2019 Speakers

Fred Arendse, Chief Executive Officer, Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corp (SSC Group)

Fred is an entrepreneur and has more than 24 years of experience in the mining industry, having spent 4 years with JCI coal division before joining Anglo American Platinum, where he rose to the position of Head of Transformation at the Corporate Office. He holds a degree in Human Resources and Business Management from the University of South Africa and a LDP from WITS. He literally founded the SSC group in 2005 in his garage and built the business from scratch into a multi-million rand growing business. He is very passionate about community engagement and development and is the Chairman of the NPO, Peace Prosperity Foundation, and a member of the Black Management Forum. Fred serves on various boards, including Redpath Mining and SSC associated companies. His company recently signed a deal which will result in the acquisition of Vantage Goldfields and Lily Mine where the tragic container collapse happened. His biggest ambition is to build a black Anglo American, which is co-owned by communities and employees.


Jacques Badenhorst, Chief Executive Officer, Maatla Resources (Botswana)

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 Officer, 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.


Andre Boje, Chief Executive Officer, Minergy (Botswana)

Andre Boje is an accountant with more than two decades of experience in the South African coal industry. He founded South African-focused coal trading company Chandler Coal (Pty) Ltd in 1997 following a successful executive management career in various industries. In 2005, after a period of exponential growth, the company was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) as Wescoal Holdings Limited, enabling a transition from purely coal trading activities to a fully-fledged coal miner and trader. Wescoal, with three fully operational mines, is now one of the leading junior coal mining and trading companies in southern Africa. Andre left Wescoal in March 2015 and after working with Minergy BVI since January 2016, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Minergy Limited in January 2017 and its Chief Executive Officer in February 2017.


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.


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.


Boris Kamstra, Chief Executive Officer, Alphamin Resources (DRC)

Boris Kamstra is an accomplished senior business executive. He bravely capitalises on his strategic management style to ensure good business leadership, corporate alignment and success – imperative in challenging environments. 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 University of Cape Town - both times named on the Deans merit list. Boris is a Registered Professional Engineer with the SA Engineering Council and a member of the SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


Peter Leon, Peter Leon, Partner and Africa Co-Chair, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Peter is a partner and Co-Chair of the Africa Practice Group at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and is based in the firm's Johannesburg office.
He is one of the world's pre-eminent mining lawyers according to the International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers and other peer reviewed global legal directories. His areas of expertise include mineral and petroleum regulation in developing countries (including the South African Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 and international best practice), black economic empowerment and indigenisation law, international investment law and financial services regulation. 
Peter regularly advises on major mine development agreements and resources regulatory issues across Anglophone Africa. He also has significant experience in contentious matters involving States in sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly skilled in crisis management and has provided expert advice on an urgent basis to clients to assist them in managing and mitigating significant country risks.
Peter is well versed in the Sub-Saharan African geopolitical climate and provides strategic advice not only on the mineral regulatory framework but also how to navigate the framework within the prevailing economic and political conditions in key African mining jurisdictions.
Peter is a regular speaker at conferences, courses and Parliamentary hearings in South Africa and internationally. He is an honorary lecturer at the University of Dundee in Scotland. He is also an accomplished speaker and has written extensively on the topics of mining, resource nationalism, the regulation of foreign direct investment, and black economic empowerment and indigenisation law.


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 de


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.


Dr Gargi Mishra, Industry Innovation Senior Principal – Mining, Accenture

Gargi is a seasoned exploration geologist with nearly two decades of experience in the mining industry and has worked across the mining value chain in Canada, Angola, DRC, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho and India. Gargi was named as one of the Top 100 global inspirational women in mining for 2018. She is passionate about creating an enabling environment for Mining Innovation in Africa. She currently works at Accenture as Mining Innovation Senior Principal. She started her career as a field geologist and is a trained kimberlite petrologist. She holds a Ph.D. in Geometallurgy from the University of Johannesburg. In 2015, she founded the Mining Innovation Portal, a platform to build awareness of open innovation in mining, and later founded a tech startup to help mining clients in their digital transformation journey.

She is the recipient of the “FEMINA WOMEN SUPER ACHIEVER AWARD 2017”. This award celebrates the role played by women as leaders, executioners and decision makers in various fields. In 2017, she was selected for “Standard Bank First Women InTech Accelerator programme”. In 2018, she was nominated for “Inspiring fifty”, a Dutch initiative that showcases inspiring female role models in the technology industry.


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.


