The unfortunate combination of weak coal prices, lack of infrastructure and an alternative cleaner gas industry has cast some doubts on the coal developments in Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa. Nonetheless, Southern Africa hosts most of the continent’s largest coal resource, with South Africa holding 95% of Africa’s total coal reserves, and this Region’s steady economic and population growth will ask for an increase of reliable and affordable energy.
As large-scale coal mines reach closure and mining conditions get more challenging, there is the need to invest in new coal projects to cope with the looking power crisis in South Africa; both Glencore’s new Tweefontein coal mine and Exxaro’s Grootegeluk Medupi Expansion Project are a sign of the investors’ interest in the Region.
Some of the issues to be discussed at the Southern Africa Coal conference include:
��_ Overview of South Africa’s coal mining industry together with the key growth factors and restraints affecting the industry
��_ Regulatory and political scenarios affecting the coal market
��_ Opportunities for emerging miners to enter the South African coal sector
��_ Key developments in rail infrastructure
��_ Coal quality
��_ Focus on the Waterberg coal basin
��_ Unlocking Africa’s other reserves: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique