2016 Speakers

Stephen Arthur, Head of Equity, Asset Management, ABSA Asset Management

Stephen is the Head of Equities at ABSA Asset Management and has been with ABAM for seven years. He has twenty-four years of industry experience. Previously he was with LIBAM, FTNIB and ABSA Capital.

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.

Frans Baleni

Mr Frans Baleni is the past General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa’s largest trade Union, a role he has held since 2006. He started his career in the mining industry in 1979 and a year later was elected a Shop Steward.

Prof Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz, Centre Manager: Energy, CSIR

Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz is the Centre Manager: Energy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, where he leads the establishment of an integrated energy research centre and a growing team of scientists and engineers.

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.

Hein Boegman, PwC Africa CEO

Hein joined Price Waterhouse’s Pretoria office in 1984 and, following his articles, spent two years with the firm in the United States before returning to the Pretoria office in 1989, specialising in serving multi-national clients. He was admitted to the partnership in 1992.

Wickus Botha, Africa Mining & Metals Sector Leader, EY

Wickus is the Africa Mining & Metals Sector Leader for EY and an experienced partner with 20 years’ experience serving clients in the sector. Wickus is a Chartered Accountant and accredited to audit JSE listed, TSX listed and US SEC registered companies.

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.

Fred Cawood, Director, WITS Mining Institute (WMI), Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of the Witwatersrand

Fred is Director of the Wits Mining Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and the former Head of the School of Mining Engineering at Wits. He has qualifications in Mine Surveying, Mining Engineering and Law.

Kieran Daly, Co-Head EMEA Metals & Mining, UBS Investment Bank - Equity Research

Kieran Daly joined UBS as Co-Head EMEA Metals & Mining research in September 2015 and has been covering the SA mining sector as a top-rated analyst since 2007. 

Brian Dames, Chief Executive Officer, 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.

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.

Johan Dippenaar, Chief Executive Officer, Petra Diamonds

Johan Dippenaar has 25 years’ experience in the leadership and management of diamond mining companies. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Petra, he was CEO of ASX-quoted Crown Diamonds, which merged with Petra in 2005.

Sandra du Toit, Head: Mining & Metals, 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.

Jacques Erasmus, Global Head of Mining, KPMG

Jacques is a Partner in the Energy and Natural Resources Division of KPMG South Africa. A seasoned and accomplished professional with senior executive experience and strong international exposure, Jacques Erasmus is known and respected in the mining industry as a front-footed, highly-skilled professional, and offers a portfolio of career highlights reflecting extraordinary business and financial acumen.

Brett Freeman, General Manager - Mine Electrification, General Electric

Brett Freeman is the Global GM and Product line leader for GE's Mine Electrification business. 18 years' experience in general management, sales, marketing, product management and finance functions.

Neal Froneman, Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Brian Gilbertson, Chairman, Pallinghurst Resources

Brian Gilbertson has extensive experience in the global natural resources industry. In his early career, he was managing director of Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited, which gained recognition as the world’s foremost producer of platinum in the 1980s.

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. 

Chris Griffith, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American Platinum

Chris has been CEO of Anglo American Platinum since September 2012. He is also a member of the Anglo American plc Group Management Committee (GMC) and continues to serve as a director of Anglo American South Africa Limited. 

Tony Harwood, President & CEO, Montero Mining & Exploration

Dr. Antony Harwood (Tony) is an economic geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, in the UK with a BSc (Hons) cum laude and a PhD degree in Economic Geology.

Nick Holland, Chief Executive Officer, Gold Fields

Mr Holland was appointed an executive director of Gold Fields in 1997 and became CEO on 1 May 2008. Prior to that he was the Company’s CFO. Mr Holland has more than 31 years’ experience in financial management, of which 23 years were in the mining industry. Prior to joining Gold Fields, he was Financial Director and Senior Manager of Corporate Finance at Gencor.

