16th Annual
Southern African Coal Conference


IHS Markit’s Southern African Coal Conference is back again for the 16th consecutive year, bringing together the industry’s top leaders and experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges for both the export and domestic markets in 2021 and beyond.

2020 brought an unprecedented amount of challenges and opportunities for South Africa’s coal industry, with producers forced to quickly adapt to a new normal.

With Richards Bay prices surging to two-year highs above $100/t FOB, exporters seized new opportunities in China, while fighting to protect their dominant market share in India. Domestically, however, the picture wasn’t as bright as producers and junior miners struggled with weakening demand due to the fallout from COVID-19. South Africa’s biggest coal buyer, Eskom, unveiled a new roadmap for its coal plants, hoping to bring more stability to the heavily indebted state utility. What has 2021 brought so far and what’s in store in the coming weeks and months?

During this critical event, key drivers and trends that impact coal supply, consumption, pricing and profitability will be discussed, including:

  • Short and long-term impacts from COVID-19
  • Outlook for international and domestic markets
  • Funding for future coal projects
  • Eskom’s future roadmap
  • Future opportunities and challenges for Junior Miners
  • And more!

With a dynamic and in-depth agenda, plus opportunities to network and engage with your fellow attendees, this is the can’t-miss event for the coal industry in 2021!


Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and with an abundance of care for our delegates, speakers, staff and vendors, the event will be held virtually over a three-day period.

Who Should Attend?
  • CEO / COO
  • Coal Trader
  • Commercial Planning Manager
  • Contract Manager
  • Fuel Analyst
  • Fuel Procurement Manager
  • Managing Director
  • Market Research Director
  • Marketing Manager
  • Sales/Business Development Director
  • YOU!


One of the most valuable elements of any conference is networking and the ability to connect with other attendees, develop new relationships and seek out new business partners and opportunities.

In a virtual environment, this has become even more critical and the 16th Annual Southern African Coal Conference delivers with Community Connect – our virtual networking platform!

With Community Connect, you’ll have the opportunity to:

Once you’ve found them (or they’ve found you!) you can communicate one-on-one through your private inbox: exchange contact details; share product information; schedule meetings.

Industry leading knowledge and networking – all at the 16th Annual Southern African Coal Conference.



Tuesday | 20 April


View the Day 1 Program

Wednesday | 21 April


View the Day 2 Program

Thursday | 22 April


View the Day 3 Program

The content delivered in previous years was second to none and your fellow delegates agree …

“Great combination of speakers and panels and Q&A”

“Only IHS Markit has the ability to bring key stakeholders all under 1 roof”

“Great opportunity to meet with relevant industry players in South African coal”

“Attending this conference was worthwhile, it was interactive, insightful, provided great networking platform and insight into market outlook”

Registration is open — sign up now and save $100!

Become a Sponsor

Acknowledged as the foremost professional and business development event for the EMEA coal industry, the 16th Annual Southern African Coal Conference features a full schedule of key information – the perfect opportunity to build your brand and develop new leads and customers with this targeted audience!

Interested producers, consultants and service/equipment suppliers have an opportunity to make their brand and message stand out from the crowd by increasing their visibility and profile with a sponsorship of one of a carefully selected group of business development packages at the conference.


Learn More about Available Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact David Coates
Director of Conferences
+1 713 305 0116


Your Conference Hosts

McCloskey from IHS MarkitIHS Markit is the leading source of information and insight in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Customers around the world rely on us to address strategic and operational challenges. We’re able to isolate cause and effect, risk and opportunity in new ways that empower our customers to make well-informed decisions with greater confidence. IHS Markit is a dynamic team that includes more than 5,000 analysts, data scientists, financial experts and industry specialists. Our global information expertise spans numerous industries, including leading positions in finance, energy and transportation. Learn more at www.ihsmarkit.com.
OPISOil Price Information Service (OPIS) believes there should be complete price transparency across the fuel supply chain so that all stakeholders can buy and sell oil, gas and coal products confidently. We provide that transparency through educational courses, software tools, real-time news and pricing services, and market-specific benchmark pricing reports. Being a reliable information source with world-class customer service is important to us, as it helps fulfill our mission to enable customers to make smarter, more informed decisions. Navigating energy price volatility is tough – OPIS strives to make it a little easier. Learn more at www.opisnet.com.