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 Energy Limited (Botswana)

Jacques is a metallurgist with over 25 years’ experience in operations and project development management of diverse mining projects, ranging from coal, gold, platinum, manganese, titanium and diamonds. Jacques is a co-founder of Maatla Resources in 2016 and Maatla Energy (Botswana) in 2017 as well as Maatla Energy Limited (Mauritius) in 2018. Jacques serves as CEO of Maatla Resources, Maatla Energy Limited and has previously also served as Managing Director of Zamanco Minerals Limited, a company listed on the ASX. He is a member of the South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy, Mine Metallurgical Managers Association and the Institute of Directors SA. In the past, Jacques has worked for Anglo American Corporation, Grinaker –LTA Process Engineering and MRD (Pty) Ltd, which he also co-founded in 2002, implementing and operating various medium to 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 Co-Founder and Managing Director of mining investment company Menar, which has controlling stakes in Canyon Coal, Zululand Anthracite Colliery, Kangra Coal and East Manganese. He holds an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and has over 16 years’ experience in the mining industry. During that period, he has led the group’s subsidiaries from junior to mid-tier status through organic growth and acquisitions.  Bayoglu is a hands-on investor with a keen interest in bettering the South African economy. He is actively involved in seeking solutions to key issues faced by South Africa. Bayoglu also serves on the board of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT).

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 is an admitted attorney with the earlier part of his career focusing on labour and commercial law. He has a career spanning c.20 years in the mining industry with experience in social development, public relations, mining policy and advocacy. He has dealt with delicate issues such as the negotiation of BEE policy and targets with various regulators and stakeholders. His mining policy and regulatory experience traverses many commodities, local and foreign mining jurisdictions. He has successfully managed public and stakeholder relations during high profile industry disputes and litigation. He prides himself on seeking sustainable win-win solutions to mining industry challenges. 

Paul Chimbodza, Executive Director, Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe

Paul Chimbodza is an Executive Director of Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe, the developers of Africa’s second largest drill proven hard rock Arcadia Lithium project in Zimbabwe. He is also the Executive Chairman of Geo Associates (Pvt) Ltd, a junior resources company that holds an oil and gas exploration licence over the Cabora Bassa Basin that has been historically explored by Mobil Oil. Paul is holder of a BSc Geology Honours degree, and is an Associate Member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). Paul has held executive positions of increasing responsibility including General Manager Exploration at Metallon Gold, non-Executive Director of the Hwange Colliery Company, Executive Director at Falcon Gold, Executive Director for Wickbury Investments, the owners of Dinhidza vermiculite mine.  He is a former member of the Zimbabwe Mining Affairs Board, a member of the Chamber of Mines Executive Committee and sits on the boards of a number of public and private companies in Zimbabwe and abroad.

Lloyd Christie, Director, Mining and Environmental Law, ENSafrica

Lloyd Christie is a director at ENSafrica in the natural resource law department. He specialises in mining and environmental law, with a focus on providing mineral resource regulatory advice, including advising on resource finance projects, disposals and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, black economic empowerment transactions, strategic planning in relation to green field operations, resource disputes and lobbying regulators. He also advises on environmental regulation to the waste, water, nuclear, mining, banking and other industries affected by environmental legislation.
Lloyd’s experience includes lobbying government regarding environmental fiscal reform and developing new fossil fuel-based, nuclear and renewable energy facilities and maximising carbon opportunities under international treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol. Lloyd has extensive experience in advising on environmental impact assessments, matters involving industrial decommissioning and land contamination, mine closure and rehabilitation, environmental law related dispute resolution, mine health and safety and community engagement. Lloyd has also acquired a particular expertise in nuclear regulation in South Africa advising the developer of third generation nuclear technology and has developed one of the leading carbon practices in South Africa, having advised on numerous Clean Development Mechanism projects. Lloyd is a member of the Environmental Lawyers Association and the South African Clean Development Mechanism Association. He has also acted in the Labour Court, High Court and Magistrate’s Court. He co-authored the South African Country Chapter in the PLC Cross-border Environment Handbook 2010. Lloyd is recognised as a leading lawyer by the following reputable rating agencies and their publication/s: Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2014, 2015, 2016 - Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (South Africa); Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2015 and 2016 - Environment (South Africa); The International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (South Africa); The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers 2015 & 2016 (South Africa); The Legal 500 Guide to Outstanding Lawyers 2015, 2016 – Mining.

