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The African Mining Network

The African Mining Network has been established to develop and build relationships across Africa’s mining community and give the world a preview of what is happening in mining in Africa. The African Mining Network dinner will be held bi-monthly. The aim of these bi-monthly events is to provide a platform for people to network and listen to an informative and engaging speaker who will discuss the topics and issues of the day. This networking event will also open new business opportunities across all sectors of the mining industry. Network events are held every second month starting at 6pm sharp.

The next event is Thursday August 27, 2015 at The Wanderers Club, 21 North Street, Illovo,  Johannesburg, South Africa.



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Ben Magara

Ben Magara joined Lonmin as Chief Executive on 1 July 2013. He is a graduate Mining Engineer from the University of Zimbabwe and has attended various management programs including the Accelerated Development Program at the London Business School and the AMP at Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa.

Ben Magara, a Zimbabwean national, has extensive mining experience in underground and surface mining as well as soft and hard rock mining. He also has experience in the energy and logistics industries.  He was Chief Executive Officer of Anglo Coal South Africa and the Executive Head responsible for engineering and capital projects at Anglo Platinum.

Ben Magara is a non-executive director of Foskor and was previously a director of Anglo American South Africa (2006-2013). He was Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal and the Eskom 2008 Coal Working Group. He is also a Trustee of the UNISA Foundation and is  Chairman of the Board of Trustees at St Peters Prep School Foundation.


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African Mining Network 2015 dates:

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

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Who attends

• Mining executives • Exploration companies • Geologists • Bankers • Financial advisors • Analysts • Governments • Lawyers • Mining service companies • Professional investors


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What the attendees say:

Ikageng Mogoba, Connerstone Minerals, Senior Mining Consultant: We from Connerstone would like to thank you for consistently hosting a fabulous networking evenings that also give us an excellent platform to reach out to a broader spectrum of mining related entities. The speaker (Gold Fields Ltd CEO Nick Holland) was without a doubt, just as the other guest speakers before him, relevant in terms of content and impressive when it came to sharing knowledge on how everyone can improve their contributions in the mining industry. We can’t wait for the next one and we have faith you will surely get a guest speaker of a similar class as you’ve always managed to do under such pressure. We salute you Nina and the rest of the AMN team.

Ulrich Kienle, HPE Director Sales, Marketing & Business Development: Another well organized AMN function … and Nick Holland was just outstanding. His message to our industry gives pause for thought.

Rory Sterley, Barloworld Logistics, Business Development Manager, : As first timers we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back

Neo D Mokoena, SkyCruiser Corporation President and CEO: You are both women of flair and sophistication and I’m impressed of your roles in the Africa Mining Network. Keep up the good work ladies.

Gili Ramalekana, Australian Trade Commission Business Development Manager Southern Africa: Your network events are always informative and last night with Anglo American Executive Director for South Africa Khanyisile Kweyama was excellent too, most especially that it is women’s month.

Marian Geddes, Eunomix: I would like to say a very big thank you on behalf of Eunomix for giving us the opportunity to speak to your guests last Thursday. Your offering is truly unique in that is it an intimate crowd which allows for plenty of informal one-on-one relationship building. We look forward to being supporters of your future events and look forward to your next evening.

Darlington Ubek, Metaline South Africa Director of marketing and sales: To you and the team that put together the event, I want to say thank you for the platform. You are building and painting a big mosaic that is becoming a brand with the power to create positive change. Keep walking!

Neani Rambuda, Pretoria University metallurgy graduate. Selected as guest of AMN which helps promote career prospects among final year mining, metallurgy and geology students to network with the mining industry attendees at the bimonthly events: It was an honour to rub shoulders with great and successful people at the AMN event last night (13 February 2014). I met so many people who are willing to help me with employment leads and I would like to humbly extend my gratitude to you and the AMN team.  No words can express my gratitude. I will also like to say many thanks to Yolanda Torrisi for allowing me such a great opportunity. The fact that she even put me in her welcoming speech meant alot to me. I really appreciate it. She has a beautiful heart. May AMN grow to be a massive networking event on other continents as well. I can humbly say that this opportunity will not be forgotten.

Tafadzwa Ralph Mugabe I – NMLC – Nyakutombwa Mugabe Legal Counsel: It was a well-organized and pleasurable event and I look forward to the next editions in 2014.

