Day 1: Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
Giulia Jalmerot-Timarco
9:05 AM - 9:10 AM
Abel Makura
9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

•    Harnessing Mining Technology, Innovation, and Digitalization to Empower Local Communities
•    Demonstrating how advanced technologies can enhance efficiency, safety, and sustainability in mining operations
•    Showcasing case studies where digital solutions have directly benefited local communities through job creation and skills development. 
•    Fostering Sustainable Development through Partnerships and Collaborations: - Highlighting the significance of forging partnerships between mining companies, local governments, and community stakeholders
•    Discussing successful collaborative initiatives that have resulted in socio-economic empowerment and environmental stewardship. 
•    Addressing Mine Closure and Mitigating Impacts on Local Communities: - Exploring strategies for responsible mine closure that prioritize community well-being and environmental rehabilitation
•    Sharing best practices for post-mining transition planning to minimize socio-economic disruptions and maximize legacy benefits for local residents. 

HRH Dr. Koketso Rakhudu
9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

Capitalising on the opportunities that digitalisation brings to unlock the mineral-rich African countries’ full potential

•    Adopting alternative and renewable energy in the mining sector and the impact on the environment
•    Defining the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in boosting productivity, improving safety, and mitigating the environmental impact of mining
•    Examining the challenges and legitimate concerns for skilled workers

Vuslat Bayoglu
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Pretoria [Change Time Zone]

Mining Operations and Automation Technologies

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM

Navigating the way to creating shared value
•    Designing a holistic approach to implementation and integrating information systems across the enterprise
•    The role of enterprise architecture and standards in dealing with a diverse technology landscape
•    Building the right culture and establishing an enabling environment to unlock the value for long-term

Sas Wessels Werner Swanepoel
10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
11:10 AM - 11:40 AM

Developing a roadmap for mobile equipment automation to deliver accurate real-time location data

•    Closely monitoring asset health to prevent breakdowns and enhance unit reliability 
•    Establishing correlations between data points collected in the same geographical area
•    Enhancing the safety and health of employees by enabling the removal of machine operators from potentially hazardous operating environments 

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

•    Improving cyber resilience across the mining value chain 
•    Understanding the application and added value of AI in cybersecurity 
•    Debating potential risks and how to avoid them 
•    Discussing how to prepare your team for a potential attack

Rob Labbé
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Pretoria [Change Time Zone]

Adopting a New Leadership Approach

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
12:10 PM - 12:50 PM

Adapting to evolving ESG requirements to sustain future competitiveness

•    Assessing your business and meeting the escalating commitments for sustainable and accountable production
•    Investing in alternative business models to incorporate renewable energy supply and mineral-waste processing
•    Establishing a robust operational foundation that seamlessly integrates with automated processes

Sephela Makete Thema Charles Siwawa Mandy Malebe
12:50 PM - 1:50 PM
1:50 PM - 2:30 PM

Empowering workers to make informed decisions in real-time

•    Minimising the need for workforce downsizing or importing new skills
•    Enhancing real-time safety systems for increased worker well-being
•    Facilitating instant communication and skill development for personnel

Pieter Stoker Abel Makura Tebogo Kale
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Pretoria [Change Time Zone]

Deploying AI into Mining Operations

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Utilising AI and Advanced Analytics to identify unplanned outages and determine crucial maintenance needs 

•    Assessing existing operational capabilities to establish a path toward predictive maintenance
•    Installing advanced condition monitoring sensors and platform to collect data from equipment for further analysis and modeling
•    Executing and expanding the use of AI-driven maintenance for broader application and replication

Lionel Buck Dries van Jaarsveld
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

This session highlights technology innovators and their current projects. Each presentation is 10 min. 

1)  Additional revenue and savings through digital ore tracking
•    Benefits of a digital ore identity
•    Benefits of a digital ore trail
•    Optimize ore grade control
•    Real-time auditable verification of ore quality
Speaker: Nicolas Lategan, CEO, Simera-Trace

2)  Telling Data Stories and Harnessing Its Power
•    Integrating the technological and digital shift in the industry through access to data
•    Transforming the embedded information into knowledge 
•    Understanding how this can benefit stakeholders at different levels
•    Looking at decision making at operational, managerial, and executive level through data
Speaker: Anna Lemekoana, Chief Executive Officer, Kgatontle Technical Services

