Mind Shift Conference Details


MEMSA Mind Shift: Innovation, Data Tech and Skills in the SA Mining Equipment Industry, including the presentation of the Innovation for Mining Awards.


This years theme 'Smart Solutions for People and Planet' will bring together diverse role players from the mining and manufacturing industries, academia, government and the skills sector to build a shared understanding of challenges and strategies for succeeding together.


Date: 15th May 12pm-7pm & 16th May 8am-5pm

Venue: 1 Mutual Place, Sandton


Creamer Media Engineering News and Mining Weekly will once again be our key media partner and will report on the event, the awards winning entrants and their innovations.

Agenda

  • May 15, 2024

  • May 16, 2024

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Registration
Delegates are invited to register, view exhibits and enjoy light refreshments
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Welcome and Introduction to Mind Shift Theme
MEMSA, Thematic Speaker and Host (Old Mutual International)
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Innovation in a Time of AI
Speaker: Professor Glen Nwaila, Wits Mining Institute
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Putting our Heads Together: Collaboration for Innovation
Moderator: Bokang Kelepa, Managing Director at Baletsema MiningPanel: Dushendra Naidoo, Head of Safety & Sustainable Development at Minerals Council of South Africa; Dr Adwoa Issaka, Unit M...
Moderator: Bokang Kelepa, Managing Director at Baletsema Mining
Panel: Dushendra Naidoo, Head of Safety & Sustainable Development at Minerals Council of South Africa; Dr Adwoa Issaka, Unit Manager: Safety at Goldfields; Pogiso Mthimunye, Innovation Lead, Operations at Exxaro; Fleckson Magweregwede, Centre of Excellence Manager at Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC).
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2:50 PM - 3:10 PM
Coffee Break
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM
Collaborative Innovation - Sandbox & Beyond
Facilitator: Julie Courtnage, Executive Director, Mandela Mining Precinct
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM
Managing IP in Collaborative Innovation
Louw Steyn, Spoor & Fisher
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Innovation for Mining Awards
Digital Solutions for Mining
Innovative Use of Data
Collaboration for Innovation
Discussion with the winners
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Gauteng: Province of Innovators, and Closing
Saki Zamxaka, CEO Gauteng Enterprise Propeller and Acting CEO, GGDA
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The GGDA Cocktail Networking Evening
Delegates are invited to stay for an evening of networking and a light dinner.

Speakers

  • Lehlohonolo Amos Molloyi (CEO of MEMSA)

    Lehlohonolo Amos Molloyi

    CEO of MEMSA

    Mr. Lehlohonolo Amos Molloyi, CEO of Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA), a cluster representing 53 local OEM’s and service providers in the mining industry, and Mr. Molloyi serves on the following committees:

    • Member of the SAMERDI Steering Committee,
    • MerSETA Metal Chamber,
    • Steel Master Plan Working Committee,
    • Test Mine Steering Committee and
    • Recently appointed to the NFTN-RDI Steering Committee.

    Lehlohonolo holds a National Higher Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy from the University of Johannesburg, and a Marketing Management certificate from University of South Africa.

    His 25 years’ experience as a process metallurgist, operations specialist and experience as an executive manager at mines such as; Anglo Coal, Anglo Gold, Gold Fields, Kumba Resources, TransHex, and Etruscan Diamonds, together with his vast practical experience in mine and process operations, executive and strategic management implementation and passion for the future of South Africa, make him an energetic and formidable champion for local mining equipment manufacturers.

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  • Bosiame Bosiame (Head of Strategic Relations at Old Mutual)

    Bosiame Bosiame

    Head of Strategic Relations at Old Mutual

    https://www.oldmutual.co.za/personal/solutions/?ds_rl=1271875&ds_rl=1272599&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjwl4yyBhAgEiwADSEjeIShPvvle-yMAB3OE6i-wwj8BKR454KbMJsFmi4BT7hKNXUhtnKpARoCBCIQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Bosiame is a Sales and Marketing professional with over 18 years spent in the financial services industry with a particular focus on Banking and Insurance workplace based solution delivery. 10 of these years were spent managing strategic relationships which enable delivery of financial wellbeing solutions to communities and workplaces.

    As the Head of Strategic Relationships and Market Management for Mass and Foundation Cluster within Old Mutual, Bosiame oversees sustainable access to markets for a multi-channel portfolio through creating shared value with key strategic partners in the market with a mutual interest of meaningful financial inclusiveness in South Africa’s vulnerable Communities.

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  • Beeuwen Gerryts (Chief Director of Department of Science and Innovation)

    Beeuwen Gerryts

    Chief Director of Department of Science and Innovation

    https://www.dst.gov.za/

    In this role Beeuwen is responsible for managing the sub-programme consisting of Aerospace, Chemicals, Mining, Minerals Beneficiation, Technology Localisation & Advanced Manufacturing.

    Beeuwen also serves as a Board member of the Council of Geoscience and has had a long career in mining science and innovation.

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  • Professor Glen Nwaila (Director of The Wits Mining Institute (WMI))

    Professor Glen Nwaila

    Director of The Wits Mining Institute (WMI)

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/glen-nwaila-057786124/

    Prof. Glen holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and PhD in Economic Geology from Würzburg University (Germany).

    His research focuses on improving ore characterisation and predictive modelling to optimise target exploration, ore extraction, processing, and mine waste valorisation.

    Specifically, Glen and his students work on geometallurgy, machine learning, and spatial data analytics research projects related to multiscale and multivariate data integration, big remote sensing, and geochemical data analysis to enable optimal decision-making in the presence of uncertainty. Glen’s research interests include the genesis and evaluation of ore deposits, machine learning applied to geoscience and extractive metallurgy, metal accounting, and process optimization in hydrometallurgical plants. The emphasis of his most recent work has been on the impact of digital transformation in the mining industry and the move toward dry labs and data banks for process simulation and method development.

