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.

Ayanda Bam, Executive Chairman, Kuyasa Mining


Obtained a BSc degree in 1985 from the National University of Lesotho. Worked at BECSA’s Rietpruit Opencast Services as head of IT until 1996. He is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Kuyasa Mining, a coal mining company that was founded in 1995 as the first Black owned and operated mining company in South Africa. Involved as an advisor to the Mpumalanga government in the area of economic development.

Vuslat Bayoglu, Managing Director, Menar

Vuslat Bayoglu is the Executive Chairperson of Canyon Coal, a coal exploration and mining company with operations and projects in Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces of South Africa.  He is also the Founder and Managing Director of Menar Capital, which has controlling stakes in Zululand Anthracite Colliery, Sitatunga Resources and Kangra Coal. He has an Honours’ Degree in Mechanical Engineering and over 16 years’ experience in the mining industry. Vuslat is a hands-on investor who has a keen interest in bettering the Southern African economy.

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.

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

Tebello Chabana, Senior Executive: Public Affairs and Transformation, Minerals Council South Africa

Tebello Chabana joined the Minerals Council (then Chamber of Mines of South Africa) in July 2016 following his departure from Anglo American South Africa. He began his legal career at Deneys Reitz Attorneys, then joined Anglo American South Africa as a Legal Advisor and served in a range of positions, ending as Head of Public Affairs South Africa. Tebello also spent time at Kumba Iron Ore as Executive Head of Public Affairs.

Prof. Mike de Wit, Consulting Geologist, Majimba Consulting

Michiel (Mike) de Wit obtained a BA (Hons) degree from Trinity College, Dublin in Geology in 1975 and MSc degrees in Geophysics and Sedimentology from the Universities of Pretoria (1981) and Reading (1983) respectively. He completed a PhD in Geology from the University of Cape Town in 1993. He started his career with the Geological Survey of SA in 1976 where he spent two years in geophysical applications over alluvial diamond deposits. During the following 29 years he was employed by De Beers in diamond exploration and research, became General Manager-Africa Exploration responsible for the discovery and evaluation of kimberlites in Africa before moving to the DRC in 2004 for De Beers as General Manager-DRC. Besides formulating and managing exploration programmes, other responsibilities included strategy, security of tenure, budgets, manpower, joint ventures and SHE. In 2007 he joined Canadian junior explorer Delrand Resources (Pty) Ltd (formerly BRC-DiamondCore (Pty) Ltd) as President and CEO, continuing with the exploration and evaluation of diamond deposits in the DRC and South Africa. From 2010 to 2019 he worked for Tsodilo Resources Ltd as President and COO where he became involved with diamond and base-metal exploration in Botswana. In 2007 he was appointed as Honorary Professor at the Geology Department of the University of Pretoria until 2017.

Ian Harebottle, Chief Executive Officer, Kropz

Ian Harebottle is responsible for leading the development and execution of Kropz plc’s long-term strategy, with a view to creating shareholder value. He is also ultimately responsible for all day-to-day management decisions and for implementing the company’s long- and short-term plans. Ian is the direct liaison between the Board and management of the company and communicates on behalf of the company to shareholders, employees, government authorities, other stakeholders and the public as a whole. He joined Kropz in 2018. Ian is recognised for his skills in facilitating and participating in high-level operational initiatives, including infrastructure design, process re-engineering, turnaround management and re-organisation. He has a strong transactional background in start-ups, mergers, acquisitions and stock exchange listings. For the past 16 years Ian has been actively involved in the mining sector, and his tenure as CEO of TanzaniteOne, and more recently of AIM-listed gemstone miner Gemfields plc, has delivered a consistent record of creating shareholder value via strong operational results in growth, revenue generation, operational performance and profitability.

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, Executive Vice President – Projects, Mechanical, DRA Global

Alistair Hodgkinson is the Executive Vice President for the EMEA Region. Alistair joined DRA in 2007 and has over 23 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 has been involved in large scale mining and minerals processing projects across EMEA, implementing various greenfield and brownfield resources projects.  In his current role, Alistair oversees the successful delivery of all projects across EMEA. 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.

George Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Theta Gold Mines & Stonewall Resources

George Jenkins is a qualified extraction metallurgist with 25 years of mining industry experience in South Africa and Australia. Throughout his career he has held various executive, operational, management and business development roles with the most recent executive role as COO for public company Aard Metals Ltd. He has extensive experience in managing operational mine sites ranging from precious metals to coal with companies such as JCI, Vale Australia and AMCOAL. He has also held operational managerial titles with several junior mining organisations. His appointment as CEO provides the company with expertise in feasibility studies, project development, plant construction, commissioning and production. In addition, his operational and business experience in South Africa and Australia will provide Stonewall with insights into the business dynamics of these two countries so that they can be integrated into the future of the company.

Claude E. Jodoin, Partner, Fasken

Claude E. Jodoin practises tax law, with a focus on corporate financing, financial instruments, the purchase and sale of companies, and reorganizations. Claude regularly assists financial institutions during major mandates dealing with large public issues of securities. He also advises large national and international public and private corporations on reorganization. The high technology and biotechnology industries continue to evolve, and Claude helps clients develop corporate finance structures that benefit from the maximum scientific research and experimental development tax incentives. Claude is actively involved in goods and services tax matters, and some of Claude’s interventions before the provincial and federal tax authorities have resulted in major legislative or regulatory amendments. Recognized as one of the best tax lawyers in Canada by The Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Claude has written a number of articles and delivered many seminars on new tax issues.

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.

Sascha Keen, Director, Noah’s Rule

With a skillset spanning project finance, debt advisory, asset management, corporate recovery and turnarounds, Sascha is perfectly suited to supporting Noah’s Rule clients. His expertise across sectors including mining, metals, renewable energy and infrastructure enables him to identify and manage risk for a wide range of companies. Sascha’s ability to deliver great results for clients is founded on knowledge gained from over a 15-year career in executive roles at investment banking and trading groups including NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia) Limited and Mitsui. Based in Barcelona, Sascha is ideally located to take part in critical discussions and negotiations with financial institutions situated in key international banking hubs. Sascha holds an MBA from ESADE Business School in Spain, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute.

Michal Kotzé, Africa Mining Industry Leader, PwC

Michal Kotzé is the Africa Mining Industry Leader for PwC. He is also the business unit leader for our Energy, Utilities and Mining Assurance practice in Johannesburg. He is an experienced partner and has worked on many listed-client assignments as lead engagement partner. He has experience dealing with clients listed on the Johannesburg, London and Toronto Stock Exchanges (JSE, LSE & TSX). Michal has significant experience working with companies operating in Africa. Michal’s leadership skills were also recognised when he was selected to take part in PwC’s international leadership development program. As part of this program, Michal worked in India for a period of three months, during which time a road map was developed for the expansion of the largest eye care hospital in the world.

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.

Cobus Loots, Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Resources

Cobus has been a director of Pan African since 2009 and was appointed Financial Director on 1 October 2013. Prior to this he was the Managing Director of Shanduka Resources (Pty) Limited. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and a CFA® Charterholder. He served articles with Deloitte & Touche, and was an Audit Manager with the firm before leaving to pursue a career in finance. Cobus’ experience includes mining specific acquisitions and finance, as well as the management of both exploration and producing mineral assets.

Louis Loubser, Managing Director, Mooiplats Colliery

Louis holds a B.Com in Management Accounting and an MBA (Cum Laude) from the University of Stellenbosch and a University of Derby Certificate in International Quarry Operations. He previously held the position of Head of Business Development and Resources at Afrimat Limited, where he successfully assisted in negotiating the acquisition of Infrasors into the Afrimat stable.  In 2013, he was appointed as Managing Director of Infrasors, demonstrating great competency in turning Infrasors around. In July 2018, Louis joined Mooiplaats Colliery as CEO and is loving the challenge of re-energising the huge potential of this asset and its workforce.

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, 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 Cadiz where he is Director: Mining, focusing on Private Equity, Capital Raising and M & A activity in the Mining & Resources sector.

