MineAfrica at PDAC 2016 report


It might have been the warm weather - a rarity during recent PDAC's - that contributed to a somewhat sunnier mood at the 2016 convention. We were happy for both and hope they set a positive trend through 2016.

We ran a number of events during the convention - read below for more information on each of the following:

  • SECTION A - MASTERMINING International Travel Security Course on Sunday March 6
  • SECTION B - Panel Discussion on "The African Mining Vision - what African countries are doing (and can do) to encourage investment in the current market" with Premier Sponsor Webber Wentzel on Sunday March 6
  • SECTION C - The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business 17th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 14th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS on Tuesday March 8
  • SECTION D - Eight exhibitors in the MineAfrica booths at the PDAC trade show from March 6-9
  • SECTION E - Upcoming Events


  • SECTION A
    International security expert Alan Bell of Globe Risk International led our 1-day MASTERMINING course: "International Travel Security for Miners at the Radisson Admiral Hotel on March 6 where participants learned how to develop a proactive approach to preventing and dealing with kidnapping, bribery, terrorist acts, vandalism and security threats around the world. We are pleased to announce that this course is also available in a customized version, modified to your organizations specific needs and can be delivered in-house. Contact Wayne Floreani for more information.


    SECTION B
    MineAfrica held its annual panel discussion with leading South African law firm Webber Wentzel on "The African Mining Vision - what African countries are doing (and can do) to encourage investment in the current market" on Sunday March 6, 2016 - the opening day of PDAC.

    Panelists for this interactive and lively debate included Manus Booysen, Partner, Webber Wentzel, Sipho Methula, Partner, Webber Wentzel, Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Republic of South Africa, the Hon. Evode Imena, Minister of State, Mining, Ministry of Natural Resources, The Republic of Rwanda, Tony Harwood, President and Chief Executive Officer, Montero Mining & Exploration Ltd., and Dr. Kojo Busia, Acting Coordinator, African Minerals Development Centre.

    Download the program.

    Download the summary of key points from Dr. Kojo Busia.


    SECTION C
    The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business 17th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 14th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS and Corporate Sponsors Hatch, Toronto Stock Exchange, Webber Wentzel, and Sponsors DRA and Falcon Drilling took place on Tuesday March 8. The sold-out breakfast - the biggest African mining event in North America - featured opening addresses by Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Republic of South Africa and Frank Mugyenyi, Senior Industry Advisor, African Union Commission (AUC), Department of Trade & Industry (Leveraging the African Mining Vision) and a keynote address by Sipho Pityana, Chairman of AngloGold Ashanti (Defining Partnerships the Endure Commodity Bear Markets). The Chamber also announced its expansion to cover the whole of the African continent.

    Following breakfast eighteen mining companies, African Mining Ministers and expert advisors to the mining industry delivered concise presentations covering African mining projects, investment opportunities and doing business in Africa's mining industry, in four concurrent seminar rooms.

    Download the seminar program and corporate profiles.

    A big thank you to our Premier Sponsor SGS (who, we are delighted to announce, has renewed its sponsorship for the 2017 breakfast, for the eighth consecutive year), Corporate Sponsors Hatch, Toronto Stock Exchange and Webber Wentzel, and sponsors DRA, Falcon Drilling and the Mineral Resource Analyst Group (MRAG).

    Thank you to our seminar moderators Sipho Methula (Webber Wentzel), Keith Bright (SGS), Graham Dallas (Toronto Stock Exchange) and Andre van Wyk (DRA).

    Download the presentations
  • Opening Breakfast Address - verbal only - Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Republic of South Africa

  • Leveraging the African Mining Vision - Frank Mugyenyi, Senior Industry Advisor, African Union Commission (AUC), Department of Trade & Industry

  • Defining Partnerships the Endure Commodity Bear Markets - Sipho Pityana, Chairman, AngloGold Ashanti


  • SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS
    SESSION A
    Moderator - Sipho Methula, Partner, Webber Wentzel


  • Developing Cost Effective Projects - EPCM Contracting in Lower Commodity Cycles - Darren Naylor, Business Development Director, Senet

  • Securing Mining Investments in Burkina Faso - Emmanuel Yameogo, Director of Mines, Burkina Faso Ministry of Energy, Mines and Quarries

  • The High Grade Yaramoko Gold Project - Production Next Quarter - John Dorward, President and Chief Executive Officer, Roxgold Inc.