Val Coetzee, SVP Process and Project Development, DRA Global

Val obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, followed a few years later, by a Master of Engineering in Mineral Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Val started his career with the De Beers Group, before joining Impala Platinum, Rustenburg, as an Operations Manager and Technical Manager. He joined DRA in 2008 as a Senior Process Engineer and has been intimately involved with a vast number of global projects across a broad range of commodities, including amongst others: Gold, Platinum, Uranium, Base-Metals, Chrome, Iron Ore, Lithium and Ferrochrome. Val is currently a SVP at DRA, with a primary focus on Process Engineering and Project Development within the group. Val remains closely involved with project development, particularly early stage studies, and has acted as competent person for studies that meet the requisite standards of disclosure for Mineral Projects.

María Soledad Cordova, Ambassador for Ecuador in South Africa

María Soledad Cordova is a high-energy diplomat with 25 years of experience in diplomatic services. Organized and diligent with excellent interpersonal communication skills, she is dedicated to successfully performing my duties as the Ambassador of Ecuador to South Africa . María graduated from the Catholic University of Ecuador with a degree in Law and a Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy. She previously served the embassies in London, Lima and Brussels.

Dr 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.

Denver Dreyer, Senior Vice President MM&M EMEA, Worley

Denver Dreyer is a vibrant executive with 20+ years of strategic business development and operational experience in the chemicals, infrastructure, power and hydrocarbons sectors in sub-Saharan Africa. Denver completed a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1997. In 2006 Denver joined Kwezi V3 Engineers as an electrical engineer, which was acquired by WorleyParsons RSA in 2011. He has held a number of roles at WorleyParsons RSA including the Customer Sector Group Manager: Minerals & Metals and Chief Operations Officer before being appointed as the CEO in April 2016. Denver is currently the Senior Vice President MM&M EMEA for Worley (previously WorleyParsons) and is responsible for Mining, Minerals & Metals for Europe, Middle East and Africa.  He is passionate about the meaningful and sustainable transformation of engineering in South Africa and is part of a team that shares this same commitment within Worley. Denver is also at the forefront of driving digital transformation in the industry. Denver is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, and is a member of the Institute of Directors, and the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers.

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

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

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.

Sam Hosack, Managing Director, Prospect Resources (Zimbabwe)

Mr Hosack is a third-generation Zimbabwean with 18 years’ experience in mining and project development spanning numerous jurisdictions such as North and Southern Africa, Europe, Australia and Central America. For the past 12 years he was employed by First Quantum Minerals Ltd, primarily in their Projects team, where he most recently project managed the building of a port (coal offloading and copper loading), a 120km 230kV transmission line and a 300MW coal-fired power station for the Minera Panama Project in Panama. He holds a Bachelors Engineering Degree (Hons) from Essex University in UK, a MBA from Ashcroft Business School (UK) and respective professional registrations.

George Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Stonewall Mining

George is a mining industry professional and qualified extraction metallurgist with 28 years of industry experience. For the last 22 years he has held various operational leadership, business development and executive roles in Australia and Africa. He is currently the CEO for Stonewall Mining and is also an executive director for the company and its local subsidiaries. George has been involved in the construction of new and brownfield sites in South Africa and Australia in addition to holding operational management roles with companies like JCI, Anglo Coal, Grinaker LTA and Vale.

Cecilia Jofré, Chief Sales Officer and 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 (Spain)

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.

Pontsho Ledwaba, Lecturer, School of Mining Engineering, Wits University

Pontsho Ledwaba holds an MSc degree in Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently a Lecturer at the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. Previously she was a Senior Engineer at Mintek, a science and technology organisation. She worked in numerous projects at Mintek in the areas of mineral development, minerals beneficiation, skills development and training. She has been conducting research in the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) for over 8 years and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies on the contribution of ASM to local socio-economic development in South Africa. The project is aimed at developing a strategy framework for the ASM sector in South Africa.

