2017 Speakers

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.

Frans Baleni, Director, F11 Consulting

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.

Phillip Barton, Chief Executive Officer, De Beers Consolidated Mines

Phillip Barton was appointed Chief Executive Officer of De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) in September 2010. He began his career with De Beers in 1988 as Internal Auditor at the Cullinan Diamond Mine and became Senior Audit Manager, Global Operations, in 1997.

Roger Baxter, Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Mines of South Africa

Mr Roger Baxter is the CEO at the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, the country’s preeminent mining business advocacy association, a position he has held since 1 May 2015.

Vuslat Bayoglu, Executive Chairman, Canyon Coal

Vuslat Bayoglu is the founder and executive chairman of Canyon Coal, a mid-tier coal mining company. He is the managing director of Menar Holding which has controlling stakes in Canyon Coal, Minerano Resources, Zululand Anthracite Colliery and Sitatunga Resources.

Frank Beaudry, Equity Investment Analyst, Capital Group

François Beaudry is an equity investment analyst at Capital Group with research responsibility for European utilities and global mining.

Nick Binedell, Professor, Gordon Institute of Business Science

rofessor Nick Binedell is a professor in the area of strategy and leadership at the Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria. He was the founding Dean of GIBS (2000-2015).

Hein Boegman, Chief Executive Officer, PwC Africa

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.

Mark Bristow, Chief Executive Officer, 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.  

Wray Carvelas, Group Chief Executive Officer, DRA

Wray Carvelas is the DRA Group CEO, based in Toronto. Wray has over 25 years’ experience in gold, copper, diamonds, iron ore, nickel and platinum.

Lloyd Christie, Director, ENSafrica

Lloyd Christie is a director at ENSafrica in the natural resource law department. He specialises in mining and environmental law, with a focus on providing mineral resource regulatory advice, including advising on resource finance projects, disposals and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, black economic empowerment transactions, strategic planning in relation to green field operations, resource disputes and lobbying regulators.

Colin Coleman, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

In the early 1980s, Colin was involved in South Africa’s change process and later in its constitutional transition. From 1989 until South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, he was an executive director for the Consultative Business Movement.

Frans Cronje, Chief Executive Officer, South African Institute of Race Relations

Frans Cronje is CEO of the IRR. He was educated at St Johns College in Houghton and the University of the Witwatersrand and holds a PHD in scenario planning from North West University.

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.

Prof 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: 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.

Alex Fenn, Unit Manager, Safe Technology and Innovation, Sibanye-Stillwater

Alex is a professionally registered mechanical engineer and has been intricately involved in transport and machinery, as well as technology, in mining, for the majority of his career. 

Frik Fourie, Head of NMT Platinum, Anglo American

Frik Fourie is currently the Head of New Mining Technology at Anglo American. Prior to this he served as the Head of Business Improvement in 2016. From 2007 to 2010 he was the Head of Strategic Projects and Planning at Anglo Platinum and was appointed Head of Mining in 2010.

Mike Fraser, President and Chief Operating Officer, Africa, South32

Mike was appointed President and COO, Africa in January 2015 and oversaw the set-up of the Africa region for South32.

Bobby Godsell, Former Chair of Business Leadership South Africa

Bobby Godsell worked for 34 years as an executive in the Anglo American group of companies. For 12 of these, he was CEO of Anglo’s gold mining interests, in the form of AngloGold Ashanti.

Chris Griffith, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American Platinum

CEO of Platinum since September 2012. Chris is a member of the Anglo American plc Group Management Committee (GMC). 

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.

Chris Hart, Financial Market Strategist

A commentator on market and economic issues, Chris shares his views on South African and international events. He writes regularly for InvestSA, an intermediary publication, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences across industries and business sectors for his views on economic and market issues.

May Hermanus, Executive Director: CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment

May Hermanus was appointed Executive Director: CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment in June 2013. 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.

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. 

Jamie Horvat, Manager, M&G Global Basics Fund

Jamie is the manager of the Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining Fund, which he has managed since joining M&G in December 2013. He is also the manager of the M&G Global Basics Fund. 

Neil Jacobsohn, Senior Partner, FutureWorld International

Neil Jacobsohn is a life-long communicator with a passion for the future. He has been an award-winning journalist, a digital entrepreneur, a company director and professional marketer.

Lucky Kgatle, Senior Vice President, Sasol Mining

Lucky Kgatle obtained a BSc in Engineering: Industrial from Wits University in 2001.  He also has an MBA from GIBS which he received in 2009. 


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.

Gary Lane, Director, Vuuma Collaborations

With a passion for transforming the mining industry, Gary has built up a global reputation in the mining industry over the past 26 years.

Peter Leon, Partner and Africa Co-Chair, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Peter is a partner and Co-Chair of the Africa Practice Group at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and is based in the firm's Johannesburg office.

Alastair Macfarlane, Director Mining Research, The Mining Precinct

Alastair is a mining engineer with 47 years of mining experience. He graduated as a mining engineer from Camborne School of Mines in 1973, whereupon he came to South Africa, joining Anglo American.

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.

