MineAfrica at PDAC 2011 Report

Its pretty amazing that 27,700 people from 118 countries would gather in blustery Toronto in early March for a mining convention. And for those with a specific interest in mining in Africa there were three African focussed events over the four days that catered to them:

  • MineAfrica's seminar on South Africa's Mining Industry: The Perceptions and Reality with Premier Sponsors Macleod Dixon LLP and Webber Wentzel Attorneys on Sunday March 6

  • The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business 12th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 9th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS on Tuesday March 8

  • Nine exhibitors in four MineAfrica booths at the PDAC trade show from March 6 to March 9

  • The week kicked off with South Africa's Mining Industry: The Perceptions and Reality seminar on Sunday morning where seventy-five participants learned about the realities surrounding South Africa's drop in the Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies and Canadian perceptions on investing in South Africa. Read the March 6 seminar report with links to the program, presentations and photo gallery.

    At the sold-out PDAC trade show traffic was busy at the four MineAfrica booths with nine exhibitors comprising a blend of African governments and private sector companies including Algeria Ministry of Mines and Energy, CA Mining: Global Recruitment, Guinea Ministry of Mines, MDM Engineering, Mining Weekly, Mintek, Niger Ministry of Mines and Energy, Senegal Ministry of Mines and Industry, Spidersat Communications Limited and Webber Wentzel Attorneys. View the photo gallery.

    A 7:30 am start on Tuesday March 8 did not deter a record three hundred and sixty participants at the Premier African Mining Event in North America - the Chamber's 12th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 9th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS.

    South Africa's Minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, opened the morning, followed by R. Michael Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Group Metals, addressing the African Market Discount.

    After a brief networking break twenty-four mining companies, African 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.

    Download the corporate profiles.

    View the photo gallery.

    See the audience composition by type of company and country.

    Download the presentations:
    note: some of the files are large and may take a few minutes to download

    Breakfast Keynote Address
    The Africa Discount - Does it Point to Risk or Opportunity? - R. Michael Jones, Platinum Group Metals

    Session A - moderator - Steve Wilson, SGS
  • George Bennett - MDM Engineering
  • Michael Hopley - Sunridge Gold Corp.
  • Avril Cole - Macleod Dixon LLP
  • Glenn Mullan - Golden Valley Mines Corp.
  • Doug Jones - Chalice Gold Ltd.
  • Dr. Mamadou Dikouma - Niger Ministry of Mines and Energy

  • Session B - moderator - Martine Valcin, TMX Group
  • Stephan Theron - Forbes & Manhattan Coal Corp.
  • Peter Leon - Webber Wentzel Attorneys
  • Nosiphiwo Mzamo - Mintek
  • Bongani Mtshidi - BSC Resources Ltd.
  • Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada - Minister of Mines and Steel Development
  • Chantal Brazeau - EDC

  • Session C - moderator - Gilles de Vignemont, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Stephane Brabant - Herbert Smith LLP
  • Derick Govender - SGS
  • Luis Da Silva - African Aura Mining inc.
  • Andy Walker - Aggreko International Projects Ltd.
  • Dr. Sally Eyre - Endeavour Mining Corporation
  • verbal presentation - Guillaume Curtis - Guinea Ministry of Mines and Geology

  • Session D - moderator - Dr. Willem Smuts, WJS Consult
  • Christoper Davies - African Eagle Resources plc
  • Tim Searcy - Auryx Gold Corp.
  • Dr. Moussa Sylla - Senegal Ministry of Mines
  • Peter Cowley - Loncor Resources Inc.
  • Duane Parnham - Giyani Gold Corp.
  • Mark Mendelsohn - Paul Weiss LLP

  • Media Coverage:
    Mining firms eye Sub-Saharan Africa's potential
    PDAC-Risk-aversion rules as miners ramp up exploration
    Chalice to raise equity in Toronto
    MineAfrica team sets sights on new challenges
    PTM touts ‘brand new' Bushveld discovery
    Platinum Today
    Mining Weekly PDAC Supplement

    Thank you to all of our presenters for sharing their stories and their expertise.

    A big thanks to Premier Sponsor SGS and sponsors Aggreko International, CA Mining: Global Recruitment, Forbes & Manhattan Coal Corp., International SOS, Macleod Dixon LLP, the Minerals Resources Analysts Group (MRAG), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Spidersat Communications Limited and the TMX Group (Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange).

    Thank you to our seminar moderators Martine Valcin (TMX Group), Gilles de Vignemont (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Willem Smuts (WJS Consult) and Steve Wilson (SGS).

    Thank you to everyone for participating and we hope you can join us at our next events.

    Coming up we have:

  • The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business Risk Mitigation and CSR in Africa and Emerging Markets seminar on April 28 in Vancouver with Premier Sponsors Fasken Martineau, Hatch and International SOS
  • Our three-day MASTERMINING course in Vancouver (Apr 26-28), Toronto (May 1-3) and Sudbury (May 9-11)
  • Our Investing in African Mining: Focus on West Africa seminar on June 9 in Toronto

  • Contact us for more information on presenting, sponsoring or attending.

    Bruce and Wayne