The Local Organizing Committee (LOC), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) would like to extend their warmest welcome to you for Geocongress 2018. The theme of this conference is “Bringing the Geosciences Together”, with the aim to provide a platform for southern Africa-based geoscientists to present their latest research. The meeting is to take place at the University of Johannesburg’s Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, South Africa, 18 to 20 July 2018.
Geocongress is a GSSA-backed conference that was held every second year in South Africa up to 2008, when it was successfully combined with the Society of Economic Geologists Conference. In recent years leaders from academia and industry have expressed the need for such a conference with a focus on southern Africa to return. The number of geoscience post-graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows have also increased drastically in recent years, making the need for a local platform for research exposure and networking even greater. Considering the world-class quality of geoscientific work being produced annually in southern Africa, the GSSA decided to bring back Geocongress in 2018. Since announcing the call for sessions at the end of 2017, the reaction has been very positive, with numerous session proposals focusing on both academia and industry already submitted.
The backbone on which meetings like these are built is sponsorship. As this is a national conference with a special focus on getting young researchers from universities and young professionals from industry to present their work, the costs of attending this conference need to be kept reasonable, which will not be possible without sponsorship. A broad spectrum of industry and academic geoscientists will be attending Geocongress, and as such it will be a great opportunity for sponsor companies to advertise and promote their work to their target audiences. Contact time between employers and potential employees will also be accommodated, with sponsors able to reach many young graduates during the conference. Where possible, financial assistance will also be provided by the LOC to full-time post-graduate students to attend.
All the sponsorship opportunities and their benefits associated with Geocongress are outlined in this prospectus. The LOC would therefore like to invite you to invest in Geocongress 2018, and to help stage a world-class meeting in Johannesburg.
Chair: Geocongress 2018 Local Organizing Committee
Mbuyelo Coal (Pty) Ltd is a developing coal mining company with three existing operations all based in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. It is a pearl being groomed for listing once the production milestones are achieved and the market is conducive.
The operations under Mbuyelo Coal are: Manungu Colliery, Vlakvarkfontein Colliery and Welgemeend Colliery respectively. These collectively produce about 5,5 million tonnes to the diversified markets of export thermal, local domestic and electricity supply.
Harmony is a leading gold mining producer in South Africa and an exploration company which also conducts its activities in Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s premier new gold-copper regions. With 67 years of experience, our business is to unlock and create value from the ore bodies that we own by safely, profitably and cost effectively extracting gold. Our strategy is to mine safe, profitable ounces and increase our margins. Our medium-term growth aspiration for FY19 is to achieve annual gold production of 1.5Moz. Harmony is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange, on which its shares are quoted as American Depositary Receipts.
Randgold Resources Limited is an Africa focused gold mining and exploration company.
Major discoveries to date include the 7.5Moz Morila deposit, the 7Moz Yalea deposit and the 5.5Moz Gounkoto deposit, in Mali, the 4Moz Tongon deposit in Côte d’Ivoire and the 3.7Moz Massawa deposit in eastern Senegal. Randgold Resources Limited (Randgold) financed and built the Morila mine which, since October 2000, has produced more than 6Moz of gold and distributed more than $2 billion to stakeholders. It also financed and built the Loulo operation which started as two open pit mines in November 2005. Since then, two underground mines have been developed at the Yalea and Gara deposits.
The company’s Tongon mine in Côte d’Ivoire poured its first gold in November 2010.
Production from the Gounkoto open pit operation, south of Loulo, began in 2011 and a recently completed feasibility study has confirmed the viability of an underground mine planned to start in 2018.
In 2009, Randgold acquired a 45% interest in the Kibali project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Since the acquisition, Randgold’s geologists have been instrumental in more than doubling the mine’s ore reserves to 11Moz making it one of the largest gold deposits in Africa. The mine was developed and is being operated by Randgold. First gold was poured in the third quarter of 2013.
Randgold also has a major project at Massawa in Senegal and an extensive portfolio of organic growth prospects, supported by intensive exploration programmes in Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Mali and Senegal. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (RRS) and on NASDAQ (GOLD).
ASX and JSE listed Orion Minerals is exploring high-quality projects in the Areachap Belt, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. This complex zone relates to rifting and subsequent amalgamation of the Rodinia Supercontinent with associated high grade metamorphic overprint. Mineralisation includes numerous VMS deposits including the world-class Prieska Cu-Zn deposit and post amalgamation, Ni-Cu-PGE sulphide-bearing intrusions emplaced into the suture zone. The Jacomynspan Complex is of equivalent age to world-class nickel-sulphide deposits (Voisey’s Bay, Kabanga and Nova-Bollinger). Geophysical exploration applicable to VMS Zn-Cu massive sulphide and Ni-Cu sulphide discovery is ongoing.
