Promising thorough debate on the current climate and outlook for the junior mining sector in South Africa and beyond, the 9th edition of the Junior Indaba – for explorers, developers and investors in junior mining in Africa – will take place on 6 and 7 June at the Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park.

Junior Indaba

This year’s panel of speakers will include over 25 CEOs and MDs of mid-tier and junior mining companies, government, industry experts and professional advisors who will address crucial issues such as:

  • How commodity prices are faring in 2023 and what this will mean for juniors, including gold, coal, lithium, copper, nickel, cobalt, tin, manganese, chrome and others.
  • What lessons can be learned from successful junior miners already operating in Africa? Each of the following speakers will share their journey and how they have overcome the challenges of establishing a mining operation in Africa and created a successful business:
    Andries Van Heerden, CEO, Afrimat
    Errol Smart, CEO, Orion Minerals
    Frank Hallam, director, president & CEO, Platinum Group Metals
    James Campbell, MD, Botswana Diamonds
    Anthony Viljoen, CEO, Andrada Mining
    Jan Nelson, CEO, Copper 360
    Heye Daun, president and CEO, Osino Resources
  • Roger Baxter, CEO, Minerals Council South Africa, will give a frank and honest address on what it will take for junior mining in South Africa to succeed and how government and industry can work together to achieve this.
  • Does South Africa have a conducive policy and regulatory framework and the geological endowment to support junior mining? These questions will be discussed in depth by:
    Jacob Mbele, DG, DMRE
    Mosa Mabuza, CEO, Council for Geoscience.
    Louis Nel, CEO, Manganese Metal Company (MMC), will examine the battery hype, explain the opportunities for junior miners presented by the rapidly increasing demand for battery metals and minerals and if it makes sense for miners to go beyond mining.
  • Experiences of juniors in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Tanzania, including: Premium Nickel Resources – Boris Kamstra, the COO, who will reveal their new nickel, copper and cobalt project in Botswana; Marula Mining – Jason Brewer, the CEO, who will give an overview of its battery metals projects in South Africa and Zambia; Premier African Minerals – George Roach, the CEO, who will explain its lithium/tantalum project in Zimbabwe. These are just a few of the many junior mining projects to be discussed.

Chaired by Bernard Swanepoel, the speaker line-up will also include:

Andrew Bishop, CFO, Golconda Gold
Alan Smith, executive chairman, Blyvoor Gold
Ian Stalker, non-executive chairman, Helium One
Vilhjalmur Thor Vilhjalmsson, CEO and chairman, Ubique Minerals
Musawenkosi Buthelezi, COO, Ntuthuko Resources
George Bennett, CEO, Rainbow Rare Earths
Mandy Malebe, CEO, Lethabo Exploration
Patrycja Kula-Verster, Business Development manager, JSE
Robin Griffin, VP, SME M&M Markets, Wood Mackenzie
Willis Thomas, head, CRU+
Alistair Hodgkinson, COO, DRA Global
Philip Le Roux, CEO, Arcadia Minerals
Peter Major, director: Mining, Modern Corporate Solutions

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