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  • Bokang Kelepa (Managing Director of Baletsema (Pty) Ltd)

    Bokang Kelepa

    Managing Director of Baletsema (Pty) Ltd

    Bachelors Degree (Mining Engineering). BSc Hons - Mining, MBA, Mine Manager's Certificate, Mine Overseer Certificate, Project Management, Digital Disruption, Technology and Innovation.



    Bokang Kelepa is a qualified Mining Engineer with over 15 years' operational experience in opencast and underground mining. He is also a certified John Maxwell Team member.



    Bokang's career began with a bluechip mining house. He filled multiple roles in various business units from 2005-2018, from a being Student Mine Official, Mining Manager, to Operational Readiness Manager amongst others, before venturing out as an entrepreneur and starting Baletsema Mining and Technology Services.



    He is fascinated by the changes that are taking place globally, primarily due to advancements in technology. In seeking to understand and learn more about the implications of technology in the mining industry, he has attended various technology-related academic forums and made educational visits to Silicon Valley and Rwanda’s Transform Africa Summit.



    He took this research a step further in 2019 and founded the 4IR-in-Mining Seminar which looks at the changes that technology brings about in mining, all the way from Academia to Mining Companies, Government, Unions, Investors, Entrepreneurs, and Managing Consultants. The first event launched on May 31st, 2019. Furthermore, Bokang conducts guest lecturing on Technology in Mining with various Mining Schools.

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  • Dushendra Naidoo (Head of Safety & Sustainable Development at Minerals Council South Africa)

    Dushendra Naidoo

    Head of Safety & Sustainable Development at Minerals Council South Africa

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/dushendra-naidoo-preng-2837166b/

    Mr. Naidoo holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Natal and is a certified Professional Engineer with ECSA. He has acquired certificates in project management, financial management, value engineering and Mr. Naidoo’s career began at the CSIR’s Mining Technology Division as a Research Engineer where he was involved in a variety of research projects including underground mine support design, Mine Health and Safety Council projects and technology driven initiatives for over 5 years. He obtained a merit award for successful project outcomes for a mining project at the CSIR. This was followed by 5 years in the manufacturing arena at Joy Mining Machinery as a Senior Mechanical Engineer where he led aspects of a special project that involved developing a hard rock continuous cutting machine and obtained a design patent for the rock breaking system. At Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions he was a Lead Engineer for multi-million-rand projects for over 5 years including the design and construction of the first vertical lime kiln in Zambia. He also managed proposals for a brief period in the petrochemical department. Thereafter he joined Fermel as a Design Office Engineering Compliance Manager where he was responsible for mine vehicle certifications, design compliance and quality assured outputs from a design team. His passion for training young engineers and design led to him winning the first phase of the Isidingo Drill Challenge that was an initiative hosted by the Mandela Mining Precinct. He spent some time at Bosch Projects in the Sugar and Industrial Department as part of a leadership team and was involved in major projects including the design of one of the largest rotary cascade sugar dryers in the world for a Client in Thailand. His technical know-how also led to him having a brief involvement in a major expansion project at Tronox Minerals Sands. He was the Principal Adoption Specialist for the Minerals Council’s MOSH Transport and Machinery Team for over two years where he was able to express his passion for engineering, safety, and the mining industry through the many safety initiatives that he is responsible for. He was promoted to the Head of Safety and Sustainable Development at the Minerals Council South Africa.

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  • Dr Adwoa Issaka (Unit Manager: Safety at Gold Fields, South Deep)

    Dr Adwoa Issaka

    Unit Manager: Safety at Gold Fields, South Deep

    https://www.goldfields.com/

    Dr. Adwoa Issaka is a seasoned mining engineer with 14 years’ experience in the mining industry. She holds a BSc, Masters, and Doctorate in Mining Engineering from WITS University, marking a historic achievement as the first black South African woman to earn a Doctorate in the field.

    Adwoa's career is distinguished by her extensive and invaluable mining technical operational expertise. Her role as Unit Manager Safety at Goldfields reflects her unwavering dedication to enhancing safety standards in mining.

    Over the past nine years, she has also conducted research on mineral-based sustainable economic development, deepening her expertise. Adwoa's unique strength lies in her ability at bridging safe mining practices with sustainable development, a principle she passionately advocates for.

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  • Pogiso Mthimunye (Innovation Lead, Operations at Exxaro)

    Pogiso Mthimunye

    Innovation Lead, Operations at Exxaro

    https://www.exxaro.com/

    Pogiso Mthimunye graduated as an Industrial Engineer with a BtechEng (Cum laude) from the University of Johannesburg, a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Pretoria and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He is currently final-year MBA candidate at the University of Cape Town.

    Pogiso is an emerging technology, innovation, and strategy leader with more than 12 years of exposure across the full spectrum of business functions across the mining value chain. His current role is as Innovation Lead for Exxaro Resources’ coal operations in South Africa.

    He was named among the top 200 Young People in South Africa in 2023 by the Anglo-American Mail & Guardian Newspaper Top 200 awards. In the same year, he was named among the Top 5 Rising Stars in the South African Mining Industry at the annual TransUnion Rising Star awards.

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  • Fleckson Magweregwede (Centre of Excellence Manager at Mine Health and Safety Council)

    Fleckson Magweregwede

    Centre of Excellence Manager at Mine Health and Safety Council

    Fleckson has more than 15 years of working experience in the mining industry. He holds a Master of Science in mining engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and a BSc (Hons) in mining engineering from the University of Zimbabwe. Fleckson, Centre of Excellence Manager at the Mine Health and Safety Council, has extensive experience across the sector, covering mine production management, mining studies, mining-related research, feasibility studies, business improvement, research management, project management and mine occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental management. He joined the CSIR in 2018 and has been involved in mining performance improvement, OHS and its link with culture transformation/management and risk management, change management (including technology adoption), impact assessments, progressive modernisation in mining, technology road mapping, skills road mapping, techno-economic assessments, socioeconomic assessments and mining sustainability.

