2015 Speakers


Frank Abbott Financial Director, Harmony Gold

Frank Abbott joined the Harmony board as non-executive director in 1994, and was appointed financial director in 1997. In 2004 he was appointed financial director of African Rainbow Minerals Limited, and resigned as such during 2009. 


Tom Albanese Chief Executive Officer, Vedanta Resources plc

Tom Albanese, 57, is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Resources plc, a leading global diversified resources company listed on the London Stock Exchange, with metals and mining, oil and gas, and commercial power operations primarily in India and Africa.


Dr Sacha Backes Senior Investment Officer, Mining Investment Division – Africa, International Finance Corporation

Sacha Backes is a Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, mandated to provide financing and support to companies investing in frontier and emerging markets.


Claude Baissac Managing Director, Eunomix

He has been a political and economic consultant, advising corporations and international organisations on economic policy, political and country risk, anti-corruption, investigations, security and sustainable investment. Claude is consultant with the World Bank on investment climate reform, economic diversification, and accelerated growth. 


Vukosi Baloyi Student

Vukosi Danisa Baloyi (21) is currently a student at the University of Pretoria; where she is doing her fourth year in mining engineering. Her journey of academic excellence started at a very young age. And since then, she has not stopped accelerating.


Warren Beech Partner and Head of Mining, Hogan Lovells

Warren Beech is head of the mining sector at Hogan Lovells in Johannesburg. He provides multi-disciplinary legal and related services, primarily to the mining, construction and engineering industries.


Chris Bishop Managing Editor, Forbes Africa

Chris Bishop is the managing editor of Forbes Africa, which launched in October 2011. He has spent 33 years in journalism. He has tackled print, radio and TV and spent 20 years reporting on the African story.


Kajal Bissessor Financial Director, Merafe Resources

Kajal joined Merafe as Financial Controller in March 2009 from KPMG Johannesburg where she was Audit Manager.  Kajal was appointed Finance and Investor Relations Manager in June 2010 and was appointed Financial Director in January 2015.


Mark Bristow CEO, Randgold Resources

Mark Bristow has been the chief executive of Randgold Resources since he lead its incorporation in 1995.  A geologist with a PhD from the University of Natal in South Africa, his pioneering exploration work in West Africa provided the foundation on which the company was established. 


Cheryl Carolus Chair, Gold Fields

Ms Carolus is the Executive Chairperson of Peotona Group Holdings, a women owned and managed company, that puts back 2/3 of all their profit into communities where they operate and draw their workforce from. This money is used for education and enterprise development in those communities.


Peter Craven General Manager, Business Development at Mintek

A chemical engineer, registered as a Professional Engineer in South Africa and a Chartered Engineer in the UK, he spent 25 years in the mining industry with Anglo American, Samancor, Gencor, Billiton and BHP Billiton in various production management, technology development, project management and business development roles.


Brian Dames Chief Executive of African Rainbow Energy & Power

Brian Dames is currently the Chief Executive of African Rainbow Energy & Power Pty Ltd (“AREP”), and the Former Chief Executive of Eskom Holdings SOC Limited, the national electricity utility in South Africa.


Dr Martyn Davies Managing Director, Emerging Markets & Africa, Deloitte Frontier Advisory

Dr Martyn Davies is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte Frontier Advisory. Martyn has been ranked the # 1 analyst in South Africa in the “Other African Economies & Markets” category as awarded by the Financial Mail in its prestigious Annual Analysts of the Year awards.


William Dawes Chief Executive Officer, Mkango Resources

Will Dawes has over 20 years’ experience in the mining sector, encompassing mineral exploration, investment banking and equity research.  Having trained as a geologist in South Africa, he worked as a mining analyst based in London and then for Rio Tinto's exploration division.


Henk de Hoop Business Development Director, Resources, Rand Merchant Bank

Henk de Hoop holds an MSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Delft, Netherlands, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He started his career as a Graduate Mining Engineer at Goldfields of South Africa, followed by 2 years at Sasol as an Explosives Engineer. 


Cheryl de la Rey Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria

Prof Cheryl de la Rey has been the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria since November 2009. She has published books and several journal articles in her discipline, Psychology.


Sandra du Toit Head of Mining & Metals for Africa Corporate Finance, Standard Bank

Sandra started her career as an academic, lecturing company and tax law at the University of the Free State, before joining Johannesburg Law Firm Brink Cohen le Roux & Roodt.


Alugumi Dzebu Senior Investment Manager: Partnership Funds, Anglo American

Alugumi Dzebu is the Senior Investment Manager for Anglo American’s enterprise development arm, Zimele’s Partnership Funds, and his responsibilities include managing the Anglo American sefa Mining Fund, which focusses on promoting mining-related investments in the junior mining space.


Neal Froneman CEO, Sibanye Gold

Neal Froneman was appointed an executive director and CEO of Sibanye on 1 January 2013. He has over 30 years of relevant operational, corporate development and mining industry experience.


