2018 Speakers

Jon
Jon Andrews, Group Health and Safety Executive, Impala Platinum Holdings

Jon Andrews obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from the Witwatersrand in 1983. After working at Baragwanath and One Military hospitals, he joined the mining industry as a bursar medical officer with the Gencor Group in 1985. Jon has over 30 years’ experience in clinical practice and management in the industry. He has represented the industry in numerous committees and associations and is a director of Zimplats Private Mines Ltd and the Rand Mutual Assurance and Rand Mutual Life companies.


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Stewart
Stewart Bailey, Senior VP: Investor Relations & Group Communications, AngloGold Ashanti

Stewart Bailey oversees the investor relations programme for AngloGold Ashanti, the world’s largest emerging market gold producer, covering debt and equity investors in the US, South Africa, the UK, Europe and Asia. He is also a key member of AngloGold Ashanti’s capital markets team, which has successfully completed debt issues of more than $3bn since 2010.


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Claude
Claude Baissac, Chief Executive Officer, Eunomix

Eunomix™ is led by Claude Baissac. Claude is a specialist in sustainable development, growth and strategy with over 20 years of practice advising government, industry, and international organisations. His combination of expertise, at the nexus of policy, strategy and research, provides him with a unique perspective on the conditions for sustainable growth in complex societies.


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Roger
Roger Baxter, Chief Executive, Minerals Council South Africa

Mr Roger Baxter is the Chief Executive Officer at the Chamber of Mines of South Africa. He was appointed CEO on 1 May 2015. He sits on the Chamber Council and is responsible for the leadership of the Chamber’s team in terms of implementing the Chamber’s strategic plan.


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John
John Capel, Executive Director, Bench Marks Foundation

John Capel’s background is firmly rooted in the world of work, formally as Secretary of the South African Catholics Bishops Conference- Church and Work Commission, that supported the early trade unions, now largely Cosatu and acted as policy advice and advocacy officer.


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Tanya
Tanya Chikanza, Executive VP: Corporate Strategy, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Lonmin

Tanya was appointed to Lonmin’s Executive Committee in January 2018 as Executive Vice President: Corporate Strategy, Investor Relations and Corporate Communication. Tanya joined Lonmin as Global Head of Investor Relations in April 2010 from Smith's Corporate Advisory in London where she was Executive Director responsible for Corporate Finance.


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Ian
Ian Cockerill, Non-Executive Chairman, BlackRock World Mining Trust

Ian has over 40 years’ experience in the mining industry, having previously been responsible for business development in AngloGold, CEO of both Gold Fields Ltd and AngloCoal between 1999 and 2009, and a former Executive Chairman of Petmin Ltd, a JSE mining company concentrating on bulk commodities 2010 - 2017.


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Henk
Henk de Hoop, Business Development Director, 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.


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Sandra
Sandra du Toit, Executive, Investment Banking Client Solutions, 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.


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Anton
Anton Esterhuizen, Principal, PanEx Resources

Anton holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Pretoria) and Master of Science (Mineral Exploration), with distinction (Rhodes).  He received the Dreyer Award by the Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration Inc. (USA) for outstanding achievements in applied economic geology and was the first recipient of the Des Pretorius Memorial Award for outstanding work in economic geology by the Geological Society of South Africa.


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Philip
Philip Fourie, Executive Head of Safety and Sustainable Development, Kumba Iron Ore

Executive Head of Safety and Sustainable Development for Anglo American Kumba Iron ore, Philip has 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles within global multinational mining organisations. He has successfully worked and implemented programmes in more than 18 countries worldwide and provided safety leadership and mentoring to senior management teams across several geographies.


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Mike
Mike Fraser, Chief Operating Officer, South32

On 30 April 2018, Mike Fraser, in his role of Chief Operating Officer, assumed responsibility for the Group’s alumina operations in Australia, and Cerro Matoso in Colombia. He retains the Group’s aluminium operations in South Africa in his portfolio and he is responsible for South Africa Energy Coal. Prior to this, Mike held the role of President and Chief Operating Officer for the Africa region from January 2015.