  • True Gold - Building a Mid-tier Producer - Christian Milau, Chief Executive Officer, True Gold Mining Inc.


  • SESSION B
    Moderator - Keith Bright, Senior Studies Manager, SGS


  • The Opportunity for Investment in Minerals in Sudan - Dr. Abu Fatima Abdallah, Director General, Sudan Geological Research Authority

  • Mining in Africa: Creating Opportunities From the Downturn - Stéphane Brabant, Partner, Co-Head of Global Mining Group, Co-Chairman of Africa Practice Group and Peter Leon, Partner, Co-Chairman of Africa Practice Group, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • Mintek at the Forefront of Hydrometallurgical Innovation in Africa - Dr. Eugene Lakay, Senior Scientist, Mintek

  • De Beers' New Process Optimisation Technology for Mineral Processing Applications - Diamond, Coal and Iron Ore - Gordon Taylor, Operations Manager, The De Beers Group of Companies / DebTech


  • SESSION C
    Moderator - Graham Dallas, Head of Business Development, Toronto Stock Exchange


  • The Nature of Transactions in the Current Mining Market - Manus Booysen, Partner, Mining Sector Group, Webber Wentzel

  • Mining in the Digital Age: Manage Your RISK by Managing Your Information - Stefanie Cronje, Manager - Mining Business, DRA Projects

  • Improving Your Bottom Line With FX Strategies - Gabriel Arrobas, Senior FX Dealer, Questrade Inc.

  • Private-Public Compact to Advance the Africa Mining Vision - Mayer K. Ngomesia, Mineral Sector Governance Advisor, African Minerals Development Centre

  • Mining Investment Opportunities in Nigeria - Katagum Ladi Hauwa, Director, Nigerian Investment Promotion Centre


  • SESSION D
    Moderator - Andre van Wyk, Senior Vice President, Process Engineering, DRA


  • Maximizing the Value of Your Operation - Technical Solutions to Help You Reach Your Goals Efficiently and Effectively - Steve Wilson, Regional Senior Vice President, Minerals Services, SGS

  • What's the Buzz??? - How Will Zika and Other Mosquito Borne Infections Impact on Mining in Africa? - Dr. Albie de Frey, Founder and Director, iNHEMACO S.A.

  • Are You Prepared for a Kidnap, Hostage or Terrorist Incident - Alan Bell, President, Globe Risk International Inc.

  • Rwanda - An Attractive Investment Destination - Hon. Evode Imena, Minister of State: Mining, Ministry of Natural Resources, Republic of Rwanda

  • The Smartest Thing Africa Can Do Right Now to Attract Canadian Investment - Fran Hendy, H-Y Legal Advisory & Consulting and Barbados' International Securities Market: Open for Business in Africa's Mining Industry - Marlon E. Yarde, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Barbados Stock Exchange


  • SECTION D - BOOTHS AT THE PDAC TRADE SHOW
    The following companies and organizations exhibited in the MineAfrica booths in the PDAC Trade Show South Building: Burkina Faso Ministry of Energy, Mines & Quarries, De Beers Group of Companies/DebTech, iNHEMACO, MineAfrica, Mintek, Nigeria Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, SENET Engineering and Sudan Ministry of Minerals.


    SECTION E - UPCOMING EVENTS
    Click below for more information on presenting, sponsoring or attending at one of our upcoming events:

  • 6th Focus on West Africa seminar in London, UK with Premier Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills on October 20, 2016.

  • 10th Investing in African Mining seminar in London, UK with Premier Sponsor Toronto Stock Exchange on November 28, 2016. Our keynote speaker is Neal Froneman, Chief Executive Officer, Sibanye Gold.

  • 6th mineLatinAmerica seminar in Toronto with Premier Sponsors Toronto Stock Exchange and Norton Rose Fulbright on November 14, 2016.

  • The Canada-Southern Africa 18th Annual African Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 15th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar in Toronto during PDAC with Premier Sponsor SGS on March 7, 2017 including booth space in the PDAC Trade Show running from March 5 to 8, 2017.

  • Download our 2016-2017 event schedule of seminars and MASTERMINING courses.

    Thanks for being a part of MineAfrica at PDAC 2016 and we hope to see you at our next events!

    Bruce and Wayne