Event Details

 6 September 2022

Time: 08h45 - 17h30

In-Person R5 450.00 (excl. VAT) / R6267.50 (incl. VAT)

Online      R3 950.00 (excl. VAT) / R4542.50 (incl. 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:


Dmitri Bessarabov,

Director, HySA Infrastructure Center of Competence


Emanuele Bianco,

Programme Officer – Policy, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)


Cosmas Chiteme,

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


Reginald Demana,

Divisional Executive: Mining, Metals, Infrastructure & Energy, IDC


Steven Hofmann,

Advisor – Private Sector, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit/H2.SA


Nadège Hopman,

Deputy Head of Regional Representation, Pretoria, European Investment Bank


Siegfried Huegemann,

CEO, Hypowa; Co-founder and Secretary General, African Hydrogen Partnership


Catherine Irura,

Managing Director, SOWITEC Kenya


Salah Mahdy,

Global Market Director for Renewable Hydrogen, Howden


Rivhatshinyi Mandavha,

Investment Manager, Norfund

Zanele Mavuso

Zanele Mavuso Mbatha,

CEO, Bambili Energy; Chairman, Bambili Group Investments


Elizabeth Minchew,

Market Researcher, Climate Business, International Finance Corporation (IFC)


James Mnyupe,

Presidential Economic Advisor, Government of The Republic of Namibia


Seten Naidoo,

Executive: New Commodities, Impala Platinum

Dr Sunita

Dr Sunita Satyapal,

Director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, US Department of Energy


Fahmida Smith,

Principal Market Development, Anglo American; Vice Chairman, African Hydrogen Partnership


Vinay Somera,

CEO, Isondo Precious Metals


Ebrahim Takolia,

Founder & CEO, Green Hydrogen Solutions


Natascha Viljoen,

CEO, Anglo American Platinum


Alan Zhao,

Director - Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Business; Africa Middle East, Cummins

2022 Hydrogen Economy Discussion



Hydrogen Economy Discussion


Global developments, implications and opportunities


Tuesday 6 September 2022
08h45 - 17h30



Resources for Africa is pleased to announce the 2022 Hydrogen Economy Discussion taking place on 6th September at the Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park.

Hydrogen’s unique properties make it potentially a powerful enabler for the global energy transition as we seek to diversify energy sources, fast track the route to net zero and benefit the energy system, consumers and hard-to-abate sectors such as transportation and heavy industry. In South Africa the discussion has centred around the opportunities for the country to become a leading player in the global hydrogen economy, given its unique position as the world’s largest producer of PGMs and its huge potential for renewable energy production.

Brought to you by Resources for Africa, the organisers of the Joburg Indaba, this comprehensive full day discussion will bring together all the key players, including hydrogen project developers, mining companies, investors, industry associations, hydrogen equipment suppliers, infrastructure providers and independent advisers, to debate the implications and opportunities of the hydrogen economy globally and particularly for South Africa and the mining industry.

Key subjects that will be focused on include:

What is the potential role of hydrogen in the energy transition and achieving net zero?
What is South Africa’s plan to take advantage of the hydrogen economy’s potential?
What is the real potential for PGMs in the hydrogen economy?
What production, storage and distribution infrastructure is needed to enable the hydrogen economy?
What opportunities exist for local and international funders to invest in the green hydrogen economy?
What regulation, policy and standardisation initiatives are needed to enable the hydrogen economy?
Who is developing green hydrogen projects in Africa and elsewhere and for which applications?
And so much more...




Bernard Swanepoel 3x2
Chair: Bernard Swanepoel




Registration and refreshments


Welcome and introduction

                Bernard Swanepoel


Keynote address: What is the potential role of hydrogen in the energy transition and achieving net zero? 
How is hydrogen likely to feature in the future energy mix?  How do hydrogen’s unique properties make it a powerful enabler for the energy transition?
From the why to the how: what is needed to make green hydrogen a reality? To what extent will it be necessary to use blue hydrogen as a stepping stone to scale up the industry?
What challenges still need to be overcome? Cost of production? Infrastructure? Renewable energy supply?
What collaboration and partnerships are needed to build a global, stable hydrogen ecosystem?  