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Siyabonga
Siyabonga Gama, Chief Executive Officer, Transnet

Siyabonga Gama is the Group Chief Executive of Transnet SOC Ltd, South Africa’s state-owned freight transport and logistics company. He is responsible for driving the company’s record-breaking infrastructure investment programme of close to R400 billion – the Market Demand Strategy. In light of the 4th industrial revolution, he is also currently driving various initiatives on how to reshape the core of the Transnet business.


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Terence
Terence Goodlace, Non-Executive Director, Gold Fields, Kumba Iron Ore & AfriTin Mining

Terence Goodlace’s mining career commenced in 1977 and has spanned more than 40 years. He spent the majority of this time at Gengold which merged with Gold Fields of South Africa to form Gold Fields Limited in 1998. Terence began as a miner and advanced through the ranks to become Chief Operating Officer in 2008.


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Chris
Chris Griffith, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American Platinum

Chris has served as CEO of Anglo American Platinum since September 2012. He was previously CEO of Kumba Iron Ore from 2008 and 2012 and prior to this, served as Anglo American Platinum’s head of operations for joint ventures. Chris has been with the Group for over 25 years, joining Anglo American Platinum where he progressed from shift supervisor to one of the youngest general managers in the company at that time.


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May
May Hermanus

May Hermanus was most recently the Executive Director: CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment. Prior to joining the CSIR, Hermanus was the Director and Adjunct-Professor at the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI) at Wits University. She was formerly the Chief Inspector of Mines for South Africa, and in that capacity, served as Chairperson of both the Mine Health and Safety Council and the Board of the Mining Qualifications Authority.


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Mark
Mark Heywood, Executive Director, SECTION27

Mark Heywood is the Executive Director of SECTION27 (which incorporated the AIDS Law Project in 2010). He joined the AIDS Law Project (ALP) in 1994 and in 1998 he was one of the founders of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). He has continued to participate on the TAC Secretariat, National Council and Board of Directors. 


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René
René Hochreiter, Analyst, Noah Capital Markets

Born in 1957, and schooled in Austria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Namibia, René matriculated at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg in 1974, obtained a BSc Hons degree in Geology (Engineering Faculty) from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1979. He worked on the Potgietersrust Platinum feasibility study for Rustenburg Plats in 1980/81 as geologist. He returned to Wits and gained his BSc degree in Mining Engineering in two years in 1982. In 1983 he worked in production at Rustenburg Platinum Mines until 1986. 


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Nicola
Nicola Jackson, VP Business Development - Legal, Sibanye-Stillwater

Nicola is a qualified lawyer with almost two decades of experience in the resource sector, advising and representing mining companies on acquisitions and divestments in respect of projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. During her time in the profession Nicola was also actively involved in advising on regulatory aspects pertaining to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act and the Mining Charter.


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André
André Joubert, Chief Executive, ARM Ferrous

André Joubert is a Mining Engineer. He is the Chief Executive of the Ferrous Division of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM). This division is responsible for the operational activities of Assmang, which is a 50/50 joint venture between African Rainbow Minerals and Assore, which are both listed companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.


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Meroonisha
Meroonisha Kerber, Chief Financial Officer, Impala Platinum

Ms Kerber, BCom, HDipAcc, CA (SA), has recently joined Implats as the chief financial officer and an executive director of the Implats Board. She is an experienced finance executive having served as Senior Vice President, Finance at AngloGold Ashanti Limited, prior to which she spent 11 years at Anglo American Platinum Limited, serving as Head of Financial Accounting for the majority of that period.


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Andrew
Andrew Lane, Africa Energy and Resources Leader, Deloitte

Andrew is a senior partner at Deloitte Africa, where he leads the Energy and Resources practice in Africa, the Monitor Deloitte corporate and business unit strategy capability and the CEO programme at the Deloitte Executive Institute. Andrews professional career spans 32 years – 14 in Industry, mainly in general management in industrial companies; and 18 in strategy and operational consulting. Andrew joined Deloitte as a Director following Deloitte’s acquisition of Monitor.


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Boipelo
Boipelo Lekubo, Chief Financial Officer, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited

Boipelo joined Harmony on 1 June 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. She is a chartered accountant (SA) by profession with extensive experience in group financial management and reporting within the mining industry. Her previous roles include that of Chief Financial Officer of Atlatsa Resources Corporation and Financial Manager of Northam Platinum Limited.


