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African Mining Indaba is a glittering gem of a trade show hosted annually at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in beautiful South Africa. It is the first major show and one of the most successful gatherings on the African continent to kick off every year and is held within the first week of February with a core theme and focus on African mining investment and development.

Whether you’re a seasoned miner, a curious entrepreneur, or simply someone looking to explore the latest and greatest in the world of minerals processing, engineering and mining sector, this trade show is the place to be.

The Venue

Picture this: The CTICC, a sleek and modern building with a view of Table Mountain, is buzzing with excitement as mining enthusiasts from all over the globe gather for this four-day extravaganza. The air is filled with the sound of laughter, chatter, and the occasional “eureka!” as attendees marvel at the latest innovations in the industry. To set the scene, here’s picture from page one of this year’s Mining Indaba.

What to Expect from Exhibitors

As you step into the exhibition hall, you’ll be struck by the sheer scale of the event. With over 400 exhibitors from around the globe showcasing their wares, there’s something for everyone. From cutting-edge mining equipment to innovative software engineering and security solutions, it’s a treasure trove of opportunities.


One of the highlights of the Mining Indaba is attending the keynote speeches, where industry leaders, investors and experts share their insights on the latest trends and developments in the mining industry.

This year, we were privileged to hear from luminaries such as Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, who shared his thoughts on the role of innovation and collaboration in driving the industry forward.

But it’s not all work and no play at the Mining Indaba. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities to let your hair down and have a little fun. The networking reception is a highlight, offering attendees, speakers and sponsors a chance to mingle and make new connections over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

And for those looking for a bit more excitement, there’s always the Mining Indaba Golf Tournament, where you can show off your swing and enjoy the stunning scenery of South Africa’s golf courses.

So, whether you’re looking to make new connections, learn about the latest industry trends, participate, or simply have a good time, the African Mining Indaba is the place to be. With its mix of business, education, and fun, it truly is a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t want to miss.

The Alt Mining Indaba is an event that runs in conjunction with African Mining Indaba with a focus on a just energy transition, security, stability and transition for sustainable mining communities in a climate crisis era.

A History of Mining In Africa

Mining in Africa has a long and rich history, dating back thousands of years. The continent is rich in minerals, including precious metals and gems, and has been an important source of wealth and economic development for many civilizations and communities throughout history.

One of the earliest known instances of mining in Africa was in Ancient Egypt, where the precious metal gold was extracted from the Nile River and used for jewellery and other luxury items. The Kingdom of Nubia, located in what is now modern-day Sudan, was also known for its gold mines and was a major source of metal supply for the Egyptians.

During the colonial era, the exploitation of Africa’s mineral wealth accelerated. European powers established mining operations across the continent, extracting valuable minerals such as diamonds, gold, and tin. The minerals extracted were used to fuel the economies of Europe, while the African continent itself was often left impoverished.

Into the 20th century

In the 20th century, many African countries gained independence and began to take control of their own resources. In some cases, this resulted in nationalization of mining operations, while in others, foreign companies continued to operate in the country. Despite this, many African countries struggled to benefit from their mineral wealth, as corrupt governments and lack of infrastructure limited the economic benefits of mining.

Today, mining continues to play a significant role in the economies and communities of many African countries, and efforts are being made to ensure that the industry operates in a more sustainable and equitable manner. With the increasing demand for minerals for technology and the rise of developing economies, the future of mining in Africa is bright.

Final Thoughts

With our custom exhibition stands and range of other services, we are confident that we can help you stand out from the crowd and make a lasting impression on attendees. Whether you’re from Cape Town, Johannesburg, London, Birmingham, USA or Europe, we’ve got your covered. For more travel information for the Cape Town International Convention Centre, visit this page and our article on Top Expo Venues in South Africa for hotels, transport solutions and tips and tricks. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

African Mining Indaba is a must-attend event for anyone in the mining industry. From its world-class exhibitions to its inspiring keynote speeches, it’s a showcase of the best and brightest in the world of minerals and the mining sector. So pack your bags, grab your golf clubs, and join us in Cape Town for this unforgettable experience. We can’t wait to see you there first time around in 2024.

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