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  • Julie Courtnage (Director: of the Mandela Mining Precinct, representing the DSI in the Public-Private Partnership at Mandela Mining Precinct)

    Julie Courtnage

    Director: of the Mandela Mining Precinct, representing the DSI in the Public-Private Partnership at Mandela Mining Precinct

    https://mandelaminingprecinct.org.za/

    With a postgraduate degree in Earth and Life-Sciences, Julie commenced her career with the Anglo-American Research Laboratories at the age of 21, and has been working in, with and against the mining sector for 34 years. She has held research, mining operational, consulting, advisory, international executive, and international liaison roles within the minerals sector. An environmental scientist by training & a sustainability practitioner, she consciously shifted her career from pure scientific solutions, to focus to people’s behaviour, values, decision-making processes, and creativity, as these are the roots of harmonising economic activities with the realities of environmental and social needs.

    A qualified coach and facilitator, Julie has delivered multiple academic programmes on the intersections between risk, sustainable development, social justice, ethics and governance, communication, and values-based leadership.Her last corporate employment in the mining sector was as the Sustainable Development Operations Manager for Anglo American plc. She was successfully independent for 16 years, before taking on the role of the Executive Director of the MMP on a full-time basis in September 2023. Julie shares that her greatest joy is found in wild nature, while her sense of humour keeps her grounded, and sometimes apologising.

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  • Louw Steyn (Partner at Spoor & Fisher)

    Louw Steyn

    Partner at Spoor & Fisher

    https://spoor.com/our-people/louw-steyn/

    Partner, Spoor & Fisher, South Africa
    Louw Steyn is a registered Patent Attorney and has BEng (Mech) and LLB degrees. He is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

    Louw specialises in domestic and foreign patent and design matters, including the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent and design applications. He has expertise in the fields of mechanical and general engineering, medical devices and software-related inventions and he focuses, in particular, on innovations and developments in the automotive, mining and energy generation fields.

    Louw also has experience in dealing with commercial IP matters, patent, copyright and design litigation and technology landscaping.

    Education and Qualifications
    • BEng (Mech), University of Pretoria
    • LLB, University of South Africa

    Industry Associations
    • Fellow – South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
    • Member – Law Society of South Africa (LSSA)
    • Member – Legal Practice Council (LPC)
    • Associate Member – Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA)

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  • Saki Zamxaka (CEO Gauteng Enterprise Propeller and Acting CEO of GGDA)

    Saki Zamxaka

    CEO Gauteng Enterprise Propeller and Acting CEO of GGDA

    https://ggda.co.za/

    Mr Saki Zamxaka is the Acting Group CEO of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), an agency responsible for facilitating trade, investment and economic infrastructure development projects for the Gauteng City Region.

    He is also the CEO of the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), a provincial financial institution of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development which promotes and develops small enterprises in Gauteng. Mr Zamxaka is a former Gautrain Management Agency and Infinity Fund director, a Section 12 venture capital fund investing in asset (movable) rental SMEs.

    He holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of the Western Cape and a Diploma in International Education Politics and Economics from Bard College, New York.

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  • Thenjiwe Ramorotho (Regional General Manager: Inland| Corporate at Old Mutual)

    Thenjiwe Ramorotho

    Regional General Manager: Inland| Corporate at Old Mutual

    https://www.oldmutual.co.za/

    Thenjiwe is a qualified dietician who also studied for an IMM graduate diploma Marketing and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing and International Business. She is a Fulbright alumni and is passionate about assisting fellow South Africans on applying for the scholarship for studies in the USA.

    Her experience spans a spectrum of markets, both business-to-business and business-to-consumer, including retirement fund, healthcare, short-term insurance and fast moving consumer goods. She started in the healthcare industry in 20024 when she joined Old Mutual Healthcare as the Marketing Executive. She has also worked in Healthcare Consulting at Absa Consultants and Actuaries.

    Her work experience includes business strategy, marketing, business development, stakeholder management and client relationship management.

    Thenjiwe is the Regional General Manager at Old Mutual Corporate. She is also the chairperson of the Old Mutual Gauteng Provincial Management Board.

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  • Professor Frederick (Fred) Cawood (Director of Minserv Cc)

    Professor Frederick (Fred) Cawood

    Director of Minserv Cc

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/frederick-fred-cawood-758ba219/

    Personal Statement
    Through the Wits Mining Institute and School of Mining Engineering at Wits University, Fred has dedicated much of his life to mining education and research. Fred retired from WITS in 2021, where he is still Visiting Professor Emeritus, in addition to being Visiting Professor and Part-Time Director of the Sibanye-Stillwater Centre for Sustainable Mining at the University of Johannesburg. Fred also held recent visiting scholarly appointments in China and Japan on the theme of mine modernisation. As Director of Minserv, Fred is Coordinating the MMP RTIMS Open Data Analytics Platform as research and solutions partner of the SAMERDI Programme, and is doing consulting with a technology focus on mining life cycle analysis at a strategy level.

    Personal Mission.
    To do good and to make a positive contribution to responsible mining in Africa.