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Thabi
Thabi Leoka, Economist

Thabi Leoka is an Economist who has worked for various organisations in the financial sector. Thabi started her career as an Economist at Investec Asset Management in South Africa and London. She has also worked as an Emerging Markets Economist at Barclays in London and Head of Economic Research, SA at Standard Bank and the Chief Economist for SA at Renaissance Capital.


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Mosa
Mosa Mabuza, Chief Executive Officer, Council for Geoscience

Mosa Mabuza qualified as geologist with a BSc (Hons) and with a PDA in Business. He has extensive exploration experience in multiple regional jurisdictions that span SADC, West Africa and Canada, amongst others. He assumed his official duties in 2006 as Director of Mineral Economics in the erstwhile Department of Minerals and Energy and later became Deputy Director-General of the Mineral Policy (and Investment Promotion) in 2012.


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Ben
Ben Magara, Chief Executive Officer, Lonmin plc

Ben joined the Lonmin Board as Chief Executive on 1 July 2013. He is a graduate Mining Engineer from the University of Zimbabwe and has attended various management programmes, including the Accelerated Development Programme from the London Business School, UK and the AMP from GIBS, SA.


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Nelisiwe
Nelisiwe Magubane, Chairperson, Matleng Energy Solutions and Non-Executive Director, Eskom Holdings

Ms Nelisiwe Magubane holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and is a registered electrical engineer. She started her career in Eskom. After a stint in the private sector as a consulting electrical engineer, she joined the Department of Minerals and Energy as the Chief Director responsible for the restructuring of the electricity sector, planning and implementation of the electrification programme.


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Peter
Peter Major, Director: Mining, Cadiz Corporate Solutions

Peter Major was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on 16 May 1955. His family moved to Kellogg, Idaho, the 'silver mining capital of the world' in 1961, where Peter grew up and worked through 1981. Peter graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa in Jan 1982 to work for Harmony Gold Mine.


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Honourable Minister Mr Gwede
Honourable Minister Mr Gwede Mantashe, Department of Mineral Resources

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Mogale
Mogale Mashilane, Executive: Marula Platinum Mine, Impala Platinum

Mogale Mashilane joined the Marula team at Implats in 2013 as an engineering manager. In 2015 he was appointed as the General Manager of the mine. Prior to joining the company, Mogale worked for Foskor, where he worked in various managerial roles concluding his journey with this company as the chief operating officer (COO) of their Zirconia Division.  He started his career in mining at AngloGold. Mogale holds a National Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, as well as an Executive Development Programme Diploma and has pursued various other leadership and business studies.


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Dzingira
Dzingira Matenga, Managing Director, Development Assets, ERG Africa

Dzingira Matenga is the Managing Director, Development Assets at ERG Africa. His background is in mineral economics and he has a keen interest in new development assets (greenfield and “stalled brownfields”) across sub-Saharan Africa. 


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Joseph
Joseph Mathunjwa, President, AMCU

Joseph Mathunjwa  is the founder and Head of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) – one of the most progressive and fast growing trade unions in South Africa’s labour landscape.  Born in Amatikulu, in the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Mathunjwa began his career as a laboratory attendant. He then worked as the laboratory assistant at BHP Billiton’s Douglas Colliery in Mpumalanga where he gained popularity among the workforce due to his interests in representing workers.


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Otsile
Otsile Matlou, Chief Operating Officer, ENSafrica

Otsile Matlou is ENSafrica’s Chief Operating Officer, Practice Integration. He is also a Director and Head of the firm’s natural resources and environment department. As COO, Practice Integration, Otsile ensures the seamless delivery of effective solutions for clients across the continent. 


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Bothwell
Bothwell Mazarura, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, Kumba Iron Ore

Bothwell Mazarura is the Chief Financial Officer at Kumba Iron Ore, a position he held since September 2017. Prior to that he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director at Wescoal Holdings Limited, since July 2016. He previously held various senior financial roles at Lonmin Plc since 2010 including Group Head of Finance, Head of Treasury and Acting Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Lonmin Plc, he was a Partner at Deloitte & Touche since 2002, where he also spent some time working in the United Kingdom.


