The Investing in African Mining Indaba Through the Years (IN PICTURES)

Africa's premier mining industry event...running for over 20 years

The Investing in African Mining Indaba has been running for over 20 years, during which time it says it has become “the world’s largest mining investment conference and Africa’s largest mining event”

More than 100 countries and nearly 2,300 companies will be represented in Cape Town when the event starts on February 8. While it has been running for over 20 years, it is only in the last decade that it has really blown up.

We take a look at its journey through the years:

Tony Blair has his say at the 2015 Indaba. (Photo/MiingIndaba/Flickr).

Everyone tends to follow attentively. (Photo/Anthea Davison Photography).

Networking at the 2014 Indaba. (Photo/Anthea Davison Photography).

It gets serious…(Photo/AngloAmerican).

The big firms are all here. (Photo/SSQExhibitions).

Some dancing to keep everyone attentive (Indaba2014).

There’s even time for a bit of golf….(Photo/Anthea Davison Photography).

Journalists do their thing…

Jonathan Moore; MD of Mining Indaba officially opens the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2012 conference. (Photo/MiningIndaba).

Taking a breather at the 2012 MiningIndaba. (Photo/MiningIndaba).

Plenty of firms exhibit there.

Any international event is never complete without protests…(Photo/ALookAskance/Flickr)

Back in 2009 it did not quite have the sophisticated swanky feel it sports now...

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