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  • Jean-Jacques (JJ) Verhaeghe (Manager: Programme Manager for the Real-time Information Systems programme (known as ‘RTIMS’) at Minerals Council of South Africa)

    Jean-Jacques (JJ) Verhaeghe

    Manager: Programme Manager for the Real-time Information Systems programme (known as ‘RTIMS’) at Minerals Council of South Africa

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jverhaeghe1/

    RTIMs focusses on Research, Technology and Innovation in/for 4th Industrial Revolution Technologies and Approaches for the Minerals Council South Africa.
    JJ's career of 30 years spans several industries and geographies, he is a globally certified PMP (Project Management Professional) and NPDP (New Product Development Professional), including COBIT, ITIL and BPMs. He completed the MBA-LS degree at the University of Cumbria and a Master’s in Science in Information Systems Management degree from the University of Salford (England).
    JJ leads and chairs the Mining Industry’s Digital and IT Policy Management Committee and serves as co-chair at the Industry Internet of Things Consortium’s Mining Vertical Working Group. He also serves as Organising Committee member for the Digitalisation in Mining Conference (for the SAIMM). He was recently invited to serve on the Mining Indaba Advisory Committee for Technology and Innovation. He still finds time to assist and collaborate with MEMSA (Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa) whenever the opportunity presents.

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  • Dr Luyolo Mabhali (Executive Cluster Manager for CSIR Future Production: Manufacturing at CSIR)

    Dr Luyolo Mabhali

    Executive Cluster Manager for CSIR Future Production: Manufacturing at CSIR

    Dr Luyolo Mabhali, Executive Cluster Manager for CSIR Future Production: Manufacturing, has over 15 years of expertise in driving innovation across manufacturing, and research. He holds a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand and Wits Business School.

    Previously, Dr Mabhali led innovative research as a Research and Development Manager at the South African Mint Company, focusing on materials and processes vital to the minting industry. His leadership at the former CSIR National Laser Centre, now the National Photonics Centre, demonstrated extensive knowledge in laser additive manufacturing and surface engineering. Additionally, his role as a senior engineer at ArcelorMittal South Africa specialising in process modelling and coke production highlights a versatile skill set in manufacturing.

    Currently pursuing a PhD in innovation management, Dr Mabhali combines academic rigor with practical experience, positioning him as a leader in advancing manufacturing innovation and technological progress. Dr Mabhali is also a member of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, further demonstrating his active engagement and leadership within the industry.

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  • Safiya Turundu (Software Developer at CSIR)

    Safiya Turundu

    Software Developer at CSIR

    Safiya Turundu holds a BSc Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. She furthered her studies with an MSc. in Computer Science focusing specifically on computer vision methodologies in her research. She joined the CSIR in May 2022 as a software developer within the mining cluster to support the digitalisation drive in the mining space and to increase in-house technical capability.

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  • Tebogo Kale (Chief Executive at Gravitas Minerals)

    Tebogo Kale

    Chief Executive at Gravitas Minerals

    https://gravitasminerals.com/

    Tebogo is an award-winning innovator who leads a team of engineers who continuously explore next generation solutions in mineral processing using knowledge, technology and process systems.

    At Gravitas® he continuously co-creates value for the mining industry through research, innovations and fit for purpose technology development.

    He believes in ESG as for him, it spells mutual benefit – for people, planet, communities and profit for the mining industry at large.

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  • Kevin Reynders (Managing Director of Rham Equipment)

    Kevin Reynders

    Managing Director of Rham Equipment

    Kein is an accomplished managing director, engineer and commercial leader with considerable expertise gained from diverse functions across management and engineering disciplines in the challenging mining and aerospace sectors.

    Kevin is a founding member of MEMSA and currently sits on the Board of Directors.

    Kevin holds a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from North-West University and a BSc (Hons) (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Pretoria.

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  • Lithakazi Nxiweni (Senior Consultant at RIIS)

    Lithakazi Nxiweni

    Senior Consultant at RIIS

    2022 Mandela Washington Fellow | UNLEASH ‘22 Global Talent | Innovation consultant | MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy Graduate | Chevening Alum | Climate change Justice | Innovation for development

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  • Dr Nelson Chipangamate (Head: Programme & Business Development at The Wits Mining Institute (WMI))

    Dr Nelson Chipangamate

    Head: Programme & Business Development at The Wits Mining Institute (WMI)

    Experienced in community engagement and social licence to operate. For the past five years I have helped organisations build enduring relationships with their communities, as well as enlighten communities on the possibilities of enjoying shared value with organisations. My research interests are in community relations , stakeholder engagement, community resilience, corporate governance and social licence in the context of global warming challenges and pandemics in emerging markets

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  • Alex Fenn (Head of Technology and Innovation at Sibanye Stillwater)

    Alex Fenn

    Head of Technology and Innovation at Sibanye Stillwater

    https://www.sibanyestillwater.com/

    Alex Fenn is the Head of Innovation at Sibanye-Stillwater. A South African native, his mission is to make a difference and add significant value to the broader metals industry through innovative solutions to significant global challenges developed at Sibanye-Stillwater.

    As Head of Innovation, he coordinates the Group’s research and development, and innovation initiatives, identifying opportunities for shared value creation through means, mechanisms and technologies .

    Prior to his current role, Alex served in numerous roles associated with Engineering and Improvement.

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  • Davis Cook (CEO of RIIS / Anza Capital)

    Davis Cook

    CEO of RIIS / Anza Capital

    Davis is the Chairman, and Senior Partner, at RIIS, the largest innovation advisory firm in Africa, focused on the nexus of strategy, innovation, and development. Davis lead the mining practice at RIIS in South Africa for 10 years, and is now based in Kenya where he leads the East Africa activities of RIIS and the broader Anza group, which include Anza Capital, an early-stage VC fund, and the SA Innovation Summit, one of the largest start-up events in Africa. He is the past Chairperson for ZASpace, the industry lobby group for the South African private space sector, a Karman Fellow, and an M&G 200 Young South Africans Leader.

    He has a diverse professional history, including global strategy and management consulting, public sector (SA local government), start-ups (renewable energy and FMCG) and multinational environments (including mining). Having worked across Johannesburg, London and Nairobi, he has worked with multinational companies and development-focused institutions in 35 countries. His work at RIIS has helped (or is helping to) build major innovation ecosystems in the mining, energy, and space sectors across Africa.

