MineAfrica at PDAC 2015 report


The markets may be down but interest in Africa continues to be strong, judging by the popularity of MineAfrica's programs during PDAC 2015. Read below for more information on each of the following:

  • SECTION A - MASTERMINING 3-day course "Understanding the Mining Industry From A to Z" from February 26-28
  • SECTION B - Panel Discussion on "Will the African Mining Vision Promote Mining Investment in Africa at a Time of Uncertain Commodity Prices" with Premier Sponsors Webber Wentzel and africapractice on Sunday March 1
  • SECTION C - The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business 16th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 13th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS and Corporate Sponsor Fasken Martineau on Tuesday March 3
  • SECTION D - Ten exhibitors in six MineAfrica booths at the PDAC trade show from March 1-4
  • UPCOMING EVENTS

  • SECTION A
    Dr. Willem Smuts led our 3-day MASTERMINING course: "Understanding the Mining Industry From A to Z" at the Radisson Admiral Hotel on February 26-28 where participants learned about mine life stages, exploration, mining studies, the mining process, design and planning, quantification and interpretation, extraction and processing, rehabilitation, the economics of mining and financing and deal-making.

    SECTION B
    MineAfrica held its annual panel discussion with Webber Wentzel (joined by africapractice this year) on the opening day of PDAC. The discussion covered a timely topic; "Will the African Mining Vision Promote Mining Investment in Africa at a Time of Uncertain Commodity Prices" featuring Ngoako Ramathlodi, South Africa's Minister of Mineral Resources, Peter Leon and Manus Booysen of South African law firm Webber Wentzel and Marcus Courage, Managing Director of africapractice. Download the March 1, 2015 seminar program and panelist profiles.

    SECTION C
    The Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business 16th Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 12th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar with Premier Sponsor SGS and Corporate Sponsor Fasken Martineau took place on Tuesday March 3. The sold-out breakfast, which has become the biggest African mining event in North America, featured an opening address by Ngoako Ramathlodi, South Africa's Minister of Mineral Resources and a keynote address by Paul Brink, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Franco-Nevada Corporation.

    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.

    A big thank you to our Premier Sponsor SGS (who, we are delighted to announce, has renewed its sponsorship for the 2016 breakfast, for the sixth consecutive year), Corporate Sponsor Fasken Martineau, sponsors DRA, Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd., Falcon Drilling, the Mineral Resource Analyst Group (MRAG) and Nedbank Capital.

    Thank you to our seminar moderators Daye Kaba (Fasken Martineau), Willem Smuts (MASTERMINING), Miles Speedie (Nedbank Capital, Toronto Representative Office) and Steve Wilson (SGS).

    Download the presentations
  • Opening Breakfast Address - verbal only - Ngoako Ramathlodi, Minister of Mineral Resources, Republic of South Africa
  • Keynote Breakfast Address - Paul Brink, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Franco-Nevada Corporation

  • SESSION A - Dufferin Room - Moderator - Willem Smuts (MASTERMINING)
  • Improving Efficiencies - The Role of Process Audits - Mike Hallewell, Business Development Manager, SGS

  • MDM Metallurgical Innovation Unlocks Client Project Value in a Low Commodity Price Environment - George Bennett, Managing Director, MDM Engineering

  • Switching the Lights on in a Remote African Mining Project - Glenn Bezuidenhout, Process Director and Paul Howard, Director, Business Development, DRA Projects

  • Milling In Raffinate - Cost Effective Copper Processing - Hugo Swart, Managing Director, Senet

  • The Importance of Ore Sorting Technologies in the Future - Isabel King, Chief Engineer, Minerals Processing Division, Mintek

  • SESSION B - Simcoe Room - Moderator - Daye Kaba, Fasken Martineau
  • 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 - Boubacar Bā, Minister of Mines and Energy, Republic of Burkina Faso

  • Developing the World's Highest Grade Greenfield Phosphate Rock Deposit - Luis da Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer, GB Minerals Ltd.

  • Contracting with States: Structuring and Drafting Tips for When it all goes Wrong? - Yann Alix, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills

  • Health Risk Challenges in Post Ebola Africa - Counting the Cost, Back to Basics - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 - Albie de Frey, Founder and Director, iNHEMACO S.A.

  • SESSION C - Kent Room - Moderator - Miles Speedie, Nedbank Capital, Toronto Representative Office
  • How to Turn Around the South African Mining Industry: Some Thoughts on the Current Investment Climate - Peter Leon, Partner, Webber Wentzel

  • Local Participation in African Mining Projects: How to Maximize Opportunities and Minimize Disappointments - Marc Escande, Global Director, Local Participation Consulting Services, Hatch

  • Bisha - Growth Through Exploration and Zinc, Zinc, Zinc!!! -Frazer Bourchier, Chief Operating Officer, Nevsun Resources Ltd.

  • Developing Copper, Zinc and Gold Deposits on the Asmara Project, Eritrea - Michael Hopley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sunridge Gold Corp.

  • The Opportunity for Investment in Minerals in in Sudan - H.E Dr. Ahmed Alkarouri, Minister of Minerals, Republic of Sudan

  • SESSION D - Huron Room - Moderator - Steve Wilson, SGS
  • Surviving Poor Resource Markets, Thriving in Africa Offshore Waters: Elephant Hunting Offshore Africa - Alan Friedman, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Ltd.

  • The Risk-Risk Trade-off - What the Future of Southern Africa's Mining Industry Holds for Stakeholders - Nicola Jackson, Partner, Fasken Martineau, South Africa

  • Namibia: A Gem Worth Investing In - Freddie !Gaoseb, Commercial Counselor, High Commission of the Republic of Namibia

  • Namibia ­- Partnering for Future Generations: DPM Tsumeb Smelter- Nikolay Hristov, Senior Vice-President of Sustainable Business Development, Dundee Precious Metals Inc.

  • Minerals, Prospecting & Mining in Limpopo Province, South Africa - Tshepo Phetla, Chief Operating Officer and Sam Maloka, International Marketing Manager (LEDA) Limpopo Economic Development Agency

  • SECTION D
    The following companies and organizations exhibited in the MineAfrica booths in the PDAC Trade Show South Building: Burkina Faso Ministry of Mines, iNHEMACO, Juch-Tech Inc., Mali Mining Summit, MASTERMINING, MDM Engineering, MineAfrica, Mintek, Nigeria, Senet and the Sudan Ministry of Minerals.

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

  • 5th Focus on West Africa seminar in London, UK with Premier Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills on October 13, 2015. Our keynote speaker is Benoit Lasalle, Chief Executive Officer, Windiga Energy Inc. and Chairman, Sama Resources Inc. and ALGOLD Resources Ltd.

  • 9th Investing in African Mining seminar in London, UK with Premier Sponsor Toronto Stock Exchange and Fasken Martineau on November 30, 2015. Our keynote speaker is Mark Bristow, Chief Executive, Randgold Resources Limited.

  • The Canada-Southern Africa 17th Annual African Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's 14th Annual Investing in African Mining seminar in Toronto during PDAC with Premier Sponsor SGS on March 1, 2016 including booth space in the PDAC Trade Show running from February 28 to March 2, 2016.

  • Download our 2015-2016 event schedule of seminars and MASTERMINING courses.

    Thanks for being a part of MineAfrica at PDAC 2015 and we hope to see you at our next events!

    Bruce and Wayne