Mining Indaba 2023: 6 – 9 February

Unlocking sustainable
opportunities in African

Mining Indaba 2023

Unlocking sustainable opportunities in African mining

As a leading funder of resource and mining projects on the African continent, we are excited by the confluence of opportunities that 2023 will present. Mining and resource developments on the African continent have new potential, and we believe this is the beginning of an exciting new chapter.

We are committed to partnering strategically with our clients to unlock sustainable possibilities and value across the African continent’s mining sector through stability, security and supply.

We invite you to engage directly with our subject-matter experts as they examine the dynamic mining sector in Africa and impart their knowledge on cutting-edge strategies that will facilitate the mining sector's transition to a more sustainable future.

We are proud to have sponsored yet another successful Mining Indaba. Here are some of the key insights from our team.

Meet the team

We are committed to strategically partnering with you to unlock sustainable possibilities


Chetan Jeeva

Head: SA Corporate Lending

Chetan is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking team, responsible for the South African corporate lending franchise. Chetan has over 15 years of experience in Investment Banking and Equity investing, which includes working with corporates, private equity, and family offices across pan-African markets.

Chetan is a fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Programme and a qualified Chartered Accountant with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Craig Brewer

Managing Director: Co-Head Origination, Investment Banking

Craig is the Co-Head of Origination in the Investment Banking division with a focus on mining clients. Prior to this, Craig was Co-Head of Banking responsible for M&A Advisory and Capital Markets across Africa. At Barclays, he was Head of the Africa Investment Banking Mining team for many years forming part of the Global Mining team advising on transactions across the commodity spectrum. He has over 25 years of experience in investment banking with a focus on mining and commodities.


David Mparutsa

Head: Enterprise & Supply Chain Development

As Head of Enterprise and Supply Chain Development (ESD) for the Absa Corporate & Investment Bank, David is responsible for defining and implementing the ESD strategy, which looks to leverage corporate partnerships to improve access to finance for suppliers and distributors in corporate value chains. This has a particular focus on supporting local content and skills development within the mining sector.

David has over 17 years of banking experience and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He also holds a World Bank certification for Banking Executives through George Washington University.

David will be on an investor panel discussion during the conference under the topic “Mining Technology, Community Engagement, and Involvement” on Tuesday, 7 February 2023 at 10:55 CAT.


Dean Hack

Director: Resources & Energy

Dean joined Absa Bank Limited in 2012 and has been a member of the Resources & Energy coverage team since 2016. His responsibilities include maintaining and growing relationships in the mining, metals, oil & gas, commodity trading and power & renewable industries.

Dean holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Konosoang Asare-Bediako

Director: Investment Banker

Kay is a Director in the Investment Banking team, focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions (“M&A”) across Africa. She has considerable industry knowledge across the mining and financial services sectors with over 15 years of experience.

Kay is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Science with Finance Honours from the University of Cape Town. She is also a graduate of the Columbia Business School Executive Program.


Moreblessing Chanakira

Director: Resources & Energy

Moreblessing is a Senior Banker in the Resources & Energy Coverage team with Absa CIB covering East Africa and the Middle East, where her key responsibilities are to provide strategic insights, originate and execute transactions for key clients in the mining, energy, commodity trading, oil & gas sectors in East Africa and the Middle East. She has 12+ years of experience in mining, corporate and investment banking working with global corporates and African regional clients.

Moreblessing holds a BSoc Sci in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and a BCom (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town.


Shirley Webber

Managing Principal: Coverage Head of Resources & Energy

Shirley joined Absa Bank Limited in 2011 and is the Coverage Head for Resources and Energy at Absa (Corporate and Investment Banking). Her responsibilities include maintaining and growing relationships in the mining, metals, minerals, oil, gas, chemical, power and renewables industries. Shirley was selected for the 2021 Power List of Pan-African female leaders in energy as one of Africa’s fifty most inspirational female energy executives.

She has a wealth of experience working with key clients such as Anglo American, Glencore, Petra Diamonds, Mainstream, First Quantum Minerals, Tullow Oil, Acwa Power, Globeleq and Sasol, amongst others.