    His academic background includes undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math (UP), and Politics, Philosophy and Economics (UNISA); and graduate degrees in Development Studies (SOAS), Futures Studies (USB), and an Executive MBA from IESE

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  • Freddy Mugeri (CEO of Fabchem Mining (Pty) Ltd)

    Freddy Mugeri

    CEO of Fabchem Mining (Pty) Ltd

    After qualifying with a BSc. In Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1996, Freddy worked as an engineer at Mondi Kraft, Sasol and then SA Breweries. He achieved registration as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of SA in 2002; during this period he established two hardware businesses. In 2004 Freddy joined Fabchem Mining as Executive Director (Finance and Business Development), becoming a shareholder in 2007. From 2007 his role at Fabchem shifted to Non-Executive Director, while he moved into the banking sector holding managerial positions in business and public sector credit at Standard Bank and ABSA Capital, respectively. Freddy returned full-time to the Fabchem Group in 2015 as CEO. Freddy was a founding member of MEMSA, sering on the Board as Chairman. He also served as a Board Member at SACEEC (SA Capital Equipment Export Council) and provided an interface between the two organisations.

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  • Sibongile (Bongi) Ntsoelengoe (Executive Manager, Future Production: Mining at CSIR)

    Sibongile (Bongi) Ntsoelengoe

    Executive Manager, Future Production: Mining at CSIR

    Bongi holds a BSc in Metallurgy and Material Engineering, a Master of Business Administration from GIBS, and a BSc (Hons) Metallurgical Engineering, University of Pretoria. She also has a Certificate in Business Management, UNISA, and an Advanced Management Programme Certificate, University of Navarra, IESE Business School. Bongi joined the CSIR from Kumba Iron Ore Limited, a division of Anglo-American where she served as Manager of Technology. With over 15 years’ experience in the mining industry, she is recognised as a leader in the field of mine modernisation. She has worked in the fields of minerals processing, delivering capital projects, technology research, innovation and has served as a member of the innovation steering committee at the Minerals Council of South Africa. She is also a Council Member for the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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  • Sietse van der Woude (Senior Executive : Modernisation and Safety at Minerals Council of South Africa)

    Sietse van der Woude

    Senior Executive : Modernisation and Safety at Minerals Council of South Africa

    https://www.mineralscouncil.org.za/

    Sietse has a Masters degree in radiation physics. As Manager at the National Nuclear Regulator, he was responsible for the establishment of a regulatory framework for radiation protection in mining. He did his MBA with a focus on integrating sustainability issues into the strategy of businesses. He then joined Xstrata as a manager responsible for safety, health, environment, and quality.

    In 2004 he was appointed as the Head of Safety and Sustainable Development in the Mineral Council (formerly Chamber of Mines) where he enjoyed being part of the mining industry's safety and health enhancement initiatives.

    Since 2015 he serves as the Senior Executive: Modernisation and Safety and his purpose remains to help facilitate a people-centric modernisation of the mining industry.

    Outside of work, Sietse always looks for opportunities to make a difference. Sietse also loves spending time with his 10-year-old son, Simo a name that is derived from the Isizulu word meaning ‘Miracle’.

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    Zamambo Afrika

    Operations Manager at CSIR

    Zamambo Afrika is the Operations Manager for the CSIR Advanced Production and Security Division. In this role, Zamambo supports cluster-level operations to achieve short-, medium-, and long-term operational goals. This involves ensuring effective operations management to align with the clusters’ strategy, business plan, and key performance indicators.

    Zamambo is an experienced professional with a diverse background in operations management, process improvement, and commercial strategy. With a strong analytical mindset and leadership skills, Zamambo joined the CSIR from Telkom – Openserve, and has contributed to the success of various organisations including Sasol.

    She holds a BSc. in Industrial Engineering (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand and has pursued further education through postgraduate diplomas in Management Practice and Business Administration (Cum Laude).

    Throughout her career, Zamambo has demonstrated expertise in driving operational efficiency, data analysis, implementing quality management systems, and fostering stakeholder relationships.

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  • Matimba Mahange (Chief Executive Officer at J.A Engineering & MEMSA Board Member)

    Matimba Mahange

    Chief Executive Officer at J.A Engineering & MEMSA Board Member

    Matimba holds a BSc Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Natal-Durban and an MBL - Master’s in Business Leadership degree from the Unisa Business School of Leadership, South Africa.

    With over 2 decades of experience, Matimba has proven his versatility by working in various sectors ranging from Mining (Anglo), Chemicals (Sasol Synfuels), Automotive (BMW), and Mining & Construction equipment of OEMs (Joy Global & Barloworld).

    Matimba’s priority is to drive JAE’s growth strategy with focus on defending and growing the existing underground coal business, growing the new Hard Rock underground business (in partnership with Ferrit Mining Solutions), growing the opencast components and machine rebuild business and creating an engineering solutions offering to solve Mining problems that traditional OEM’s do not offer in Mining and Mining related heavy engineering industries. J.A.E is well known as a provider of innovative mining solutions.

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  • Umeesha Naidoo (Industry planning and development in the Mining, Metals & related sectors at IDC)

    Umeesha Naidoo

    Industry planning and development in the Mining, Metals & related sectors at IDC

    https://www.idc.co.za/

    Umeesha Naidoo is currently responsible for industry planning and development in the Mining, Metals & related sectors at the IDC. The role entails leading the development and implementation of industry development plans aligned to industrial policy.
    Prior to that she was Director at the dtic involved in policy and strategy development for the primary minerals processing sector, including steel.
    From 2008-2012, Dr Naidoo worked at the Department of Science and Technology managing mining and metallurgy technology development projects. From 2002-2008, she was employed in the SA platinum mining industry in a technical role involved in R&D and strategic process development projects.
    Umeesha Naidoo obtained a PhD from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2002 – the research focussed on the separation of platinum group metals for industrial application in the SA mining industry.

