Aviona is a young mining lawyer from South Africa, with experience in practice and in-house for listed mining houses. Named by Mining Review Africa as one of the most influential women in mining, she is passionate about influencing young people to take up space in the mining industry as well as unleashing industry’s potential to foster economic growth and development in Africa. Aviona is adamant that the industry must be inclusive, transformative, innovative, and sustainable to have a lasting, positive impact on the African continent.
Wednesday 08 February 10:00 - 10:00 Expo Stage
Green Metals day
Many African countries have yet to maximise the true value of their mineral resources since gaining independence. This is related to issues such as weak governance, limited knowledge, limited assessment or control of their mineral resources or geodata to underpin negotiations, inadequate capacity, and unfair contracts. Poorly negotiated contracts often lead to poor outcomes for the environment, host communities, civil society, governments, investors, and lenders. Bad contracts and outcomes also hinder mining investment, and affect the supply of important minerals and the stability and security of the mining value chain. Nonetheless, because Africa hosts significant reserves of the minerals required for the energy transition mining, mining on the continent is expected to expand in the foreseeable future, boding well for the future – not least through contracts that are fairer to the owners of the mineral resources.
Wednesday 08 February 11:00 - 12:00 Main Stage
Africa has a prodigious mineral endowment that already provides many of the critical minerals needed by the global economy. But great natural mineral endowments do not automatically translate into successful and sustainable mining industries. To develop sustainable mining, Africa needs long term responsible investors, considered regulation and to develop a local mine-supporting ecosystem so that it captures more of the value mining generates for its host country.
Thursday 09 February 09:45 - 10:20 Main Stage
Young Leaders Programme
Everything You Wanted to Know (as In-house Counsel) but Were too Afraid to Ask.
Thursday 09 February 11:00 - 11:50 Roof Terrace
General Counsel Forum