The ‘121ers’ flocked over Indaba way on Wednesday as that conference officially ended on Tuesday and the latter continues for a couple more days. And so, like every year, the Westin and Cullinan Hotels’ lobbies and coffee shops were much busier than the earlier in the week.
Before that, some of the Tavistock team braved the elements to join the various ‘Indabutants’ taking a very early walk up a rather tough part of Table Mountain this morning (Cable Car back down of course). Well done to all those who took part, even without the views to look forward to and the London-like weather that was waiting for you at the top.
Later, another team member took to the seas, joining one of the networking cruises that sailed off from the Waterfront and anchored for a few hours just outside harbour. Talk about being stuck in a conversation with nowhere to go!
At the main conference, it was uber-promoter Robert Friedland’s turn to take the main stage today. And he provided the audience with some of his usual quotable quotes including: describing himself as ‘Congolese’, naming metal rich Katanga as the landing spot of choice for an alien race flying a spaceship of green cheese; and breaking the news that his team are working with Hollywood superstar, Will Smith to ‘make content for Africa’.
Sebastien de Montessus, CEO of Endeavour, decided to get creative himself when talking to Reuters on the sidelines of the conference, comparing his company’s M&A strategy to dating. The company recently gave up on a takeover approach for Egyptian miner Centamin.
“Despite the fact there might be a lot of mines on Tinder, we don’t have to go and play on Tinder,” he told the newswire. Full article here: http://www.miningweekly.com/article/endeavour-not-on-tinder-for-acquisitions-after-dropping-centamin-2020-02-05
While the responsible thing for many delegates would have been to be in bed early ahead of some early flights for site visits on Thursday morning, we did spot some of you at the final round of networking events last evening!
And, as we head off to other parts of Africa and some back home, some lucky folks will be sticking around even longer for Friday’s big event. Yesterday, Roger Federer tweeted that he had just landed in Cape Town ahead of the charity game against Rafael Nadal. We hope you all had a great Indaba and are as positive for 2020 as we are. See you next year!