Crossing the bridge into the Promised Land debates loom at Joburg Indaba

A pre-conference dinner taking place this evening (13th October 2015), Chief Executive Officer of Randgold, Mark Bristow who has played a significant role in promoting Southern Africa as a mineral resource destination, will provide insights on what the industry can learn from the past 20 years of mining to shape a better future. 

The key note address at this year’s two day conference 14 -15 October 2015 headed by Trevor Manuel given his unique perspective on the industry and its challenges, will evoke critical conversation on mining’s role in the economy.

Tom Albanese Chief Executive Officer of global diversified resources company, Vedanta Resources is positioned to share his insights on the current environment in Africa and how companies can compete for investment dollars, particularly at the bottom of a super cycle.

Adding to the hotly debated future of mining will be perspectives on how the industry will hold Boards accountable in addressing governance, sustainability, and corruption, emanating from an esteemed panel of which includes Gold Fields Chairperson, Cheryl Carolus, Sipho Pityana Chairman of AngloGold Ashanti, Professor Cheryl de la Rey Vice Chancellor and Principal University of Pretoria and Barend Petersen, Executive Chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines.

“Assessing the challenges and impacts that the world’s economic outlook has on resources and mining is key to ensure the future viability of our local industry”, says Paula Munsie CEO Resource’s for Africa, co-founder of the Joburg Indaba. 

Latest updates on the Davis Committee opportunities will be shared by Muhammad Saloojee, Director and Head of Corporate Tax, whilst words of wisdom are expected from two of the industry ‘elders’ Bobby Godsell and James Motlatsi who are poised to share an honest conversation about the industry as a whole.

Investors and funders are all part of the delegation attending this year’s event and will look to demystify international benchmarks for mining investment globally.

Calls on business to rationalize and modernize have been loud and clear over the past few years, yet the question still remains on whether local CEOs are correctly balancing the conflicting needs and interests. 

“One of the highlights of this year’s event will undoubtedly be the conversation between organised labour and industry where Joseph Mathunjwa and Terence Goodlace will publicly discuss their unique perspectives on modernisation of the industry, states Bernard Swanepoel, Chairperson of Joburg Indaba.

This year a panel of prominent CEOs led by CEO of Rainbow Minerals, Mike Schmidt is set to provide honest feedback on how captains of industry are measuring up.  PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Anton van Wyk will challenged to reveal if industry has created .an impossible job spec, and whether we are really looking for “superman” to manage all the pressure points, whilst a student panel of young professionals with fresh eyes and bright young minds will challenge leaders to be more innovative and better at modernizing the sector.

There have been numerous new developments in the world of energy, Claude Baissac, MD Eunomix, Paul Jourdan and Peter Craven together with Chris Bishop Managing Editor Forbes Africa will be debating and debunking some of the myths and prevailing wisdom of beneficiation, whilst sharing case studies from competing mining territories.

New projects are the pipeline to this industry, organisers of the 2015 Joburg Indaba have secured a panel of hungry lions – investors and funders – who will be assessing new ventures and opportunities.  The Lions Lair will be chaired by Managing Director of the MSA Group, Keith Scott and RMB’s Director of Business Development Henk de Hoop.

“Participants have agreed that the Joburg Indaba has raised the bar with its straight talk. This year the event will bring refreshing insights in a highly- engaging environment, this is due to the cross mix of delegates and newsworthy content from speakers,” adds Paula Munsie, CEO Resources for Africa and cofounder of Joburg Indaba.

The 2015 Joburg Indaba takes place on 14-15 October at the Inanda Club, Johannesburg.  Due to the success of event, and in keeping with the essence of the format, seats are strictly limited to 500.