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Accessing Africa's Mineral Wealth 2015

Event Date 24 March 2015
Event End Date 25 March 2015
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 Accessing Africa's Mineral Wealth: Mining Transport Infastructure & Logistics
"Transport of bulk mineral commodities in emerging regions"

24 - 25 March 2015 | Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention Resort, Johannesburg

Sub-Saharan Africa is endowed with vast mineral wealth, attracting the interest of mining companies from around the world as ore bodies elsewhere become depleted. Yet many of the regionʼs deposits have remained undeveloped, denying SSA governments the benefits that new mining projects could bring to their economies. A key constraint to the development of these mines is the lack of suitable transportation infrastructure from remote locations to the coast.

The scale of infrastructure investment required to support mine developments is often beyond the funding and institutional ability of any one mining company or government. Governments are also under pressure to leverage these investments for broader social benefit. Properly designed and structured shared-use infrastructure, by opening up rail, road, river, port, and other transport facilities to multiple projects and other industries (i.e. agribusiness, passenger traffic), can improve mining project economics while also promoting sustained national development.

Who then should design, finance, construct, own, operate, regulate, maintain, access, and fund mining transport infrastructure? Designing, building, and operating a system-wide shared-use transport corridor which effectively and optimally addresses the needs and expectations of all stakeholders, users, and beneficiaries while respecting environmental and social concerns is challenging and often stretches local capabilities and experience. The frequent need to cross borders only adds to project complexity.

The solution will entail collaboration and partnerships between multiple stakeholders, including mining competitors, governments, multilateral organisations, transport logistics companies and operators, engineers and constructors, and the financial and legal communities. It will require workable frameworks and processes which build on the lessons learnt in other more developed jurisdictions while considering the unique challenges of the SSA environment.

The organising committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:


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Sponsorship Opportunities
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact

Camielah Jardine
Conference Coordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Papers are invited that integrate the following topics:

• Opportunities and challenges in accessing mineral resources in sub-Saharan Africa
• Leveraging mining-related infrastructure for sustainable national and regional  
• Environmental and social challenges of new infrastructure construction in developing
• Finding the optimal system-wide configuration and capacity for multi-use transport
• Challenges in designing, delivering, and operating multiuser/ multi-purpose transport
• Designing a workable SPV to construct, own, and operate shared-use transport
• Who will finance shared-use transport infrastructure in SSA, and at what cost?
• Regional and global case studies and lessons learnt

Who should attend
It is very important that key decision makers/influencers in the stakeholder group are invited to attend, including:

• Mine project developers and sponsors, mining companies
• Government officials, ministers of economy and transport
• Project and engineering consultants in mining and infrastructure
• Infrastructure construction companies
• Transport planners €“ rail, road, river, port
• Transport operators
• Financial institutions, investment fund managers
• Multilateral and regional organisations and development banks
• Financial and legal advisors
• Economists, academics, and researchers

Call for papers
The conference is being organised by The Southern African Institute of Mining and
Metallurgy, and papers are invited for the Conference.

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English.
The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to:

Camielah Jardine
Conference Coordinator
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Key Dates

24-25 March 2015      Conference


Camielah Jardine
Conference Coordinator
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

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