MineAfrica at PDAC 2013 report

30,000 delegates attended PDAC 2013 and those with an interest in Africa had three MineAfrica programs in which to participate.

Read below for details on:
A. Navigating Africa's Mining Terrain: Perceptions and Reality panel discussion with Premier Sponsor Webber Wentzel on Sunday March 3
B. The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business 14th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 11th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS on Tuesday March 5
C. Nine exhibitors in four MineAfrica booths at the PDAC trade show from March 4-7

We also ran our 3-day MASTERMINING course: Understanding the Mining Industry From A to Z just prior to PDAC.

A. The week kicked off with a panel discussion on Navigating Africa's Mining Terrain: Perceptions and Reality on Sunday morning where participants learned from senior partners of leading African law firm Webber Wentzel on key topics impacting Africa's mining industry including: 1) the Growth of Resource Nationalism in Africa; 2) How to Successfully Invest in African Mining; 3) From Marikana to Mangaung; What Now for South African mining?; and 4) The South African Mineral Regime: Key Trends and Major Outlook. Download the seminar program and speaker profiles.

B. The highlight of the week was the Chamber's 14th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 11th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS and Corporate Sponsor Fasken Martineau on Tuesday March 5. A record 385 participants took in the largest African Mining event in North America over the course of the morning, which featured an opening address by Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister, Mineral Resources, Republic of South Africa and an inspiring keynote address by Robert Friedland, Executive Chairman and Founder, Ivanplats Limited.

Following breakfast, twenty 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. Scroll down for media coverage and the presentations.

View the photo gallery for all of the above events (photos courtesy of Blake Chorley Photography).

A big thanks to Premier Sponsor SGS (who, we are delighted to announce, has renewed its sponsorship for 2014, for the fourth consecutive year), corporate sponsor Fasken Martineau and sponsors Juch-Tech Inc., the Mineral Resource Analyst Group (MRAG), Pangolin Diamonds and TMX Group (Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange).

Thank you to our seminar moderators Dan Brock (Fasken Martineau), Arne Gulstene (TSX), Terry Ortslan (TSO Associates and MRAG) and Steve Wilson (SGS).

Media Coverage:
1. Put your money in Africa and join ‘an astonishing success story: Friedland - The Globe and Mail
2. Perception and the reality of debate in South African mining - Mineweb
3. SA Deputy Minerals Minister defends MPRDA revision at PDAC - Mining Weekly
4. This is the beginning of the African decade," says Robert Friedland - Northern Miner
5. PDAC 2013: South Africa mining recovering from horrific 2012 - National Post
6. PDAC - Mining legend Friedland looks to burnish his image - Reuters
7. Canada keeps investment sights set on Africa - Mining Weekly
8. Africa's mining industry could benefit from encouraging local junior exploration - Mining Weekly
9. African mining draws Canadian miners - Mining Weekly
10. One simple question to ask mine builders - Mineweb

Download the March 5, 2013 presentations:

Breakfast Keynote Address
  • Transcript by Trish Saywell, Northern Miner of the Keynote Breakfast Address by Robert Friedland, Executive Chairman and Founder, Ivanplats Limited. Download the Ivanplats corporate presentation.

  • True Gold: Bringing Gold to Life - Dwayne Melrose, President and Chief Executive Officer, True Gold Mining Inc.

  • Mining Potentialities and Investment Opportunities in Burkina Faso - Salif Kaboré, Minister of Mines, Republic of Burkina Faso

  • Roxgold Inc. - High Grade Gold in Burkina Faso - John Dorward, President and Chief Executive Officer, Roxgold Inc.

  • SGS: Sustainability Initiatives in the African Mining Service Industry - Russ Calow, Vice President Global Geochemistry, SGS

  • Investment Opportunities in Nigeria's Minerals and Metals Sector - Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada, Honourable Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Republic of Nigeria

  • Cameroon: A New Emergent Iron Ore Belt in Africa - Calistus Gentry Fuh, Secretary of State, Cameroon Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development

  • West African Minerals - A New Frontier in DSO Iron Ore - Anton C. Mauve, Managing Director, West African Minerals Corporation

  • Developing Strategic Iron Ore Assets in Cameroon - Luis da Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer, Afferro Mining Inc.

  • The Growth of Resource Nationalism in Africa - Peter Leon, Partner & Head of Africa Mining & Energy Projects Practice, Webber Wentzel

  • Niger Mining Sector Overview - Omar Hamidou Tchiana, Minister, Niger Ministry of Mines

  • Through the Looking Glass of Mining Corporate Social Responsibility: Selected Case Studies - Salimatou Diallo, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • Delivering on Liberia's Potential - Mark Pryor, Vice President, Exploration, Amlib Holdings plc

  • The Opportunities of Supplying Goods and Services to the Mining Sector in Senegal - Ousmane Cisse, Director of Mines & Geology, Senegal Ministry of Energy and Mines

  • Oromin Explorations: The OJVG Golouma Gold Project, Senegal, West Africa - David Mallo, Vice President, Oromin Explorations Ltd.

  • Current Trends and Risks in Engineering & Project Management - George Bennett, Executive Director, MDM Engineering

  • Pangolin Diamonds - Building a Leading Diamond Exploration and Development Company - Jean La Fleur, Director, Pangolin Diamonds Corp.

  • Mintek - Supporting Your Metallurgical Project Development - Peter Craven, General Manager, Business Development, Mintek

  • Vuka! A New Day Dawns in South African Mining - Nicola Jackson, Partner, Fasken Martineau LLP

  • The Ethiopian Advantage - A Safe, Secure and Progressive Mining Jurisdiction - Madame H.E. Sinkinesh Ejigu - Minister of Mines, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

  • Allana Potash - Moving Rapidly Towards Development & Pre-Construction - Farhad Abasov, President and Chief Executive Officer, Allana Potash Corp.

  • C. At the sold-out PDAC trade show traffic was busy at the four MineAfrica booths with nine exhibitors including Allana Potash Corp., Burkina Faso Ministry of Mines, Quarries and Energy, Cameroon Ministry of Industries, Mines and Technological Development, Juch-Tech Inc., MDM Engineering, MineAfrica, Mintek, Niger Ministry of Mines, Senegal Ministry of Energy & Mines and Webber Wentzel.

    Our next seminar is our 2nd ENERGYAfrica with Premier Sponsors Norton Rose LLP and TMX Group, corporate sponsor Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd. and Presenting Sponsor Mackie Research Capital Corporation on June 6 in Toronto. Click here for more information on participating. Our 3rd Focus on West Africa seminar in London, UK with Premier Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills takes place on October 3, 2013. Click here for more information on presenting.

    Download our complete 2013 Event Schedule of seminars and MASTERMINING courses including "Understanding the Mining Industry: From A to Z" and our new course "Canadian Capital Markets for the Junior Mining Industry".

    Thanks for being a part of MineAfrica at PDAC 2013 and we hope to see you at our next event!

    Bruce and Wayne