The European Business Council for Africa

The Invest Africa Connect Mining Summit is a half day virtual programme covering the key trends in the African mining sector and bringing together leaders in the industry.


08:30 Orientation & Welcome

09:00 A Keynote Talk by Robert Friedland

For more than 25 years, international financier Robert Friedland has been recognised by leaders of the international financial sector and mineral resource industries as an entrepreneurial explorer, technology innovator and company builder. Robert will share his fascinating industry insights in this candid conversation. He will not only touch on his vast experience in the mining industry, but also on his knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa investor growth areas as well as his recent funding for the Kamoa-Kakula Copper project in the DRC.

Keynote Speaker:

Robert Friedland, Founder and Executive Co-Chairman, Ivanhoe Mines

09:30 Panel Session: ESG and Mining Sustainability in 2021 and Beyond

Prior to Covid-19 momentum has been building to improve the mining industry’s performance on ESG and sustainability metrics. Under pressure from stakeholders who wish to invest in solutions rather than problems, incorporating ESG principles into strategic plans and operations has become an imperative for the mining industry. In Africa, mounting debt and the Covid-19 pandemic may create a short-term challenge in the face of the longer-term need to build a sustainable mining sector.

  • How can mining companies plan to mitigate the impact of climate risk?

  • How will the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) new Mining Principles impact the sector?

  • How can we ensure that mining communities are protected through the current crisis and beyond?


Jamie Macdonald, Director, DLA Piper


Akinwole Omoborio,), Chairman & CEO, Genesis Energy

10:30 Panel Session: A Five Year View: Opportunities for Mining Investment In South Africa

Mining and metals are a core sector in the African economy and will play a key role in the region's economic recovery. The South African economy has its foundation in the gold trade, with a number of prolific mines still in operation. With new technology many of the old mines in South Africa could potentially be re-opened and it may be viable to mine deeper to access the plentiful reserves that are still deep below the ground. The next five years will present new challenges and opportunities in South Africa'’s mining sector. Africa is becoming more accessible and less risky to invest in the mining sector but where does South Africa fit into the investment sector. In this panel we will explore the investment trends in South African mining and consider how funds are investing into the mining sector.

  • Is now the time to invest in South African gold mining?

  • Can South Africa attract viable foreign investment?

  • There has been an increased uptake for battery power which is set to drive demand for metals such as lithium, graphite, cobalt and vanadium. What other commodities are trending for 2021?


Mohamed Dhorat, Co-founder & CEO, Hedge Fund Manager, Black Mountain Investment Management Cobus Loots, CEO, Pan-African Resources
Christopher Chadwick, CEO, African Axis

11:30 Networking Break

11:45 A Keynote Talk by Shingai Mutasa

Mutasa is a Zimbabwean businessman with various interests around the country and within the region. He has interests in construction, energy, and serves on the board of a number of companies. Having completed his studies in the United Kingdom, Mutasa returned to Zimbabwe in 1980 where he got into the family business as a commodity broker.He owns TA Holdings which is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and BP's refined oil marketing assets in Zimbabwe.

12:15 Panel Session:: Going Deeper - Strategy & Security in Mining

Complex security conditions across West Africa and the Sahel region had been an area of concern for many mining companies before Covid-19. As the economic impact of the pandemic sets in, the risk of political destabilisation across the region has increased. Meanwhile, the rise of an informal sector in the form of artisanal and small-scale mining have exposed new security risks around trafficking, militancy and money laundering.

  • As recession threatens political destabilisation, how can the mining industry prepare for potential new security risks?

  • How can technological innovation improve efficiency and security in mining?

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Source: Invest Africa