Past (2019) Sponsors
At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We're a network of firms in 158 countries with over 250,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Our ability to quickly combine the right competencies, market knowledge and mining industry insights – uniquely for each client issue and territory – sets us apart from the rest.
We help organisations explore opportunities, navigate risk, achieve business goals and change business networks across Africa and globally. Our professionals have financial and operational experience, knowledge of business processes and industry insight. All of this enables us to listen and understand your goals and the environment (competitive, economic and regulatory) in which you operate and provide you with a solution that’s right for your organisation. We believe it’s critical that our professionals can quickly understand your business, challenges and culture and then design and implement an effective solution for your organisation.
We use our extensive global reach and our vast industry experience and skills to build relationships with our clients. This is the core of what makes partnering with us effective and the return on your investment with us invaluable.
Mining Centres of Excellence
Our set of solutions for mining clients, whether a large multinational or a smaller entrepreneur, ranges from exploration to operations, mine closure and rehabilitation. Our services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client, taking into account size, location and sector. Our in-depth knowledge and understanding of Africa's operating environments enable us to offer tailored services and solutions for every business challenge.
Our Mining Centres of Excellence in Africa are equipped to assist with the various requirements and requests of companies operating within the mining industry. Our strategies are developed and matured to ensure that we support all companies operating throughout the African continent, made possible through concerted co-ordination between the centres in all three of the regions in which we operate.
PwC is the biggest professional services firm in Africa based on staff numbers, turnover and office footprint. With more than 9000 people in 34 countries, we see opportunities, where others see challenges.
DRA Global is a diversified global engineering, project delivery and operations management group, with an impressive +30-year track record. Known for its collaborative approach and extensive experience in project origination and delivery, as well as turnkey operations and maintenance services, DRA Global delivers optimal solutions that are tailored to meet clients’ needs.
With expertise in the areas of project development, mining, mineral processing, plant optimisation, operations & maintenance and related water, energy, and infrastructure requirements, DRA Global delivers truly comprehensive solutions to the resources sector. The organisation employs over 4000 people and offers flexible engineering and operations management services worldwide through 16 offices.
For more information, visit www.draglobal.com
IsoMetrix is a leading provider of GRC solutions for the extractive industries. Recognised by Verdantix as a Leader in the Verdantix Green Quadrant and one of the 12 best SHEQ products worldwide, IsoMetrix has over the past 17 years built a strong reputation for providing mining companies with web-based solutions for managing a wide range of disciplines including SHEQ, Enterprise Risk Management, Compliance and Social and Environmental Sustainability. We pride ourselves on helping our customers to better manage their risk, reduce the incidence of lost time injuries and section 54s, and secure their social licence to operate. Based in South Africa and with offices in Australia, Canada and the USA, IsoMetrix is well positioned to help all miners achieve a level of governance that will attract and retain investment. Website: www.isometrix.com
Orion Minerals Ltd (ASX: ORN | JSE: ORN) is a mineral explorer and developer which is set to join the ranks of international base metal producers through the development of its flagship Prieska Zinc-Copper Project in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. Underpinned by a globally significant VMS Resource of 30.49 Mt at 3.7% Zn, 1.2% Cu, the Prieska development is based on a proposed initial 10-year, 2.4Mtpa operation targeting production of 70-80ktpa Zn, 20-24ktpa Cu with globally competitive costs and strong margins. A Bankable Feasibility Study is due in Q2 2019, with a final investment decision targeted for H2 2019. Website: orionminerals.com.au
African Rainbow Minerals
African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is a leading South African diversified mining and minerals company with long-life, low unit cost operations and significant growth opportunities. ARM mines and beneficiates iron ore, manganese ore and alloys, chrome ore and alloys, platinum group metals, copper, nickel and coal. ARM also has an investment in gold through its shareholding in Harmony. ARM’s strategy is focused on quality growth within its portfolio of assets and ensuring that all ARM’s operations are positioned below the 50th percentile of each commodity’s global cost curve. This is achieved, in conjunction with ARM’s joint venture partners, through volume growth and continuous improvement in operational efficiencies. In 2010 ARM successfully achieved its 2 X 2010 strategy to double production in its diversified portfolio of assets, and in 2012 ARM delivered its iron ore, coal and nickel growth projects. ARM’s growth of existing assets is supplemented by continuous assessment of acquisition and partnership opportunities and exploration in Africa. We do it better! Website: www.arm.co.za
Exxaro Resources Limited is a black-empowered South Africa-based diversified resources groups with interests in the coal, titanium dioxide, ferrous and energy markets situated in South Africa, Europe and the United States of America. As at the end of 2016, Exxaro was the largest supplier of coal to Eskom and the fourth largest South African coal exporter with current production of almost 40 million tonnes per annum, and is listed on the JSE Limited, where it is a constituent of both the Top 40 and Socially Responsible Investment indices. Although just 10 years old, Exxaro’s pedigree and skills were built over decades as a company rooted in South Africa and respected by its peers for its innovation, ethics and integrity. Based on a well-executed strategy, solid returns, access to funds and quality resources. Exxaro is a unique listed investment opportunity which foresees development and growth along the energy value chain within the African continent. Website: www.exxaro.com
