Broadcast series: Available on on-demand

The DRC Mining Week team want to continue supporting and assisting with your network engagements and connections by inviting you to participate in this exciting, content-rich digital series.

We understand that topical content and engagement with key industry professionals will be key for many of you. Therefore, in the run-up to June, our team and Mining Review Africa have put together a series of webinars that you can access for free.


Wednesday, 17 June


KEYNOTE: Impact of COVID-19 on DRC mining: what will the industry look like tomorrow?

  • Impact of COVID-19 in the short and medium-term in the DRC
  • How can the DRC improve its industry attractiveness to investors?
  • Mining code and business climate: What will be the incentive for investors and operators to propel their business and operations amid pandemic?
  • What are the current trade and business dynamics between EU and the DRC?
  • Can the post-COVID recovery offer new ways of Great Lakes regional cooperation in the management of natural resources


Prof. Willy Kitobo Samsoni, Minister, Ministry of Mining, DRC

Huang Xia, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, United Nations

Jean Marc Châtaignier, Ambassador of European Union to the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC

Panel discussion: How can existing and emerging players become/remain successful in the DRC?

  • What experience and best practice can be shared to encourage more international presence in the DRC?
  • What is changing in investors’ mind-sets regarding the DRC and the impact COVID-19 is having on the industry?
  • What are the do’s and dont’s when it comes to kick-starting a business in the DRC?
  • Finding the right recipe integrating compliance with fiscal rules, transparency of environmental and social impact and the sharing of revenues with governments.
  • What is key in supporting investors to identify if their business is niche enough and in line with market trends in the DRC?

Moderated by:

  • Laura Cornish, Editor in chief, Mining Review Africa, SA
  • Harry Chapman, Group Content Director – Imago Techmedia, Clarion Events


Olebogeng Sentsho, CEO, Simba Mgodi Mining, SA

Rodolph De Bruin, Founding Partner, AMED Funds, SA

Boris Kamstra, Director, Pangea Exploration, SA

Willem Jacobs, COO- Africa & Middle East, Barrick Gold Corp, Canada

Panel discuss: Trade briefing: Department of Trade and Equipment Providers share their experience in the DRC

• Get insight from experienced players successfully doing business in the DRC
• What are international suppliers looking for in the DRC?
• What are the challenges they encounter and how do they mitigate these?
• What is the DRC putting in place to incentivise and facilitate international presence and business amid COVID-19?  

Moderator: Cedric Longange, Chairman, Congolese Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain


Eric Bruggeman, Director and CEO, SACEEC, South Africa

Helmut Schgeiner, Technical Director, VDMA, Germany

John Kanyoni, Vice President, Chamber of Mines, DRC

Thursday, 18 June

Which commodities are showing more resilience amid COVID-19 and why?

• Will the permanency of the decline of some commodities be tied to the duration of the crisis?
• What is the plan around the metals currently building surpluses due to the demand weakness?
• How do future consumers will try to mitigate supply risks?
• Why is gold considered as a safe haven?
• DRC: a unique combination of political, financial and operational challenges to understand when it comes to cobalt and copper.
• How to break dependency to cobalt? Is nickel an alternative?


George Heppel, Senior Analyst Base Metals, CRU, UK

Olivier Binyingo, Director, Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP, SA

Cyrille Mutombo, Director, Kibali Goldmines, DRC

Simon Tuma Waku, Deputy Managing Director, Tenke Fungurume Mining, DRC

Power to the mines: A finger on the pulse of power projects in DRC

• Sustainability of power transmission and distribution infrastructure
• What is the right model to mitigate fiscal risk and increase security of supply?
• Identifying key gaps in DRC’s electricity sector regulations and assessing improvements
• Forecasts for Africa’s power infrastructure: Will DRC become self-sufficient and bring its mining industry along for the ride?
• Strategies to attract investors for new power plant construction projects: Where to find the capital?

Moderator: Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, Editor: ESI Africa, Clarion Energy, SA


Raphael Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer, Tembo Power, Mauritius

Serge Nawej Tshitembu, Managing Director, Geosolar, DRC


Contenu local et renforcement des capacités après COVID-19 : une opportunité de construire un modèle économique efficace ‘made in DRC’?

• Les ressortissants étrangers étant actuellement limités en RDC : l’occasion de briller pour les Congolais?
• Construire une main-d’œuvre locale du bas vers le haut de l’échelle : inciter un management exécutif congolais
• Projet de renforcement des capacités pour un commerce responsable des minéraux (CBRMT): réglementer le commerce des 3T (étain, tantale, tungstène) et l’or
• Les conditions des politiques de contenu local (LCP) pour opérer dans le secteur minier de la RDC
• Combler l’écart entre la future stratégie opérationnelle des opérateurs miniers et les politiques de contenu local du gouvernement


Gety Mpanu Mpanu, Deputy Chief of Staff, of The Head of State in charge of Infrastructures, Mineral Resources, Hydrocarbons, Energy and PT-NTIC, Presidency, Democratic Republic of Congo

Lorenzo Giacomin, Project Director, Edukat, DRC

Justin Kashala, Human Resources Manager, Ivanhoe Mines, DRC

Macaire Mulundu, Human Resources Manager, Ruashi Mining, DRC

Friday, 19 June

11h00 GMT

Health and Safety: Is there a new “modus operandi” to run mining operations in the DRC?

  • Is it a good time to review health and safety measures considering that the mining industry can be considered as a catalyst for Covid-19?
  • What are the biggest risks miners and communities are exposed to?
  • New reality: need for the development of a global industry safety standard
  • Government and Community: what is the level of communication and education to prevent accidents and manage impact of mining activities?

Moderator: Alfonso Tejerina, Executive Director, Global Business Reports


John Wates, Chairman, Fraser Alexander, South Africa

Zaheera Soomar, Advisor, Principia Advisory, Canada

Prof Dr Paul Mawaw Makan, Senior National Medical Advisor, International SOS, DRC

13h00 GMT

The other side of the coin: Can we expect an acceleration of the digital mining economy due to COVID-19?

• Can DRC and Africa get ready for advanced mining technology?
• Silver lining: Will COVID-19 support the integration of remote systems on mines and increase digital and smart mining in the DRC?
• The Internet of Things: From utopia to potential implementation
• Dealing with the AI curse: How does it support the labour intensive DRC economy and drive automation and positive disruption?

Moderators: Laura Cornish, Editor in chief, Mining Review Africa, SA and Chantelle Kotze, Senior deputy editor, Mining Review Africa, SA


Amanda Zaina Matenda, Mine Planning Services and Support Lead- Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Hexagon Mining, SA

Mike Nel, Regional Manager for Continental Africa, Immersive Technologies

Nathan Madu, Plant Engineer, Kibali Gold Mines, DRC


« La lumière au bout du tunnel »:  Avancée des projets énergétiques en RDC

  • La course à l’alimentation électrique durable : Rapports sur l’état d’avancement des projets en cours et à venir
  • Diversifier la composition énergétique et revoir les modèles de fonctionnement de la RDC pour maximiser la production locale
  • Prévisions concernant l’infrastructure électrique de l’Afrique : La RDC deviendra-t-elle autosuffisante et fera-t-elle appel à son industrie minière ?
  • Stratégies visant à attirer les investisseurs pour les projets de construction de nouvelles centrales électriques : Où trouver les fonds?

Moderator: Elodie Delagneau, Event director, DRC Mining Week


John Nsana Kanyoni, Directeur, Trade Power, RDC

Eric Monga Mumba, Chief Executive, Kipay Investments, DRC

Jean Paul Mbayo, Ingénieur en énergie, Kibali Gold Mines, RDC

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