Mechanical) at the University of the Witwatersrand, holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town and is a registered professional engineer. In his current role, Alistair oversees the successful implementation and delivery of projects from team set-up to client handover on all projects in the African region. Within Alistair’s portfolio is the management of DRA’s business development; ensuring DRA’s future growth and sustainability in various sectors and markets.

Lance Hooper, President and Chief Operating Officer, Cobalt Blockchain

For the past twenty years Lance has developed a broad range of experience in emerging companies where he has played key roles as both an early employee and as a founder. Lance is a named inventor and has been intimately involved with the product development, business development and sales and marketing of several commercially successful innovations including the world’s first interbank email money transfer service. For the last decade Lance has held senior corporate positions and served as a director with private and public mining companies working in Canada, Peru, Afghanistan and the DRC.

Cecilia Jofre, Sales Director, IsoMetrix

Cecilia is Sales Director and Chief Sales Officer at IsoMetrix. She is fluent in four languages, has a Masters in Administration Science from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and is member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IoDSA). She is a past member of the Ethics Institute of SA and Businesswoman Association of South Africa. She is a GRC professional with over 25 years’ experience, gained in a variety of senior and executive positions in blue chips including Arthur Andersen, IBM and Standard Bank, as well as in private mid-sized companies. Cecilia has a deep passion for and understanding of corporate governance and sustainability. She is a co-founder of the CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd, where she served as a Director, and served on the Board of FIHRST Management Services, a joint venture between Standard Bank and Alexander Forbes. Cecilia assisted the IoDSA in launching its Governance Assessment Instrument for King III and has lectured on board duties in a variety of forums.

Patrycja Kula-Verster, Business Development Manager, JSE

Patrycja has been with the JSE for 10 years, of which most of this time has been spent focussing on positioning the JSE as an ideal listing destination. In her current role as Business Development Manager she is responsible for originating new equity listings for Main Board and Altx both locally and internationally. Prior to her role at the JSE, Patrycja worked in the financial sector in various positions. Her career started at Liberty as a financial advisor. She then began a business recovering international VAT and learnt a number of important entrepreneurial lessons. Thereafter she moved to FNB Business Banking where she managed a portfolio of business clients.

Peter Major, Director: Mining, Cadiz 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 Cadiz 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, Practice Integration. He is also a Director and Head of the firm’s natural resources and environment department. As COO, Practice Integration, Otsile ensures the seamless delivery of effective solutions for clients across the continent. As Head of the firm’s natural resources and environment department, Otsile’s 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. Otsile has done mining title and transactional work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has also advised on joint ventures in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Zambia. In addition, he has advised the Uganda Chamber of Mines in relation to the Ugandan mineral regulatory framework. Otsile is an instructor for the Black Lawyers Association and is a member of the Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law section of the International Bar Association. He is also an instructor at the International Law Institute – African Centre for Legal Excellence, where he has trained senior government negotiators and regulators from various African countries in regards to mining contracts, concessions and disputes. Otsile is regularly invited to present papers at conferences and seminars in the field of mining law, and he is widely published.

Bill McKechnie, General Manager, Snowden Mining Industry Consultants

Bill is the General Manager and a Director of Snowden Mining industry Consultants, based in Johannesburg and responsible for the company’s business throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is an exploration geologist with more than 43 years’ experience in the mining business, including 32 years with Anglo American and De Beers and eight years as head of De Beers’ global exploration activities. Bill was directly involved in the discovery and development of four new diamond mines in southern Africa and participated in various kimberlite resource sampling and evaluation projects on five continents. In recent years he has contributed to or directed the preparation of various competent persons reports, covering different commodities, for listing purposes as well as independent reports for finance institutions in a number of jurisdictions.

Nomfundo Metula, GM for Sales & Marketing, RMA (Rand Mutual)

Nomfundo is a General Manager for Sales and Marketing at RMA – a leading administrator for occupational injuries and diseases in the mining and metals industry. Over the past 15 years, she has held management positions in both the short-term and life insurance industries. Nomfundo possesses a wealth of experience in compliance, general life office management, business development, stakeholder management, product innovation, distribution strategy, sales and marketing. She has a B.Comm and has completed the Senior Management Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch and the Channel Leadership Programme with INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France).

