What to look out for, where to go and other improvements
THE EXPECTATION IS that 3 500 delegates will attend this year’s Indaba Mining Conference, up from the 3 000 of last year. That improvement reflects the growing interest in resources worldwide. Conference director Tim Wood says this year’s event will be “fundamentally different” by dint of a number of logistical improvements – one of which will be a revamp of the floor space. “Gone is the crush of last year. It’ll be easier to get around,” Wood says.
Another is a messaging system allowing delegates to arrange meetings in private at Cape Town’s International Conference Centre, which is again the venue for Indaba 2007. Wood says 300 meetings have already been arranged.
By logging in a secret code into the messaging system, conference delegates can contact each other using the conference organiser as the medium. “Prior to that it was difficult arranging meetings,” says Wood.
The media have been allocated a soundproof room at the back of the conference venue, allowing reporters to function without disturbing presentations, which will be aired from a single room this year. Sound could also be piped into the press facility, Wood says.
“We expect the biggest media attendance ever, including the BBC and CNN. The Economist is attending for the first time and all the wire services will be there. It’s quite a big outreach programme.”
Internet services in a WiFi hotspot area will be located on the top floor and securities and metals prices will also be provided live.
“The hotels were sold out in November – the first time that’s happened,” says Wood.