With countless networking opportunities vying for the attention of the numerous decision-makers flocking to Cape Town in February to attend the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba, the event’s organiser has reinforced its programme with the introduction of a Junior Mining Showcase as well as other new offerings.
There is “no need to travel around Cape Town in a taxi”, states Mining Indaba, which will host the annual event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8.
The organiser stresses that the Junior Mining Showcase is the “only place to find the hottest mining projects and leading global investors in one place”, adding that the focused trading area means every person “you meet is relevant to your business objectives”.
On the outreach to junior miners, Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose told Mining Weekly last year in an exclusive interview in Johannesburg that the demand for optimum junior participation was the common theme of the responses of investors, mining majors and exhibitors to questionnaires.
“We love the support we get from the mining giants and, without the big mining majors, we wouldn’t have an event, but, interestingly, large mining companies also want greater junior involvement, as do investors and exhibitors.
Without juniors, everything else is impacted, and their absence was probably our huge miss in previous years,” said Grose.
Last year’s Investment Battlefield competition, which will be held again this year, provided an opportunity for junior mining companies to pitch their projects to a panel of expert investors and compete for prizes to support the development of their projects.
This year, 24 mining companies below a $50-million market cap will pitch in a Dragon’s Den-style format to 20 leading investor judges over three days.
In 2017, 166 junior mining companies attended the Mining Indaba; “more juniors than any other event in Cape Town”, says Mining Indaba.
Bolstering the Investment Battlefield competition, the Junior Mining Showcase will provide a platform for 60 emerging projects from across Africa, says Mining Indaba.
About 27 open meeting spaces, as well as private rooms, are at the disposal of delegates.
The organiser adds that more than 350 investors and other deal-making firms are expected to attend.
Mining Indaba states that the event will also offer a Mining 2050 Innovation track, which provides an opportunity for delegates to meet with mining company COOs, project directors and heads of exploration and operations while discussing the latest disruptive technology and innovation investment strategies.
The advisory board members that will discuss topics, such as automation, digitali- sation and other long-term investments include gold mining company Barrick chief innovation officer Michelle Ash, industrial solutions manufacturer Olympus director Todd Houlahan, mineral resource exploration and development company GoviEx CEO Daniel Major and platinum miner Anglo American Platinum CEO Clive Govender.
Members of the advisory board also include explosives manufacturer AECI CEO Mark Dytor, diversified miner Ivanhoe Mines executive VP Mark Farren, multi- national project life cycle group Murray & Roberts new business director Allan Widlake, consultancy The MSA Group GM Ian Haddon, construction machinery manufacturer Caterpillar mining technology and enabled solutions director Jim Hawkins and global mining group Rio Tinto leader for procurement, energy and minerals Willem du Plessis.
Further, the Mining Indaba will host a Sustainable Development Day, which is where engagement with key stakeholders takes place to define a common vision for sustainable development in Africa’s mining industry. These discussions will address the deficit of trust within the sector and how best challenges around health and safety, labour and community rights can be met.
The Sustainable Development Day will be held on February 6 and will include speakers from four African governments, eight community and labour union representatives and eight mining companies.
On February 7, the Mining Indaba Intergovernmental Forum, which entails collaborative networking between African and international governments, aims to promote greater collaboration and sharing of expertise between governments in this interactive and focused stream of the event.
The forum will cover topics of transparency, key developments in mining legislation, global trade and infrastructure, facilitating discussion involving 18 African mining ministers and five leading mining economy members from countries, including China, India, Japan, Australia and Canada.
Moreover, the Ministerial Symposium will provide, for the first time, on February 4, the opportunity to apply to join this high-level summit to engage the most prominent mining CEOs, African mining ministers and major industry organisations and multilaterals.
This symposium is only open to the top 100 delegates from mining companies and government, and will feature 12 round- tables behind closed doors addressing Africa’s toughest mining challenges with the aim being a common vision for the sector. Speakers will include former South African President Thabo Mbeki and diversified mining company Vedanta CEO Tom Albanese.
The Investor Programme of the Mining Indaba offers delegates one-on-one meetings with mining CEOs and management teams brokered by Mining Indaba’s Investor Relations team; buy-side roundtable discussions led by prominent analysts, involving majors and midtiers; and the opportunity to participate in site visits across Africa.
This programme also offers potential direct access to mining ministers on request and full access to the VIP Investor Lounge for private meeting space.
The Investor Programme is open to corporate development teams from major mining companies and buy-side investors – specifically institutional investors, private equity funds, family offices and high net-worth individuals.
Mining Indaba reports that 2017 saw more than 100 issuers represented in the Investor Programme, ranging from majors to early-stage explorers.
Confirmed investor speakers for the Mining Indaba include investment management company Invesco portfolio manager Norman Macdonald, Australian wealth management group Colonial First State head of global resources Todd Warren, investment management company Van Eck senior analyst and portfolio manager Charl Malan and financial institution JP Morgan portfolio manager Neil Gregson.
Additionally, other confirmed investor speakers are specialist resources private equity manager EMR Capital investment director Richard Crookes, financing solutions company Hawke’s Point portfolio manager Pim Kalisvaart, advisory firm Earth Resources Investment Group adviser Joachim Berlenbac and employee-owned hedge fund sponsor Audley Capital CEO Julian Treger.
Further, Mining Indaba, in collaboration with business advisory firm Brunswick Group, on February 8, will host a Young Leaders in Mining programme, which engages young people to attract the right skills set to the mining sector.
“Reflecting the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the imperative remains to operate sustainably alongside young people’s expectation that mining delivers value for all stakeholders. This year’s theme is ‘Mining 4.0: Innovation, young professionals and priorities for a sustainable future’,” states Mining Indaba.
Platinum sponsors for Mining Indaba include AECI, diversified miner Anglo American, Democratic Republic of Congo State-owned mining company Gécamines, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation and explosives company Orica, as well as the Australian and Canadian governments.
Gold sponsors for the event include Caterpillar, software company Dassault Systemes, professional services firm Deloitte, Ivanhoe Mines, construction company Mota-Engil Africa, blasting solutions supplier Maxam, diversified miner South32, integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol and international financial institution World Bank Group.