Mmusi Maimane, Federal Leader, The Democratic Alliance (DA)

Mmusi Aloysias Maimane is the Federal Leader of South Africa's official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA). He also is the Parliamentary Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly of South Africa. 

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. 

Mondli Makhanya, Editor-in-Chief, City Press

Mondli Makhanya, who is currently the Editor-in-Chief of City Press, has been in the media industry for more than 26 years. He is one of South Africa’s most respected editors and an influential columnist. Makhanya’s insights on South Africa’s political and social developments are much sought after.

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.

Norman Mbazima, Deputy Chairman, Anglo American South Africa

Norman Mbazima is Deputy Chairman of Anglo American South Africa and a member of Anglo American’s Group Management Committee (GMC). Norman was previously CEO of Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American from September 2012 to August 2015, and before that, CEO of Anglo American’s Thermal Coal business.

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.

Mxolisi Mgojo, President of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa and Chief Executive Officer, Exxaro

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. 

Paul Miller, Mining Finance, Corporate and Investment Banking, Nedbank Capital

Paul Miller originally joined Nedbank Capital in 1999 following 5 years as a management consultant in the logistics, mining and financial services sectors.

Dr Zweli Mkhize, Treasurer-General of the African National Congress (ANC)

Treasurer General of the African National Congress, Dr Zwelini Mkhize is a medical doctor, former legislator and politician. Dr Mkhize has played a pivotal role in the process leading towards the establishment of a democratic government.

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.

Tim Modise, Publisher, GrowSA.net

Tim Modise has worked in the broadcast media for over thirty years. He has worked for various radio & TV stations across different formats from music, current affairs & talk shows.

Lumkile Mondi, Non-Executive Director, Pallinghurst Resources and Senior Lecturer, SEBS, University of the Witwatersrand

Lumkile Mondi, MA Economics (Eastern Illinois University), BCom (Hons) Economics (Wits University), is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Economic and Business Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. 

Dr Nkosana Moyo, Executive Chair, Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS)

Dr. Nkosana Moyo is the Founder of MINDS. He is, an Eisenhower Fellow and a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Leader of Tomorrow alumnus, holds a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, University of London and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK.

Jay Naidoo

Jay was the founding General Secretary of COSATU, a Minister in Nelson Mandela's Cabinet, is currently a trustee for Earthrise Trust looking at new models of rural development and livelihoods.

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. 

July Ndlovu, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American Coal South Africa

July was appointed CEO of Coal South Africa in September 2016. Prior to that, he held the position of Executive Head of Processing at Anglo American Platinum and was employed by Anglo American subsidiaries in Zimbabwe, where he held senior managerial positions in metallurgical operations and technical services.

Jan Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, Handa Copper

Jan is a seasoned industry veteran possessing a diverse range of skills acquired as an exploration geologist, mine manager and successful CEO of an intermediate-sized gold producer.

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.

Dominic O'Kane, Head of CEEMEA Metals & Mining Equity Research, J.P. Morgan

Dominic has 16 years’ specialist experience in Mining equity and debt markets. Dominic is an Executive Director and Head of J.P.Morgan’s CEEMEA Metals, Mining & Steel team.

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.

Gerhard Potgieter, Group Executive, Impala Platinum Holdings

Gerhard has 32 years of hard rock mining experience, through a career that spans the gold, platinum and base metal industries. In his early career he was the General Manager of Lorraine and Target gold mines before being promoted to Executive Director for Avmin during 2000.

Jacinto Rocha, Director, Mineral Investment Advisory Services

Jacinto holds a BA (Hons)(Political Science) and a BSc (Hons)(Geology) from Gustavus Adolphus College in the USA, a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Mining) from Wits University, a LLB (law) from UNISA and a MBA (Executive) from the University of Cape Town.

Jim Rutherford, Non-Executive Board Member, Anglo American

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

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.

Hulme Scholes, Director, Malan Scholes Inc.

Hulme is a director of the firm and a mining attorney with over 20 years’ experience in the mining sector in South Africa and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

Llanley Simpson, Director: Mining and Minerals Benificiation, Department of Science and Technology

Llanley’s experience generally covers the broad areas of Science and Technology (with an emphasis on the Mathematical and Information Sciences).

Sifiso Sithebe, Partner, EY

Sifiso Sithebe is a Partner at EY and has over 20 years of experience in the professional services industry and particularly in the delivery of assurance services to TMT, Mining & Metals, Government and Public Sector; and Private Equity clients.

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, Founder and Chairman, 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. In September 2012, Mike resigned as CEO of Optimum Coal (and is presently the Non-Executive Chairman) to pursue other business interests.

Phillip Tobias, Chief Operating Officer, New Business, Harmony Gold

Phillip was appointed as Chief operating officer (COO) of special projects, new business development and corporate strategy on 1 March 2016.

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.

Charles Walters, Chief Executive Officer, Assore

Charles qualified with a B.Sc. (Mech) Eng in 1989 from the University of Cape Town. He obtained a B.Com in 1992 from the University of South Africa and completed the Programme for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 2001

Hon. Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane, Minister, Department of Mineral Resources

Mr Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane is the Minister of Mineral Resources having been appointed into this position on 23 September 2015. As an MP, Minister Zwane is also a Member of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development (National Assembly) and the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (National Assembly).