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Second International Platinum Conference

'Platinum Surges Ahead'

Sun City, South Africa, 8-12 October 2006


Platinum 2006 - Mike Rogers Platinum 2006 - Pat Willis
Convenor: Mike Rogers                             SAIMM President: Pat Willis

Shadwick Bessit

Shadwick Bessit

Shadwick Bessit, recently appointed Executive Director of Impala Platinum Holdings Limted (Implats), has more than 17 years experience in the mining industry.

After matriculating from Johannesburg's Noordgesicht High School in 1981, he was later offered a bursary by Anglo American Corporation's then Gold and Uranium Division to study mining engineering. He started at Wits Technikon in 1987, combining academic studies with practical training as a shift overseer, at Vaal Reefs mines near Klerksdorp. By 1991 he had gained his National Higher Diploma and went on to become overseer at Elandsrand mine in Carletonville in 1992. A year later he successfully completed his Manager's Certificate of Competency and by 1996 was promoted to section manager at Elandsrand gold mine.

Shadwick moved up the ranks quickly thereafter, becoming production manager at Elandsrand in 1997 and a year later, general manager at Deelkraal, one of the mines in the then newly-formed AngloGold stable. He returned to Elandsrand as general manager in 1999, before moving to Savuka mine, in the same position, in 2001. During that year, he underwent the Executive Development Programme (EDP) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg, before joining Impala Platinum as general manager of its Rustenburg operations in 2002. In this position he was responsible for a third of the company's operational shafts and projects.

Shadwick was appointed Operations Executive: Rustenburg at Implats major operating arm, Impala Platinum on 1 June 2005, with responsibility for Impala's entire mining and metallurgical operation, which has a combined employee complement of just under 27 000. In this position, he reports directly to the CEO, Keith Rumble, and is a member of several executive committees. In November 2005, he was appointed as executive director to the Implats board.

Shadwick is married with three daughters. His hobbies include jet-ski-ing and garden landscaping. He also has a keen interest in cars and cites motor racing as his favourite sport.

Stephen Forrest

Position: Principal Consultant
Company: SFA Oxford Ltd
Education: University of Wales; University of the Witwatersrand
Qualifications: BSc(Hons) Mining Engineering, Eur Ing, Pr Eng, C.Eng, FIMM, FIMinE

2001 to date: Steve Forrest Associates: Principal
1998-2001: MRH Group AG: Commodities Strategist, Fund Manager
1996-1998: Union Bank of Switzerland (SA): Director
1995-1998: SMK Securities: Senior Investment Analyst
1983-1995: Impala Platinum: Manager Mining
Stephen has a track record of successfully leading and conducting analytical investment research, developing both financial and fundamental commodity forecasting models. He has worked as a commodities strategist, fund manager and senior mining operations manager: In 2001 he founded Steve Forrest Associates, an independent consultancy covering a broad spectrum of mining, minerals and commodity related issues, including macroeconomic analysis, supply and demand scenarios, in-depth cost analysis, derivative research and price forecasting.
Selected Key Assignments:
Due diligence at Norilsk Nickel: led a three-month due diligence exercise for lmpala Platinum at Norilsk Nickel, Russia. As senior equity analyst, he was commissioned by SMK Securities and UBS to write reports on the Russian producer; addressing operations, investors relations and assessing competitive edges.
Commodities Strategist and Fund Manager: reporting to the Chairman of MRH Group AG, second largest global metals trading house. Completed a study of worldwide commodity markets (base metals, PGMs and crude oil). Also conducted due diligence assignments in China.
Manager Mining and Other Senior Operational Management Roles: lmpala Platinum: senior management roles included responsibility for Existing Mines, New Mine Projects, Brownfield Expansions and Impala's Technical Services Division.
Director and Senior lnvestment Analyst for lnvestment Banks: top-rated mining analyst covering platinum-group metals, base metals and coal markets, and responsible for considerable corporate finance-related support work.
Assessment of Gold Producer's Strategic Options: advisor to senior management of a gold producer regarding a new shareholder's likely motives, strategic options and possible outcomes.
Strategic Planning Workshop for a major diversified metals producer: preparation and Go-facilitation of strategic planning workshop; assessing business competitive strengths and weaknesses, identifying growth opportunities in the metals and minerals sector.
Several assessments of Platinum Producer's Strategic Options: led several assignments for international platinum mining companies with the brief to provide strategic planning concerning specific assets located in politically dynamic regions.

Uwe Glatzel

Company: University of Bayreuth
Qualifications: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil

Uwe Glatzel is professor and head of the department of Metallic Materials at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Uwe studied physics at the University of Tubingen, Germany and the Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. In 1990 he received his doctorate degree in materials science at the Technical University of Berlin. Since then, the main interests of his research are development and investigation of alloys for high temperature use, especially the simulation of mechanical deformation processes in precipitation strengthened nickel-base superalloys. After a research stay as Feodor-Lynen-Fellow at the Stanford University, California, he achieved the postdoctoral lecturer qualification in 1994. Uwe Glatzel earned the Gerhard-Hess-Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for young scientists in 1995. From 1996 until 2003 he was professor for Metallic Materials at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. In 2003, Uwe Glatzel was awarded the chair of Metallic Materials at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He extended his scientific research interests on the development of superalloys based on precious metals as well as new joining techniques for steel and aluminium by combined welding and soldering. Uwe Glatzel can be reached at the University of Bayreuth, Dept Metallic Materials, Ludwig-Thoma-Str 36b, D-95447 Bayreuth, Germany.