Paul Miller, Managing Director, CCP 12J Fund Limited

Paul Miller was recently recruited to the position of Managing Director of CCP 12J Mangers (Pty) Ltd, the management company of CCP 12J Fund Limited.  CCP 12J is a mining-focused venture capital company, established in terms of Section 12J of the Income Tax Act. The DRA Group, a leading mining engineering firm, is the lead technical partner to CCP 12J in respect of engineering (EPC/M) and outsourced operations and maintenance services. DRA is also a principal investor in CCP 12J.  Stockdale Street, a private equity fund manager which advises DRA’s largest shareholder, is a co-founder of CCP 12J. Paul has extensive experience across all areas of investment banking, principally focused on mining in South Africa and on the rest of the continent. He also has operational mining experience having lead a team that financed, developed and/or operated two coal mines between 2007 and 2013.

Daniel Moagi, Independent Consultant

Daniel is an Independent Consultant with a 22-year career spanning development financing, science/technology, nuclear industry, and manufacturing and engineering industries in both public and parastatal sectors. Dan has passion as turnaround specialist who excels at fueling change in organisations. Over the past two years Daniel has been involved in the diamond and energy industries.   Dan served as Senior Executive Manager: Pelindaba Enterprise with South Africa Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), where he was the head of its commercial wing. Prior to that he was the Group Executive of HR. Prior to joining NECSA, Daniel worked at the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in various capacities for more than 8 years. His last position at the DST was as a Chief Operations Officer. Daniel’s early career roles include tenure as a General Manager and Manager with the DST, a Researcher with the Presidency and an Institutional Specialist with the Development Bank of Southern Africa.  

Fortune Mojapelo, Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Gerick Mouton, Vice President & Executive Head: Capital Projects, Ivanplats

Gerick Mouton, a Mechanical Engineer by profession, is the Vice President & Executive Head: Capital Projects for Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd (an Ivanhoe Mines Company). His previous appointments include Vice President & Project Director for Ivanhoe Mines, Project Director for Bateman Engineering Projects, Project Manager for DRA Global and Group Five. Gerick has been involved in the strategic development, implementation and execution of multifaceted mining projects on the African continent for nearly 20 years and has extensive knowledge in developing mining projects in challenging social environments. Gerick has completed various projects in Botswana, Ghana, Zambia, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Gerick is currently studying towards his Masters in Philosophy (Sustainable Development within the Minerals Resource Sector) through the University of Cape Town. Gerick has been with the Ivanhoe Mines Group for more than 5 years and is responsible for the development of the world famous Platreef PGM Project in Limpopo, South Africa.

Matt Mullins, Director, Tecoma Strategies

Matt Mullins has 38 years’ experience in the minerals industry, as a Mining and Exploration Geologist, as a Consultant, in research, as a Mining Analyst and in senior management with a number of companies. He is currently an Independent Consultant specialising in resource optimisation and in mine technical and financial evaluation. Prior to this he was BHP’s Global Vice President for Mineral Resource Development, where he looked after brownfield exploration, resource estimation, reporting and governance, mine planning, geometallurgical engineering and major capital project governance for the Group. He designed and led the group productivity project for BHP. Prior to BHP, Matt held various positions in Randgold Resources, Geovaluation Services, Severin Mining, COMRO and Goldfields of SA.
Matt has direct commodity experience in iron ore, manganese, coal, copper, nickel, chrome, zinc, bauxite, heavy mineral sands, gold, diamonds and platinum, and has worked on operations and projects in Canada, the USA, Cuba, Suriname, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Mali, the DRC, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, China, Indonesia, and Australia. Matt has had a strong involvement in stock exchange resource public reporting over decades and is currently Chair of the SAMCODES Standards Committee. Matt is a Past President and Fellow of the GSSA, the SAIMM and the AusIMM.

Dalubuhle Ncube, Executive Chairman, Letaba Elihle Investments

Dalu is a registered professional mining engineer with more than 16 years’ experience in the South African mining industry, ranging from technical and operational management roles to executive director level. Previously an Operations Director/COO of a JSE-listed mining company (Village Main Reef), where he, amongst others, led some operational turnaround projects. He is currently Executive Chairman of Letaba Elihle Investments, a mining investment and advisory company based on an owner-operator model. Dalu also sits on the boards of other unlisted mining and exploration companies and is a member of the SAIMM and Association of Mine Managers of South Africa (AMMSA). Has previously given presentations at the World Antimony Conference in China and at the London Gold Day. Dalu holds the following qualifications: BSc.Eng (Mining) and an MBA (Wits).

