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

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
9:40 AM - 10:10 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
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

•    Mapping South Africa's Digital Landscape: Explore the technological, economic, physical, political, and social forces shaping the country's digital future.  
•    Navigating the Digital Crossroads: How these drivers are interconnected and influence each other. 
•    Charting the Course: The potential digital futures South Africa could create or be subject to. South Africa can leverage foresight to proactively shape its digital future.  

Pieter Stoker
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 - 4:15 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

Nlt Digital Increases Productivity while keeping people safe
•    Challenges facing underground workers
•    How nlt Digital addresses these challenges
•    The benefits from the perspective of the mine manager, safety, and operations

Speaker: Sean Miller, Managing Director, Hydropro

Nicolas Lategan Anna Lemekoana Sean Miller
4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Shakeel Kalidas Gerhard Nel
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
5:45 PM - 6:00 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 - 10:00 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
10:00 AM - 10:30 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
10:30 AM - 11:00 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
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Pretoria [Change Time Zone]

Innovative Mining Technologies

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
11:30 AM - 12:00 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
12:00 PM - 12:50 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
12:50 PM - 1:50 PM
1:50 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 - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM
Time Zone: (UTC+02:00) Pretoria [Change Time Zone]