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Mining world gathers in Cape Town

Mining world gathers in Cape TownThe 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba is expected to draw more than 7 000 investors, mining corporates, government leaders, global press, and other industry stakeholders from 110 countries. (Photo: in African Mining Indaba, the world's largest mining investment event, takes place from 9 to 12 February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The event will focus on mining and minerals, as well as beneficiation and sustainable development.

The Mining Indaba - as it is commonly known – is now in its 21st year, and more than 900 mining corporates are confirmed to attend. There will be a host of local and international speakers.

Tony Blair, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, will present a keynote address, as will Graça Machel, the president of the Foundation for Community Development.

Machel will speak at the sustainable development programme on 12 February. The half-day session is a cornerstone element of the indaba that fosters discussion on "key issues surrounding sustainability including but not limited to corporate governance, environmental legislation, and other critical factors that are of interest to shareholders", say the organisers.

Euromoney Institutional Investor managing director Christopher Fordham will host an "Interview with Tony Blair" during a special keynote presentation. Euromoney is the owner of the indaba.

Through the charity he founded in 2008, the Africa Governance Initiative, Blair has worked with African governments to improve regulation and investment oversight. As a result, he "will provide unique and charismatic insights to our global delegation who are vested in capitalising African mining", explains Jonathan Moore, the managing director of the indaba.

Speaker line-up

This year, it is expected to draw more than 7 000 investors, mining corporates, government leaders, global press, and other industry stakeholders from 110 countries.

There will be a "blockbuster line-up of global speakers including: industry's most pervasive deal-maker, Robert Friedland of Ivanhoe Mines; global economist, Dr Dambisa Moyo; creator of the acronym Bric, Jim O'Neill; the World Bank's group emerging regions expert, Anita Marangoly George; and a host of other government leaders, the world's largest mining company chief executives, and international commodities analysts", say the organisers.

The Mining Indaba includes the Investment Discovery Forum, taking place on 8 and 9 February in Cape Town. It is a private educational and networking setting reserved for accredited investors and mining corporates to engage in deal discussions.

Over the week, the indaba offers "deal-making and discovery showcasing all of Africa's most attractive investment opportunities unlike any other mining investment [event] in the world".

It emphasizes the myriad investment opportunities in the sector from majors to juniors, brownfields to exploration. Speakers give a global perspective on the investment climate, status of current and emerging mining projects across Africa, and insights on the current mining scenarios in Africa's most attractive mining jurisdictions.

There will be corporate presentations from: C-level executives representing approximately 40 of Africa's top and emerging mining players; 20 of the continent's most progressive mining ministers, among them Ngoako Ramathlodi, South African minister of mineral resources; and industry thought leaders driving African mining into the next phase.

Investment opportunities

"In bringing Africa's top mining leaders, we showcase all of Africa's attractive mining investment opportunities to global investors seeking to invest in new projects and regions on the continent," says Moore.

There will be more than 50 corporate presentations featuring chief executive and board level representatives at the indaba and the Investment Discovery Forum. They will speak about the status of current and new projects, overall corporate initiatives and other key issues pertinent to investors. Among the captains of Africa's mining industry who will speak at the indaba are:

  • Tom Albanese, Vedanta
  • Graham Briggs, Harmony Gold
  • Mark Bristow, Randgold Resources
  • Alan Davies, Rio Tinto
  • William Dawes, Mkango Resources
  • Robert Friedland, Ivanhoe Mines
  • Brad Gordon, Acacia Mining
  • Chris Griffiths, Anglo American Platinum
  • R Michael Jones, Platinum Group Metals
  • Ben Magara, Lonmin
  • Bruce McFadzean, Mawson West
  • Christian de Saint-Rome, Copperzone Resources
  • Mike Schmidt, African Rainbow Minerals
  • John Simpson, Peninsula Minerals
  • John Sisay, Sierra Rutile
  • Sylvie St-Jean, Ambatovy
  • Paul Thomson, A-cap Resources
  • Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat), Anglogold Ashanti
  • Neil Woodyer, Endeavour Mining Corporation
  • Nikolai Zelenski, Nordgold

The Mining Indaba is the world's largest mining investment conference and Africa's largest mining event. It serves as the pathway for foreign investments into Africa's mining value chain, with opportunities ranging from small diamond deposits to mega coal projects.

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