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Speaker Profiles

Coals & Bulk Commodities Conference 21 August 2019

Neliswe Magubane
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Nelisiwe Magubane

Chairman, Matleng Energy Solutions
Nelisiwe is the Chairman of Matleng Energy Solutions. Previously, the Director General for the Department of Energy South Africa, she has more than 25 years of experience in the energy sector, specializing in programme and project management, renewable energy, liquid fuels, power stations, substations, power lines, cable networks, building services and housing projects. She has also been noted as one of the top 50 most influential people in the Southern African energy sector by the ESI Africa magazine.


At the DoE, Nelisiwe was also Chief Director responsible for the restructuring of the electricity sector, planning and implementation of the electrification programme for the Department of Minerals and Energy, and the Deputy Director General responsible for the development of the policies that govern electricity, nuclear and clean energy in South Africa.


Nelisiwe has an MBA degree from Milpark Business School, a B.Sc Electrical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a certificate in Sasol Executive Development Programme, and is a registered engineer.

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Mike Rossouw

Independent Energy Thought Leader

Mike Rossouw is an independent energy thought leader, and serves as a special adviser to the Department of Energy and the IPP Office on policy, long range energy planning, energy costing & demand side management. He is an advisor to various boards of public & private companies, where he manages and creates innovative strategies & technologies, to build and grow highly successful businesses in mining, industry electricity supply and regulation. He previously worked as an executive adviser to the CEO and the Board at Eskom and was formerly the chairperson of the Energy Intensive Users Group, an association whose members include the largest businesses in mining, beneficiation and manufacturing.


Mike has over 35 years experience in the industry working at leading organizations like the Department of Energy, Hatch GOBA, Glencore/XSTRATA, Impala Platinum and Richards Bay Minerals.


Mike has various qualifications under his belt, including an MBA from Brunel University (UK), and a BSc Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria, 

Mike Rossouw
Kobus van der Wath
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Kobus van der Wath

MD and Founding Director, The Beijing Axis

Kobus is the Founder and Group Managing Director of The Beijing Axis; an international advisory and procurement firm, serving global multinationals with a ‘China/Asia agenda’; and Chinese/Asian multinational firms with a ‘go-global agenda'.


He is an expert in Chinese trade, being a keynote speaker for conferences in over 25 countries, and his numerous published works have been well received across the globe. Kobus is also a Fellow at the Centre for African Management & Markets, and a lecturer for UCT's Graduate School of Business MBA Programme.


Previously, he has been a Senior Consultant for Boston Consulting Group, Head of Investment Strategy and Global Market Research (Asia Pacific) for Standard Chartered Bank, an Investment Strategist for Standard Bank, and an Economist for the South African Reserve Bank.

Kobus holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a Master’s in Info Systems from Curtin in Australia, a BCom Honours in Psychology and Economics from the University of Johannesburg, and a further BCom Honours in Finance/Investment from Unisa.


Hulme Scholes

Director, Malan Scholes Attorneys

Hulme is a director of Malan Scholes Attorneys, a leading law firm specialising in corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution and mining and environmental law. His area of expertise is in mining law and litigation. He has in-depth knowledge of mineral rights issues and BEE transactions in this industry. He has worked intensely to have the South African mining charter scrapped and often commented on the disjointed nature of South Africa's mining regulatory framework.


He sits on the boards of various mining companies as a non-executive director and has a practical understanding of the industry, having begun his career as a Learner Official on the then Rand Mines Limited Harmony Gold Mine.


Hulme has a Bachelor of Laws (BA LLB) and was admitted as an attorney in 1995.

Hulme Scholes

Vis Reddy

Managing Director, SRK Consulting

Vis is the MD and principal geo-chemist at SRK Consulting, an organisation of professional engineers and scientists providing a comprehensive range of technical consulting services to natural resource industries.


Vis specializes in environmental geochemistry, hazardous waste management, sub-surface contamination assessment and remediation, aqueous geochemistry, human health risk assessments and air quality modelling & management. Backed by over 25 years of experience, his focus as MD is to build on the strong reputation of SRK in the mining sector


Vis studied geology and chemistry at the University of Natal, where he also completed a BSc (Hons) in geology; he went on to obtain an MSc in environmental geochemistry at the University of Cape Town. He is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist (Pr. Sci. Nat) and is a member of the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA), the National Association for Clean Air (NACA) and the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA).