Jan Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, ReThink Resources

Jan is a seasoned industry veteran possessing a diverse range of skills acquired as an exploration geologist, mine manager and successful CEO of an intermediate-sized gold producer. Acting as Chief Executive Officer of AIM-listed Pan African Resources PLC, Jan oversaw its evolution from an exploration company with a market value of $30 million to a $550 million underground gold and platinum producer within a period of 5 years. During this rapid growth period, Pan African was one of the most successful junior gold mining companies in South Africa and among the first to pay a high yield dividend for more than five consecutive years. In his capacity as CEO, Jan raised over US$125 million in debt and equity to transform the company from explorer to producer.

Jan started his career with Gold Fields, one of the world's largest gold producers where he received an award as the best post graduate geologist. He also received the Rand Pioneers award as the best graduating geologist during his final year at university. Jan has held progressively senior positions with Harmony Gold, beginning as a mine geologist and advancing to the position of acting Mine Manager.

Mikhail Nikomarov, Head & Co-founder, Bushveld Energy

Mr. Mikhail Nikomarov is an entrepreneur and African energy expert who has worked on strategic and operational energy issues across four continents, including eight African countries.  Prior to founding Bushveld Energy, Mikhail spent 6.5 years with McKinsey & Company in Moscow and Johannesburg, advising national governments, utilities and manufacturers on growth strategy and policy and leading operational turnarounds in the power sector. In 2015, he co-authored the McKinsey & Company’s report "Brighter Africa: the growth potential of the sub-Saharan electricity sector." Prior to joining McKinsey, Mikhail worked as a banker in the US financial sector providing funding to mid-cap corporate clients. His other published work covers the topics of international trade and national competitiveness. He holds an MBA from INSEAD (France), an Economics Diploma from the London School of Economics (UK) and two B.A. degrees in History and in Economics from the University of Massachusetts (USA).

Sipho Nkosi, Non-Executive Chairman, Talent10

Sipho Nkosi’s professional journey has enabled him to develop vast experience in the energy and coal sectors, both locally and internationally.

Sipho has recently retired from Exxaro Resources Ltd having served as its CEO since November 2007. Exxaro was born out of a merger between Kumba’s coal, mineral sands and base metals assets and Eyesizwe Coal, where Sipho was one of the core founders and served at the helm. Preceding this, Sipho was the Country Manager of ABB Alstom Power (SA), having previously worked with Anglo Coal and Ingwe. His four-year stint at Anglo Coal in the International Marketing Division provided the ideal backdrop for him to take on the key portfolio of Marketing Manager responsible for International Coal Marketing at Ingwe. This position involved extensive travel and provided Sipho with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the coal industry worldwide.

The insightful path that his career has traversed has enabled him to play a pivotal role in the broader mining industry. Sipho is a Past President of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa and has been serving on the Executive Council of the Chamber of Mines since November 2006. Prior to his appointment to Council, he played a meaningful role as a member of the Chamber’s Collieries Committee.

In addition to Sanlam, Sipho continues to serve on numerous Boards of Directors of blue chip companies.

“Today it’s an investment, tomorrow it changes a country.”

Upon reflecting on his impending retirement, this profound ethos instilled a renewed purpose in Sipho – to build an investment company whose first and fundamental premise is to do good and to look for broader societal benefit and long term value. Thus, together with a few like-minded business partners, Talent10 was formed in 2012 under the stewardship of Sipho Nkosi as non-Executive Chairman. With this key developmental philosophy as its foundation, Talent10 strives to create or acquire businesses that have long term sustainability and job creation accelerators as its key tenets.