Thabile Makgala, Executive: Mining, Impala Platinum; Chairperson, Women in Mining SA (WiMSA)

Thabile Makgala is the Executive: Mining at Implats. Prior to joining Implats, Thabile held various senior positions at Gold Fields, Anglogoldashanti and AngloAmerican. In 2018, she was selected as one of the “Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining worldwide. 
Thabile is the current chairperson of Women in Mining South Africa and made history by being the first female Mining Engineer Graduate at Gold fields Kloof and Driefontein division (Now Sibanye Gold). 
Thabile has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Stellenbosch Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering (Cum laude), from the University of the Witwatersrand. Thabile is a member of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.
Thabile is passionate about Mining, transformation and the advancement of the industry through harnessing technology and innovation.

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.

Refilwe Monageng, Executive Director, White Rivers Exploration (South Africa)

Refilwe Monageng is an entrepreneurial businessman who has over ten years’ experience in Government and stakeholder relations. He enhanced his expertise through completing Business Communication and Directors Induction Programmes. Refilwe has recently been elected as a member of the Institute of Directors, Southern Africa.
Refilwe has served on the Minerals and Petroleum Board of South Africa since February 2015. Through the Board, his responsibilities include advising the Minister of Mineral Resources on the following matters: Sustainable development of the nation’s mineral resources, Transformation and down-scaling of the minerals and the mining industry, Dispute resolution, Promotion of human resources development in the minerals and mining industry.

Gerick Mouton, Senior Vice President, Ivanplats

Gerick Mouton, a Mechanical Engineer by profession, is the Senior Vice President 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.

Dr Sakhile Ngcobo, Director, Sibambene Coal

Dr Sakhile Ngcobo is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in the mining industry. His experience covers wide ranging areas, including corporate affairs, mineral trading and community development. He worked for Anglo American for 18 years, 10 of which in De Beers Consolidated Mines as Head of Corporate Affairs. While at Anglo, he was a member of the company’s Zimele enterprises development programme and participated in the establishment of Mondi Zimele as well as De Beers Zimele. In addition, he co-authored Anglo American Socio- Economic Impact Assessment Toolbox. He is the Executive Director and founder of South African Seaways, one of the largest shipping companies. He sits on the board of African Thunder Platinum, a mining and exploration company. Sakhile holds a PhD from Wits Business School with a focus on reputation management in the South African mining industry. He is passionate about the participation of youth in mining and the black industrialists programme

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. 

Lili Nupen, Founder/Director, Nupen Staude de Vries

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.

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.

Alan Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Blyvoor Gold

Alan Smith is considered a veteran in the global mining sector with more than 43 years’ experience. His career in mining includes an impressive 27-year stint with Anglo/DeBeers where he managed a number of diamond mines and held the title of Chief Executive for AngloGold’s South African Operations. Alan is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Blyvoor Gold Proprietary Limited where he is heading up the re-opening of the once-famous Blyvooruitzicht mine after the devastating effects of its most recent history. During his career, Alan has been involved in a range of mining aspects such as exploration, project management, feasibility studies, financing, commercial optimisation and team and executive management. Alan is experienced in gold, coal, diamonds, tin, tantalum, silver, copper, nickel, niobium, fluorspar and various other metals and industrial minerals.

Waheed Sulaiman, Independent Consultant

Over the past 15 years Waheed has amassed expertise in numerous commodities across multiple continents. The combination of his chemical engineering and commerce degrees afforded him unique opportunities to develop experience in operational, technical and commercial roles. Waheed started his mining career at BHP Billiton and operated in various parts of the group’s local and international businesses. Until recently he successfully headed JSE-listed Wescoal Holdings. His array of experience includes building pilot-scale copper processing plants in Chile, involvement in a Turkish nickel heap leach mining operation and being part of a team which worked on establishing a manganese mine in Gabon. During his four-year tenure at Wescoal, the company increased revenues and profits fourfold. Along the way it acquired fellow JSE-listed miner Keaton Energy Holdings, started up greenfield and brownfield coal mining projects and lifted run-of-mine production from 1 million tons to more than 6 million tons per annum.

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).

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.

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).