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Norman
Norman Mbazima, Deputy Chairman, Anglo American South Africa

Norman Mbazima joined Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American on 1 September 2012. Previously he was the CEO of Thermal Coal and during this time has overseen the business unit’s record operating profit in 2011 combined with an improved safety performance. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Norman began his career in accounting roles at Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines, before spending 17 years with Deloitte & Touche, also in Zambia.


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Sandy
Sandy McGregor, Portfolio Manager, Allan Gray

Sandy 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.


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Siki
Siki Mgabadeli, Broadcast Financial Journalist

Siki is a freelance financial and current affairs journalist. She is the previous daily anchor of the 'The SAFM Market Update with Moneyweb and the nightly business show 'Moneyline on eNCA' from Monday to Thursday. Siki also hosted eNCA's "The Big Debate". This acclaimed TV and radio personality has also been the 'Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year - TV' twice, and was included in the 'Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women.


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Mxolisi
Mxolisi Mgojo, President, Minerals Council South Africa and Chief Executive Officer, Exxaro

Mxolisi Mgojo has been in the mining industry since 2001. Prior to that, his career includes 10 years as a software engineer and 8 years in the finance industry including Societé Generale Investment Banking. Mxolisi has been with Exxaro Resources since its inception in 2006, heading the Base Metals and Industrial Minerals business before being appointed as the Executive Head of Coal in August 2008.  


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Paul
Paul Miller, Managing Director, CCP 12J Fund Limited

Paul Miller was recently recruited to the position of Managing Director of CCP 12J Mangers (Pty) Ltd, the management company of CCP 12J Fund Limited.  CCP 12J is a mining-focused venture capital company, established in terms of Section 12J of the Income Tax Act. The DRA Group, a leading mining engineering firm, is the lead technical partner to CCP 12J in respect of engineering (EPC/M) and outsourced operations and maintenance services.


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Themba
Themba Mkhwanazi, Chief Executive Officer, Kumba Iron Ore

Themba Mkhwanazi was appointed CEO of Kumba Iron Ore in September 2016. Prior to that, he held the position of CEO for Anglo American’s Thermal Coal business in South Africa.


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Lucas
Lucas Moalusi, Senior Partner, Fasken

Lucas Moalusi is a recognized mining lawyer in South Africa. An expert in traditional leadership legislation, he is also highly skilled in the law applicable to traditional communities’ structures and the structuring of Black Economic Empowerment transactions.


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Fortune
Fortune Mojapelo, Chief Executive Officer, Bushveld Minerals

Fortune is a mining entrepreneur with a strong exploration and development track record, Fortune has played a leading role in the origination, establishment and project development of several junior mining companies in Africa including New Kush Exploration and Mining (Gold in South Sudan), AfriTin Mining (Tin), Bushveld Resources Limited (Iron Ore), New Horizon Minerals (Iron Ore), Bushveld Platinum Limited (PGMs) and Eagle Resources Limited (Uranium).


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Mandisa
Mandisa Mondi, General Manager, Coal, Transnet Freight Rail

Having obtained a BSc and BSc Honours degrees from the University of Zululand, Mandisa started her career as a Geologist. She later moved on to join the law enforcement agency of government focusing on regulatory and legislative compliance in accordance with the Water and Environmental Acts in coal mines, municipalities and farming operations in the Natal Midlands. She then received an opportunity to head a Directorate of Environmental Protection in the central region of the Eastern Cape government.


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Abigail
Abigail Mukhuba, Finance Director, African Rainbow Minerals

Abigail Mukhuba qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 2005 and has over 16 years working experience in the financial reporting and tax specialist environment in both the automotive and mining industries.


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Nico
Nico Muller, Chief Executive Officer, Impala Platinum

Nico Muller holds a BSc Mining Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria and has a 28-year mining career across a range of commodities, including platinum. He has a proven track record as a successful operator and is a highly-rated leader and strategic thinker. Nico was appointed to the board of Implats as both Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director in April 2017. Prior to this he served as Executive Vice-President of Gold Fields’ South African operations (South Deep) for three years, where he fulfilled a pivotal role in re-energising and repositioning the mine for a sustainable future. 