Education and ongoing learning remains close to his heart. According to Sipho, “Further study after school is not the end of your growth. The pace of growth and change we are experiencing means that by the time you have finished studying, the world would have changed and you will need to reinvent yourself. Keep reading; keep learning”. Sipho holds a BCom (University of Zululand), BCom (Hons) (Econ) (Unisa), MBA (University of Massachusetts, Boston) and a Diploma in Marketing Management (Unisa). In addition to this, Sipho went on to complete the Advanced Management Programme at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Over the years, business at large has bestowed a number of prestigious awards on Sipho in recognition of his ongoing contribution as an astute business leader. After being announced as the Master Entrepreneur of the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Award 2012, Sipho went on to represent South Africa in the Global Awards event hosted in Monte Carlo.

The Afrikaans Handelsinstituut also recognized Sipho with the Tinie Louw Award for outstanding Business Leadership in 2013. The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) presented Sipho with the Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award in 2015, for his substantial contribution to the South African minerals industry over many years as well as for his leadership role in the South African society. At their recent Corporate Dinner celebrating 40 years of changing the transformation landscape, the Black Management Forum honored Sipho with their most coveted Black Excellence Leadership Award.

Sifiso Nkosi, Executive Chairperson, Ntuthuko Exploration & Mining

Sifiso Musa Nkosi is the Executive Chairperson of Ntuthuko Exploration & Mining, a junior mining company currently exploring anthracite coal mining in KwaZulu-Natal. Ntuthuko has mineral rights over various tenements in KwaZulu-Natal. The company currently represents/has relations with various tribal councils in the Ngonyama Trust. Sifiso has 12 years’ experience in the mining industry, having previously served as a board member for Isiphenduko Holdings, a joint venture company with Sephaku Cement. He sits on various boards including YIMSA (Youth in Mining South Africa), a youth mining lobby organization. He is also co-founder of the Junior Miners Forum, an African junior miners chamber with a national footprint representation. He currently serves as a member of the DMR’s Junior Miners Secretariat Committee chaired by Godfrey Oliphant - the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources. Sifiso is a staunch believer in the South African junior mining sector being a catalyst for transformation into a sunrise industry.  He is a partner of the Coniston insurance product, which is currently the only insurance guarantee product open to mining permit applications. He is also a partner of Rands 2 Cents, the only market training product aimed at surface owners and mining affected communities.  He holds an Information Technology Diploma, a Project Management certification and a Business Analysis qualification. 

Hon. Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister, Department of Mineral Resources

Godfrey Oliphant was born in Warrenton Northern Cape Province. After completing high school in the North West Province, he pursued further studies in Economics.

He has held senior positions in South Africa’s trade union movement, including that of NEC member of the National Union of Mine Workers and Vice President of Congress of South African Trade Union COSATU, amongst others. He is currently serving as a member of the Central Committee (CC) of the South African Communist Party.

He became a Member of the first democratic Parliament in 1994. Has a long and illustrious career that included holding of several key positions and Chairmanships of Portfolio Committees including Labour, Science and Technology, Public Works and Communications. He also served as a member of the Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy for 10 years (1994 to 2004).

He was elected the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources on 01 November 2010.

Mashale Phumaphi, Managing Director, Shumba Energy

Mashale is an executive focused on funding and developing energy projects in Africa. He was formerly part of the corporate finance team of a London-based natural resources corporate finance and issuing house. In addition to conducting investment analysis and research, he has raised debt and equity finance for projects in the Americas, Europe and Africa. He began his career as an engineer with Debswana Diamond Company based on Jwaneng Mine in Botswana. Mashale holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Sheffield, is a member of the United Kingdom Society of Investment Professionals (UKSIP) and is a member of the London-based Association of Mining Analysts (AMA).

Aleksander Popovic, Senior Consultant, CRU Group

Aleksander joined CRU Consulting in 2012 and currently heads CRU Consulting’s multi-commodity market research and advisory works for producers, consumers, financiers, governments and supply chain actors. Most recently, Aleks has led assignments in the following areas: diversification strategy and portfolio analysis; product and market entry strategy – where in the value chain do we want to be?; “green” energy and mobility futures, and implications for metal demand; implications of climate and carbon policy on processing and mining industry and host nations. Aleksandar was introduced to commodity markets at BP and OMV, where he worked on renewable energy joint ventures, feasibility studies in exploration and production and debated on industry-specific issues with the European governmental affairs office. Aleksandar is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Warwick and holds an MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London. Aleksandar is fluent in English, German and Serbo-Croatian, and competent in French.

