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Toronto 2009

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MineAfrica, the premier platform for promoting mining investment in Africa, had its biggest program ever at PDAC 2009

MineAfrica had 6 booths at the PDAC trade show - the largest exploration and mining investment show in the world. Even with the downturn PDAC still drew 18,000 visitors.

The Algerian delegation: Yacine Boulekroune, Bruce Shapiro (MineAfrica), Rachid Benhacine, Hamrour Abderrahmane, M'Hamed Mouraia

David Hove (MineAfrica), exhibitors Hassan Amadou & Moussa Adamou (Niger Ministry of Mines and Energy) and Bijan Rafat (MineAfrica)

Robert Atkinson & Karina Rolland (NomadiQ Shelters), Reinette Classen & Angelique Wolfaardt (Mining Weekly) and Bijan Rafat (MineAfrica) at the close of the PDAC tradeshow

African delegates open trading at the TSX on Monday March 2

Ungad Chadda (Vice President, TSX Venture), Gordon Miller (Chief Executive Officer, First Uranium) and Joshua Ngoma (Chief Executive Officer, Tranter Holdings)

Greg Ferron (TSX), Bruce Shapiro, P.H.K. Kedikilwe (Minister of Minerals, Energy & Water Resources, Botswana), Joshua Ngoma (Tranter Holdings)

Bruce Shapiro, David Creighton, Darryl Levitt, P.H.K. Kedikilwe, Wayne Floreani, Gwenaele Coubrough, Jacob Thamage

Antonio Ruffini (Editor, Mining Review Africa) and Ian Saunders (Chief Executive Officer, New Dawn Mining) chatting during the TSX open

A full house for the Premier African Mining Event in North America - the Canada-South Africa Chamber of Business Annual Mining Breakfast and MineAfrica's Investing in African Mining Seminar

Opening Speaker Hon. P.H.K. Kedikilwe, Botswana Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources

Jim Gowans, President, DeBeers Canada

Keynote Speaker Gordon Miller, Chief Executive Officer, First Uranium Corporation

An attentive audience including seminar presenter Bertrand Montembault (Herbert Smith) and Francis Roche (Credifinance Securities)

Sponsors Darryl Levitt, Janne Duncan and Richard Lachcik of Macleod Dixon and Wayne Floreani (MineAfrica)

Henri van Rooyen of Tau Capital thanks Minister Kedikilwe

David Creighton, Chairman, Canada-South Africa Chamber of Business and President, Cordiant Capital during one of two networking breaks

Vincent Phaahla (Sebata Kgomo Mining), Edward Katto, Andrew Katumwehe, Joshua Tuhumwire (Uganda Dept. of Geological Survey and Mines) and Paul Sherwen, Uganda Chamber of Mines

Madou Grema from the Niger Ministry of Mines and Energy addresses the audience in Session A

MineAfrica ran two concurrent sessions featuring a blend of presentations by mining companies, governments and financial, legal and engineering experts

Sandy Hershaw, Vice President, Simbering Mining makes a point

Bill Burton (CEO, MagIndustries) outlines his African projects

Mark Berger of South African based E+PC Engineering Projects Company

Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigerian Minister of Mines and Steel Development

RIchard Lachcik (Macleod Dixon) chats with Jonathan Gardner (Kavinoky Cook). Richard also chaired MineAfrica's Surviving the Global Financial Crisis Seminar on Feb. 28

Bruce Shapiro, President. Canada-South Africa Chamber of Business and MineAfrica Inc. (with his African tie!)

Dave Hutchins makes a case for investing in Namibia

with 250 participants and its specifc focus on mining in Africa the morning is an effective networking opportunity

Wayne Floreani (Vice President, MineAfrica) chats with Session A Moderator Antonio Ruffini (Editor, Mining Review Africa)

Patrick Evans (Director, First Uranium and former South African Consul General) and Sander Grieve (Fraser Milner Casgrain)

The morning wrapped up with a panel discussion on Financing Solutions from Canada organized with the Canadian government

Panelists included: Elizabeth Wademan (BMO Capital Markets), John Turner (Fasken Martineau), Stephen Pincus (Goodmans), Kim Lok (EDC), Kim Harris (Midlands Minerals), Ungad Chadda (TSX Venture) and Session Chairman Clyde Johnson (SAMDA)

With 167 TSX listed companies active in Africa, financing, legal, engineering expertise and strong Canadian government support Canada is a natural partner for assisting in the development of Africa's mining and socio-economic development

The great team behind a great event: Lungile Ncube, Thais Santos, Bijan Rafat, Wayne, Glenda Bell and David Hove. Thanks gang!