Vis Reddy
Mandisa Mondi

Mandisa Mondi

General Manager: Coal, Transnet Freight Rail

Mandisa is the General Manager of Coal Business for Transnet Freight Rail, the largest subdivision of the Rail Division. Under her tenure, the division has seen substantial success, reporting a record 77 million tons/year railed in 2017 to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal.


Over her career, Mandisa has honed her expertise through the positions she has held. She has lead the Mineral Mining and Chrome division growing the business by 19% over a two year period. She was previously also Transnet’s Head of Enterprise Risk Management, the head implementer for the Ports Authority’s Embedded Enterprise Risk Management structure, an Environmental Planning Manager for the port of Port Elizabeth, East London and Mossel Bay, along with heading a directorate of Environmental Protection in the Eastern Cape.


Mandisa holds a Masters Business Leadership from the University of South Africa, a Masters in Environmental Management from North West University, numerous leadership courses including the Global Executive Development Program and the Strategic Management Programme at HEC Paris


Julio Fava

Executive Manager OTR, Bridgestone

Julio is the Executive Manager OTR (Off The Road) at Bridgestone South Africa. A leading supplier of various products used in mining sites such as tires, conveyor belts, and high-pressure hoses. He is responsible for devising and implementing strategy aligned with global OTR tyre, providing direction to the sales and technical team and growing the mining and construction sector through product distribution and a total solutions offering. This extends to the Sub-Saharan and Eastern African regions, where he is responsible for all aspects of Bridgestone's mining involvement being it product or service provision.


Backed by over 30 years experience,  Julio has been involved in the many aspects of the industry but with a focus and passion for the mining sector. He has run and helped run various businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa all with some involvement in the provision of products and services to the mining space.

Julio Fava
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Simon Darko

Head of Strategy, Barloworld Equipment

Simon is the Head of Strategy for Barloworld Equipment, the leading provider of Caterpillar mining, construction & industrial equipment for 11 Southern African Countries. Backed by 14 years of industry experience, he has a proven track record in both the mining and machinery industries, with expertise in mine infrastructure maintenance management, general management and project management. 


Previously, Simon was the Operations Manager for Barloworld Equipment, the Section Engineering Manager for Heavy Mining Equipment for Anglo American South Africa, and Head of Projects (SIB) for planning and development for Anglo American.


Simon has a MBA from UCT’s Graduate School of Business, a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from UCT,   and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering from the University of the Witwaterstrand,

Simon Darko
Chabisi Motloung

Chabisi Motloung

GM of Afarak and  Chairman of FAPA (Ferro Alloys Producers of South Africa)

Chabisi is the General Manager of Afarak SA, a growing, integrated chrome producer supplying specialist products to the steel and stainless steel industries. Additionally, he is the Chairman of the Ferro Alloys Producers of South Africa (FAPA), a group which represents 95% of the Ferrochrome producers and 80% of the ferromanganese producers in South Africa, with the primary role of ensuring the protection of their members’ rights, along with lobbying for improved public/private relations on issues such as electricity pricing, environmental redtape, employment opportunities and innovation.


Previously, Chabisi was an Operations Manager at SAMANCOR, and then a Production Engineer at Kumba Iron Ore, specializing in mineral processing.


Chabisi holds a B-Tech Metallurgy, Metallurgical Engineering from the Vaal University of Technology.

Grant Dreyer
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Grant Dreyer

Head of Business Development & Strategy, Afrimat

Grant is the Head of Business Development and Group Strategy at Afrimat, a leading black empowered open pit mining company. His role is centered on assisting the CEO in devising a strategic plan with outcome orientated goals and objectives, ensuring the company’s continued growth and success going forward. He also assists in identifying, evaluating and managing key risk areas which may affect Afrimat’s operations. 


Prior to his current position, Grant was a Hedge Fund Analyst at Gordon Management, a Business Analyst at Allan Gray and worked for UTi International in their Imports and Exports division.


Grant has a MBA in Strategy & Finance from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, a MBA in Leadership & Strategy from the UCT’s Graduate School of Business, a Honours in Commerce, Finance and Investment from UNISA, a Post Graduate Bachelor in Philosophy and Logistics from Stellenbosch University, and a Bcom in Economics and Management Science from Stellenbosch University. 

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Conri Moolman

Manganese Mining Specialist

Conri is a well respected manganese specialist and is currently an external consultant for Assore. Backed by over 20 years experience, Conri specializes in the mining of manganese, iron & chrome ores and other industrial minerals. Previously, Conri was the Project Director for BHP Billiton’s manganese project in Gabon, the President of the South African division of Asia Minerals, and a joint-CEO of Kudumane Manganese Resources. 