Boris Kamstra, Chief Executive Officer, Alphamin Resources

Boris Kamstra is an accomplished senior business executive. He bravely capitalises on his strategic management style to ensure good business leadership, corporate alignment and success – imperative in challenging environments. 

Robert Kiefer, Vice President Exploration, MinEx Projects

Vice President Exploration MinEx Projects and Principal of PanEx Resources – minerals projects development companies. 
He gained his Doctorate on Greenstone hosted gold mineralisation

Andrew Lane, Africa Energy and Resources Leader, Deloitte

Andrew joined Monitor Deloitte as a Director following Deloitte’s acquisition of Monitor. He had joined Monitor as a partner, after being a partner and founding member of North Road Consulting. Andrew has led strategy, operational improvement, organization redesign and implementation projects in several industries.

Cobus Loots, Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Resources

Cobus has been a director of Pan African since 2009 and was appointed Financial Director on 1 October 2013. Prior to this he was the Managing Director of Shanduka Resources (Pty) Limited. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and a CFA® Charterholder.

Barry MacColl, General Manager – Research, Testing and Development, Eskom

Barry has been working in the power industry in South Africa for over 25 years. He is currently the National Utility’s head of Research, Testing and Development and leads a team of over 400 people involved in applied research, testing and consulting in a variety of specialist energy technology related disciplines. 

Fidelis Madavo, Executive Head: Listed Investment, 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.

Ben Magara, Chief Executive Officer, Lonmin plc

Ben joined the Lonmin Board as Chief Executive on 1 July 2013. Ben joined the Lonmin Board as Chief Executive on 1 July 2013.

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.

Gwede Mantashe, Secretary General, African National Congress

As a youth, not surprising for someone with his religious roots, he had begun his activism in the then Student Christian Movement (SCM). At the time the SCM was pivotal in raising the consciousness of young people in the 1970s at the dawn of liberated Angola and Mozambique.

Trevor Manuel

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

Joseph Mathunjwa, President, AMCU

Mr Joseph Vusumuzi Mathunjwa is a founding member and current President of AMCU. He is an activist who curved his leadership within the echelons of the NUM. Having been expelled from NUM he took his visionary leadership to founding and leading AMCU to be one of the largest non-aligned trade unions in South Africa.

Norman Mbazima, 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, 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.

Robin Mills, Senior Operating Partner, Appian Capital Advisory LLP

A mining career from a ‘Welkom‘65 Lnr.Mine Official’, WitsBSc., Global Techno. & Ops. assignments for then Anglo/DeBeers Groups in Africa & Americas in Gold, Diamonds & Base Metals - serving later on then Anglo Platinum and DeBeers-Global Boards.

Andrew Mitchell, Chairman and Senior Partner, Fasken Martineau

With degrees in chemical engineering and law, he specialises in mining law, mining finance and traditional communities within the legal sector. His mining experience includes involvement in platinum, aluminium, nickel, cobalt, chrome, vanadium, steel and heavy minerals projects.

Themba Mkhwanazi, Chief Executive Officer, Kumba Iron Ore

Themba Mkhwanazi was appointed CEO of Kumba Iron Ore effective 1 September 2016. Prior to that he was CEO of Anglo American’s thermal coal business in South Africa, a position he held since May 2014.

Melinda Moore, Director: Corporate Client Coverage - Resources, ICBC

Melinda Moore joined ICBC Standard Bank’s Bulk Commodities team in mid-2012 as Head of the London steel raw materials origination, trading and strategy to assist clients with their physical and financial commodity requirements.

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. He bought TEBA Ltd from the mining industry in November 2005, and he also holds the following positions...

Deshnee Naidoo, Chief Executive Officer, Vedanta Zinc International and CMT

Mrs Naidoo joined the Group in 2014 and assumed the role of CEO of the Zinc International portfolio as well as Copper Mines of Tasmania in February 2015. 

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.