Paul Ranamane, Group Executive Chairman, Opal Mining

Paul Ranamane holds a B Proc and LLB Degrees, Higher Dip. (Insolvency Practice) Dip. (Banking Financial Markets), Cert. (Competition Law), Cert. (Pension Law), Cert. (Notarial Practice) and a CIS. After completion of his articles, he worked as a Professional Assistant at Van der Venter Meiring Attorneys, where he gained extensive experience in aspects of corporate finance, commercial, litigation, insolvency, foreclosures, credit control, insolvencies and corporate litigation. Paul began practising as a director with Ranamane and Associates in 2001, a practice founded by him. His area of expertise and focus is in corporate litigation, commercial practice, civil litigation, mergers and acquisitions and administrative law. He also advises clients on local government legal matters. Paul is one of the founding Directors of Opal, and as such has been involved in mining since the company’s inception in 2012. He has been key in identifying assets for acquisition, acquiring greenfield projects, regulatory and legal compliance, capital raising and overall business strategy. He is also Opal’s representative at the Chamber of Mines.

Allan E Saad, Consulting Geologist

Allan graduated in 1979 with an Honour’s degree in geology from the University of Johannesburg, followed by a Master’s degree from the Potchefstroom University, South Africa. He was subsequently employed in the coal section of the Geological Survey of South Africa until he was recruited by Rio Tinto where he worked from 1982 until 2000.

During this period, Allan focused on mineral exploration mainly in Southern Africa, and gained extensive experience in various fields of mineral exploration including platinum, gold, diamonds, coal, iron ore, manganese, base metals, industrial minerals and other metals and minerals. He was responsible for the management of most of Rio Tinto’s exploration projects in South Africa at the time and played an integral part in various discoveries which were brought to account. In later years he was appointed Business Development Manager - Africa for Rio Tinto and held this position until electing to establish own consultancy in 2000.

Allan’s services were rendered to numerous large and small mining and exploration companies and were focused both locally and abroad on project generation and management, due diligence and evaluation studies on various potential mining opportunities, as well as specializing in mineral tenure in SA. As founder and past president of the Foreign Investors Mining Association, he played an active role in formulating the new mineral legislation in South Africa.
Over the past few years Allan has discovered, promoted and managed a variety of mineral projects including the Doornhoek fluorspar project at Zeerust in South Africa (world’s largest fluorspar resource), the Estima Coal Project in Mozambique (a world class coal deposit exceeding 1.3 billion tons of coal), and initiated and drilled a major manganese project in the Kalahari, which is now the producing Kudumane mine. The first two projects are currently approaching the development stage.

Allan is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa and is professionally affiliated to the South African Council For Natural Scientific Professions.

Keith Scott, Chairman, The MSA Group and Chief Executive Officer, Fraser Alexander

Keith is a geologist with over 20 years of experience in the mining industry in South Africa, Africa and globally.  Keith started his career as a field geologist and progressed over the next 15 years to consulting in geology and mineral project economics in precious and base metals, bulk commodities, special metals and diamond projects on five continents. Keith moved into executive management ten years ago when he became the Managing Director of The MSA Group (MOGS). Keith joined MOGS as the CEO of MOGS Mining Services in 2016 where he is responsible for nine companies within the group which has over 5000 employees and works on over 200 mine sites in South Africa, Africa and globally. Keith remains the Chairman of The MSA Group and he is currently the Acting CEO of Fraser Alexander.

Dr Mike Seeger, Director, MX Mining Capital Advisors

Mike is a Mining Engineer with over 23 years’ experience in mining operations, mine development and mining finance. He started his career with Iscor Mining and has worked with and consulted to major mining companies in Africa, South America, North America and Europe including Newmont, AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo Coal, Exxaro, Kaiser Aluminium and Outokumpu. He was a co-founder of several junior mining companies in Southern Africa including Universal Coal and Injula Mining Operations and is a director of Botswana-based Maatla Energy and Phanda Resources in Zimbabwe. He is the founder and director of MX Mining Capital Advisors, which provides diverse financing options for mining projects and mining operations in many different commodities. 