Conri has a MBA from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, a MSc Mining Engineering from the University of Pretoria, a DGE from the University of the Witwatersrand and a further Msc Mining Engineering from the University of Pretoria.  

Conri Moolman
Tiaan van Aswegen

Tiaan van Aswegen

Director: Operations, Assore

Tiaan is the Director of Operations at Assore, an investment holding company focusing on base minerals & metals. The group, through its various joint-venture entities and subsidiary companies, is involved in the mining of iron, manganese and chrome ores together with other industrial minerals and the production of manganese alloys.


Tiaan joined Assore in 2003 as Consulting Metallurgist and is a member of the Assmang Operations Committee.

In 2012, he was appointed Group Technical & Operations Director of Assore and a director of Assmang. In 2014, he was appointed as Chairman of Assmang subsidiary, Sakura Ferroalloys Sdn.Bhd, Malaysia. Previously, after working for Iscor and Samancor in production and on projects, he was appointed by Samancor as General Manager of the Palmiet Ferrochrome Operation (Mogale) in 1999.


Tiaan obtained a BEng (Metallurgy) from the University of Pretoria (UP) in 1982 and later obtained BComm from UNISA and a MEng from the University of Pretoria. 

Salani Sitole
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Salani Sithole

Chief Commercial Officer, Royal Haskoning DHV

Salani is the Chief Commercial Officer & Business Unit Director: Industry and Buildings for Royal HaskoningDHV, an international engineering and project management consultancy focusing on the mining, transport, building and energy industries, amongst others.


Additionally  he is the vice-chairperson for Southern African Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson for the Consulting Engineers South Africa, Transport Liaison Committee and board member for the Private Civil Engineering Testing Laboratory. Previously, Salani was MD of Royal HaskoningDHV; he was the Group Manager: Metrorail Operations for PRASA and a Senior Manager for Eskom. In addition, he has held management positions at Transnet and the City of Johannesburg.


Salani has numerous qualifications under his belt including a BSc (civil engineering) from the University of Wiwatersrand;  MDP, Henley; EDP, University of Singapore and an executive development programme with TIAS Business School in the Netherlands


Gideon Krynauw

CEO, Butsanani Energy Investment Holdings  (JV Anglo Coal & Vunani)

Gideon is the Chief Executive Office at Butsanani Energy Investment Holdings, a joint venture between Anglo Operations and Vunani Resources. The main objective of Butsanani is to facilitate enterprise development by identifying junior coal mining operations and companies in South Africa with whom to collaborate, with the view to mine coal, and to the extent possible, facilitate access to coal for Anglo Operations primarily for the export market. The main investment is the Rietvlei Opencast Coal Mine.


Backed by 20 years experience, Gideon holds a Bsc in Industrial Engineering Degree from Stellenbosch University, and has worked at Anglo's coal operations since 2005. He is also the Business Optimization Manager at Anglo American Coal.

Gideo Krynauw
Nzama Baloyi
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Nzama Baloyi

Vice President: Export Value Chain, Sasol Mining

Nzama is the Vice President: Export Value Chain, and Executive Director of Sasol Mining. His responsibilities revolve around the operating model, which is used to clarify the roles and responsibilities, and the delegation of decision-making on all levels within the framework of the Sasol Mining Operating Model. Sasol Mining operates six coal mines that supply feedstock for our Secunda (Sasol Synfuels) and Sasolburg (Sasolburg Operations) complexes in South Africa, which is mainly used as gasification feedstock, with some being used to generate electricity. Nzama has been with Sasol Mining and Sasol for over 10 years, starting as the General Manager for the Brandspruit project and working his way up to General Manager for utility operations, before his current position.


Nzama has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the UNISA and a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) from the University of Johannesburg.

Bill Lamont

Bill Lamont

Sales and Marketing Manager, Buffalo Coal

Bill has more than 30 years of experience as a coal specialist. He is currently Buffalo Coal’s Sales and Marketing Manager, where he is responsible for direct marketing and price negotiation with export customers, through technical product support with both consumers and production units. Aside from marketing, the logistics chain was also a focus of his, with membership in the technical, and operations committees of Richards Bay Coal Terminal, as well as an alternate (active) board membership.


Prior positions Bill has held include;  MD of Mhlatuze Bay Coal Administrators, President of the Fossil Fuel Foundation, Co-Chairman of the Board of the South African Coal Road Map. He is a Director of Elim Clinic, a registered charity. 


