A highlight of day one was South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa’s keynote address at the opening ceremony with a clarion call for collaboration between the mining industry and government, highlighting the immense potential that Africa has in being central to the global clean energy transition. “Our Just Energy Transition Investment Plan outlines a pathway to create new industries and support more livelihoods in the green economy.” President Ramaphosa appealed for the Indaba to prioritise discussions on how to strengthen mining value chains and enhance beneficiation.

A highlight of day one was South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa’s keynote address at the opening ceremony with a clarion call for collaboration between the mining industry and government, highlighting the immense potential that Africa has in being central to the global clean energy transition.

A highlight of day one was South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa’s keynote address at the opening ceremony with a clarion call for collaboration between the mining industry and government, highlighting the immense potential that Africa has in being central to the global clean energy transition. Supplied by ©Investing in African Mining Indaba 2024

The president noted the South African government’s four priorities aimed at developing the mining sector. Top of the list is the government’s proposed solutions to solve South Africa’s crippling power challenges, where he mapped out critical measures taken through the Electricity Action Plan to improve the performance of the existing generation fleet and initiatives to add to the electricity grid. Ramaphosa also spoke about measures to tackle illegal mining and the resultant damage to infrastructure, referring to the specialised police task force mandated to deal with criminal elements. He expressed his commitment to resolving the backlog in prospecting and mining rights applications by improving the regulatory environment through the development of the new cadastral system.

Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema highlighted a commitment to making Zambia a reliable investment partner of choice on the African continent.

Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema highlighted a commitment to making Zambia a reliable investment partner of choice on the African continent. Supplied by ©Investing in African Mining Indaba 2024

Mining Indaba 2024’s opening ceremony also featured keynote addresses from Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde who highlighted a commitment to making Zambia a reliable investment partner of choice on the African continent and investment opportunities in the DRC’s mining sector in their keynote addresses, respectively.

 

These addresses ignited the conference’s theme of “Embracing the power of positive disruption: A bold new future for African Mining,” and meaningful dialogue kickstarting the Disruptive Discussions in a series of “Voices of Disruption” panels which saw insightful conversations from Anglo American CEO Duncan Wanblad, Rio Tinto Minerals CEO Sinead Kaufman, Newmont African Business Unit MD David Thornton and Barrick Gold Corporation CEO Mark Bristow on the first day of the conference.

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde highlighted investment opportunities in the country’s mining sector in his keynote address.

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde highlighted investment opportunities in the country’s mining sector in his keynote address. Supplied by ©Investing in African Mining Indaba 2024

“In keeping with our 2024 theme, we want to ignite meaningful dialogues that extend beyond the event and radically transform the conversation on pressing issues,” says Frans Baleni, Executive Advisory Board chairman of Mining Indaba

Source: Supplied by Investing in African Mining Indaba, edited by Sharyn Macnamara