Event Details

27 July 2022


In-Person R6267.50 (inclusive of vat)

Online      R4542.50 (inclusive of vat)

COVID-19 Policy:

In line with Government’s relaxation of Covid regulations, we no longer require attendees to demonstrate their vaccination status as a requirement for attending our events.  However, should the Government re-impose rules and restrictions in future, we’ll have no choice but to follow suit, which may involve a vaccination requirement or other restrictions.


2022 Speakers include:

Carlos Fernández

Carlos Fernández Alvarez,

Head of Gas, Coal and Power Markets at the International Energy Agency (IEA),

Dr Cosmas

Dr Cosmas Chiteme,

Director: Power, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)


Thomas Garner,

Chairperson, South African Independent Power Producers Association (SAIPPA)


Niveshen Govender,

CEO, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA)


Kgabi Masia,

MD Minerals, Exxaro Resources


Matthew Mflathelwa,

GM Strategy & Planning, Eskom Holdings SOC Limited


Bernard Swanepoel,



Mike Teke,

Chief Executive Officer, Seriti Resources

Coal & Energy Transition Day


2022 Coal & Energy Transition Day

For Producers, Traders, Investors & Users

Wednesday 27 July 2022

Brought to you by Resources for Africa, the organisers of the Joburg Indaba, the Coal & Energy Transition Day is set to take place at the Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park (and online) on Wednesday 27th July. With the global drive towards decarbonization and net zero emissions, the discussions this year will focus on the just transition away from coal and the shift towards greener energy solutions.

The current challenges and opportunities facing the coal industry in light of the war in Ukraine, the global pressures on traditional energy sources and the increasing urgency to decarbonise will be discussed at length, as well as: what will Southern Africa’s future energy mix look like? What is the potential for alternative and renewable energy sources to solve the energy challenges? How can we transition away from coal in an ethically and economically responsible manner? And how do we fund the projects that will form part of the future energy landscape?

Leaders from government, industry, coal producers, alternative energy providers, investors, funders and independent experts will discuss key issues such as:

  • What is the impact of current geo/political developments on global energy needs?
  • How are circumstances impacting the role of coal in meeting the world’s energy needs in the short and medium term?
  • Are we seeing an extension of the life of coal as a result?
  • What will Southern Africa’s future energy mix look like?
  • What actions does the industry need to take to begin the energy transition and move away from coal?
  • What is being done to create ‘green coal’ throughout the value chain?
  • What is the role of renewable energy in the energy transition?
  • Who will fund the green revolution and what funding is available for alternative energy projects?
  • What are Eskom’s plans for meeting energy demand and its views on coal and alternative energy sources?
  • What are Transnet’s plans for increasing capacity and protecting its rail infrastructure?
  • And much more...

More information on the programme and speakers will be available here on our website very soon.

In the meantime, be sure to register and guarantee your place.

We look forward to seeing you in person or online in July.


Bernard Swanepoel 3x2
Chair: Bernard Swanepoel


Draft Agenda

08h00-08h45  Registration and refreshments


Welcome and introduction

                Bernard Swanepoel


Keynote address: Decarbonisation and global energy demands
How will global energy needs be met in the future?  What is the practical reality of an energy mix away from hydrocarbons?
What is the future role of coal going to be in meeting the world’s energy needs?
How has the war in Ukraine affected the demand for and the price of coal? Are we seeing an extension of the life of coal as a result? For how long are thermal coal prices expected to remain high?
What are the implications of the increasing global pressure for countries to decarbonize for South Africa and the Southern African coal mining industry? Will global production increase or decrease in the short term?
How will macroeconomic factors affect Southern African coal mining in the years ahead? 

09h30-10h45 Session Two
Conversations with Coal Producers
What is the current strategy of coal producers in light of global and local developments?
Is the higher demand for coal and the thermal coal price influencing producers’ short-term strategies?To what extent are producers able to take advantage of the increased demand for Southern African coal as a result of the Ukraine war and what are the constraints?
How are they dealing with the logistical challenges of getting their coal from pit to port?  How is the current bottleneck impacting profitability?
Do they see the demand for coal increasing or decreasing over the medium to longer term?
What are producers doing to increase operational efficiencies and decarbonize their operations? 
How are producers planning to transition away from coal? How can they position themselves as promotors of green energy? 

09h30-09h55 Seriti Resources

09h55-10h20 Exxaro Resources

10h20-10h45 Thungela Resources

10h45-11h15       Morning refreshments and networking

11h15-12h15 Session Three
The Energy Transition:  how do we move away from coal?
What actions does the industry need to take to begin the transition? What collaboration/partnerships are needed? 

