True to Mining Indaba’s promise to better meet the changing needs of the African mining community, the number of mining companies registered is up 32% compared to 2016 and there are 71% more investors registered – including 30 investors scheduled to speak, three times the number in 2016.
Commenting on this resurgence, MD Alex Grose notes, “It’s particularly pleasing to see a sharp increase in generalist investors signing up from companies like Allan Gray and Old Mutual. To us this illustrates an improved perception of mining equities.”
This upturn will benefit both mining companies and investors as the Mining Indaba works to facilitate mutually beneficial conversations.
The launch of the Investment Battlefield, which forms part of the new Junior Miners’ Pavilion in the exhibition hall, promises to be an exciting addition to the agenda for 2017.
Junior mining companies will battle it out for prizes worth £15 000/ R250 000 and invaluable input from a panel of the world’s leading investors. The full list of participants and judges can be accessed here.
What else is new in 2017?
This year’s agenda has been structured around the theme Leveraging the next wave of growth: How can you invest in African mining to make long-term profits?
Speakers will be examining the signs of a rebound in the mining sector, especially in commodities like gold and battery metals. This is one of the reasons the 2017 Mining Indaba is focusing on the ways in which investors, mining companies, African governments and the industries that support them are all maximising profitability, portfolio returns and sales during the sectors recovery and future growth cycle.
The expanded agenda covers investment trends and includes panel discussions such as Bulls vs Bears: Is the mining sector bouncing back?, while sessions like The voice of civil society: Extending the mining industry’s contribution beyond the economic and Deleveraging Investment Risk through Sustainable Practice; Water and Tailings will take a look at true value-creating business practices. Mining company presentations, commodity performance, country case studies, industry research and panel discussions will also be covered.
The full 2017 Mining Indaba programme can be downloaded here. Notable speakers include:
- HE Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane, Minister of Mineral Resources, South Africa
- Charl Malan, Portfolio Manager and Senior Analyst, Van Eck
- Qing Yu, Managing Director, Metals and Mining Department, China-Africa Development Fund
- Joanne Warner, Head of Global Resources, Colonial First State Global Asset Management
- Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General, UNCTAD and Former Minister of Trade and Industry, Republic of Kenya
- Neil Gregson, Portfolio Manager, JP Morgan Global Natural Resources Fund
- Neal Froneman, CEO, Sibanye
- Nick Holland, CEO, Gold Fields Limited
- Bold Bataar, Chief Executive, Energy and Minerals, Rio Tinto
- Dambisa Moyo, Global Economist and Author
- Robert Friedland, Executive Chairman and Founder, Ivanhoe Mines
- Mike Teke, President of the South African Chamber of Mines