Harmony is a gold-mining and exploration company, with more than six decades of experience. Harmony has operations in South Africa and in Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s most well-known gold mining regions and one of the world’s premier new gold regions respectively. Harmony produced 1.08Moz of gold in FY15 and is South Africa’s third largest gold producer and the twelfth largest in the world. Website: www.harmony.co.za
Vedanta Zinc International
Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) – headquartered in Johannesburg – is a grouping of zinc assets located in South Africa, Namibia and Ireland, owned by India-based Vedanta Limited, a listed subsidiary of Vedanta Resources plc. Its operations include Black Mountain Mining (BMM) and the associated flagship Gamsberg Project in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, and Skorpion Zinc Mine and Refinery in the //Kharas region of Namibia. Mining and milling at the Lisheen Mine in Ireland was concluded in December 2015 after 17 years of operation and the mine is currently in an active closure mode. VZI’s vision is to create an integrated world-class regional zinc complex comprising Black Mountain Mining (including Gamsberg) and the Skorpion Zinc mining and refining operations. The values of trust, entrepreneurship, innovation, excellence, integrity, respect and care form the core of VZI’s business.
African Sun Mining
African Sun Mining (Pty) Ltd, is a proudly South African, 100% Black-Owned, top opencast mining contractor, established in 2011. Our vision is to develop and grow African Sun Mining (Pty) Ltd to be the best hard and soft rock mining company, both in South Africa and internationally, with a commitment to Zero Tolerance on Safety. Furthermore, to continuously enhance our performance by delivering professional and quality services to our clients, combined with low production costs. Our mission is to build sustainable and long-term partnerships with our clients based on ethical and fair business dealings, and to promote a corporate culture which is non-sectarian, non-political, and socially and environmentally responsible. In addition, to enhance and maintain a profitable mining company, while ensuring sustainable financial returns to our stakeholders. At African Sun Mining, we offer a range of specialist services to our clients including: Opencast Mining (including Mine Rehabilitation), Drilling and Blasting, Load and Haul, Crushing and Screening and Establishment of decline Shafts. African Sun Mining is proud of its fleet of specialist earthmoving, excavation, drilling and blasting, loading and hauling vehicles and equipment, all of which is maintained to the highest standards. Website: www.africansunmining.com
EIMS was incorporated in 1993 and born out of the need for specialised environmental services to support and manage the environmental risks associated with the Katse Dam project in Lesotho. On the basis of this project, and driven by the growing awareness of environmental issues and risks in southern Africa, coupled with EIMS’s reputation for delivering quality and reliable advice, the company grew and diversified to the multi-disciplinary team we are today. We are a modern African company, proud to have expanded into virtually every aspect of the environmental management sector, serving the mining, gas, water, energy and infrastructure sectors. Website: www.eims.co.za
With more than 150 years of mining industry experience and an established presence in Africa for over 130 years, our firm has earned an unparalleled international reputation. We structure transactions to promote cross-border efficiencies, reduce exposure to political and regulatory risk and facilitate financing. Fasken has recently been named Who’s Who Legal’s Global Mining Law Firm of the Year in 2018, making our firm a winner for the tenth time (and fourth consecutive win) - more times than any other law firm worldwide. We would be privileged to put all our expertise at your service. Website: www.fasken.com
Vision: “To be the preferred outsourcing mining services partner in Africa”. Founded in 1912, Fraser Alexander provides customized, innovative, outsourced solutions to the Mining Industry in the disciplines of Open Cast Mining, Bulk Materials Handling, Mineral Processing, Tailings and Discard Management, Water Treatment and Construction, encompassing asset and inventory management as well as Operation and Maintenance. While based in Jet Park, Boksburg, South Africa, the Company is operational on over 250 mining sites in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Chile, Brazil and Australia. Website: www.fraseralexander.co.za
Fraser McGill is a Johannesburg-based company, providing independent advisory services to junior and mid-tier companies in the mining and minerals sector globally. We assist our customers to make informed investment decisions concerning their mining asset and project portfolios, and company executives and management with their strategy development process by guiding them on the path to shareholder value. We believe that there is always a different and better way to conceive, design, engineer and manage a mining project or investment to extract maximum value despite a challenging market and operating environment. Being flexible, independent and highly customer-focused, we offer executive level advice that is discreet, trusted and custom-fit to your business. Our project, technical, cost-estimating and financial-modelling services are customer-organisation embedded, providing applicable and appropriate solutions and tools where and when you need them. Website: www.frasermcgill.com
Last Mile Group
The Last Mile Group ("LMG") is a association of companies that form part of the Last Mile Fund. The objectives of the group is to capitalise on our synergies, collaborate on research and development and to share technology, resources and expertise; for the collective benefit of our group, our clients and South African mining and manufacturing sectors. The Last Mile Fund ("LMF") brings together over R1 billion of Broad-based Black Capital, with Mining and Industrial engineering expertise with the purpose of funding and nurturing South Africa's next generation of great companies. The Last Mile Fund, a growth capital fund, was created by Patrice Motsepe's African Rainbow Capital, Bernard Swanepoel, Sipho Nkosi, and Clinton Halsey. The LMF through its networks, resources, and active participation in management, invests in innovative and world class South African companies and projects within the mining and industrial sectors.
