Monday, 11 March 2019

SA Diamond Producers Conference | 15 March 2019 - Keynote address by Mr. Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources

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Under the coordination of the South African Diamond Producers Organisation (SADPO), the SADPO Annual Conference will take place on 15 March 2019 in Christiana, North West Province to debate the key issues facing the diamond mining industry.  Most notably, through SADPO the alluvial diamond mining industry has attempted to highlight the diversity of the Junior sector and the challenges of the ‘one size fits’ all approach to minerals policy by regulators, and this is likely to be one of the ley topics under discussion.

The keynote address will be delivered by Mr Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources.  The Minister’s address will be followed by a number of presentations from experts in the industry.  The complete agenda follows below.

If you are interested in attending this conference, or interviewing any of the speakers at or before the event, please contact Nadine on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (011) 894 2767 to make the necessary arrangements.

AGENDA – SADPO Diggers’ Conference 2019

Venue: All Seasons Resort, Christiana
Date:   Friday, 15 March 2019
Time:    10h00 – 17h00

Program Director: Meshack Dikana


10:05 – 10:15


SADPO Chairman

10:15 – 10:45

Keynote Address

Mr Godfrey Oliphant

Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources

10:45 – 11:00

Mining Charter III and how it relates to Junior Mining

Fundiswa Ndaba

Minerals Council of South Africa

11:00 – 11:15

Working together in mining for a better future

Amo Marengwa

Diamond Producer

11:15 – 11:30

Application procedures in different African jurisdictions

Kennedy Chege

Mineral Law in Africa, UCT

11:30 – 12:00

Q & A session for Deputy Minister Oliphant, Fundiswa Ndaba, Amo Marengwa & Kennedy Chege

12:00 – 13:00



13:00 – 13:10


Mine Health & Safety


Tumelo Mateta

Principal Inspector, DMR Northern Cape

13:10 – 13:25

Project to Catalogue and Research Small Diamond Operations in South Africa

Dr John Bristow

13:25 – 13:45

MHSA: Big Impact on Small Mines

Jaco Swarts

Legislative Compliance Specialists

13:45 – 14:10

The FACTS of Alluvial Diamond Mining in South Africa

Lyndon de Meillon

Geologist & Diamond Producer

14:10 – 14:40

Q & A session for Tumelo Mateta, Dr John Bristow, Jaco Swarts & Lyndon de Meillon