Shirley holds a CAIB (SA) Associate Banking Diploma, a B.Com(Ed)(Cum Laude) and a B.Com Honours degree in Financial and Strategic Management.

Shirley will be on an investor panel discussion during the conference under the topic “Qualification and Quantification of ESG risk and Uncertainty Across the Mining Lifecycle” on Monday, 6 February 2023 at 16:10 CAT.


Theuns Ehlers

Director: Resources & Project Finance

Theuns has 25 years of experience across project and export finance, power, infrastructure, metals and mining finance and reserve base lending. He has extensive experience in the power sector, specifically in renewable energy and gas-fired projects having acted as both advisor and debt arranger for projects across Africa. Actively involved in the South African renewable energy market, both on Government-backed programs and the captive power market, leading the bank’s charges to arrange financing for over 4GW of projects. Has closed deals across all major commodities including gold, platinum, coal, chrome, mineral sands, diamonds, copper as well as oil and gas.

Theuns is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a BCom Honours in Accounting.

Theuns will be on an investor panel discussion during the conference under the topic “Capital markets in 2023 – Investment banking insight” on Wednesday, 8 February 2023 at 11:40 CAT.

The latest in Mining

Broadening your perspectives for the transition in Mining


Mining sector ESD and ESG can be catalysts for African manufacturing

Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) investments coupled with a focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) frameworks, could provide a powerful combination for developing local manufacturing capacity to support the African mining and resources sector.


Energy infrastructure becomes a competitive advantage to Resources companies

African-based mining and resource companies which have invested in renewable energy infrastructure over the last few years are not only reaping the benefits through access to cheaper power but also achieving sustainability goals identified by stakeholders including lenders looking to fund expansion.


Shifting geopolitics brings multiple suitors to African mining M&A

As the race for valuable commodities intensifies, it is increasingly evident that geopolitical competition will catalyse a wave of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), reshaping the landscape of Africa’s resource-rich industries. India, the United States (US), Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are all poised to commit further investment to the continent and Africa will need to find ways to maximise its investment attractiveness amidst global upheaval.


Expertise that powers the continent

We are proud to have provided advisory services and financing for Infinity Power’s acquisition of Lekela Power, Africa’s largest renewables-focused, independent power producer.


Africa 2023: The year of mining sector opportunities

As a leading funder of resource and mining projects on the African continent, we are excited by the confluence of opportunities that 2023 will present.


Adding value above and below the surface to grow Africa’s mining ecosystem

The recent surge in commodity prices have not only driven profitability but provided a handy kicker to the finances of governments across the African continent. There is still money to be made for forward-thinking operators who are prepared to look beyond extraction to mature Africa’s mining ecosystem.


A new era beckons for mining finance

While its contribution to GDP may have declined over time, the South African mining and resources sector is a systemically important part of the domestic economy. As such, continued innovation from operators, explorers and financiers will be key in driving the next phase of our economic recovery.


Security of supply set to drive deal-making in 2023

Security of supply is a major area of focus for mining and resources businesses in Africa and is likely to be a major driver of corporate action in 2023. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be used as an effective tool to build supply chain resilience.



Our sustainable finance goals include assisting clients on their journeys to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, supporting our strategic theme of being an active force for good.


Enabling business that invests in the future

We’re proud to announce our role in arranging the biggest sustainability deal to date - Harmony Gold Mining Group's syndicated, multi-trance, sustainability-linked and green use of proceeds term debt package.

About the conference

Mining Indaba 2023: 6 – 9 February

Mining Indaba is devoted exclusively to the successful capitalisation and advancement of mining interests in Africa. Mining Indaba, which has been successful for more than 27 years, brings together visionaries and innovators from throughout the whole value chain, giving it a distinctive and broad perspective of the African mining industry. Additionally, Mining Indaba continues to promote key issues in Africa like education, professional development, sustainable development, and other important causes in the continent.

The Mining Indaba is the place to be if you want to engage in high-impact networking and create opportunities and conversations that will help you close deal after deal.

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