Cross-border Mining Procurement * Supply Chain Management * Logistics

For Heads & Managers of: Procurement, Supply Chain, Logistics, Operations,
Category Management, Purchasing, Sourcing, Contract Management, Commercial

Pre-Conference Workshop: Monday 26th March 2018

Led by: Bowmans

08h00  Registration

09h00  Understanding the legal and tax issues of exporting goods into Africa

  • Understanding the differences in African countries’ legal institutions and in the complexity and cost of regulatory processes: what are the implications for your business when designing your supply chain into Africa?
  • Understanding how import legislation and taxation rules differ between African countries: what are the essentials that you need to know? 
  • Examining the ins and outs of the customs clearance process into other African countries
  • How do you ensure that your paperwork/documentation is correct?
  • How do you build good relationships with customs officials and government in the country you are exporting to

16:30  Close of workshop


Conference Day One: Tuesday 27th March 2018


08h00   Registration

09h00  Chairman’s Welcome
           Clive Govender,
 CEO, CGC Consulting Services (former Head of Supply Chain, Anglo American Platinum)

09h10  Opening Keynote Address

           Supplying mining goods and services in an integrated Africa

      Speaker to be confirmed, SADC

09h40  China as a competitor in Africa: what impact does this have on cross-border mining services

            Dr Martyn Davies
, Managing Director: Emerging Markets & Africa, Deloitte 

10h00  Overview of the cross-border mining services industry in Africa: what are the opportunities and challenges?

  • What is the current value of the mining services industry in Africa?
  • Where are the greatest opportunities in Africa? Which type of companies stand to benefit from these opportunities?
  • What are the biggest challenges that need to be overcome for the mining services industry to realise its full potential?
  • What are the benefits of using Johannesburg as your base for exporting into Africa? Senior representative, PwC

10h30 Morning refreshments


11h00  Supply chain strategies in Africa: what works and what doesn’t?

  • What are the supply chain challenges of operating in Africa and how do you overcome them?
  • To what extent is it possible to have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ supply chain strategy for Africa?
  • How much do the logistics infrastructure, costs and lead times for different African countries vary and how does this affect the design of your supply chain network?
  • How will the recent upswing in commodity prices affect your supply chain strategy over the next 12-24 months?

Sarantis Kosmas, Consultant, Strategnos

11h20  The different types of supply chain: what works for your business?

  • What are the pros and cons of the different supply chain models – outsourced vs. in-house?
  • If outsourcing, how do you select the right 3PL/4PL provider for your needs?  What factors do you need to take into account?
  • What supply chain models in Africa are working right now? Examples of best practice (10 min case studies x 3 followed by panel discussion)

Major Miner perspective: Willem du Plessis, Leader Procurement, Energy & Minerals, Global Business Services, Rio Tinto

Junior Miner perspective: Tony Harwood
, President & CEO, Montero Mining & Exploration


12h10  Current challenges of cross-border trade in and out of Zimbabwe and strategies at Zimplats for alleviating constraints

           Charles Mugwambi, General Manager, Commercial, Zimplats

12h30  Panel discussion: Strategies for alleviating constraints in cross-border supply chains

  • What can be done to reduce the impact of the different factors which lead to delays at border posts - congestion, vehicle inspections, paperwork, import licences, etc.?
  • What other inefficiencies exist in the supply chain into Africa and how can their effect be minimised? 
  • Overcoming the logistical and transport challenges of delivering goods to remote mine sites
  • What are the pros and cons of moving from national to regional distribution hubs? 
  • How can mining houses and equipment suppliers speed up their supply chain?  What is best practice?


          Mufaro Muzvondiwa, General Manager Supply Chain, SENET
          Gerald Povey, Vice President Sub-Saharan Africa & Projects, DSV
          Jason Skewis, Supply Chain Manager, International Facilities Services (IFS)
          Charles Mugwambi, General Manager, Commercial, Zimplats

13h15  Lunch   

14h30  Implementing sound anti-corruption principles and policies in your organisation and supply chain

  • The legal context and requirements
  • The practical elements of anti-corruption
  • The elements of an anti-corruption compliance programme
  • The practical challenges of implementation
  • Expanding anti-corruption standards to your supply chain  

Moderator: Chris Theron, Commercial Manager & In-house Legal Counsel, DRA Global

           Dr Janette Minnaar-van Veijeren, Founder, ProEthics

           Leanne Kirsten, Contracts & Procurement Manager, DRA Global

15h30  Afternoon Refreshments

16h00  Demand planning and forecasting and its impact on the supply chain

  • Why is demand planning and forecasting important for an efficient supply chain?
  • Which staff/departments do you need to involve in the planning process and how often?
  • What tools and information do you use in order to accurately forecast demand for different items at different points in the supply chain? 
  • How do you take into account external factors such as market volatility and political uncertainty?

           Hermann Siegling
, Group Supply Chain Manager, Debswana

16h00  Best practice in load consolidation and transportation

  • To what extent is it possible to consolidate cargo by load, customer, destination, carrier and shipping mode?
  • What can and can’t you consolidate in the same shipment/container? 
  • Balancing the cost of packaging vs. container utilization
  • How does the weight, size and shape of the cargo influence your mode of transport/route?
  • How best to leverage existing in-house agreements with transportation companies?
  • How can you ensure that your transportation data is protected from cyber-attacks?