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 qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche in South Africa and he is also a CFA® Charterholder. He has been a director of Pan African Resources since 2009 and served as Financial Director of Pan African Resources from 2013 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer on 1 March 2015. Cobus has 15 years of management and investment experience in the African mining environment and has successfully executed a number of value-accretive projects and transactions during his time at Pan African Resources. Pan African Resources is focused on safe, low-cost and sustainable gold production.

Louis Loubser, Chief Executive Officer, Mooiplaats Colliery

As the Head of Business Development and Resources at Afrimat Limited, Louis Loubser was part of the team that successfully negotiated the acquisition of Infrasors into the Afrimat stable.  In 2013, he was appointed 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.  Louis holds a B.Com Management Accounting degree, an University of Derby Certificate in International Quarry Operations and MBA Cum Laude from University of Stellenbosch. 

Aviona Mabaso, Group Legal Counsel, Bauba Platinum

Aviona received her law degree from the University of Pretoria and has completed certificate courses in mining at the University of the Witswatersrand. She is passionate about sustainable economic development and believes that education and the empowerment of women and youth are important pillars to achieving economic goals, especially in South Africa. Aviona also contributes her legal expertise as a non-executive of the non-profit organization, Kliptown Youth Programme, and is mentoring one of their youngest members.

Mosa Mabuza, Chief Executive Officer, Council for Geoscience

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

Peter Major, Director: Mining, Mergence Corporate Solutions

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

Conor McFadden, Tax Partner, Fasken

Conor McFadden advises both domestic and international clients on direct and indirect taxation matters relating to corporate and business law, including the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate restructurings, cross-border transactions, transfer pricing, thin capitalisation, employee share option schemes and state royalties on mineral resource transfers. He is regularly involved in making representations to the National Treasury on draft revenue legislation and applying for Advance Tax Rulings on behalf of clients from the Advance Tax Ruling Unit. Conor has extensive experience in tax litigation and alternative dispute resolution and deals with the South African Revenue Service on a regular basis. 

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.

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.

Mitford Mundell, Independent Business Coach and Partner, Drivatic

Mitford has three decades experience in the mining industry, working at Harmony Gold through all the ranks to General Manager, Business Coach and Head of Business Improvement, at De Beers as General Manager and COO of Namdeb and later as Global Head of Business Improvement, and then more than five years with Namakwa Diamonds as CEO.  He is busy obtaining accreditation through the International Coach Federation, and is in a business partnership with Drivatic.  His key areas of achievement and interest lie in resuscitating perceived tired mining assets, business improvement, business coaching and catalysing effective management teams.  He holds qualifications in mining, management and leadership, as well as an Executive Masters in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC Paris and the University of Oxford (summa cum laude).

Lindiwe Nakedi, Owner & Managing Director, Gubhani Exploration

Lindiwe Nakedi is Owner and Managing Director of Gubhani Exploration, a 100% black female owned surface diamond drilling company. She has 10 years’ experience in exploration drilling, contracting for companies such as Coal of Africa (Now MC Mining), Exxaro, Nkomati Mine of ARM, De Beers and South32. She served as Chairperson of WiMSA in 2017 and 2018 and is now Patron Liaison in the organisation. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Mincon Transformation Trust. In 2018 she was selected as one of Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining by Women In Mining UK, making her one of 16 women picked in South Africa.

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 were at 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 the Anglo American Socio-Economic Impact Assessment Toolbox. He is the Executive Director and founder of South African Seaways, one of the largest shipping companies. Dr. Sakhile is also a founder and executive chairman of Mirospan Mining, a 100% black owned mining services and investment company. He is also a Director of Canyon Coal. 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 (Madagascar)

