Organisers of the continent’s biggest mining jamboree – African Mining Indaba have announced postponement of the event, slated for early next year.
Simon Ford, Portfolio Director at Investing in African Mining Indaba the decision has been propelled by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are sorry to announce the 2021 edition of Investing in African Mining Indaba has been cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by COVID-19. The event will now take place on 7-10 February 2022,” said Ford.
In the meantime, the organisers have announced that a Mining Indaba Virtual will be taking place 2nd to the 3rd of February 2021.
“We recognise the role that Mining Indaba plays in connecting the global mining community and its significance in shaping the industry for the year ahead.
“This strategic event will feature free high-level content streamed online, including pioneering insights from the industry’s heavyweights, multi-stakeholder strategic conversations, keynote addresses and more. Register your interest here,” said.
For the last 27 years, Investing in African Mining Indaba has been about bringing the global mining community together and delivering world-class, face-to-face events.
“In our commitment and passion for the industry, we really hoped to make Mining Indaba happen early next year. Unfortunately, after discussions with our partners in South Africa and key stakeholders in the mining industry, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 edition of Mining Indaba. The event will now take place on 7th to the 10th of February 2022,” said Ford.
He however said, ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions means that we can no longer be certain of delivering the event to the highest standard to which our audience is accustomed.
“With the current restrictions for hosting events in South Africa preventing larger gatherings we believe the impact on our attendee ROI and ROTI would have been significant and was therefore an important contributing factor to the decision to cancel.”
Ford said the 2022, Investing in African Mining Indaba is slated for 7th to the10th of February and will take place in accordance with the latest health and safety and government guidance.