Sibongile (Bongi) Ntsoelengoe, Manager of Technology, Kumba Iron Ore

Bongi has more than 13 years experience in the mining industry with exposure to iron ore and base metal commodities. Her career started after graduating from Witwatersrand University with a BSc (Eng) in Metallurgy and Material Engineering.

Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Senior Adviser, Rothschild Mining Team, Rothschild London

Born in Egoli, South Africa, “the City of Gold”, Dr Fiona Perrott-Humphrey spent six years in financial journalism and academia in South Africa before moving to the UK in 1986.

Sizwe Phakathi, Head: Safety and Sustainable Development, Chamber of Mines of South Africa

Dr Sizwe Phakathi is the Head of Safety and Sustainable Development at the Chamber of Mines and Employer Convenor on the Board of the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC). He is the Employer Convenor on the Culture Transformation Advisory Committee (CTAC) at the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC).

Steve Phiri, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Bafokeng Platinum

Steve Phiri is an admitted attorney to the High Court of South Africa. His qualifications include a B Juris degree, University of the North; LLB, Vista University; Diploma in Corporate Law, Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) and an LLM degree from the University of Johannesburg. 

HRH Kgosi Pilane, King of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Nation

Kgosi Pilane is not only the traditional leader of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela nation but also an astute businessman in his own right and a vigorous champion of the socio-economic development of the region.

Sipho Pityana, Chairman, 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.

Niël Pretorius, Chief Executive Officer, DRDGOLD Limited

Niël Pretorius has two decades of experience in the mining industry. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer designate of DRDGOLD on 21 August 2008 and Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2009.

Andile Sangqu, Executive Head, Anglo American South Africa and Vice President, Chamber of Mines of South Africa

Andile Sangqu was appointed as the executive head for Anglo American in South Africa on 1 June 2015. His role includes working with the South Africa-based businesses to help deliver the Group’s strategy in the region, provide leadership and co-ordination to the Group’s stakeholder relations initiatives in South Africa, and facilitate regional alignment with the Group’s central functions.

Mike Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Dion Shango, PwC Southern Africa CEO

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.

Ben Smit, Director, Piran Resources

With almost 30 years of project management and business experience on the African continent, Ben is currently Managing Director of Piran Resources, a Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten producer. He began his career in resources, managing mining and exploration projects in Malawi, Zambia and Angola.

Peter Steenkamp, Chief Executive Officer, Harmony Gold

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.

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. 

Mike Teke, President of Chamber of Mines of South Africa and Founder and Chairman of Masimong Group

In 2008, Mike left Impala to be one of the founding members of Optimum Coal and was appointed CEO of Optimum Coal. Mike was part of the listing Optimum Coal on the JSE in March 2010.

Mazwi Tunyiswa, SBU Head: Basic Metals & Mining , Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

Mazwi Tunyiswa, Male, graduated from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, obtaining a BSc (Physics and and Applied Mathematics) and BSc (Hons, physics), and then did a Masters in Engineering at Tohoku university in Japan where he graduated in March 1998.

Peter Turner, Senior Vice President: Safety Health and Management, Sibanye Gold

Peter Turner was appointed as Senior Vice President: Safety Health and Environment in 2015. He has more than 39 years’ experience in the mining industry as a senior executive at Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields prior to joining Sibanye.

Tiaan van Aswegen, Director, Assore

Tiaan obtained a BEng (Metallurgical) degree from the University of Pretoria (UP) in 1982 and later obtained BCom (Unisa) and MEng (UP) degrees. He spent most of his career in the steel and ferro-alloys business.

Sietse van der Woude, Senior Executive, Modernisation & Safety, Chamber of Mines of South Africa

Sietse van der Woude has a Masters Degree in Radiation Physics. As Manager at the National Nuclear Regulator he was responsible for the establishment of a regulatory framework for radiation protection in mining.

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.

Barry Weir, Co-Head of Global Mining, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan

Barry Weir is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Mining.  Barry qualified and acted as a solicitor in South Africa before joining Nedcor Investment Bank in 1994.