Africa’s biggest mining conference under way in Cape Town

More than 6,000 delegates are attending Africa’s biggest mining conference – 2017 Investing in Africa Mining Indaba – which began in Cape Town on Monday.

Over the past two decades, the event has served as the pathway for foreign investments into Africa’s mining value chain – opportunities ranging from small diamond deposits to mega coal projects.

The theme for this year’s Mining Indaba is leveraging the next wave of growth and how investors can invest for long-term growth in the sector.

A total of 24 African mining ministers has confirmed their attendance.

The Chamber of Mines has called on the government to make the health and safety of mine workers as its priority at the Indaba.

Chamber of Mines President, Mike Teke noted that there were 73 fatalities in South Africa last year, down from 77 in 2015.

The event was officially opened by South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane.