The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy of South Africa, Hon. Gwede Mantashe will be giving a keynote address at the Junior Indaba on Thursday 2 June on the newly gazetted Exploration Strategy and the way forward for the junior mining sector in SA.

The 8th edition of the Junior Indaba for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining will be held both in person and online from 1-2 June this week.  CEOs and senior representatives of mining companies, government, investors and advisory firms gather each year at this forum to tackle critical issues facing the exploration and junior mining sectors.

Roger Baxter, CEO, Minerals Council South Africa, will give the opening keynote address covering, amongst other issues – what South Africa needs to do to attract exploration investment, how the key stakeholders can work together to achieve this and whether the target of 5% of global exploration spend can be reached in 5 years.

These issues will be further explored by Patricia Gamede, Acting Director General, DMRE, Errol Smart, CEO, Orion Minerals, Lili Nupen, Director, NSDV and Mosa Mabuza, CEO, Council for Geoscience, who will examine current mining policy and legislation and how to make it fit for purpose for junior miners. They will discuss the status of the latest DMRE initiatives to promote junior mining and exploration – the cadastre system and exploration strategy – and what is being done to reduce delays and clear the backlog for the granting of mining and prospecting rights.

Andries Myburgh, Executive, Tax, ENSafrica and Sam Mokorosi, Head of Origination & Deals, JSE, will discuss what incentives could be offered for foreign and local investors and how implementing a flow-through share scheme would benefit both investors and junior miners alike – and how these incentives could be tied in with initiatives to raise funds for exploration on the JSE and CTSE.

Andries Van Heerden, CEO, Afrimat and Stefano Marani, CEO, Renergen, in conversation with Anthony Clark from Smalltalkdaily and Bernard Swanepoel will each share their South African success stories and how they have overcome the challenges of establishing a mining operation in South Africa.

Derryn Maade, Global Head of Metals & Mining Markets, Wood Mackenzie, will share how commodity prices are faring in 2022, which macroeconomic factors are influencing prices, whether we are still in a supercycle and which metals are performing better than others and why.

For more information go to our African Mining Events Page on the African Mining website.