May 17, 2020

The 2017 Mining Indaba Investment Discovery Forum and why you should know about it

African mining
mining investment
Dale Benton
3 min
The 2017 Mining Indaba Investment Discovery Forum and why you should know about it
This week it was announced that global organisations Investment Discovery Forum and RBC Capital Markets will be sponsoring the 2017 African Mining Indab...

This week it was announced that global organisations Investment Discovery Forum and RBC Capital Markets will be sponsoring the 2017 African Mining Indaba: Investment Discovery Forum, which takes place 6-9 February 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Mining Indaba Investment Discovery Forum, and why you should know about it:

Investing in African Mining Indaba is the world’s largest mining investment conference and the largest mining event in Africa.

Quite simply, it is an opportunity for the world to connect with African mining.

The forum has been dedicated to the successful capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa, bringing together investors, mining companies, governments and stakeholders the world over.

The goal? Learn, network and advance mining on the African continent through education, career development and sustainable development.

A who’s who:

Leading the charge for the Investment Discovery Forum is Alex Grose, Managing Director, African Mining Indaba. Alex in fact only came into the role in October this year, coming from his role as Commercial Director at Capacity Media, a division of Euromoney, which is actually the parent company Mining Indaba.

With the goal of attracting the best possible investment from the best possible investors through the best possible event, Grose can call upon his strong experience in generating an increase in revenue by 250 percent through telecoms events that he has previously lead.

Speaking with authority…

In total, there will be around 90 speakers across the three-day event.

Now we aren’t going to profile each and every one of them, but it is worth mentioning that the speakers include some of the top minds and industry professionals from across the whole mining industry.

To name a few, there will be:

Tracey Cooper, Executive Director of Mining Dialogues 360%u2070 which provides a neutral, objective and safe platform to facilitate open debate about all aspects of the mining sector and related issues.

Roger Baxter, CEO, Chamber of Mines, a mining employers’ organisation that supports and promotes the South African mining industry.

Clive Johnson, CEO, B2Gold, one of the fastest growing intermediate gold producers in the world.

A lasting legacy…

The Investing in African Mining Indaba organisation has been in operating and better serving and advancing the mining industry for well over 20 years.

It is made up of over 6000 professionals from every aspect of the mining industry, investment firms, governments and providers of mining and professional services.

Now here’s a figure worth remembering, the organisation has contributed around R675 million to the Cape Town economy over the past 10 years, and that includes creating over 5000 jobs.

Where do I sign up?

Right here.

2017 African Mining Indaba: Investment Discovery Forum, takes place 6-9 February 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Jun 29, 2021

Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations

battery metals
2 min
Vale’s $150mn investment in operations at Thompson, Manitoba will extend mine life by 10 years

Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.

Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel

The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.

“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.

“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”

Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba

Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.

“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.

“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”

The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history.  Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.

“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.

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