At METC we drive cost effective Projects, building metallurgical plants for mines in an open and flexible environment. The combination of engineering efficiency, extensive project design experience driven by entrepreneurial passion and a company with a sense of fun has made METC a premier engineering design company. The team members have designed, built and operated more than 75 metallurgical plants across the African continent. The team is responsive, fast moving and flexible and skilled in completing studies and detailed design for metallurgical plants, for both brown-field and green-field projects; as well as detailed engineering for plant sections and process islands. This dedicated team brings high level engineering and management experience in day-to-day project issues while still providing cost effective detailed engineering. Website: www.metcengineering.com
The Ukwazi Group
Ukwazi is a level 2 BEE company with a 14-year proven track record as an independent mining advisory. We provide onsite technical services from exploration to budget planning, outsourced technical services, contract management, technical system implementation and training. Our mining study teams deliver engineering services, feasibility studies and competent person reports for listed companies or mergers and acquisitions. Since 2016, Ukwazi has a successful operations division as an open pit and underground mining contracting company. Our long hole open stoping and surface mining contracting companies have grown to 150 people. We have a strong in-house skills base on safety, production management and supervision, specialist equipment operators, equipment maintenance and charging, blasting, load and haul. Website: www.ukwazi.com
Junior Mining Association
JUNIOR MINING ASSOCIATION (JMA) is an association created by various like minded Companies and individuals with skills and experience in a wide field of mining-related matters. This group includes but is not limited to, ex-mine engineers, attorneys, labour law specialists, environmental researchers, waste management strategists, technical and engineering designers and human resource specialists. JMA is an association created to assist and to provide business solutions to the junior mining sector to develop 'fit for purpose' solutions to client specifications and requirements. Website: www.jmamining.com
In April 2019, WorleyParsons and Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources division, two global leaders in engineering, technical and professional services, came together under a new brand, Worley. Our customers now have access to a wide network of highly capable people around the globe to help them meet the world's changing energy, chemicals and resources needs. The global professional services provider is uniquely positioned to assist junior miners in creating cost-effective, fit-for-purpose solutions to assist with funding opportunities and development of solid business cases for investment. Website: www.worley.com
Gemecs is a specialized geological service company that renders geological and mining consulting services to the Southern Africa mining industry, with its head office situated in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. We focus on junior to mid-tier mining companies and provide “one stop” specialist services in the fields of geological modelling, exploration, mine planning, resource and reserve evaluation and project feasibility studies. Our services include the following: Geological modelling; Competent Person’s Reports; Geological database services; Exploration management, core logging and sampling; Desktop studies; Mine design, layout, planning and scheduling services; Geological training and skills transfer; Geovia Minex™ software training and support.
SSG Security’s founder Mr. Jorge Ferreira who was also the founder of Protea Coin and listed Mvelaserve (ZAR 1.9 billion) on the JSE is one of the most experienced CEO’s in the security industry with more than 35 years of experience in the South African Security Industry. We are therefore proud to state that we have comprehensive knowledge and expertise to manage the risks our clients face on a day to day basis. With this in mind we believe that the environment in which we operate today requires a professional and holistic approach, with due consideration of critical security and safety standards, in order to meet and deliver on client expectations. SSG Security has earned a reputation for developing and utilising leading edge concepts to solve challenging situations. Our success lies with our hands-on management approach coupled with the commitment to anticipate and adapt to and ever evolving security risks and client requirements. SSG Security has proven expertise and trained resources through its divisions to deliver the full suite of fully-integrated security services, including event security, mining security, industrial, retail and warehousing security, technical surveillance, CCTV and alarm monitoring, electronic counter measures, close protection (VIPs), vetting, profiles and forensic investigations to meet current and future industry requirements. Our Sector Specialists ensure that our clients are provided with best practice solutions based on years of experience. Website: www.ssgsa.co.za