Cuthbert Musingwini

Company: School of Mining Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand
Qualifications: MSc (Mining Engineering), BSc(Hons) (Mining Engineering), MZwIE, MSAIMM

Cuthbert Musingwini graduated with a BSc(Hons) (Mining Engineering) from the University of Zimbabwe in 1991. He then worked for Lonmin's Independence Gold Mining division in Zimbabwe and rose through the ranks from trainee graduate mining engineer, shift boss, to mine captain. He then left Lonmin in 1996 to join the German funded GTZ-U2 Mining Project at the University of Zimbabwe as a research fellow on the Riverbed Mining Project. When the project ended, he proceedsd to do an MSc(Eng) (Mineral Economics) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Upon graduating in 2000, he took up a lecturing post with the University of Zimbabwe. In 2004 he left the University of Zimbabwe to join the University of the Witwatersrand as a lecturer, and enrolled for a PhD focusing on optimisation of mining layouts for narrow tabular shallow-dipping platinum reefs of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. To date he has authored / co-authored 5 conference papers, 2 journal papers, and two book chapters in a book to be published in 2006 by the University of Zimbabwe Book Press. Cuthbert is a member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) and the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers (ZwIE).

Okyere Ntrama

Full names: Okyere Yaw Ntrama
Company: Anglo Platinum
Qualifications: BSc(Hons), PgD & GDE Mining Engineering

My 15 (fifteen) years experience in the mining industry spans gold, coal, diamond, and platinum. After graduation from The University of Science and Technology School of Mines in Ghana in 1990, I joined Ashanti Goldfields as a Technical Mining Assistant. I migrated to South Africa in 1993 where I completed my GDE at the University of the Witwatersrand. In the same year I was employed by Goldfields of South Africa until 1996 when I resigned having obtained the Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency.
From 1997 to 1999, I joined JCI Tavistock Collieries. I obtained the Mine Overseer and Mine Manager's Certificates for Coal Mines, and worked as a Mine Overseer. I later joined Avgold in 1999 until 2000 as Mining Engineer for the Target Operation.
From 2001 until 2003, I worked for New Diamond Corporation as the Mine Manager of the Schmidtsdrift Alluvial diamond mine.
I have been with Anglo Platinum since September 2003 where I have been appointed to various positions including Mine Manager for the Twickenham Project, Operations Manager at Potgietersrust Platinum Mines and Project Manager Operational Readiness of the Brakfontein Merensky Project.

Rainer Volkl

Company: University of Bayreuth
Qualifications: Dr.-Ing

Rainer Volkl is a senior lecturer and senior researcher at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. His main scientific interests are the physical metallurgy and technology of the platinum group metals. Rainer studied material science at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany and the Ecole Central de Lyon, France. In 1997 he received a PhD degree in material science. From 1997 to 2003, he was at the University of Applied Sciences Jena and the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany, working together with Schott Glas and WC Heraeus GmbH & Co. KG on several R&D projects about platinum, rhodium and iridium alloys. From October 2003 to October 2004, he joined the research group of Dr Harada and Dr Yamabe-Mitarai at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan as a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Rainer Volkl can be reached at the University of Bayreuth, Dept Metallic Materials, Ludwig-Thoma-Str 36b, D-95447 Bayreuth, Germany.

Stefan Vorberg

Company: FH-Jena, University of Applied Sciences Jena
Qualifications: Dr.-Ing

Stefan Vorberg is a graduate in civil engineering and junior researcher at the University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany. In 2006 he received his PhD on the development of Pt-based superalloys. He studied materials science at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena at the department of Metallic Materials. In 2003 he received his diploma on the TEM investigation of oxide dispersion strengthened platinum alloys. Stefan can be reached at the University of Applied Sciences Jena, Dept of Science and Technology, Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 2, D-07745 Jena, Germany.

Markus Wenderoth

Company: Dept Metals and Alloys, University of Bayreuth
Qualifications: Dr.-Ing

Markus Wenderoth is a graduate in civil engineering and a junior researcher at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. In 2006, he received his PhD on the development of precipitation strengthened superalloys based on platinum. Markus studied materials science at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and received his diploma in 2003. His diploma thesis focused on microstructure investigation and mechanical testing of a new precipitation strengthened nickel-base superalloy.

Pat Willis

Pat Willis

It gives me pleasure to introduce the President of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy - Pat Willis.

Richard Patrick Henry Willis (Pat) was born and bred on a farm in North Yorkshire, England. He graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1976 with a BSc(Hons) in Mining Engineering. He has worked in the mining industry since graduating. His experience includes mine line management and operational experience on various mines in the UK, Zambia, and South Africa, the long-term planning of gold, platinum, base metal, and coal mines and various feasibility studies while working for Gold Fields of South Africa.

Since 1989, his experience included applied research and development for mining while working firstly for COMRO and later at CSIR Miningtek. This included mine mechanization, geophysics, hydraulic transport, ventilation, and refrigeration, as well as research into innovative mine design, and barriers to successful technology transfer. He was involved, with others, in forming a number of collaborative technical mining programmes including Deepmine, Futuremine, Platmine, and the Global Mining Research Alliance (GMRA).

Since mid-2003, he has consilted to a wide range of mining industry clients through Turgis Consulting. Pat has travelled extensively in order to keep abreast of the latest technology, and has direct experience of mining industry clients in Canada, the United States, Australia, UK, and South Africa. He has always been an active member of the SAIMM and has chaired a number of conferences including the 6th International Symposium on Mine Mechanization and Automation.

He obtained a Metalliferous Mine Manager Certificate of Competency (Mines and Works) in 1978, and is a Registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

He married Carole in 1981 and has two children, Victoria (24) and Richard (22). Pat enjoys the outdoors in general, but he is particularly active in hiking, fly-fishing, and exploring the bush around southern Africa. He admits his main hobby is his work.

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