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  • Yusuf Timol (Mineral processing and mining equipment desk at dtic)

    Yusuf Timol

    Mineral processing and mining equipment desk at dtic

    https://www.thedtic.gov.za/

    Yusuf Timol holds a BA(Hons) from the University of the Western Cape and an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. He started working as a Business Analyst at New Africa Technology Holdings. This was followed by a move to Kaiser Associates, a global strategic management consulting firm where he served as a principal consultant working on predominantly economic development projects in South Africa, Dubai and India. He then moved to public sector as a Director in the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 2003, responsible for crafting and implementing a customised sector programme in the ‘ICT and Electronics’ industry. After managing this desk for 6 years, he chose to pursue a career in the Foreign Service and served as the ‘Economic Counsellor’ at the South African Embassy in Iran, and thereafter progressed to ‘Minister Economic’ at the South African High Commission in London. After returning to South Africa in 2014, he took charge of the DTIC’s localisation policy in the South African Mining Sector with emphasis on supplier development and digitization of the sector’s supply chain. In 2020, Mr Timol was appointed ‘Minister Economic’ to represent the Department at the South African Embassy in Beijing with the mandate to recruit investment and facilitate trade. Upon his return to the DTIC in January this year, he reassumed the role of reviving the mineral processing and mining equipment desk within the department.

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About the conference

Over the one and a half day conference we will be delving into topics including:

  • Key trends in innovation and the harnessing of 4IR and intelligent technologies in the design and use of mining equipment, in the SA mining industry
  • Igniting innovation in South Africa - What does it take to be an innovator?
  • How is the nature of innovation changing?
  • Human skills for digital tech and people-centred technology
  • Collaboration as a catalyst for innovation
  • New ways to fund Research, Development and Innovation
  • Agile SMEs at the edge of innovation
  • Emerging technology requirements for a green energy future and zero harm


MEMSA is a member-based cluster, with member companies ranging from established OEMs with an international presence, to small and emerging enterprises, who manufacture a wide range of machinery, components, software and systems for mining.


It is our vision to position local mining equipment manufacturers as cost competitive and innovative, and preferred suppliers to local, regional and global markets. This may seem ambitious, but SA's long, rich mining history has provided fertile ground for the development of an innovative and agile mining equipment industry, with a great depth of expertise.


In the context of 4IR, collaboration is key, and MEMSA works with a wide range of partners to support innovation and technology development. These include the Mandela Mining Precinct, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Minerals Council of South Africa, the dtic, DSI, merSETA, universities, and research institutes.


The South African Minerals, Extraction, Research, Development and Innovation (SAMERDI) initiative, a unique collaboration between the mining industry and government, is the main sponsor of the Mind Shift Conference, and of MEMSA's Innovation for Mining and Manufacturing Excellence Awards in their second iteration.


In 2022 MEMSA held its inaugural Innovation for Mining Awards to celebrate local expertise in technological development, and the depth and calibre of companies and their innovations put forward over the past two years has been truly impressive. As Sietse van der Woude, Senior Executive: Modernisation and Safety, Minerals Council of South Africa said at last year's event, "it takes real bravery to be an entrepreneur and an innovator. Resilience seems to be most important and abundant characteristic of the people within the room'.


It is interesting to see the evolution of innovation in mining, and the increase in innovation centred around miner safety. 'As a country we have decided that it is not acceptable to have a single fatality in our mines'.


Mine safety does not happen by accident, it takes a concerted effort and commitment from the entire value chain and MEMSA members have risen to the challenge.


Last year's inaugural Mind Shift Conference was well received by the industry with an attendance of 153 delegates, including business owners and decision makers, speakers and panelists over the one and a half days - and we envisage a greater participation for this year. The feedback from last year's delegates was overwhelmingly positive; one participant reported, 'Words cannot describe the impact of this event'.


MEMSA plans on building on the strong points of the 2023 conference, while incorporating more interactive elements and to the extent that the venue allows, a small technology exhibition.


Mind Shift Conference 2024, an in-person event will accommodate between 150 and 180 participants, including MEMSA members and directors, speakers and panellists from academia and government agencies, and a wide scope of delegates from across the manufacturing, mining and associated industries. The conference will provide a platform for information sharing of new trends and developments in the local, regional and international mining industry, and will provide an opportunity for meaningful discussions on collaboration and cooperation across the industry with a view to inspire and guide us in our future endeavors.

Tickets

2-Day Conference Package

2-Day Conference package
Innovation, Digital Technologies and Skills in the SA Mining Supply Chain. This year's theme is 'Smart Solutions for People and Planet'.

Day 1. Half-Day Conference
The one and a half-day conference will focus on innovation and new technologies for the mining industry. Including the Cocktail Hour

Day 2. Full-Day Conference
The one and a half-day conference will focus on innovation and new technologies for the mining industry, and will incorporate the Innovation for Mining Awards. Including Networking Lunch.

Including:
- How innovation can be fostered
- The requirements for skills & change management
- Impacts on employment
- Harnessing technology for sustainability
- Collaboration as a catalyst for innovation
- Innovation Awards
- Lunchtime Networking Event

Member Price R 950
Standard Price R 1,250
Conference Day 1. Only

Day 1. Half-day Conference - Including the Cocktail Hour

The half-day conference will focus on innovation and new technologies for the mining industry. This year's theme is 'Smart Solutions for People and Planet'.

Including:
- How innovation can be fostered
- The requirements for skills & change management
- Impacts on employment
- Harnessing technology for sustainability
- Collaboration as a catalyst for innovation
- Innovation Awards
- Lunchtime Networking

Member Price R 450
Standard Price R 650
Conference Day 2. Only

Day 2. Full-Day Conference - Including Networking Lunch

Innovation, Digital Technologies and Skills in the SA Mining Supply Chain. This year's theme is 'Smart Solutions for People and Planet'.