Allan Mulligan, Executive Director, Walkabout Resources (Tanzania)

Allan Mulligan is a mining engineer with 30 years of mine management and production experience. Allan has specialised in technical assessment and production economics, feasibilities, project design and costing of underground mines and prospects. He has worked extensively in exploration, mine development and operations across Africa and Australia and understands the value of Australian expertise and African opportunity. Allan was a founding director of Walkabout Resources Pty Ltd. He has previously been on the board of several West Australian explorers.


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. 


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.


Xavier Marcel Prévost, Senior Coal Analyst, XMP Consulting

Xavier has a MSc in Engineering Geology UMSA; Diploma in Mining and Exploration from the Montan University, Leoben, Austria, Graduate Diploma in Engineering and M. Eng. degree from Wits.
He has been in coal since 1977, established the Geological Survey’s National Coal Database (NCDB); was Genmin IT Exploration Manager and joined the Minerals Bureau, DME in 1995, as Chief Mineral Economist; Coal and Hydrocarbons. He was appointed Coal Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie, Southern Africa and since 2009 is consulting privately with XMP Consulting. He promotes South Africa’s coal mining industry within government and industry groups, lectures at Universities as well as companies on coal science, i.e. coal reserves, economics, quality control, marketing and clean coal technologies. He has extensive experience in reserves and resources. His main tasks are optimisation of coal utilisation and marketing, economic empowerment in coal, evaluation of coal reserves, implementation of clean coal technologies (CCTs) and impact of the use of fossil fuels. Xavier belongs to several local and international coal committees and groups involved in coal science and technology.


Hulme Scholes, Director, Malan Scholes Inc.

Hulme is a director of the firm and a mining attorney with over 20 years’ experience in the mining sector in South Africa and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa. He has in-depth knowledge of mineral rights issues and BEE transactions in this industry. Hulme was previously the head of the mining practice at Werksmans Inc. and a director of the firm for eight years. He sits on the boards of various mining companies as a non-executive director and has a practical understanding of the industry, having begun his career as a Learner Official on the then Rand Mines Limited Harmony Gold Mine.


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. 


Olebogeng Sentsho, Chief Executive Officer, Simba Mgodi Fund

Olebogeng Sentsho is an entrepreneur with interests in mining and energy. Olebogeng is an alumni of the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship programme for the Young African Leaders Initiative, run by the US State department, and she is currently completing her MSc in Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is the Chief Executive Officer at the Simba Mgodi Mining Incubation Fund, a development fund that supports emerging entrepreneurs in mining and mining services.
Olebogeng believes that a more structured and Afro-centric approach to mining will grow the African economy and enable Africa to benefit from the minerals it rightfully owns. Serving as the finance champion on the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resource's Technical Secretariat for the evolution of funding models for junior miners in South Africa, Olebogeng has both the technical and financial knowledge of the intricacies of funding junior miners. Her legal background gives her a unique edge as it allows her to structure deals with precision. A recipient of the inaugural "Outstanding Woman in Mining Award" at the Youth in Mining Business awards in 2016, the Winner of the "Leaders of Tomorrow" Award at the 2019 Mining Indaba, the Head of the Mining and Technical Engineering Services Sector at the Progressive Youth in Business Organisation and the National Convenor of the 2019 Youth in Mining Procurement Transformation Summit, Olebogeng is passionate about investment, the African economy, mining and socially responsible business practices. Olebogeng's short-term career objective is to catalyse the creation of South Africa's tertiary mining industry - where the industry will interact directly with raw minerals and beneficiate them.
Her long-term career objective is to create other industrialists throughout Africa who share the vision of a prosperous and economically-active continent driven by Africans for Africans. Olebogeng has been featured on ENCA, Power FM, North West FM, Motsweding FM CNBC AFRICA and she has served as a guest lecturer for the Master of Management class of 2017 on new venture creation and entrepreneurship at the University of the Witwatersrand Business School.


Charles Siwawa, Chief Executive Officer, Botswana Chamber of Mines

Charles Siwawa is currently employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Chamber of Mines based in Gaborone, a position he has occupied since 2010. The Botswana Chamber of Mines exists to serve the interests of the mining industry in the country and to influence policy decisions and strategic intents within the government, non-governmental organizations and related bodies. Charles has an extensive background in the mining industry in Botswana dating back to 1982.


Errol Smart, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Orion Minerals (South Africa)

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.


Bernard Swanepoel

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).


Andrew Trahar, Corporate Development and Investor Relations Manager, Zanaga Iron Ore (Congo)

Andrew Trahar is Head of Corporate Development and Investor Relations at Zanaga Iron Ore Company. Previously Andrew worked in J.P. Morgan's UK Corporate Finance Division predominantly serving clients in the natural resources sector. Andrew holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Sciences with Honours in Finance and Economics from the University of Cape Town.


William (Bill) Witham, CEO, 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).