Transnet Freight Rail, the largest division of South Africa’s Transnet, has signed up to be a platinum sponsor for the annual Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development (iPAD) DRC and Katanga Mining Briefing conferences, taking place in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi from 3-4 and 6-8 October 2011 respectively.

The company maintains an extensive rail network across South Africa that connects with other rail networks in the sub-Saharan region, with its rail infrastructure representing about 80% of Africa’s total. Transnet Freight Rail is the fourth platinum sponsor on board for this prestigious international mining and infrastructure forum, the others being East African Cables, Kewberg Cables, Tanelec and Tenke Fungurume Mining.

The DRC has been called a sleeping giant that is awakening slowly, given its sheer size and mineral potential. Production is picking up in this country that seeks to industrialize its mining sector, but challenges like power and railway transport exist, and it is companies like Transnet Freight Rail who are seeking to offer solutions to an industry that can only grow in the coming years.

The iPAD DRC and Katanga Mining Briefing event offers an opportunity for both the government of the DRC and local and international investors to assess the current state of the country’s economic development and map a path for future prosperity. Delegates can expect highly strategic sessions in both Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, with the emphasis on infrastructure required for mining operations.

In a session entitled Infrastructure for Mining Operations – Transport and Logistics, Stanley Mkoko, Head Strategist of Transnet Freight Rail, will give a presentation. He will be joined by Vincent Tshiongo, Administrator and Head of Mission of Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Congo (SNCC); Johny Smith, Chief Executive Director of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group; and Bruno Chingandu, Sales Manager of GE Transport.

A two-day exhibition is offered alongside the conferences, giving delegates and the DRC public the opportunity to view products and services to boost the mining sector. For a limited number of participants, site visits in Katanga Province are offered.

To sign up, visit www.drc.ipad-africa.com