3)    High Speed, Low latency and Massive Payload Digital Underground Networks Designed for Harsh Environments
•    Scalable, rugged, plug ‘n play
•    Discovering application areas such as: communication, tracking, safety – emergency management, surveillance, pump & ventilation control and optimization, condition monitoring
•    Hard Rock Solutions – N-Connex
•    Intrinsically Safe Solutions for Coal Mines
     a.    Vigilance Cap Lamps (wearable IoT)
     b.    Netport Gigabit
•    Tunneling and Autonomous Mining Vehicle Control
•    Software: Real time mission critical information for efficient and safe operations

Speaker: Sean Miller, Managing Director, Hydropro

Nicolas Lategan Anna Lemekoana Sean Miller
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
5:30 PM - 5:35 PM
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Pretoria [Change Time Zone]

Day 2: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Creating a Data-Driven Culture

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
9:10 AM - 9:50 AM

Establishing visibility and transparency for every stakeholder group to enhance decision-making

•    Shifting from mining’s historical siloed operational approaches
•    Recognising the pivotal role of digital transformation within the broader value chain
•    Harnessing data to support business decisions, generate business value, and drive the business forward

Zandile Cindi Cela Lukhele Johan Kapp Freddie Huyser
9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

Developing a data-fit organisation by focusing on the pillars of people, process, and technology
•    Identify essential digital infrastructure technologies and data contextualisation for streamlining data workflows 
•    Invest in employee training and development for enhanced data literacy
•    Realise the benefits like improved decision-making and operational efficiency

Corlia Smit
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Pretoria [Change Time Zone]

Analytics for Informed Decision-Making 

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Unlock the value of investing in digital twin and Advanced Analytics to improve operations and boost productivity

•    Develop digital twin models to optimise mining processes and boost efficiency
•    Implement advanced AI and analytics tools to increase efficiency in mining processes
•    Improve operator reaction times and foster understanding of the mining processes through AI integration

Aart Broekhuizen
10:50 AM - 11:20 AM
11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Crafting a robust data-led decision-making infrastructure for informed decision-making for mines of the future

•    Formulating a Comprehensive Digital Platform Strategy: Develop a solid strategy for digital transformation to collect and analyze data, enhancing overall mine operations effectively
•    Integrating Real-Time Resource Planning: Combine real-time resource planning, predictive maintenance, and adaptive mine planning
•    Promoting Data-Driven Decision-Making: Ensure decision-making is grounded in data to optimize energy usage, productivity, reliability, and safety while minimising outages, 
      emissions, and costs

Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Pretoria [Change Time Zone]

Innovative Mining Technologies

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
11:50 AM - 12:20 PM

Investigating innovative approaches to tailings management to move toward waterless mining and reduce footprint

•    Identifying strategic partners to drive innovation and facilitate the exchange of technical information and experience
•    Developing a secure, viable, and robust operational plan to implement the engineered co-disposal approach on a production scale 
•    Transforming tailings management from a risk imitation task to an opportunity that delivers tangible business value

Tebogo Kale
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
1:20 PM - 2:00 PM

Enabling exploration through advanced technology

•    Strengthening your organisation’s digital capabilities and ensuring integration into every project
•    Leveraging data in the mining process to drive the business forward
•    Incorporating digital elements that provide visualization and coordination of activities across all mining project 

HRH Dr. Koketso Rakhudu Abel Makura Lehlohonolo Amos Molloyi Pogiso Mthimunye
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM

Each round table has a different topic, and attendees can select the round table they want to participate in. Round table leaders will spend the first 15 minutes meeting the delegates and providing a case study/lessons learned log/industry update and then moderating a 30-minute discussion with the group where they can give feedback and ask questions. The final 10 –15 minutes will be spent agreeing on 3 -5 industry recommendations. A selection of these recommendations will be shared with the whole audience, and all of them will be summarised in the post-event report.

  1. Cybersecurity: How are you mitigating cybersecurity attacks and protecting your mining operations from potential catastrophic failures or complete plant shutdown
    Rob Labbe, Chair – CISO-in-Residence, MMISAC
  2. Decarbonisation Technologies: Adopting a holistic and integrated approach for the transition to a circular economy and the  achievement of sustainable development goals
  3. Supply Chain and Logistics: Rethinking approaches for sustainability to enhance efficiency, resiliency, and transparency 
  4. Utilising Data to Optimise Open Pit Operations: Developing data analytics capabilities to translate data into actionable insights 
  5. Cloud Strategy: Transforming mining operations with the cloud 
    Roundtable Leader: Rory McCrindle, Head of Technology Consulting & Cloud,  Intergrove
Rob Labbé Rory McCrindle
2:40 PM - 2:55 PM
2:55 PM - 3:00 PM
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Pretoria [Change Time Zone]