The London mining Indaba returns for 2024

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The London Indaba returns for its second year on June 25th & 26th at The InterContinental Park Lane London, following the resounding success of its debut last year.

Focused on “Investing in Resources and Mining in Africa,” this event promises – and delivers – insightful discussions on the vital role African countries play in supplying essential minerals and metals to the global market.

Borne of the renowned Joburg Indaba, which is now in its 12th year in South Africa, the London Indaba has attracted a host of industry experts who will be speaking over the course of the two days and will be chaired by Joburg Indaba chair Bernard Swanepoel. Well known for his trademark bold, blunt and constructive approach to tackling important issues, Swanepoel will lead critical conversations reaching to the heart of relevant matters.

Mining’s multi-stakeholder partnership nature takes centre stage this year, tackling pressing questions such as the evolving stakeholder landscape for African miners, the sources of future investments and the expectations of international stakeholders and investors in African mining ventures.

Swanepoel says: “Exploring such diverse and critical topics at the London Indaba showcases the depth of understanding and commitment required to navigate the complexities of the mining industry. From reshaping perceptions towards mining to delving into the strategic roles of companies in Africa, and from discussing the sustainable future of PGMs to examining the potential of copper and gold, these discussions underscore the nuanced approach needed for responsible and impactful mining practices in Africa and globally. The London Indaba is not just a forum for dialogue, it’s a platform for actionable insights that drive positive change in the industry.”

Highlights include:

  • Rohitesh Dhawan, ICMM President and CEO on what it will take to change hearts and minds towards mining
  • A keynote address by Neal Froneman, CEO, Sibanye-Stillwater
  • Shaoyang Shen, Deputy President Zijin Mining, on their strategic role in Africa
  • A keynote address by Craig Miller, CEO, Anglo American Platinum, on the relevance of PGMs in a sustainable future
  • Ludivine Wouters, Managing Partner, Latitude Five, will chair a panel discussion of investors including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI), Credit Strategy, Resource Capital Funds and  EMEA Mining, Metals and Industries Finance, Société Générale
  • Martin Horgan, CEO, Centamin, John Reade, Market Strategist, Europe & Asia, World Gold Council, Terry Holohan, CEO & MD, Resolute Mining, and Peter Steenkamp, CEO, Harmony, will take part in a panel discussion on the continuing relevance of gold
  • Anton Mifsud-Bonnici, Advisor, Marlow Global, will chair a conversation on what African mining jurisdictions are doing and still need to do to make mining more attractive
  • A keynote address by Mark Cutifani, Chairman, Vale Base Metals, on Africa and its minerals endowment – turning a curse into a blessing
  • Peter Leon, Partner & Africa Chair, Herbert Smith Freehills, will chair a conversation on how international governments are partnering with African governments and the mining industry in pursuit of critical minerals and metals
  • Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Senior Adviser, Mining Team, Global Advisory, Rothschild & Co. London, will lead a panel of investors on the conundrums of mining equity investing today
  • Brian Menell, Chairman and CEO, TechMet Ltd, will take part in a panel addressing the question, is value addition/beneficiation the silver bullet for African economies
  • Wilma Swarts, Director of PGM Research, Metals Focus; Chairperson, Women in PGMs, will discuss whether mining can play a role in making Africa an exporter of surplus skills rather than a loser of scarce/critical skills.

Swanepoel says participation in discussions like those at the London Indaba is crucial for mining companies, investors and stakeholders alike: “These conversations not only offer a deep understanding of the industry’s current challenges and opportunities but also provide a unique platform to shape its future direction. Being part of the London Indaba isn’t just about staying informed, it’s about actively shaping the narrative and contributing to a responsible, resilient, and thriving mining sector in Africa and beyond.”

The full programme and speakers can be found at www.londonindaba.com and you can register to attend here.

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