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Africa’s over-reliance on extractive mining dicey – SADC expert
Jimmy by Jimmy April 3, 2018 in Commentary

If there is one thing mineral resource-rich countries in African can learn from the sluggish state of the commodities market is the risk of an economic model that is over reliant on extractive mining. This is what Seth Akweshie, Southern African Development Community (SADC) industrialisation adviser, observed, in his keynote address at the Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba at the Johannesburg Country Club the past week. Akweshie commented, “Our reliance on the mining sector for our development has been skewed almost exclusively towards a heavy dependence on our extractive activities and consequently our economic fortunes continue to be dictated largely by fluctuations in the commodities market over which we have absolutely no control.” Read the full article here


Africa must break reliance on minerals, says SADC advisor
By Staff Writer - April 2, 2018

An advisor to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said the African continent was too reliant on the extractive sector which could not participate in setting the price for the minerals it produced. Speaking at the Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba at the Johannesburg Country Club last week, Seth Akweshie, an industrialisation advisor to SACR, said: “Our reliance on the mining sector for our development has been skewed almost exclusively towards a heavy dependence on our extractive activities and consequently our economic fortunes continue to be dictated largely by fluctuations in the commodities market over which we have absolutely no control”. Read the full article here


Africa needs to extract more value from mining
posted by Phila Mzamo on April 2, 2018 in News

Africa’s heavy reliance on extractive mining is bad news for development as it does not play a part in the prices of the minerals it extracts. This is according to Seth Akweshie, Southern African Development Community industrialisation adviser, when delivering his keynote address at the Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba at the Johannesburg Country Club this week. “Our reliance on the mining sector for our development has been skewed almost exclusively towards a heavy dependence on our extractive activities and consequently our economic fortunes continue to be dictated largely by fluctuations in the commodities market over which we have absolutely no control,” Akweshie said. Read the full article here


Africa needs to extract more value from mining
Apr 01 2018 Lesetja Malope

Africa’s heavy reliance on extractive mining is bad news for development as it does not play a part in the prices of the minerals it extracts. This is according to Seth Akweshie, Southern African Development Community industrialisation adviser, when delivering his keynote address at the Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba at the Johannesburg Country Club this week. “Our reliance on the mining sector for our development has been skewed almost exclusively towards a heavy dependence on our extractive activities and consequently our economic fortunes continue to be dictated largely by fluctuations in the commodities market over which we have absolutely no control,” Akweshie said Read the full article here


Increasing mining services in Africa key to industry's long-term sustainability
By: Anine Kilian - 
Contributing Editor Online

Most inland developments in Africa have been established owing to nearby mining activities, he told delegates at the Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba, in Johannesburg. “The economic landscapes in most African countries have been shaped by the mining sector. However, our reliance on the mining sector has been skewed almost exclusively towards a heavy dependence on extractive activities and, consequently, our economic fortunes, or misfortunes, continue to be dictated largely by the fluctuations in the international commodities market, over which we have absolutely no control,” he said. A major issue that needs to be addressed, he said, was how to grow the demand for mining goods and services in Africa to ensure the long-term sustainability of this industry. Read more here


Effective supply chains give mines a competitive advantage
Anine Kilian, Contributing Editor Online
www.miningweekly.com

Effective procurement and supply chains can be a key competitive advantage for mining businesses operating in Africa, CGC Consulting Services CEO Clive Govender said at the Cross-Border Mining Services Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. “A good supply chain is key for reducing poverty, unemployment and inequality . . . if it is handled properly,” he said. He expects rapid change to occur in the mining industry over the next ten years, on the back of declining orebodies and decreasing availability of 'tier one' assets. To thrive amid this volatility, he stated, companies will have to reconsider how to drive efficiency and effectiveness in the mining sector. Govender suggested that the mining industry should radically shift to a new way of working, which includes taking advantage of supply chains, to ensure efficiencies. Read the full article here

 


New indaba seeks to clear logistics, infrastructure challenges

16th January 2018 By: Megan Wyngaardt , Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online