Bonita Read, RedDot: Thank you (again) for a well put together event and the opportunity that AMN creates for us to network and meet new people in the industry. I have to say that your speaker at this event (November 2013) was the best yet!  Smart, intelligent, engaging, friendly and knowledgeable… sometimes it is hard to for an audience to stay focussed every minute of the time that a speaker talks but I can tell you that Mr  Norman Mbazima held everybody’s attention every second of the time… and what a beautiful smile he has too. The girls at your reception desk and the waitrons that served us were awesome – friendly and polite and I hope you can pass this message on to them in some way. AMN is an event worth attending for anybody who wants to learn, share and engage with like-minded people in the industry. Hopefully I can engage more guests at the next event. My guest, Martin Rix from BCX, thoroughly appreciated it and his sentiments equal mine in terms of the speaker and the overall hospitality.

Johannesburg University student, Justice Tshivule (4th Year university student selected as guest of AMN which helps promote career prospects among final year mining and geology students to network with the mining industry attendees at the bimonthly events): I just want to thank you for giving me an opportunity to be part of the AMN. It has been a great night (19 November 2013) and I’ve enjoyed myself interacting with different people and getting contacts.

Joseph Moji, Immigration Attache, Botswana High Commission: AMN is very resourceful. I have identified a lot of companies which can do some work in Botswana. I hope to attach it as a links in my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts for my friends in Africa to have a look and register. Thank you very much.

Jaco Strydom, Rockwell Automation: Thank you very much for last night’s event. It was excellent. Could you please include me in all future events.

Paul Lubbinge, Ngena DesignSpace: These functions are a wonderful way for ‘out of towners’ to meet new people and make friends in the industry. We will definitely be at the next event. It was the first time that Ngena DesignSpace attended one of your functions. I met a few people who could make use of NDS’s services and vice-versa. It was really worthwhile attending the function. I learned a lot from Mike Rossouw’s presentation and the food was good as well.

Jerry Mtekwe, Remco Industries: It was really worth it to attend the event. Mr Briggs was outstanding. The environment was so very accepting and what a dinner.

Ranjini Naicker, 24 Hour Spill Response: Thank you for putting together an evening of this calibre. We look forward to being part of any future AMN functions/network events. Thank you again for hosting a successful networking event.

Craig Porter, Sedgman: These functions are a wonderful way for ‘out of towners’ to meet new people and make friends in the industry. We will definitely be at the next event.

Emmanuel Mushongahande, Venetia Mine: I have been reading & following your comments on AMN for a while now & I would like to thank you for the good work you are doing, keeping us well informed on what is happening in the mining industry. Once again keep us informed.

Ingrid Verheul, Engineering Network: I would like to thank you most sincerely for an absolutely fantastic Networking Platform. Everything was perfectly organised, and I very much look forward to the next one. The quality of companies in attendance is great!! We are looking forward to the speaker at the next dinner. Sounds awesome!! Also, the new venue is so much better and I certainly hope that the dinners will continue to be held at Wanderers.

Darren Helwick, MECS Africa: My colleague and I attended your January evening, which was extremely worthwhile.

Dean Fenwick, Madysha Sourcing: We attended the AMN dinner on Monday evening and were blown away by the response and business leads attained. Truly a great networking idea. Thanks so much.

Walter Egger, ER24 EMS (Pty) LTD: The event was definitely worth every cent! I am very pleased with our attendance. I will be attending all of the 2011 events.

John Diviani, Balro Trading: Rowan and I really appreciated the function last night. A bit of nostalgia for me as the last time I was inside the Rand Club was in 1981! As first time visitors we were keen to circulate, talk shop and hand over business cards. This was achieved in the bar with great value. We could see many people were keen to meet new people but time was limited. Looking forward to the one next month. Well done and keep it going.

Jeff Barker, director Banlaw: I would like to congratulate The African Mining Network organisers on the great evening. I am sure this is the beginnings of something great!

Casimiro da Silva Santos Marketing Manager Nalco Africa: Thanks for the lovely evening last week. The dinner was really a good opportunity to network and new people.

Lisa Paluzzi, Recruitment Consultant Globe 24-7 | HR Consulting & Employment Services: Thanks again for the dinner last Wednesday – great to have a good networking opportunityCheers, hope to see you at the next one.

Nina van Wyk: African Mining Network Event Manager
Phone: +27 82 926 3882
Yolanda Torrisi: African Mining Network chairperson
Phone +61 412 261 870