DST-NRF CIMERA is the Centre of Excellence for Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis established by the National Research Foundation under the Department of Science and Technology of South Africa. It is hosted by the University of Johannesburg and co-hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand. It focusses primarily on understanding the origin, distribution and character of Earth’s mineral and fossil energy resource systems through collaborative institutional research and training of post-graduate students, which would ensure sustainable utilization of these resources in the future.
Bronze and Bag Sponsor
Exxaro is a South African-based Black empowered diversified mining company listed on the JSE and included in the Responsible Mining Index. Our portfolio of coal operations includes mines in Mpumalanga and the Limpopo supplying to Eskom, other domestic markets and the export markets.
SRK Consulting is an independent, international organization of professional engineers and scientists providing a comprehensive range of technical consulting services to the natural resource industries. SRK’s mission is to provide focused advice and solutions, mainly in the fields of exploration, mining due diligence studies, engineering studies, competent person’s reports, tailings and waste, water, groundwater, environmental and social issues, geotechnics, mining related civil and structural engineering and municipal engineering.
PanEx is a private exploration company with an unrivalled track-record in identifying and developing exploration projects.
The PanEx team has many years of experience in the exploration and mining of a wide range of commodities. In-house experience, expertise and financial resources give us the ability to select the right exploration projects and to add value through developing them. Funding is then brought in at the appropriate time leading to the establishment of successful, operating mines, both open pit and underground. PanEx’s current portfolio includes gold, PGE’s, nickel, lithium, tin, vanadium and tungsten projects in Africa and Europe.
Dinner Sponsor AfriTin Mining is a mining company with a portfolio of near-term production tin assets in Namibia and South Africa. The Company was established in 2017 and listed as the first pure play tin company on AIM in November 2017. The Company’s vision is to create a portfolio of world class, conflict-free, tin assets. Uis, in Namibia, is the Company’s flagship asset and formerly the world’s largest hard-rock tin mine whilst the Mokopane Tin Project in South Africa falls within the Company’s asset portfolio. AfriTin is well placed to exploit the burgeoning demand for tin by developing a critical mass of tin resource inventory, achieving production
Student Sponsorship Assmang Proprietary Limited is a company incorporated in the Republic of South Africa and is jointly owned by Assore (Pty) Ltd and African Rainbow Minerals (Pty) Ltd. Assmang mines manganese ore at its Black Rock Mining Complex and iron ore at its Khumani and Beeshoek Mines in the Northern Cape Province. Assmang also produces manganese alloys at its smelting operations located at Cato Ridge in Kwazulu-Natal and Sakura in Bintulu, Malaysia. Assmang prides itself in providing a safe, responsible and productive work environment that benefits all of its stakeholders.
Bushveld Minerals Limited a significant, low cost, integrated primary vanadium producer globally through its owned high-grade assets. The Company’s flagship vanadium platform includes: a controlling interest of approx 59% in Bushveld Vametco Alloys (Pty) Ltd – a primary vanadium mining and processing company; the Mokopane Vanadium Project; and the Brits Vanadium Project. Bushveld Vametco, has a current production capacity of ~3,000 metric tonnes vanadium in the form of a trademark vanadium nitride product called NitrovanTM, representing approximately 3.5% of the global vanadium market. A current low capex expansion programme, is set to grow production capacity to over 5,000 metric tonnes vanadium by 2019. The strategy is to increase vanadium market share by over 5% by continuing to target brownfield processing infrastructure to complement our substantial resource base.
The Council for Geoscience is the national custodian for the collection and curation of all onshore and offshore geoscience information in South Africa and we aim to use this information to develop geoscience solutions to real-world challenges..
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At MMG we mine to build wealth through developing our people, investing in improving
local capability and delivering value to our shareholders. Working in partnership with our
major shareholder, China Minmetals Corporation, our objective is to become a top mid-tier
miner by 2020 and the world’s most respected mining company.
We operate and develop copper and zinc across Australia, the DRC, Peru and Lao PDR. We also have exploration projects and partnerships across Australia, Africa and the Americas.
SABLE Data Works, now a division of Datamine Software, helps the mining industry
unearth its full potential by efficiently delivering reliable geoscientific data that decision-
makers can believe. SABLE data works for operating mines, exploration projects
and feasibility studies. This powerful, customisable system standardises geological,
geotechnical, hydrological, analytical and related spatial information to produce a clean,
VM Investment Company (“VMIC”) is a principal investments and corporate advisory
company developing investment platforms in key growth sectors of the African economy,
informed by a firm belief in the continent’s rich resources and its potential to grow into a
global economic powerhouse.
VMIC targets investment opportunities in primary industries with relatively simple business
models that offer significant scale opportunities.
Given its team of principals’ extensive experience in the natural resources sector, the
company naturally has a preference for natural resource opportunities across the value
chain – exploration, mining, mining services and beneficiation.
VM Investment Company was established in 2006. Since then it has developed a portfolio
of mineral exploration and beneficiation businesses in several commodity groups across