INDABA is a leading international conference on mining and exploration held every February in South Africa. This year it attracted over 7,000 delegates and 1,200 exhibitors from over 100 countries. Held over four days it provides overviews on commodity prices, mining policy and legislative issues, profiles of all major mining companies and case histories of developing junior companies, together with updates on new mining projects. While the focus is on Africa, the Conference attracts players from across the world.
GI was represented this year by Sean Finlay (Director Business Development) alongside GI member companies FLI and SLR.
FLI has undertaken geosynthetic lining projects of tailings ponds and containment structures in Mongolia, New Caledonia, Uzbekistan, Madagascar and Ethiopa and is developing business throughout Africa. The FLI team included John Carty (Business Development) and Philip Galvin (Operations Manager).
SLR provides environmental and geological consultancy to the mining industry in Europe, Australia, Canada and Africa; it has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Its Dublin operation was represented by two directors, Deirdre Lewis and Tim Paul.
Ireland’s Ambassador to South Africa, Brendan McMahon together with Fred Kilnkenberg of Enterprise Ireland’s Johannesburg office attended INDABA on Thursday 7th February and met FLI, SLR and other Irish companies present i.e. PW the successful Africa focussed mining contractor; ATS a mine camp provider and Intersocial, a Stakeholder engagement adviser.