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Deshnee
Deshnee Naidoo, Chief Executive Officer – African Base Metals, CEO of Vedanta Zinc International (VZI), Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and Copper Mines of Tasmania (CMT)

Deshnee Naidoo joined Vedanta Resources (VR) in 2014 and became CEO of Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) and Copper Mines of Tasmania (CMT) in February 2015. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer – African Base Metals in May 2018 (with inclusion of the position of CEO: Konkola Copper Mines (KCM)). Ms Naidoo was awarded the JCI/Anglo Platinum bursary in 1994 to study for a BSc (Chemical Engineering) degree at the University of Natal (Durban), and moved on to a 15-year career within the Anglo group after graduating in 1998.


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Sipho
Sipho Nkosi, Non-Executive Chairman, Talent10

Sipho Nkosi’s professional journey has enabled him to develop vast experience in the energy and coal sectors, both locally and internationally. Sipho has recently retired from Exxaro Resources Ltd having served as its CEO since November 2007.


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Sifiso
Sifiso Nkosi, Executive Chairperson, Ntuthuko Exploration & Mining

Sifiso Musa Nkosi is the Executive Chairperson of Ntuthuko Exploration & Mining, a junior mining company currently exploring anthracite coal mining in KwaZulu-Natal. Ntuthuko has mineral rights over various tenements in KwaZulu-Natal.


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Thabisile
Thabisile Phumo, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Sibanye-Stillwater

Thabisile is an accredited public relations and communication specialist, with 17 years’ experience in the mining industry. Thabisile is the Senior Vice President and Head of Stakeholder Relations for Southern Africa at Sibanye-Stillwater. She has worked in the corporate affairs environment at the University of South Africa, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Commission for Gender Equality and Anglo American Platinum.


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Xavier Marcel
Xavier Marcel Prévost, Senior Coal Analyst, XMP Consulting

Xavier has a MSc in Engineering Geology UMSA; Diploma in Mining and Exploration from the Montan University, Leoben, Austria, Graduate Diploma in Engineering and M. Eng. degree from Wits.
He has been in coal since 1977, established the Geological Survey’s National Coal Database (NCDB); was Genmin IT Exploration Manager and joined the Minerals Bureau, DME in 1995, as Chief Mineral Economist; Coal and Hydrocarbons.


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Dimitri
Dimitri Reading-Picopoulos, Executive Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa Natural Resource Group, J.P. Morgan

Dimitri Reading-Picopoulos is an Executive Director in J.P. Morgan’s EMEA Metals & Mining team. He originally joined the UK M&A team of J.P. Morgan Cazenove in August 2007. Dimitri holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a M.Eng from University College London. He has worked on a wide range of South African and international transactions within the metals and mining space.


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Jim
Jim Rutherford, Former Capital Fund Manager and Non-Executive Director, Anglo American

Jim Rutherford has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking and investment management, both as an institutional investor and analyst. Between 1997 and 2013, he was a Senior Vice President at Capital Group, one of the world’s largest and longest established investment management companies, with responsibility for investments in the mining & metals industry.


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Nicolaas
Nicolaas Schoeman, Senior VP Technical Services, DRA Group

Nic worked for the Anglo-American Group of Companies for 26 years from 1979 to 2005, both nationally and internationally, with most of the latter years spent in a senior management role. His last position with Anglo American was as Business Manager of the Anglo Platinum Precious Metals Refiners. Before that he was Vice President of Metallurgy for Konkola Copper Mines and also a Director of Smelterco.


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Mike
Mike Schüssler, Owner, Economists dotcoza

Mike Schüssler, owner of Economists dotcoza, an Economic Consultancy, has been extensively quoted in the media over the last two and half decades. Mike’s innovative research on employment and household issues has earned him much praise.


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Keith
Keith Scott, Chairman, The MSA Group

Keith is a geologist with over 20 years of experience in the mining industry in South Africa, Africa and globally.  Keith started his career as a field geologist and progressed over the next 15 years to consulting in geology and mineral project economics in precious and base metals, bulk commodities, special metals and diamond projects on five continents. 