Including:
- How innovation can be fostered
- The requirements for skills & change management
- Impacts on employment
- Harnessing technology for sustainability
- Collaboration as a catalyst for innovation
- Innovation Awards
- Lunchtime Networking

Member Price R 650
Standard Price R 850
2-Day Exhibition Ticket (Sold Out)

As an exhibitor you are invited to promote your products, services and solutions to companies in the South African mining value chain. Market to a focussed audience and engage in one-on-one conversations with conference delegates.

Your exhibition ticket entitles you to two FREE delegate passes, as well as inclusion in the Day 1 Cocktail Hour and Day 2 Networking Lunch.

We are limiting the number of exhibitors per day to 8x and it is possible to attend either or both days.

As an exhibitor you will be provided with an indoor table and chair, and companies are invited to bring along pull-up banners, banner walls (no larger than 2.4x2.4), pamphlets and brochures. You may by prior arrangement bring small products to exhibit.

Standard Price R 7,500
Exhibition Day 1. ONLY

As an exhibitor you are invited to promote your products, services and solutions to companies in the South African mining value chain. Market to a focussed audience and engage in one-on-one conversations with conference delegates.

Your exhibition ticket entitles you to two FREE delegate passes, as well as inclusion in the Day 1 Cocktail Hour.

We are limiting the number of exhibitors per day to 8x and it is possible to attend either or both days.

As an exhibitor you will be provided with an indoor table and chair, and companies are invited to bring along pull-up banners, banner walls (no larger than 2.4x2.4), pamphlets and brochures. You may by prior arrangement bring small products to exhibit.

Standard Price R 3,500
Exhibition Day 2. ONLY

As an exhibitor you are invited to promote your products, services and solutions to companies in the South African mining value chain. Market to a focussed audience and engage in one-on-one conversations with conference delegates.

Your exhibition ticket entitles you to two FREE delegate passes, as well as inclusion in the Day 2 Networking Lunch.

We are limiting the number of exhibitors per day to 8x and it is possible to attend either or both days.

As an exhibitor you will be provided with an indoor table and chair, and companies are invited to bring along pull-up banners, banner walls (no larger than 2.4x2.4), pamphlets and brochures. You may by prior arrangement bring small products to exhibit.

Standard Price R 4,000
Speakers, Panelists and Invited Guests

Only select this ticket if you have been invited to attend the Mind Shift Conferences as an Speaker, Panelist or Special Guest.

Standard Price Complimentary
Cocktail Hour Sponsor

BRANDING BENEFITS
Logo to appear on the front cover of the conference brochure / folder.
Logo to appear on the event web page.
Logo to appear on all print and digital media advertising done to promote the event.
Mention will be made in the post-event print and digital media coverage.
Co-branded Paper Napkins, with MEMSA.
Company named Cocktail Hour.
Toast to South Africa

CONFERENCE BENEFITS
2 complimentary delegate tickets for the conference will be made available to your company’s staff or
corporate guest.
Your corporate brochure, promotional material into all conference delegate bags / folder.

SIGNAGE BENEFITS
2 free-standing banners (2m x 1m) in the dining / banquet area (Banners supplied by sponsor)

SPONSORSHIP INVESTMENT: R 50 000 (secured on payment)

Standard Price R 50,000
Networking Lunch Event Sponsor (Sold Out)

BRANDING BENEFITS
Logo to appear on the front cover of conference brochure / folder.
Logo to appear on the event web page.
Logo to appear on all print and digital media advertising done to promote the event.
Mention will be made in the post-event print and digital media coverage.
Co-branded Paper Napkins, with MEMSA.
Company named Lunchtime Networking.
Toast to South Africa

CONFERENCE BENEFITS
2 complimentary delegate tickets for the conference will be made available to your company’s staff or
corporate guest.
Your corporate brochure, promotional material into all conference delegate bags / folder.

SIGNAGE BENEFITS
2 free-standing banners (2m x 1m) in the dining / banquet area (Banners supplied by sponsor)

SPONSORSHIP INVESTMENT: R 30 000 (secured on payment)

Standard Price R 30,000
Goodie Bag Sponsor (Sold Out)

BRANDING BENEFITS
Co-branded Goodie Bags, with MEMSA.
Logo to appear on the event web page.
Logo to appear on all print and digital media advertising done to promote the event.

CONFERENCE BENEFITS
2 complimentary delegate tickets for the conference will be made available to your company’s staff or
corporate guest.
Your corporate brochure, promotional material into all conference delegate bags / folder.

SIGNAGE BENEFITS
1 free-standing banner (2m x 1m) in the conference area (Banner supplied by sponsor)

SPONSORSHIP INVESTMENT: R20 000 (secured on payment)

Standard Price R 20,000
Branded Water Sponsor (Sold Out)

BRANDING BENEFITS
Co-branded still drinking water, with MEMSA.
Logo to appear on the event web page.
Logo to appear on all print and digital media advertising done to promote the event.

CONFERENCE BENEFITS
1 complimentary delegate tickets for the conference will be made available to your company’s staff or
corporate guest.
Your corporate brochure, promotional material into all conference delegate bags / folder.

SIGNAGE BENEFITS
1 free-standing banner (2m x 1m) in the conference area (Banner supplied by sponsor)

SPONSORSHIP INVESTMENT: R10 000 (secured on payment)

Standard Price R 10,000
Conference Folder & Stationery Sponsor (Sold Out)

BRANDING BENEFITS
Sponsor and MEMSA co-branded Folders, Pens & Notepads.
Logo to appear on the event web page.
Logo to appear on all print and digital media advertising done to promote the event.

CONFERENCE BENEFITS
2 complimentary delegate tickets for the conference will be made available to your company’s staff or
corporate guest.
Your corporate brochure, promotional material into all conference delegate bags / folder.

