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Speakers included:

Richard

Richard Butcher,

Executive Vice President: Technical, Gold Fields


Karl

Karl Dinkelmann,

Founder & CEO, Nexus Data


Frik

Frik Fourie,

Head of New Mining Technology, Anglo American


Karina

Karina Geyser,

Manager Information Management, Royal Bafokeng Platinum


R. Michael

R. Michael Jones,

Chief Executive Officer, Platinum Group Metals


Harmeet

Harmeet Katari,

Partner: Smart Mining , PwC South Africa


Dr Nkosi

Dr Nkosi Kumalo,

Managing Executive: Health, Mining and Industrials Sectors, BCX


Ian

Ian Mackay,

Senior Manager - Advisory Technical Consulting, PwC South Africa


Professor Tshilidzi

Professor Tshilidzi Marwala,

Vice Chancellor & Principal, University of Johannesburg


Lerato

Lerato Mathabatha,

Lead: Mining, Energy & Resources, Microsoft South Africa


Priashan

Priashan Pakiriy,

Head of Enterprise Fixed Solutions, MTN Business South Africa


Sietse

Sietse van der Woude,

Senior Executive, Modernisation and Safety, Minerals Council South Africa


Jean-Jacques

Jean-Jacques Verhaeghe,

Programme Manager: Real-Time Information Management Systems, Minerals Council South Africa/Mandela Mining Precinct


Modernisation in Mining



 

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Modernisation in Mining 

 

Venue: Online 

Date: 24 February 2021

Time: 09h00 – 12h00

 

 

Not only is modernization of the mining industry beneficial for productivity and operational efficiency, but it also improves safety and the health of employees, increases sustainability and extends the life of mines. Covid-19 has only accelerated the drive to implement 4IR technologies in mining, such as IoT, AI, analytics and automation. However, questions remain regarding the implications for employees, the challenges of reskilling the workforce, which technologies to use and timeframes for implementation and ROI.


All of these issues and more were discussed at Resources for Africa’s Modernisation in Mining online discussion, which took place on 24 February 2021. The session included the results of the recent survey conducted by PwC and the Minerals Council of South Africa on the impact of 4IR technologies on mining, followed by a discussion with senior representatives from both mining companies and major technology suppliers.


They discussed the potential of new technologies to deliver tangible benefits as well as progress being made by mining companies on modernisation initiatives and how they are tackling the redeployment/ reskilling of their workforce.


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Chair: Bernard Swanepoel


09h00 

Welcome and introduction

     Bernard Swanepoel


09h10

Opening Keynote Address
How can 4IR increase efficiency, productivity and sustainability in mining?
Results of the Mining Survey on the potential impact of 4IR technologies conducted by PwC and the Minerals Council of South Africa.

    Sietse van der Woude, Senior Executive, Modernisation & Safety,
    Minerals Council South Africa 
          
    Ian Mackay, Senior Manager - Advisory Technical Consulting, PwC South Africa


09h30 Q&A session led by Bernard Swanepoel


09h50

Session One
What is the potential of 4IR technologies to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve safety and sustainability in mining?
Application of IoT, Automation, AI and analytics in current mining operations – what results have been achieved?
What are the challenges of implementing modernisation initiatives?
How can technology companies and mining companies work more closely together to achieve their objectives?
Why is it important for mining companies to understand where they are on the digital maturity curve?
Developing a strategy to “grab” the low-hanging fruit and impact the bottom line quickly
What is the potential for integrating technology throughout the entire mining value chain – from prospecting to retail?

    Chair: Harmeet Katari, Partner: Smart Mining, PwC South Africa

    Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg
    Dr Nkosi Kumalo, Managing Executive: Health, Mining and Industrials Sectors, BCX
    Priashan Pakiriy, Head of Enterprise Fixed Solutions, MTN Business South Africa
    
Lerato Mathabatha, Lead: Mining, Energy & Resources, Microsoft South Africa
    Karl Dinkelmann, Founder & CEO, Nexus Data


10h35 Q&A session led by Bernard Swanepoel


10h55

Session Two
Mining companies’ strategies to modernise their operations
Do mining companies have a modernisation strategy at boardroom level? To what extent has Covid-19 changed this?
Which areas of mining lend themselves to modernisation? Where are the quick wins – safety, operations, sustainability, exploration?
What is the impact of modernisation initiatives on CAPEX? How soon do mining companies expect to see a ROI on their investment?
How will modernisation impact jobs in the industry? What opportunities are there for reskilling the workforce and creating new roles? What skills are going to be needed?
How can the transition to new jobs be optimally managed?

    Chair: 
Jean-Jacques Verhaeghe, Programme Manager: Real-Time Information Management                  Systems, Minerals Council South Africa/Mandela Mining Precinct

    Frik Fourie, Head of New Mining Technology, Anglo American
    Karina Geyser, Manager, Information Management, Royal Bafokeng Platinum
    R. Michael Jones, CEO, Platinum Group Metals
    
Richard Butcher, Executive Vice President: Technical, Gold Fields


11h40 Q&A session led by Bernard Swanepoel


11h55 Closing remarks and end of session

 

 

 

“By the Industry for the Industry”

 

 

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