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The Junior and Emerging Miners’ Desk hopes to be a voice for the developing mining sector of South Africa. Its key role is in supporting its junior members through policy lobbying, providing advice, linking junior and emerging miners to networks, providing mentorship and disseminating relevant policy information.

The Junior and Emerging Miners’ Desk also supports contracting companies and two mining associations representing over 200 smaller companies.

To provide strategic leadership, the inaugural Junior and Emerging Miners’ Leadership Forum convened in March 2018. Membership is limited to chief executive officers with an allowance for the appointment of alternates. The chair of the Forum sits on the Minerals Council board.


  • Tebello Chabana: Senior Executive: Public Affairs and Transformation
  • Grant Mitchell: Junior and Emerging Miners’ Desk
  • Alex Khumalo: Head: Social Performance


The term “junior mining”, internationally, generally refers to prospecting companies only involved in the early stages of mining development. This is particularly true for Canada where junior exploration companies are supported through the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. In Australia, junior mining usually refers to midtier producers. In South Africa, however, the term junior mining has taken on a wider meaning and includes, in addition to exploration companies, mid-tier producers. Examples of junior producers operating in South Africa are Wesizwe in the platinum sector and Kuyasa in the coal sector. Orion Minerals is an example of a junior exploration company operating in the Northern Cape.


“Emerging miners”, a term indigenous to South Africa, typically refers to smaller mining companies or micro-enterprises. Most are new entrants to the industry and many have full BEE credentials. Since the advent of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) in 2002, there has been significant increase in the number of smaller mining companies operating in South Africa.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or join the Junior and Emerging Miners’ Desk LinkedIn group, which serves as a platform for discussion and information dissemination.

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