Walter Shamu, Chief Operating Officer, Orion Minerals

Walter Shamu has over 20 years of experience in developing and operating mines throughout Africa and Australasia.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering and a Master’s degree in Rock Mechanics from Curtin University, as well as a LLB (Law) from Macquarie University in Australia.  In Australia, Walter has worked with Gold Fields, Western Mining and Henry Walker Eltin on gold, nickel and uranium mines and projects.  Within Africa Walter has held technical and corporate roles with Gold Fields, ERG and Taurus Gold.

Dion Shango, PwC Southern Africa CEO

Dion Shango was appointed as Southern Africa CEO on 1 July 2015, the first black African to be appointed to the role. Prior to his current appointment Dion acted as Deputy CEO and as Leader of PwC’s Energy, Utilities and Mining (EU&M) Group.
Since being admitted to partnership in 2008, Dion has led engagements on complex and multinational businesses and has serviced a number of large listed clients mostly within the mining industry. He has extensive experience reporting under IFRS and of financial reporting in the mining industry.
In addition to his experience in the mining industry, Dion has also enjoyed exposure to other sectors and industries throughout his career, by virtue of being involved in the audits of companies and organisations such as the South African Reserve Bank, Vodacom and MonteCasino.
In recent years, Dion’s client base has included Exxaro Resources Limited, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited and Sasol Oil, amongst others.
Dion joined PwC in January 2000 after completing his studies at the University of Pretoria (B Com, Financial Accounting).

Errol Smart, Managing Director & CEO, 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.

Yathin Soni, MD, North Star Consulting (former Head of Mining, BNP Paribas SA)

Yathin is a seasoned corporate and investment banker, qualified in engineering and project management. Since 1997, he has managed large power, infrastructure and mining projects while serving major corporates such as Eskom Holdings SOC, Rand Merchant Bank, AngloGold Ashanti and BNP Paribas (France’s largest bank).

He was responsible for starting-up, resourcing and growing BNP Paribas’ South African Metals & Mining business into a significant profit generator for the bank. He successfully managed this business unit for 6 years before venturing off on his own to start North Star Consulting & Coaching in 2017, driven by a passion for people and a desire to build leadership excellence in mining.

North Star’s primary purpose is to contribute to developing a thriving and sustainable junior mining sector in South Africa. The company advises on new business development, M&A, procurement, capital raising, marketing and stakeholder management. In addition, North Star runs corporate finance skills training courses and is developing a leadership coaching workshop designed for corporate managers and team leaders.

Yathin holds a BSc Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of KZN and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Pretoria.

Bertie Strydom, Senior Project Development Manager, New Industries, IDC

Bertie Strydom is a Senior Project Development Manager in the New Industries Business unit at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). He is currently involved in the energy storage industry development and associated project developments. His experience includes industry development, project development and implementation, project financing, system engineering, operational management and logistics engineering. He joined IDC 1995 and gained experience in various roles and capacities. He also worked at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) for a five-year period prior to rejoining IDC in 2010. Bertie has also worked in industries such as telecommunications, system engineering, quality assurance and venture capital. He is a qualified electronic engineer from the University of Pretoria and also holds an honours degree in Business Economics from UNISA.

Bernard Swanepoel

Bernard 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 the Chairman of the annual Junior Indaba and Joburg Indaba as well as Chairman of the SBi. He is Chairman and Managing partner of MMC (Manganese Metal Company).

Mike Teke, Chief Executive Officer, Seriti Resources

From his beginnings in education to his career in Human Resources, Mike has gained extensive experience in people and business management in BHP and Impala, as well as CEO of Optimum Coal Holdings (prior to it being taken over by Glencore). Mike is the Chairperson and controlling shareholder of the Masimong Group and serves as Chair/Non-Executive Director at the Anchor Group, Rofles Holdings and the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. He is also a past president of the Chamber of Mines and serves on the Council of the Chamber. In keeping with his passion to leave a legacy for the next generation, Mike serves on the board of the University of Johannesburg.

Anthony Viljoen, Chief Executive Officer, AfriTin Mining

Anthony is a mining entrepeneur and founding shareholder of VM Investment Company. He has been responsible for the identification and development of a number of mineral projects across Africa. He was the founding director and CEO of Australian listed Lemur Resources and remains a non-Executive Director of Bushveld Minerals.