Then I caught up with David Spencer, who I last saw 10 years ago, at Indaba '06, and prior to that in Zambia in the early 70s. He was a fellow metallurgist when I commenced work on the Nchanga concentrator in late 1969. After an interesting career he is now Executive Chairman of General Exploration Ltd, a privately owned business focused on gold exploration in the Lake Victoria Gold Field in Tanzania.
|With Dave Capstick and David Spencer|
|Kim-Marie Clothier and John Eyre|
|Ben, Allister, Emma and Vicki|
|John and Jan Chadwick|
The late afternoon provided a multitude of networking opportunities, with many companies providing hospitality. I spent some time in the UK Pavilion, sampling one of Scotland's finest malt whiskies, which made me feel quite home-sick, as this is something which I do most evenings in Falmouth, but never in the very amiable company of the British High Commissioner, Dame Judith Macgregor.
|With Ben Tordoff, Dame Judith and Allister McBride|
Process Mineralogy '17, and pictured below are Donald Osmond of IMP Scientific and Precision, a South African agent of Bruker, with Karsten Knorr and Anja Griessmeier, of Bruker AXS, Germany and Lynsey Singh, of Bruker AXS, South Africa.
|With Sue Harrison and Dee Bradshaw|
|With Vis Reddy, MD of SRK Consulting South Africa, Neal Rigby, Corporate Consultant in SRK North America,|
Marcin Wertz, Partner and Principal Mining Consultant and
Andrew van Zyl, Partner and Principal Consultant (both SRK South Africa).
MEI was just one of many media partners at Indaba '16 and this is in no way meant to be a comprehensive report on the conference. It is merely my diary of personal experiences over my three days at the Convention Centre. It would be impossible for an individual to take in everything that was happening at this extremely complex and well organised event, but the power of social media has been very much in evidence and a general overview of activities can be gleaned from the Twitter hashtag #MiningIndaba. I also invite all of you who attended this major meeting to add your own comments and views. What did you get out of African Mining Indaba '16; did it achieve its aims and objectives?