MineAfrica at PDAC 2014 report

Interest in Africa was as strong as ever, as evidenced by the popularity of MineAfrica's events during PDAC 2014, and the exceptional feedback received from participants.

Read below for details on:
  • SECTION A - Panel Discussion on "Managing the Risks of Investing in African Mining" with Premier Sponsor Webber Wentzel on Sunday March 2.
  • SECTION B - The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business 15th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 12th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS on Tuesday March 4.
  • SECTION C - Twelve exhibitors in six MineAfrica booths at the PDAC trade show from March 2-5.
  • SECTION D - African Market Open at Toronto Stock Exchange on March 5.
  • SECTION E - Upcoming events.

    The week kicked off with a compelling, interactive, panel discussion on Managing the Risks of Investing in African Mining on Sunday morning where participants learned from senior partners of leading African law firm Webber Wentzel and South Africa's Minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, about pan-African resource nationalism, structuring financial investments in Africa, risk mitigation through stakeholder democracy and the African Mining Vision.

    Download the March 2, 2014 seminar program and panelist profiles.

    View the photo gallery.

    The highlight of the week was the Chamber's 15th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 12th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS and Corporate Sponsors Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas and Fasken Martineau on Tuesday March 4. The sold-out breakfast featured an opening address by The Right Honorable Dr Hage Gottfried Geingob, Prime Minister, Republic of Namibia and a keynote address by Clive Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer, B2Gold Corp. African delegations in attendance included Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Tanzania.

    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 three concurrent seminar rooms.

    Download the seminar program and corporate profiles. Seminar presentations are available for download towards the bottom of this page.

    View the photo gallery. All photos except for the African Market Open at Toronto Stock Exchange courtesy of Blake Chorley Photography).

    A big thank you to Premier Sponsor SGS (who, we are delighted to announce, has renewed its sponsorship for 2015, for the fifth consecutive year), corporate sponsors Fasken Martineau and Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas and sponsors B2Gold, DRA Global, Falcon Drilling Burkina Faso SARL, Juch-Tech Inc.,Mining IQ, Mintek, the Mineral Resource Analyst Group (MRAG), SatADSL and TMX Group (Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange).

    Thank you to our seminar moderators Charlotte Dilks, Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas, Daye Kaba (Fasken Martineau) and Peet Visagie (SGS).

    Media Coverage:
  • Mar 2014 - Mining Weekly - Striking a balance between the interests of investors and host nations
  • Mar 2014 - Mining Weekly - It is time to get South Africa's ducks in a row
  • African Mining Delegation opens trading at Toronto Stock Exchange
  • Africa Trade interview with Peter Leon
  • Africa Trade interview with Bruce Shapiro

  • View the photo gallery.

    Download the presentations

  • Opening Address - Breakfast - verbal only - Right Honorable Dr Hage Gottfried Geingob, Prime Minister, Republic of Namibia
  • Keynote Address - Breakfast - Clive Johnson, President & Chief Executive Officer, B2Gold Corp.

  • Seminar Room A - Dufferin Room
    Moderator - Charlotte Dilks, Manager, Investor Relations, Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd.

  • Namibia: An Attractive Investment Destination - Right Honorable Dr Hage Gottfried Geingob, Prime Minister, Republic of Namibia

  • DPM Tsumeb Smelter; Working With the Government of Namibia to Create Sustainable Value - Adrian Goldstone, Executive Vice President, Sustainable Business Development, Dundee Precious Metals Inc.

  • Battle of the Giants : Dissecting the Inter-union Rivalry Within South Africa's Mining Industry and Possible Means of Achieving Stability - Melanie Hart, Partner, Fasken Martineau

  • Offshore Namibia: Attracting "Major" Interest - Alan Friedman, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd.

  • B2Gold - A Profitable Growth-Oriented Intermediate Gold Producer - Mike Cinnamond, Senior Vice President, Administration, B2Gold Corp.

  • What Every Miner in Africa Should Know About Health Risks and Care - Dr. Albie de Frey, Chief Executive Officer, iNHEMACO S.A.

  • Seminar Room B - Simcoe Room
    Moderator - Peet Visagie, Group Business Manager, SGS Time Mining

  • Developing the High Grade Yaramoko Project in Burkina Faso - John Dorward, President and Chief Executive Officer, Roxgold Inc.

  • The Mining Potential and Investment Opportunity in Burkina Faso - Lamoussa Salif Kabore, Minister of Mines and Energy, Burkina Faso

  • Karma: Building the Next Low-Cost Heap-Leach Gold Mine in West Africa - Dwayne Melrose, President and Chief Executive Officer, True Gold Mining Inc.

  • Top Ten Challenges of Developing Mining Projects in Africa - Johann de Bruin, Director, DRA Americas

  • Geophysical Airborne Surveys Reveal New Mineral, Gas and Oil Opportunities in Niger - Abdoul Wahab Djibo, Geophysical Engineer, Niger Ministry of Mines and Industrial Development

  • Practical Legal Issues in Africa Mining Mergers and Acquisitions - Yann Alix, Senior Associate, Global Mining Group, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • Seminar Room C - Kent Room
    Moderator - Daye Kaba, Partner, Fasken Martineau

  • Avril Cole - Getting to Yes: Negotiating Mining Investment Agreements During Difficult Economic Times - Focus on Africa - Avril Cole, Lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

  • The Exploration Industry in Cameroon: New Opportunities Are Coming Soon - Emmanuel Bonde, Minister of Mines, Industry & Technological Development, Republic of Cameroon

  • The New Frontier in Iron Ore - Strategic Gateway to Early Cash Flow - Donna Yoshimatsu, Head Investor Relations, Corporate Secretary, West African Minerals Corporation

  • Exploration Success in Africa: All You Need is Already There - Mark Davidson, Business Development Manager, West Africa, SGS

  • Where is the South African Mining Industry Headed? - Peter Leon, Partner, Webber Wentzel

  • Lessons Learnt for Successful Project Delivery - Dave Dodd, Manager, Technical Services, MDM Engineering

    At the sold-out PDAC trade show traffic was busy at the six MineAfrica booths with twelve exhibitors including Africa Trade/Afrique Expansion, Burkina Faso Ministry of Mines, Quarries and Energy, Cameroon Ministry of Mines, Industries & Technological Development, Juch-Tech Inc., MASTERMINING, MDM Engineering, MineAfrica, Mintek, Niger Ministry of Mines, Mining IQ, SatADSL and Sundril.

    View the photo gallery.

    In recognition of the importance of Africa as a mining investment destination the Toronto Stock Exchange invited our African delegates at PDAC to open the market on Wednesday March 5 and were welcomed by TSX President Kevan Cowan and Senior Vice President Ungad Chadda. View the photo gallery. Watch the video of the African Market Open.

    Click below for more information on presenting, sponsoring or attending at one of our upcoming events:
  • 4th Focus on West Africa seminar in London, UK with Premier Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills on October 28, 2014.
  • 3rd mineLatinAmerica with Premier Sponsors Norton Rose Fulbright and Toronto Stock Exchange and Corporate Sponsor KPMG in Toronto on November 4, 2014.
  • 8th Investing in African Mining seminar in London, UK with Premier Sponsor Toronto Stock Exchange on December 1, 2014.
  • Canada-Southern Africa 16th Annual African Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 13th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar in Toronto during PDAC with Premier Sponsor SGS on March 3, 2015.

  • Download our complete 2014-2015 event schedule of seminars and MASTERMINING courses.

    Thanks for being a part of MineAfrica at PDAC 2014 and we hope to see you at our next event!

    Bruce and Wayne