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

A qualified Mining Engineer with 24+ years’ experience in mine development, mining finance and mining operations in energy minerals, base metals, precious metals and industrial minerals. He started his career with Iscor Mining in coal, iron ore and titanium mining operations and mine development. He was part of the part of the team that developed the mining portfolio of Iscor Heavy Minerals, now owned by Tronox. He consulted to major mining companies in Africa, South America, North America and Europe in mine turnaround and optimisation including Newmont, AngloGold Ashanti, Kaiser Aluminium, Outokumpu and RAG Coal. He co-founded a mining contracting company that mined 1.5 million tons of coal per annum for Anglo Coal for 6 years and was a co-founder of ASX listed Universal Coal, where he developed the Kangala Coal Mine and coal project portfolio. He is a Director of MX Mining Capital Advisors, which advises mine developers, mine owners and mining investors on financing of mining projects. He is a board member of Maatla Energy, which is developing the Mmamabula coal mine and coal-to-liquids project in Botswana. Mike is currently working on the financing of mining projects for clients in energy minerals, base metals, precious metals and industrial minerals in Africa, Asia, America and Europe.

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

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.

Bruce Stride, Managing Director, Maxima Silica

At age 43, as a minerals trader from a mining family, Bruce saw potential in Central Africa for small mining and processing opportunities. In 1996 his first mining opportunity was at Luisha Mine in the South West DRC - a three-year partnership with the Government mining company, Gecamines. He was involved in developing simple mining techniques for the extraction and beneficiation of copper and cobalt oxides and furnacing the oxide concentrates into “alliage rouge” granules for export. Gecamines took over the management in 1999 at the end of the contract period. In 1999 Bruce moved to Rwanda and developed beneficiation systems for cassiterite (tin oxide), wolframite (tungsten), niobium and tantalum oxides. He developed and installed a tin smelter in 2002 in Gisenyi, Rwanda, exported refined, low-lead tin, produced tantalum and niobium-rich concentrates and slags and developed markets in China, Malaysia and SA for the end products. Bruce then obtained mining concessions in North Western DRC (one of which, Bisie Mine, is now listed on the Toronto ASX as an asset of Alphamin) and Rwanda. In 2012, he returned to SA to develop two abandoned mining areas for Incubex Minerals (Ltd) - Maxima Silica in Boshoek near Rustennburg and Namaqua Wollastonite in Garies near Springbok. Both mines, after various closures during their life, are now operating successfully.

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.

Thabang Thlaku, Commodities and Mining Analyst, Standard Bank Group Securities

Thabang is a commodities and mining analyst at Standard Bank Group (SBG) Securities, largely focusing on base metals and bulk commodities. She is also the South African Diversified Miners equity analyst.  Before joining SBG Securities, Thabang worked as an assistant Portfolio Manager in the resources team at the Public Investment Corporation. Thabang holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree and a Master of Commerce degree in Economics, both attained from the University of Cape Town. She qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in February 2016.

Madelein Todd, Chief Marketing Officer, Manganese Metal Company (MMC)

Madelein Todd holds the position of Chief Marketing Officer for Manganese Metal Company (Pty) Ltd (“MMC”) and she has been a member of the MMC team for over 20 years.  She studied Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Pretoria and spent the first number of years at MMC in a technical role, working on process efficiency improvements as well as product development projects for the high purity electrolytic manganese produced by MMC.  Madelein joined the Marketing Department first in the capacity of technical customer support and later as full time market analyst.  The global electrolytic manganese metal industry operates in a fairly obscure market, but due to MMC’s wide customer base and focused approach to market segmentation, Madelein holds a comprehensive understanding of this niche segment of the greater manganese market.  Electrolytic manganese has applications in special steels, flat rolled aluminium, lithium-ion batteries, welding consumables and selected chemicals.

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

Andrew is Head of Corporate Development at Zanaga Iron Ore. Andrew comes from a mining finance background, having been involved in multiple large-scale debt and equity financings, mergers, acquisitions and strategic partner processes involving more than $30bn of capital. Andrew is also intricately involved in developing the technical solution and business case for Zanaga’s 1MTPA iron ore pellet project, which is in the process of being finalised. Andrew holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Sciences with Honours in Finance and Economics from the University of Cape Town.

Andries van Heerden, Chief Executive Officer, Afrimat

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

William (Bill) Witham, CEO, Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group (Australia)

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).