The Cross-Border Mining Services Africa Indaba, which aims to bring senior-level professionals from mining companies, as well as mining contractors; engineering, procurement and construction management companies; logistics companies; third- and fourth-party logistics providers; and finance and legal institutions together to find solutions for challenges in the African mining industry, will be held for the first time from March 26 to 28. Read the full article here


Cross-Border Mining Services
January 16th, 2018


NEW MINING CONFERENCE LOOKING AT CROSS-BORDER PROCUREMENT, SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS BETWEEN SA AND THE REST OF THE CONTINENT LAUNCHES IN 2018

(16 January 2018) Johannesburg, with its surrounding industrial areas, remains an undisputed centre of mining engineering excellence and one of the major global hubs for mining services and manufacturing.  In recent years, with the explosion of mining activity across the rest of Africa, it has become the go-to centre for procurement, supply chain and other logistics functions by international mining companies seeking supplies and services for their operations in other African countries.  International mining companies and their supply chain and procurement agents are setting up shop in the city to access professional services and procure supplies for delivery to remote mine sites. International mining equipment manufacturers are also basing themselves in Johannesburg because of its established logistics routes to other African markets.  All this, together with a well-established local manufacturing base ready for export, has made Johannesburg an important and vibrant centre for procuring and delivering mining supplies and services into the rest of Africa.

“Johannesburg has always been an important mining hub”, says Paul Miller, who is responsible for Mining Finance, Corporate and Investment Banking at Nedbank, not only for the act of mining itself but also for the supply of goods and services that support the industry.  “In fact, just months after the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand, diggers began to exhaust the easily worked oxide ores near the surface.  They needed to go deeper by sinking shafts, erecting mine headgear, shipping stamp mills from Europe and dragging steam engines all the way from the coast.  From this was born one of the great industrial centres for the supply of goods and services to the mining industry.  This was the foundation of the modern industrial economy of both Johannesburg and South Africa.”

This important sector of the economy continues to grow as it spreads its footprint elsewhere in Africa. However, challenges still exist, such as the fact that infrastructure remains poor or non-existent and business conditions are opaque and complex.  Innovative, flexible approaches to procurement and supply chain design and execution are therefore required, both of which need to be unique and responsive to their varying environments.

Mining Services 4 Africa, in collaboration with Resources 4 Africa, the team that organizes the highly-acclaimed Junior and Joburg Indabas, is pleased to announce the launch of the first-ever Cross-Border Mining Services (CBMS) Africa Indaba. The event will take place on 26 – 28 March 2018 and will bring together senior-level professionals from mining companies, mining contractors, EPCMs, logistics companies, 3PL/4PL providers and finance and legal institutions to find solutions to the varied challenges which the African mining industry faces when procuring and transporting goods and services across the continent. 

A wide variety of topics will be discussed during a two-day conference, which includes an analysis of the pros and cons of the different types of supply chain, strategies for alleviating constraints in cross-border supply chains, how to fund the movement of goods in and around Africa, the changing role of the procurement manager and the power of responsible procurement and conflict-free minerals, to name just a few. 

In addition, there will be a one-day pre-event workshop dedicated to helping procurement and supply chain professionals manage the legal and tax challenges when exporting goods in and around Africa.

Speakers confirmed to date include senior representatives from: Debswana, Mopani Copper Mines, Alphamin Resources, Nacala Corridor (part of Vale), Montero Mining, SENET, DRA, Masimong Group, Metso South Africa, Standard Bank, Standard Chartered, Nedbank, DSV, Afrilog, PwC and ProEthics.

The event is also supported by the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

For more information on the conference, please visit: www.crossbordermining.com or call +27 (0) 11  463 7799 or email kevin@resources4africa.com


SA to launch first Cross-border Mining Services Indaba
posted by Phila Mzamo on December 11, 2017 in Events, News

Mining Services 4 Africa in collaboration with Resources 4 Africa, the team that brings you the Junior and Joburg Indabas, has announced the launch of the first-ever Cross-Border Mining Services (CBMS) Africa Indaba, The Indaba will bring together senior-level professionals from mining companies, mining contractors, EPCMs, logistics companies, 3PL/4PL providers as well as finance and legal institutions to find solutions to the varied challenges, which the African mining industry faces when procuring and transporting goods and services across the continent. Read the full article here