Thomas Garner Chief Executive Officer, Cennergi

Thomas holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria (1992) and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Stellenbosch Business School (2003).


Bobby Godsell current Chair of Business Leadership, South Africa

Bobby Godsell is the current Chair of Business Leadership South Africa, an organisation representing some 80 of the largest businesses operating in South Africa.


Terence Goodlace Chief Executive Officer, Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats)

Terence Goodlace (56) is the Chief Executive Officer of Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) and a non-executive director of Zimplats Holdings Limited.


Henk Groenewald Analyst, Coronation Fund Managers

Henk joined Coronation as an equity analyst in 2005. Prior to this he spent two years as a trainee equity analyst with Allan Gray and three years as an electrical engineer at Sasol


Jónatan Jacobs Student

Jónatan Jacobs is a full-time Honours student at the Department of Mining Engineering, at the University of Pretoria, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering.  He is currently in the process of researching the potential applications of Augmented Reality in the mining sector.


Paul Jourdan Spatial and Resource Based Development Consultant

"Paul Jourdan is an African integrated development expert specialising in resource-based and spatial (corridors) development strategies. He has wide experience working on economic growth & development in Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, the SADC, West and East Africa.


Charl Keyter Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, Sibanye Gold

Mr Keyter was appointed a director on 9 November 2012 and was appointed an executive director and CFO of Sibanye Gold effective 1 January 2013. Previously, Mr Keyter was Vice President and Group Head of International Finance for Gold Fields.


Rob Kiefer Vice President Exploration, MinEx Projects

Vice President Exploration MinEx Projects – minerals projects development company. 


Gerard Kleyn Student

He is currently a final year B.Eng. (Mining) student at the University of Pretoria and a Sibanye Gold bursary holder. Gerard has experience in underground gold mining as a vocational student.


Lucky Mabuza General Manager, Brandspruit, Sasol Mining

Lucky has a total of 22 years’ experience in the mining sector, which includes various managerial positions. 


Fidelis Madavo Executive Head: Listed Investment at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) of South Africa

Mr Fidelis Madavo is the Executive Head: Listed Investment at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) of South Africa. Prior to this he was Head of Resources and Portfolio Manager for Strategic and African Listed Investment, also at the PIC. Before joining the PIC in 1997, he was Vice President in the Mining Team at Citigroup based in Johannesburg.


Peter Major Mining Policy Consultant, Cadiz Corporate Solutions

He graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa in 1982 to work for Harmony Gold Mine.


Trevor Manuel

Trevor Manuel is a senior advisor to the Rothschild Group worldwide and Deputy Chairman of Rothschild in South Africa.


Anton Mauve Partner, Plinian Capital

Anton Mauve has over 25 years’ experience in mining and the minerals industry, formerly holding the position of Vice President Strategy and Long Term Planning with Lonmin plc where he worked for over 15 years.


Tonny Mavimbela Student

Tonny Mavimbela is the Chairperson of Tuks Mining Society (TMS) and he is a final year mining engineering student at the University of Pretoria.


Norman Mbazima CEO, Kumba Iron Ore and Deputy Chairman, Anglo American South Africa

Norman is a member of the Group Management Committee (GMC) and deputy chairman of Anglo American South Africa (AASA). Norman Mbazima, has headed Anglo American’s South African iron ore business Kumba Iron Ore since 1 September 2012 when he joined the separately-listed company as its chief executive.


Sandy McGregor Portfolio Manager, Bonds, Segregated Individual Clients, Allan Gray

Sandy McGregor joined Allan Gray as an investment analyst and economist in October 1991. Previously he was employed by Gold Fields of South Africa Limited in a variety of management positions for 22 years, where much of his experience was focused on investment related activities.


Rick Menell Chairman SA, Credit Suisse

Rick Menell has had a 35 year career in the mining industry, heading Anglovaal Mining and Teal Exploration & Mining up to 2008. He has previously served as President of the South African Chamber of Mines, as Chairman of the South African Tourism Board and on numerous boards as director, Deputy Chair or Chairman including Harmony Gold, Bateman Engineering, ARM, Avgold, Associated Manganese, Standard Bank Group, Mutual & Federal Insurance, Telkom SA and the Business Trust.


Thando Mkatshana Chief Executive: ARM Copper and ARM Coal

Appointed to the Board in 2015. Thando Mkatshana has more than 20 years of experience in the mining industry. His career started with Anglo American Coal in 1988, where he gained extensive experience working in production at various Anglo American Collieries.


Dr James Motlatsi

James was educated in Lesotho, and worked in the mining industry from 1970 to 1987. He was the founder member of the NUM 04/12/1982.


Nelson Ndlala Head of Rustenburg Operations, Implats

Nelson Ndlala began his mining career in the late 80’s as a Learner Official Mining at Gold Fields Training Services. He completed his training and studies and was appointed a Shiftboss in early 1992.