17h00  Closing remarks from the Chair

17h10  Close of day one and drinks reception 

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 28th March 2018

08h00  Registration

09h00  Chairman’s Opening Remarks
           Clive Govender, 
CEOCGC Consulting Services (former Head of Supply Chain, Anglo American Platinum)


09h10  What is the true cost of exporting into Africa?

  • Identifying all the latent costs involved in exporting goods in terms of duties, taxes, transport, etc. and building them into your budgeting process
  • What is blanket exemption and how do you obtain it?
  • Is cost the only important factor to consider? How important are quality of service and reliability in comparison?
  • How can you take advantage of existing economic agreements and trade corridors to lower the cost of exporting?

           Renato Torres, Chairman, Nacala Corridor (part of Vale)

09h40  How to finance the supply chain

  • What are the reasons behind the cyclical working capital requirements of the mines?
  • How can suppliers better manage the risk of extended payment terms and potential cashflow shortages? What recourse do they have if payment is not met?
  • How does supply chain/supplier finance mitigate the effects of payment term extension and risk within the supply chain?

           Emuel Schoeman
, Executive Director, Propell

10h10  Panel discussion: Trade finance and cross-border payments: how to fund the movement of goods into Africa?

  • What are the financial challenges of exporting goods into Africa in terms of regulatory compliance, currency availability, etc.?
  • Managing exchange rate risk: what can you do to mitigate the risk of exchange rate fluctuations which could negatively influence your input costs?
  • What are the risks and advantages of adopting a hedging policy?
  • What is the role of ECAs (Export Credit Agencies) in financing the export of goods into Africa and how does it differ from that of the banks?
  • What innovations and trends are taking place in trade and commodity finance which could assist mining companies exporting into Africa?

Moderator: Paul Miller, Mining Finance, Nedbank Corporate & Investment Banking


           Stephen Meintjes
, Head of Financial Institution and Trade Transactional Product and Services, Standard Bank

           Lloyd Caughey, National Head of Sales, Global Business Unit, Nedbank Corporate & Investment Banking

           Kweku Bedu-Addo, CEO, South Africa & Southern Africa, Standard Chartered

11h00 Morning Refreshments


11h30 The changing role of the procurement manager

  • How has the nature of the procurement manager role changed in recent years and why?
  • What skills do you need to negotiate and maintain good supplier relationships?
  • How do you ensure that your goods and services are ethically sourced?
  • How do you upskill your procurement team to take account of the changes in their roles?

          Johnathan HowdenMetso South Africa

12h00  Effectively managing costs in your procurement function 

  • What has been the impact of the ratings downgrade on costs?  How can you accurately forecast costs for a longer-term project given that quotes expire in 30 days or less?
  • How do you manage forex risk when using global suppliers?
  • What initiatives can you implement to drive costs down?
  • Centralised vs decentralized procurement models: what is most cost-effective across your business and regions that you operate in? 

12h30  Successfully building relationships with your suppliers and managing their performance

  • How do you engage with your suppliers to build long-term relationships and reduce costs? 
  • What methods can be used to measure, analyse and manage supplier performance?
  • How do you build relationships with local suppliers in the different countries in which you operate?

           Kamogelo Mampane, Chief Executive, TK Global Experts

13h00  Lunch 

14h00  Meeting the challenges of establishing effective contractual structures, contract management and performance

  • Establishing the right contracting methodologies and environment
  • Why are contract negotiations much longer and more complex than previously?
  • What are the challenges involved in contract administration? How do you ensure that the requirements of the contract are met?
  • How do you handle disputes and claims effectively? 

            Sindiso Sichone
, Supply Chain Manager, Mopani Copper Mines
            Tony Penfold, Commercial Consultant, DRA Global

14h30  Case study: The power of responsible procurement and conflict-free minerals

  • The Bisie Tin Project – what does conflict mineral legislation aim to achieve?
  • Examining Alphamin’s Dodd-Frank compliance and its non-compromising stance on the supply of conflict-free minerals
  • How are responsible mining developments in Africa being driven by sound business decisions?
  • The dichotomy between responsible and less responsible tin producers and how controls sterilize the onward sale of illegitimate minerals
  • How will Alphamin continue to champion social contribution and the supply of conflict-free minerals in the future?

           Boris Kamstra, Chief Executive Officer, Alphamin Resources

15h00  Afternoon refreshments

15h30  Keynote address: Localisation and regional opportunities

            Dr Paul Jourdan, Resource-based Development Consultant &CEO, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA)

16h00  Panel discussion: Localisation - meeting local procurement requirements both in SA and the rest of Africa

  • The amended BBBEE scorecard: what does it mean for procurement in the mining sector?
  • What does local mean? How do you engage with your communities to promote local economic development?
  • How can you ensure that your local procurement strategy facilitates inclusive growth without adversely affecting service quality or delivery?
  • Understanding the localization requirements in each country in which you are operating: how do you deal with challenges such as lack of infrastructure and smaller-scale suppliers?
  • How can you create local communities, both in SA and further afield, that flourish in conjunction with your mining operations?
  • What can other countries learn from SA’s local empowerment requirements?


           Nosipho Damasane, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Sasol Mining

           Eric Bruggeman, Chairman & CEO, SA Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC)

           Freddy Mugeri, Chairperson, MEMSA; CEO, Fabchem

           Yusuf Timol, the dti

16h50  Closing remarks from the Chair

17h00  Close of conference                                     


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