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Stanley
Stanley Segula, Managing Director, Zimplats

Stanley is the Managing Director of Zimbabwe Platinum Mines (Pvt) Ltd (Zimplats), Zimbabwe’s largest PGM mining company. He joined in 2008 as Senior General Manager. He graduated from the University of Zimbabwe, Faculty of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Mining Engineering in 1991 and joined Union Carbide as a graduate trainee engineer in 1992. He graduated with a Mine Managers Certificate of Competency in 1993 and MBA in 1996.


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Constantino
Constantino Seixas, Managing Director, Accenture Consulting

Constantino is a Managing director at Accenture and is an Industry X.0 capabilities lead in Latin America. He is dedicated to developing the digital transformation agenda cross-industry with focus in CNR, Energy and Products. Constantino has personal interest in several topics: IT – OT convergence, Remote Operating Centers, Predictive Asset Management and Predictive Production Analytics.


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Dion
Dion Shango, Southern Africa CEO, 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.


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Caroline
Caroline Shirindza, Vice President – Supply Chain, Sasol Mining

Caroline holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from Wits University. She has also completed a Programme for Management Excellence and a PGDip in General Management from GIBS and is currently studying at GIBS for an MBA.  She also holds a Mine Managers Certificate for Fiery Mines.


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Peter
Peter Steenkamp, Chief Executive Officer, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited

Peter Steenkamp is Harmony’s chief executive officer and executive director from 1 January 2016. He has some 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, which include his last position as Senior Vice President: Mining of Sasol Mining Proprietary Limited, executive positions at Harmony from 2003 to 2007, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Pamodzi Gold.


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Heidi
Heidi Sternberg, Sector Specialist, Mining, Beneficiation & Energy, Public Investment Corporation

Heidi’s mining career spans more than 15 years across various areas of the sector from exploration, geology and mining through to equity and sector strategy research. She graduated with an Honours degree in Geology at The University of Port Elizabeth, after which she worked for Anglo Gold Ashanti.  She rose through the ranks working as a Mineral Project Analyst for top consulting firms while completing a Graduate Diploma in Engineering, specializing in Mineral Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand.


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Bernard
Bernard Swanepoel

Bernard is a Partner at To-The-Point Growth Specialists as well as a partner in THINKspiration. He served as non-executive director on the boards of Impala, Zimplats, Eqstra and African Rainbow Minerals Limited. 


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Mike
Mike Teke, Chief Executive Officer, Seriti Resources

From his beginnings in education to his career in Human Resources, Mike has gained extensive experience in people and business management in BHP and Impala, as well as CEO of Optimum Coal Holdings (prior to it being taken over by Glencore). 


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Johan
Johan Theron, Group Executive, Corporate Relations at Impala Platinum Holdings

Johan Theron currently holds the position of Group Executive, Corporate Relations at Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats). Johan’s journey with the company commenced in 1996, when he joined Implats as a Technical Manager. Through perseverance and dedication, he quickly moved up the corporate ladder and was promoted to Plant Manager in 1998, Group Consulting Metallurgist in 2005, Group Executive-People in 2008 and Group Executive Corporate Relations in 2013.


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Paul
Paul van Zijl, Executive Director, Sub-Sahara Africa Natural Resources, J.P. Morgan

Paul focuses on the natural resources sector in Sub-Sahara Africa. He graduated with a B(Commerce) Honours (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. 


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Piet
Piet Viljoen, Chairman, Regarding Capital Management (RECM)

Mr Viljoen started out as a lecturer at the University of Pretoria and subsequently joined SARB as an economic analyst. He joined Allan Gray Investment Counsel in 1991 as a portfolio manager and later moved onto Investec Asset Management in 1995. He founded Regarding Capital Management (Pty) Ltd in 2003 and is currently Chairman of RECM.


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Nompumelelo
Nompumelelo Zikalala, Deputy CEO, De Beers Consolidated Mines

Nompumelelo (Mpumi) is an accomplished leader with 17 years of experience in the mining industry. She has acquired a broad range of leadership skills in her previous roles as General Manager of two diamond mine operations, leading a diamond trading business and currently as Deputy CEO of De Beers Consolidated Mines.


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