Bill has a Masters in Business from the University of South Africa and an Undergraduate in geology from the University of South Africa. 

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Henk Langenhoven

Chief Economist, Minerals Council South Africa

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Henk is a well respected and established economist within the industry. He is currently the Chief Economist for the Minerals Council South Africa, which serves its members and promotes their interests by providing strategic support and advisory input. In addition, Henk is the commissioner of the International Trade Advisory Commission, and is an active member of various economic forums including; NEDLAC, BUSA, and the South African Reserve Bank’s economic roundtable discussions.


Prior to his current position, Henk was the Chief Economist for the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA)


Henk holds a Masters in Economics from Stellenbosch University, a Honours in Political Science and government and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Africa Studies Economics from Stellenbosch University. 

Henk Langenhoven
Heidi Sternberg
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Heidi Sternberg

Mining, Beneficiation & Energy specialist , The PIC

Heidi is the Sector Specialist in Mining, Beneficiation and Energy at the Public Investment Corporation, Africa's largest asset manager. She is an extremely accomplished mining analyst with more than 15 years experience. She graduated with an Honours degree in Geology at The University of Port Elizabeth, after which she worked for Anglo Gold Ashanti.  She rose through the ranks working as a Mineral Project Analyst for top consulting firms while completing a Graduate Diploma specializing in Mineral Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand.  Heidi then moved on to work for top asset management companies such as Nedbank Capital (until 2011), and later on at SBG Securities as a Diversified Mining Analyst until 2016. 

Afriforesight Speakers

Jacques Botha

Chairman and Strategy Economist, Afriforesight

A dedicated researcher & forecaster, Jacques is esteemed for his wide knowledge of global trends and the world of commodities. An economist by training, he obtained his BCom (Hons) in Economics from the University of Johannesburg, before joining Trust Bank (now ABSA) and then the Bureau for Economic Research (BER).

 His innovative approach to forecasting and business makes Jacques a much wanted strategic adviser and he has consequently facilitated and delivered on numerous ad hoc projects for top organisations in South Africa.

Jacques founded Afriforesight in 1996 with the vision of establishing a world class commodity and input costs forecasting institute in Africa.   His ultimate goal is to engage leverage Afriforesight's intellectual capital in working towards a better SA economy and make a difference in the development of Africa’s people.

Jacques Botha
Charles Kieck
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Charles Kieck

CEO and Chief Economist, Afriforesight

Charles is a Chartered Accountant and has recently completed his Masters degree in Economics at UCT, for which he presented a paper investigating the impact of asteroid mining on long-term platinum supply.  In addition to serving as Afriforesight’s CEO, he is the Chief  Economist leading the research team in delivering forecasts that are often ahead-of-market trends.  His unique training as both an accountant and an economist allows him to understand commodity industries starting with the analysis of company financial performance, leading all the way to viewing it from a macro-economic context. He is also responsible for forecasting the input costs of materials and other major project costs used in the mining, energy, construction and manufacturing industries, .He was the technical designer of the Mining Phakisa forecasting model.

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Nathan Musson

Chief Commodity Analyst, Afriforesight

Nathan holds a BSc in Mathematics and a BCom Hons degree in Economics from UCT, specialising in General Macroeconomic theory. He has been researching the economy, commodities, and materials for the last 4 years at Afriforesight, quickly working up the ranks. He is an expert in survey data analysis and incorporating the findings into complex mathematical models. He played an active role in building and refining the Mining Phakisa forecasting model for the Presidency and the Minerals Council.


At present, he is Chief Commodity Economist where he is in charge of research on all non-energy commodities and material costs research.  

Eduan Hauman
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Eduan Hauman

Head of Project Costs, Afriforesight

Eduan holds BCom (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, and a BCom Hons (Economics) from Unisa. His passion for Economics led him to join Afriforesight in 2014. Eduan leads the research on the international copper and aluminium markets as well as the analysis on the South African economy and domestic markets for labour, cement and timber. Eduan is also Afriforesight’s Research Manager.

Vinesh Chetty
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Vinesh Chetty

Energy Commodities & Cost Analyst, Afriforesight

Vinesh holds a BCom in Economics from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He is currently completing his Honours in Economics, specialising in applied microeconomics and financial markets. At Afriforesight, his research focuses on energy commodities, where he performs in depth analysis of energy markets and the relationship between various energy commodities. He is also responsible for tracking developments on coal and uranium mining projects in Africa.

Vinesh is involved in forecasting major input cost components used in mining and processing, such as electricity, labour, bulk shipping and heavy moving equipment.

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