Wednesday – 1 February 2023

16.00 – 18.00 | Early Registration

18.00 – 20.00 | Welcome Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by Ikwezi Mining
Ikwezi Mining

Thursday – 2 February 2023

07.00 | Registration and Continental Breakfast (Available for Sponsorship)

09.00 – 09.30 | Session 1A: Opening Remarks & Ministerial Address
Session Chair: John Howland, Vice President – McCloskey by OPIS
The Right Honourable Dr Nobuhle Nkabane, MP, Deputy Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy

09.30 – 10.30 | Session 1B: Keynote Opening Session
Session Chair: John Howland, Vice President – McCloskey by OPIS
July Ndlovu, Chairman – World Coal Association
Andre de Ruyter, Group Chief Executive – Eskom

10.30 – 11.00 | Networking Refreshment Break
Sponsored by CIGroup

11.00 – 12.30 | Session 2: Energy Leaders Forum
Energy Leaders Forum focuses on the vital role coal companies will play in powering South Africa’s future economy, providing not only a steady baseload of coal supplies, but also the metals and alternative fuel sources needed for the country’s energy transition. Panelists examine this pivotal moment for the country and how they, as industry leaders, are preparing for it.

Session Chair, John Howland, Vice President – McCloskey by OPIS
Mike Teke, Chief Executive Officer – Seriti Resources Holdings
Kgabi Masia, Managing Director Minerals – Exxaro Coal
Vuslat Bayoglu, Managing Director – Menar

12.30 – 13.30 | Networking Lunch
Sponsored by Canyon Coal
Canyon Coal

13.30 – 15.00 | Session 3: The New Normal In Global Coal Markets
This past year has seen unprecedented changes in coal markets, with prices soaring to new heights, trade flows significantly altered, and a chaotic energy transition clouding the industry’s future. In this session, some of South Africa’s biggest coal buyers discuss whether 2023 will bring the same volatility or will a “new normal” entrench itself into the global market.

Session Chair: James Stevenson, Executive Director and Research Lead – McCloskey by OPIS
Jennifer Kim, Senior Manager – Korea East-West Power Co., LTD.
Wendelin Knauss, Senior Coal Trader – Uniper Global Commodities SE
Siddharth Choudhary, Head Bulk Commodities-India – Trafigura India Private Ltd.
Sabyasachi Mishra, Business Head – JSW International Tradecorp Pte Ltd

15.00 – 15.30 | Networking Refreshment Break
Sponsored by CIGroup

15.30 – 17.00 | Session 4: Transportation Outlook
Logistics is the lifeline of South Africa’s coal industry, as 2022 proved so acutely. In this panel, top rail and port executives provide their outlook for the coming year, along with the challenges and opportunities for the industry.

Session Chair: Randy Fabi, Editor, Southern African Coal & Metals Report – McCloskey by OPIS
Sizakele Mzimela, Chief Executive Officer – Transnet Freight Rail
Xolani Mbambo, Chief Executive Officer – Grindrod Limited
Alan Waller, Chief Executive Officer – Richards Bay Coal Terminal (Pty) Ltd

18.00 – 20.00 | Off-Site Networking Cocktail Reception (Location to be announced)
Sponsored by IMI

Friday – 3 February 2023

08.00 | Registration and Continental Breakfast (Available for Sponsorship)

09.30 – 11.00 | Session 5: Emerging Miners
Junior and mid-tier miners are the future of South Africa’s coal industry, especially with major producers now diversifying into other commodities. But smaller miners face a plethora of challenges, ranging from financing to government licenses and port allocations. Panelists examine the current environment for junior and mid-tier miners and how best to thrive.

Session Chair: Randy Fabi, Editor, Southern African Coal & Metals Report – McCloskey by OPIS
Grant Mitchell, Junior and Emerging Miners Desk – Minerals Council
Thabiso Sekano, Head Mining & Metals – The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
Morne Du Plessis, Chief Executive Officer – Minergy Ltd
Zaheer Surka, Executive Director – Ikwezi Mining (Pty) Ltd
Patrycia Kula-Verster, Primary Markets, Business Development Manager – Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Divyesh Kalan, Business Development and Commercial Executive – Makoya Group

11.00 – 11.30 | Networking Refreshment Break (Available for Sponsorship)

11.30 – 13.00 | Session 6: Ensuring A Just Energy Transition
This session spotlights how South Africa’s energy transition will impact not only the environment, but also local communities and businesses. What are the government and mining industry doing to ensure these changes are positive for all South Africans?

Session Chair: John Howland, Vice President – McCloskey by OPIS
David Kawesha, Head, Just Transition Office – Sasol
Jesse Burton, Senior Researcher, Energy Systems Research Group, Department of Chemical Engineering – University of Cape Town
Mariano Salto, Senior Energy Economist – World Bank
Steve Nicholls, Head: Climate Mitigation – South African Presidential Climate Commission

13.00 – 13.30 | Closing Remarks
John Howland, Vice President, McCloskey by OPIS

13.30 | Conference Adjourns