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Base Metals ‘09
Kasane, Botswana, July 27-29, 2009

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy convened and hosted a three day base metal industry related conference from the 27th July 2009 to the 29th July 2009, at the Mowana Safari Lodge, Kasane, Botswana.

The event was well supported with an attendance of 107 delegates over the three day period. Delegate geographical areas included Australia, Botswana, DRC, Finland, Namibia, South Africa, The Netherlands, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Eleven companies, as indicated above, participated as programme sponsors and exhibitors.

The underlying theme of the conference was to establish what has changed in the short term is it going to continue or change for the better. With this in mind the 5th Southern African Base Metal Conference was organised, with no specific theme in mind.

With this conference an effort was made to explore the contributions that were made, in spite of the sudden change in the macroeconomic environment, in the base metals industry in Africa. The conference also explored how the base metals industry in Africa can survive and capture the maximum potential given the new macroeconomic environment.

Although the attendance and sponsorships for the conference did reflect the tight macroeconomic environment a total of fifty nine (59) companies were represented at the conference.

The opening keynote address was delivered by the Hon. Dr P.H.K. Kedikilwe, Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Botswana.

Other keynote addresses included:

  • M. Mphathi, BCL Limited, Botswana—Chamber of Mines, Botswana
  • T. Arran, Executive General Manager: Mineral Sands and Base Metals, Exxaro
  • R. Whyte, Metallurgical Consultant
  • D. David, GRD Minproc

Overall the papers and presentations were of a high standard and of interest to delegates. The supporting sponsor displays were well supported.

The social events were well received by many a thirsty delegate and created opportunities to forge new friendships and new business relationships for the future.

As indicated by the number of sponsors and delegates there is continued strong support for this event and all are looking forward to the Base Metals 2011 conference.

Conference proceeding may be purchased from the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Reference: Base Metals 2009 (ISBN 978-1-920211-26-4)
Cost: R700-00 (ZAR)




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