2020 Speakers

Roger Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Mines of South Africa

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

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

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

Steve Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, Caledonia Mining

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

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

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


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. 

Johan Ferreira, Chief Executive Officer, Cupric Canyon & Khoemacau Copper Mining

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

Boris Kamstra, Director, Pangea

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


Luke Knight. Director, AMED Funds

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

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


Naseem Lahri, Managing Director, Lucara Botswana

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


Segun Lawson Chief Executive Officer, Thor Explorations

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

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


Peter Ledwidge, Managing Director, Mako Gold Mining Limited

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

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


Peter Major, Director: Mining, Mergence Corporate Solutions

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

Sean Meadon, Chief Operating Officer, Platinum 1

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

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

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Chairman, Menar

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

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

Fortune Mojapelo, CEO, Bushveld Minerals

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

Bert Monro, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Cora Gold

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


Mametja Moshe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Moshe Capital

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

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

Brandon Munro, Chief Executive Officer, Bannerman Resources

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


Eugene Nel, Chief Executive Officer, Vanadium Resources

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

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

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


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.


Bernard Swanepoel, Chairman

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