Does coal have a place in Southern Africa's future energy mix? We hosted a live debate around the question at the heart of Africa's industrial economic growth.
Should investors be putting money into coal mines? Can coal and renewable energy be complimentary? Is clean coal a reality? Is renewable energy infrastructure affordable enough to discard coal? These proposals were intensely scrutinized.
The webinar was moderated by Mining Review Africa editor Laura Cornish - who also chaired a session on this topic
Vuslat Bayoglu, Managing Director, Menar Capital
Vuslat is the founder and managing director of Menar Capital which has controlling stakes in Canyon Coal, Zululand Anthracite Colliery, Sitatunga Resources and Kangra Coal. He is a hands-on investor with over 16 years’ experience in the mining industry.
Silas Zimu, former energy adviser in the presidency, South Africa
Silas Mzingeli Zimu started his energy career at Eskom in 1992 where he worked as an engineer in the generation group and joined City Power as a general manager - planning and technology thereafter. Silas has extensive experience in both business and strategic management. He holds a B. Eng. Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an Msc in Engineering Management.
Ted Blom, Mining & Energy Advisor, South Africa
Ted Blom is a senior energy and mining and commodities strategist and tactician with a master's degree in Business from Wits Business School, Commercial and Law degrees from the University of Port Elizabeth, and a PMD from Harvard Business School. In addition Ted completed his Mineral Economics qualification under the auspices of Professor Dennis Buchanan from Imperial College of Mining, London. Ted has over 27 years’ experience in management, mining, commodities and strategy execution and has led numerous investigations and projects in both the mining and energy spheres. He advises, lectures and consults worldwide to companies, sovereign funds, hedge funds, investment banks, government mining ministries, investors and stakeholders.