Session One
What is South Africa’s plan to take advantage of the hydrogen economy’s potential? Is the hydrogen economy all talk and no action in SA?
Is the hydrogen economy all talk and no action in SA? What is the latest update on the Hydrogen Society Roadmap?
What is/should be the role of the SA Government in driving the development of the sector?
How do we ensure that the anticipated job opportunities are realized?
Where are the opportunities? How do we leverage South African hydrogen production for export to other regions of the world?
How can we create hydrogen hubs to create sustainable local demand?
How do we get ahead and not left behind?   
What needs to be done to ensure that South Africa takes full advantage of its potential to become a leading player in the global hydrogen economy? 

10h15-11h00       Session Two
What is the real potential for PGMs in the hydrogen economy?
How will the PGMs market and producers be affected by the hydrogen economy?
How is the anticipated increase in demand for PGMs, particularly platinum, iridium and ruthenium, affecting PGMs producers’ capital allocation and investment decisions?
To what extent should PGM companies be taking the lead in driving the development of the local hydrogen industry, e.g. Anglo’s involvement in the Hydrogen Valley?
What is the projected demand for PEM electrolysers and how do they compare with other electrolysers in terms of cost, efficiency, performance, etc.?
What are the main applications for PEM electrolysers? Should PGMs producers be investing in or developing fuel cells and PEM electrolysers?
What are the opportunities for using hydrogen at mine sites? 
What other collaborations/joint venture opportunities exist for PGMs producers to participate in the development of the hydrogen industry?

11h00-11h30 Morning refreshments and networking

11h30-12h15 Session Three
What production, storage and distribution infrastructure is needed to enable the hydrogen economy?
Is it possible to upgrade and retrofit existing infrastructure, e.g. gas terminals and pipelines?
What are the estimated cost and timelines for developing the necessary infrastructure?
Is there a legal framework for the acquisition or leasing of water for hydrogen production and land for plant construction?
What advances have been made in the storage of hydrogen? How are the safety aspects being addressed?
What are the challenges involved in exporting hydrogen? To what extent do port facilities need to be adjusted?
What is needed to accelerate infrastructure development to optimise trade flows between supply and demand hubs? 

12h15-13h00 Session Four
What are the main applications for green hydrogen and where will demand come from?

-          Transportation (heavy duty vehicles, rail, shipping, aviation)

-          Hard-to-abate Industrial sectors (chemicals, steel, cement, plastics production, etc.)

-          Combined heat and power systems

-          Energy storage

What projects are planned or developed in each of these areas and which hold the most potential?
What are the main challenges in terms of getting these projects to Financial Investment Decision (FID)? 

13h00-14h00 Lunch

14h00-14h45 Session Five
What is the required legal/policy framework for the development and implementation of green hydrogen production in South Africa and globally?
What is being done in other countries?
To what extent is an international standard necessary to harmonise global trade and supply chains?
What is the role of a certificate-of-origin system to accurately decide the ‘colour’ of hydrogen and how will it be enforced?

Followed by a panel discussion: 

14h45-15h30 Session Six
What opportunities exist for local and international funders to invest in the green hydrogen economy?
What is the investment case for green hydrogen? 
How real is the opportunity - is the potential as big as we think it’s going to be?
What are investors looking for in green hydrogen projects in terms of investment horizon and ROI?
What financial incentives, if any, are available for potential investors?
How much finance is currently available from local and international investors, especially from the DFIs?

15h30-16h00 Afternoon refreshments and networking

16h00-16h45 Session Seven
New projects and opportunities in South Africa and other African countries
Showcasing green hydrogen projects
What new hydrogen projects are being planned on the African continent? Which countries are at the forefront?
Examples of African hydrogen projects underway

16h00-16h20 Project 1

16h20-16h40 Project 2 

16h40-17h00 Project 3 

17h00-17h05 Closing remarks from the Chair

17h05-19h00 Networking drinks reception


Sponsors include:


Lead Sponsor:


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Mining Industry Partners:


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Our in-person event and virtual conference platform offer significant networking and branding opportunities for our speakers, partners and sponsors. For more information on sponsorship packages available, please email Stuart Alderson-Smith: sponsorship@resources4africa.com


Media Partners:

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


The Hydrogen Economy Discussion is brought to you by Resources 4 Africa, the organisers of the Joburg Indaba.

“By the Industry for the Industry”