What assistance does the Government need to provide to ensure that the transition happens without significantly affecting jobs, economic growth and security of energy supply?
Factoring in the social and environmental impact of closing down coal mines and the cost of mine rehabilitation
What is the role of coal in the transition to a lower carbon economy? What are the opportunities, if any, for the coal sector, to develop renewable energy?
What are the main challenges facing the Southern African coal mining industry in achieving a just energy transition, e.g., lack of funding, the need for training and reskilling, etc.?   What should the coal industry focus on in the next 5-10 years? 

12h15-12h45 Session Four
Eskom’s plans for meeting energy demand and its views on coal and alternative energy sources
What is Eskom’s strategy for meeting increasing demand over the short to medium term and guaranteeing security of energy supply?
What are Eskom’s plans regarding their current fleet of coal-fired power stations and how will this impact its demand for coal in terms of quantity and quality?
What is Eskom’s strategy regarding the purchasing of coal and at what price? What is its strategy regarding smaller suppliers?
How is Eskom planning to transition away from coal? What other energy sources is it considering?

12h45-13h45 Lunch

13h45-14h15 Session Five
Transnet’s plans for increasing capacity and protecting its rail infrastructure
What is the difference between the current and planned capacity of Transnet in terms of transporting coal? What are the current capacity issues that need to be resolved?
What is Transnet doing to procure the additional locomotives it needs to increase capacity?
What is Transnet doing to minimize the incidence of theft and sabotage on its rail network?
How is Transnet working with coal producers and other private industry stakeholders to resolve its issues?

14h15-14h45 Session Six
Green is the new black: what is being done to create ‘green coal’ throughout the value chain?
Clean coal technologies (CCTs) - carbon capture and storage, underground coal gasification, coal to liquids - what is currently being developed and who is using them commercially?
Are CCTs an economically viable option in Southern Africa?
How are Southern African coal producers moving towards becoming greener in all aspects of their operations – from greener ways to mine to using CCTs to investing in renewable energy?
How do we create an ethically and environmentally responsible supply chain for coal? 

14h45-15h30       Session Seven
What will Southern Africa’s future energy mix look like?
What are the energy sources that are likely to feature in Southern Africa’s energy transition – gas, nuclear, hydro, renewables?
What is the potential for green hydrogen to be a part of the energy transition?
How do we guarantee baseload power while reducing our dependence on coal?
What is a realistic timeframe for moving to a more diverse energy mix?
How do we ensure that the transition happens at a pace which is appropriate without succumbing to any ‘unrealistic’ pressures?
Who should be driving this transition – government, industry, both? Which other stakeholders need to be involved? 

15h30-16h00 Afternoon refreshments and networking


Session Eight
Understanding the role of renewable energy in the energy transition 
What is the current size and structure of the renewable energy sector in Southern Africa? How much energy does it currently provide?
What is a reasonable timeframe for the transition to renewable energy sources, given the current size of the renewable industry, the lack of infrastructure and storage capacity, the price of renewable energy and the ever-increasing demand for electricity?
How do we resolve the intermittency issue of renewables? Will renewable energy ever be reliable enough to contribute to baseload power?
What is needed from the Government to assist the renewable energy industry to grow?
What is the potential contribution of renewables to the energy mix in Southern Africa? 

16h45-17h15 Session Nine
Funding the energy transition
What funding is available for alternative energy projects and for organisations to transition to cleaner energy sources?
How can we achieve a balance between funding alternative energy projects and providing financial assistance for the coal industry during the transition? Whose responsibility is this?
What international financial support is available for Southern Africa to facilitate the energy transition?

17h15-17h20 Closing remarks from the Chair

17h20-19h00 Networking drinks reception


2022 Sponsors:


Mining Industry Partners:

 Coal 2022 MIPs v1



Coal 2022 Sponsors v1



For sponsorship opportunities contact sponsorship@resources4africa.com

Media Partners:

21st Century Women, African Mining Brief, African Mining News, African Mining Market, African Surveyors, CoalShastra, Global Africa Network, Interact Media, Inside Mining, Media Xpose, Mining Business Africa, Mining CSI, Minerals & Exploration Africa, Mining News, Modern Mining, Mining Weekly, Sub-Sahara Mining & Industrial Journal


The Coal & Energy Transition Day is brought to you by Resources 4 Africa, the organisers of the Joburg Indaba.

“By the industry for the industry”


 The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme, timings and speakers.