Tony Blair to deliver keynote at Mining Indaba

The 2015 Annual African Mining Indaba Conference kicks off in Cape Town today.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The 2015 Annual African Mining Indaba Conference kicks off in Cape Town today with 7,000 delegates from around the world preparing to meet to discuss the future of mineral exploration on the continent.

This year's indaba will receive a keynote address from former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair as well as presentations by some of the leading companies operating in the sector.

The review of the controversial Petroleum Resources Development Act is also expected to be a key focus for South African miners following President Jacob Zuma's decision to send it back to Parliament.

Mining bosses and industry leaders are expected to give their input on the state of mining on the continent.

An assessment of the industry's finances, social investment and progress in transformation are some of the main issues to be discussed.

This will be done by panels from the World Bank, Anglo American, Goldman Sachs International, universities and some of the biggest investment companies in the world.

However, the most anticipated session will happen at the end of the day when delegates debate what the continent's most important resources are and where they're being mined.