MineAfrica at PDAC 2012 report

PDAC had another record year this March 4-7 with 30,000 delegates and MineAfrica catered to those with an African interest with four programs:

  • Africa's Mining Industry: The Perceptions and Reality seminar with Premier Sponsor Webber Wentzel on Sunday March 4
  • The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business 13th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 10th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS on Tuesday March 6
  • Nine exhibitors in four MineAfrica booths at the PDAC trade show from March 4-7
  • our 3-day MASTERMINING course from March 1-3

  • The week kicked off with our seminar on Africa's Mining Industry: The Perceptions and Reality on Sunday morning where participants learned from senior partners of leading African law firm Webber Wentzel about the regulatory uncertainty, debate on the nationalization of mines, financing, and health and safety issues around mining investment in Africa. Read the March 4 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 including Earthstone Group, Guinea Ministry of Mines, ITC Global Networking Solutions, the MDM Group, Mining Weekly, Mintek, Roxgold, Spidersat Communications Limited and Webber Wentzel. View the photo gallery.

    View all the photos from the trade show (note: these photos are all high resolution and can be downloaded directly from this site). Photos courtesy of Blake Chorley Photography.

    Three hundred and thirty-five participants took in the biggest African Mining Event in North America - the Chamber's 13th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 10th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS - on Tuesday March 6.

    Dr. Gabi Schneider, Director of the Namibian Geological Survey, opened the morning, followed by keynote speaker, Inge Zaamwani, Managing Director of Namdeb, the diamond mining joint venture between the Namibian government and De Beers Corporation.

    Download Dr. Schneider's presentation on The Importance of Geoscientific Data in Attracting Mining Investment to Africa.

    Download Ms. Zaamwani's presentation on Investing in the Namibian Minerals Sector: the Experience of Namdeb.

    Following a breakfast, twenty-two 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.

    Download the corporate profiles of our presenting companies, sponsors and media partners.

    View the photo gallery.

    A big thanks to Premier Sponsor SGS (who, we are delighted to announce, has renewed its sponsorship for 2013), corporate sponsor Earthstone Group and sponsors Aggreko, Amlib Holdings Plc, the Mineral Resource Analyst Group (MRAG), Nevsun Resources Ltd., Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, Spidersat Communications Limited and TMX Group (Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange).

    Thank you to our seminar moderators Fernando Blasco (Drake Global Tech), Russ Calow (SGS), Edward Cheung (TMX Group) and Janne Duncan (Norton Rose LLP).

    We are also pleased to announce a new seminar - ENERGYAfrica with Premier Sponsors Norton Rose LLP and TMX Group and sponsor Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. on June 19 in Toronto. The seminar covers oil and gas, coal, uranium and alternative energy sources and features updates by public and private companies on their African energy projects, technical presentations on doing business in Africa's energy industry and country overviews by African governments. For more information contact us, download the one page brochure or go to the webpage.

    Download our complete 2012 Event Schedule of seminars and MASTERMINING courses including our new course "Understanding the Coal Industry".

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

    Bruce and Wayne