Mining Indaba 2020: Day two round-up

The 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba swung back into action today, offering delegates a packed programme of business matchmaking, panel discussions and special content. The designated themes for day two were battery metals and sustainable development, which were back by popular demand after the success of these themes last year.

Battery Metals and sustainable development

Battery metals day commenced on stage D with opening remarks delivered by Mametja Moshe, CEO and founder of South African advisory Moshe Capital. The theme continued throughout the day with informative presentations from companies such as Prospect Resources, Bushveld Vanadium and Arc Minerals.

There was also a wide range of panels on offer to those interested in the battery metals supply chain. A morning panel considered what strategies car manufacturers and battery makers have in place to increase the supply of battery metals, while an afternoon panel debated whether the lithium supply chain can cope with the energy storage revolution.

Meanwhile, sustainable development day ran simultaneously to battery metals day over at stage B. Important conversations were had with key sustainability focused organisations like the ICMM and mining giants such as Anglo American.

The Main stage

Some of the biggest names in the global mining industry gathered on the main stage to discuss a wide range of themes and trends in African mining on day two. Latest company presentations for the likes of Resolute Mining, Barrick Gold and Endeavour Mining were delivered to the audience over the course of the day.

A Standout debate on the main stage focused on ESG and climate change, which featured an all-female panel, moderated by Alex Buck of Women in Mining UK. Speakers included Rio Tinto group corporate relations executive Simone Niven, Tanya Chikanza from Bushveld Minerals and Pamela Fierst-Walsh from the US Department of State.

The World Gold Council also hosted a topical panel discussion on the current old investment climate. The Council’s John Reade invited Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow, Resolute Mining’s John Welborn, Michael Barton of Orion Resource Partners and Tom Attenborough from the London Stock Exchange to consider how gold will fare in 2020 as an investment vehicle.

Investment battlefield rumbles on

The highly competitive Investment Battlefield competition between junior mining companies with a market capitalisation under US$50 million continued, with entrants divided into precious metals and bulk and base metals categories on day two.

West Africa focused gold explorer Tietto Minerals was announced as the winner of the advanced exploration/development section of the precious metals heat, while in the afternoon Danny Castelyn from Lodestone Namibia delivered a winning presentation to the judges from the bulk and base metals advanced exploration pool.

Check back to RGN tomorrow for a round-up of day three at the Mining Indaba.