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Copper Cobalt Africa

Date 13 June 2023
- 15 June 2023
Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Victoria Falls Livingstone, Zambia
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia
Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Victoria Falls Livingstone, Zambia
Resources Copper Cobalt 2023 Anouncement & CFP 28102021.pdf




SAIMM is proud to host the Third Copper Cobalt Africa Conference.

To be held in Livingstone, Zambia, this anticipated and prestigious event provides a unique forum for discussion, sharing of experience and knowledge, and networking for all those interested in the processing of copper and cobalt in an African context, in one of the world’s most spectacular settings - the Victoria Falls.

The African Copper Belt has experienced a period of significant difficulties since the last conference, held in 2018. Owing to a global slowdown in commodity demand, many operations have scaled down production or been placed on care and maintenance. For those continuing in business, this has resulted in considerable focus on process and operating cost optimisation, productivity improvements, product quality enhancements, skills development and capacity building, and consolidation of best practice within the industry. Ongoing projects are required to be well-defined and -motivated, and subject to greater technical and financial scrutiny, to ensure that they are able to rapidly ramp up and deliver immediate value.

In contrast, the burgeoning global lithium-ion battery market has opened up several new opportunities in the region for the production of high-purity base-metal salts for cathode material applications as well as consideration of recycling efforts for end-of-life products. This conference provides a platform for discussion of new and more agile ways of operating and remaining relevant and innovative in a world that has changed considerably since the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Technical topics span the value chain from geometallurgy, project development, operations and processing, to high-purity value-added products, recycling, and sustainability issues. Industry operators will be able to share technical experience and practices, meet vendors, and learn about new technologies and processes that can add value to their operations. World-class plenary speakers will offer a unique opportunity to hear first-hand opinions on the status and overview of the industry.

A Continuing Professional Development short course, focusing on technology developments in the copper and cobalt industries, will be presented by leading engineers and accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa.

For international participants, this conference offers an ideal opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of and exposure to the African copper and cobalt industries, and to better understand the various facets of minerals processing and extraction in this part of the world.

Hosted by the Metallurgy Technical Programme Committee of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), this conference aims to:

  • Promote dialogue between operators, vendors and service providers on common metallurgical challenges facing the industry;
  • Enhance understanding of new and existing technologies that can lead to safe and optimal resource utilization;
  • Encourage participation and build capacity amongst young and emerging professionals from the Copper Belt region.

The Organizing Committee looks forward to your participation.