Sipho Nkosi Chief Executive Officer, Exxaro

Sipho Nkosi’s career has enabled him to develop a depth of experience in the energy and coal sectors both locally and internationally. Sipho is the CEO of Exxaro Resources Limited.


Barend Petersen Executive Chairman, De Beers Consolidated Mines

Barend Petersen is a chartered accountant with broad international business experience in mining, finance, auditing, oil industry, energy, government relations, business turnarounds, corporate recovery, consulting and corporate governance.


Sipho Pityana Chair, AngloGold Ashanti

Sipho Mila Pityana is Chairman of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. Having joined the board as senior director in February 2007, he is the chairman of the Nominations committees, and a member of the Remuneration and Human Resources and Social, Ethics and Sustainability committees. He was previously the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee


Kerwin Rana Executive Chairman, Sunbird Energy Limited

Kerwin has 20 years of minerals and energy resource industry experience in Southern and East Africa including being the Head of New Business for De Beers and was a founding director and Executive Chairman of Sunbird Energy Limited (“Sunbird”) in 2011.


Laurence Robb Chief Executive Officer, Lerama Resources

Before moving to the UK, Laurence Robb was Professor of Economic Geology in the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and between 2001-2005, also Director of its Economic Geology Research Institute. 


Mike Rossouw Energy Thought Leader

Mike Rossouw has over 30 years experience in engineering, general and executive management roles in the gold, manganese, titanium, platinum and chrome mining and mineral beneficiation sectors.


Jim Rutherford Non-Executive Director, Anglo American plc and former Capital Group Mining Analyst

Jim Rutherford has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking and investment management, both as an institutional investor and analyst.


Muhammad Saloojee Director and Head of Corporate Tax, KPMG

Muhammad specialises in Mining Taxation. He has also worked on entities with various energy and natural resources in the tax service line.


Mike Schmidt CEO, African Rainbow Minerals

Appointed to the Board in 2011. Mike Schmidt joined ARM as Executive: Platinum Operations in July 2007 after 13 years with Lonmin Platinum where he was Vice President Limpopo operations at the time he left the company.


Keith Scott Managing Director, The MSA Group

Keith's principal role, apart from leading and developing MSA, is advising private and public clients on how to identify and develop mineral projects in Africa from a technical and commercial perspective.


Dion Shango South Africa CEO and South Market Area Regional Senior Partner, PwC

Dion Shango was appointed as Southern Africa CEO on 1 July 2015, the first black African to be appointed to the role. Prior to his current appointment Dion acted as Deputy CEO and as Leader of PwC’s Energy, Utilities and Mining (EU&M) Group.


Jeethen Singh Student

My name is Jeethen Singh, I am 23 years old (born in October 1992) and in my final year, studying towards a BEng degree in Mining Engineering, at the University of Pretoria.


Jon Stacey President, Handa Copper

A geologist with extensive experience in identifying and executing mineral projects throughout Africa. Born, raised and resident of Zambia. 


Peter Steenkamp Senior Vice President, Sasol Mining (Pty) Ltd

Peter initiates the design and development of systems and processes and services to ensure sustainable coal delivery, and to shape the organisation within the external socio economic environment as a responsible player in the coal mining industry. 


Rob Still Chairman, Pangea Group

Rob has vast experience in mining, specialising in mining finance. He started his career as a chartered accountant, becoming a partner of Ernst & Whinney before leaving in 1986 to co-found Rhombus Exploration Limited.


Corné Strydom General Manager, Tau Lekoa Gold Mine

Corné Strydom is the General Manager to Tau Lekoa Gold Mine. He received his BEng(Mining) Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria in 2001 before moving into, the then, Anglo American Gold Division mining graduate trainee programme from 2002-2005.


Bernard Swanepoel

Bernard Swanepoel is the chairman of The Joburg Indaba and The Junior Indaba. Bernard holds BSc (Min Eng) and BCom (Hons) degrees and started his career with Gengold in 1983, culminating in his appointment as general manager of Beatrix Mines in 1993.


David Twist Partner, African Mineral Exploration & Development Fund (AMED)

He is very actively involved in many aspects of the minerals industry and since early 2012 has been a partner in African Mineral Exploration and Development (AMED), a Luxembourg-registered natural resources fund, which continues to look for good mineral exploration investment opportunities in Africa.


Anton van Wyk Markets and Clients Leader for Africa, PwC

Admitted as a partner in 1998. Anton leads PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Risk Assurance practice in Africa. 


Piet Viljoen Chairman, Regarding Capital Management (RECM)

Piet has over 25 years of industry experience. He started out as a lecturer at the University of Pretoria, and then joined the Reserve Bank as an economic analyst.


Erik Wandrag Senior Investment Director: Energy, Harith General Partners

Within Harith, Erik is responsible for the existing energy portfolio as well as new acquisitions in the energy sector. Prior to joining Harith, Erik headed business development at Cennergi – an independent power producer joint venture between Exxaro Resources and Tata Power.