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 on Tuesday, 5 August, 2014, at The Wanderers Club, 21 North Street, Illovo,  Johannesburg, South Africa. The cost to attend the event is ZAR525.

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Tuesday 5 August 2014

Guest Speaker:

Khanyisile Kweyama

Anglo American Executive Director for South Africa

Ms Khanyisile Kweyama

Khanyisile Kweyama was appointed Executive Director of Anglo American South Africa in September 2012. She is the first woman to hold this position at Anglo American in South Africa and she is a member of the Anglo American group executive committee.

She holds a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters Degree in Management from the Wits Business School, and also completed various executive development programmes with GIBS and other institutions.

Prior to this, Khanyisile was executive head of human resources at Anglo American’s platinum business where she was successful in building a cohesive management team, driving performance and improving relationships with unions. She has also been elected as the vice president of the South African Chamber of Mines.

Born in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, Khanyisile started her university education at Fort Hare University and in 1984 joined the ANC in Swaziland. She settled in the USA where she worked closely with the ANC office in Washington DC while studying for a BS Administration qualification. She returned to South Africa in 1991 when the ANC was unbanned and worked for the Consultative Business Movement (CBM) as part of its CODESA secretariat.

An accomplished business woman, she set up her own consulting companies – Nokusa Communications and Promotions – and a Human Resources Consultancy, KTK HR Solutions. Khanyisile has gained extensive managerial experience working for various reputable organisations, such as BMW, Altech and Barloworld. She has served as a non-executive director at various companies including the boards of Sovereign Foods, IAC and Key Mix Investments, and currently serves on the boards of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), Telkom, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) business forum and the International Geology Forum (IGF).

Her HR experience, especially around transformation, helped as she served as a member of the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE), a Section 9 body established to advise the Minister of Labour. Khanyisile also serves on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) board.

Recently, she was honoured as one of the Most Influential Women in South Africa by CEO Communications, for her leading role in the Resources and Integration category.  Khanyisile is also a trustee of the Sentebale Trust, founded by Prince Harry of the UK and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, which works with vulnerable children.


2014 African Mining Network event dates

Tuesday, 5 August

Thursday, 23 October

Wednesday, 26 November

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:

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