SIGNAGE BENEFITS
1 free-standing banner (2m x 1m) in the conference area (Banner supplied by sponsor)

SPONSORSHIP INVESTMENT: R25 000 (secured on payment)

Standard Price R 25,000
Name Tags & Lanyards Sponsor (Sold Out)

BRANDING BENEFITS
Co-branded Name Tags & Lanyards, with MEMSA.
Logo to appear on the event web page.
Logo to appear on all print and digital media advertising done to promote the event.

CONFERENCE BENEFITS
1 complimentary delegate tickets for the conference will be made available to your company’s staff or
corporate guests.
Your corporate brochure, promotional material into all conference delegate bags.

SIGNAGE BENEFITS
1 free-standing banner (2m x 1m) in the conference area (Banner supplied by sponsor)

SPONSORSHIP INVESTMENT: R15 000 (secured on payment)

Standard Price R 15,000
Trophies and Certificates Sponsor - Innovation for Mining Awards (Sold Out)

BRANDING BENEFITS
Logo to appear on the Innovation for Mining Trophy and Certificate.
Logo to appear on the event web page.
Logo to appear on all print and digital media advertising done to promote the event.

2 complimentary delegate tickets for the conference will be made available to your company’s staff or corporate guest.
Your corporate brochure, promotional material into all conference delegate bags / folder.

SIGNAGE BENEFITS
1 free-standing banner (2m x 1m) in the conference area (Banner supplied by sponsor)

SPONSORSHIP INVESTMENT: R20 000 (secured on payment)

Standard Price R 20,000
Media Sponsor

BRANDING BENEFITS
Logo to appear on the bottom corner of all digital photographs.
Logo to appear at the end of each video clip and interview.
Logo to appear on the event web page.
Logo to appear on all print and digital media advertising done to promote the event.
Mention will be made in the post-event print and digital media coverage.

CONFERENCE BENEFITS
2 complimentary delegate tickets for the conference will be made available to your company’s staff or
corporate guest.
Your corporate brochure, promotional material into all conference delegate bags / folder.

SIGNAGE BENEFITS
2 free-standing banners (2m x 1m) in the conference area (Banners supplied by sponsor)

SPONSORSHIP INVESTMENT: R 50 000 (secured on payment)

Standard Price R 50,000
MEMSA Staff & Suppliers / Contractors
Standard Price Complimentary

Innovation for Mining Awards 2024


The only innovation awards for the mining sector in South Africa aimed specifically at local companies and local IP, MEMSA is very proud to invite companies with 26% or more local ownership to enter.


'SMART SOLUTIONS FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET' is this year's theme and the awards are again sponsored by Spoor & Fisher, with Creamer Media as our official media partner.


What has stayed the same?

As before, we have categories by equipment type, into which you may enter up to two items: 

- Innovation in Hard Rock Mining (Navin Singh Award)

- Innovation in Soft Rock Mining

- Innovation in Surface Mining

- Innovation in Mineral Processing

- Digital Solutions for Mining

Items entered may include one or more innovative aspect.

 

What is new?

This year we have expanded the thematic awards, including some exciting new categories, in line with the Conference themes:

- Innovation for an Energy Transition: recognising innovations which reduce the use of carbon fuels or which support the transition to Green Energy

- Innovation towards Zero Harm: for innovations in support of mining which is safer and reduces health impacts of mining

- Innovation by an SMME: recognising the fact that our SMEs are highly innovative


And two completely new categories highlighting the growing use of data, and importance of collaboration in a complex tech landscape and global industry:

- Innovative use of Data

- Collaboration for Innovation


We hope these categories will provide our members and the wider industry with exciting opportunities to showcase their achievements, and inspiration to keep pushing the boundaries.


Download your entry form HERE

Documents

MEMSA Innovation for Mining AWARDS 2024 Entry Form.docxdownload
Dr. Kgabo Ramoroka_BIO_2024.pdfdownload
Alex Fenn Bio.pdfdownload
Prof Glen Nwaila Bio.pdfdownload
Sietse van der Woude Bio.pdfdownload
Prof Fred Cawood Bio.pdfdownload
Julie Courtnage Bio.pdfdownload
Dushendra Naidoo Bio.pdfdownload
Tebogo Kale Bio.pdfdownload
Pogiso Mthimunye Bio.pdfdownload
Dr. Adwoa Issaka Bio.pdfdownload
Davis Cook Bio.pdfdownload
Dr Luyolo Mabhali Bio.pdfdownload
Louw Steyn Bio.pdfdownload
Bokang Kelepa Bio.pdfdownload
Saki Zamxaka Bio.pdfdownload
Bosiame William Bio.pdfdownload
THENJIWE RAMOROTHO BIO.pdfdownload
Umeesha Naidoo Bio.pdfdownload
Matimba Mahange Bio.pdfdownload
Yusuf Timol Bio.pdfdownload
Zamambo Afrika bio.pdfdownload
Professor Frederick Cawood - Modernising the Mine Life Cycle.pdfdownload
Technology Spotlight CSIR - Surface Resemblance - Digital Twin .pdfdownload
Funding Innovation - HSRC .pdfdownload
Managing IP in Collaborative Innovation - Spoor and Fisher.pdfdownload
Technology Spotlight - CSIR Laser Technology, Make or Break?.pdfdownload
Innovation in a Time of AI - Professor Glen Nwaila.pdfdownload

2023 Post Event Report

Innovation, Digitisation & Skills in the South African Mining Supply Chain was the theme of the recently held MEMSA Mind Shift Conference, held in at the IDC in Johannesburg recently. The event was aimed at facilitating new technologies and partnerships to ensure the sustainability of the South African mining supply chain and the mining industry as a whole. The 2023 Mind Shift Conference drew together a wide range of stakeholders from the mining industry supply chain, research institutions, the skills sector and government to build a shared understanding of challenges, opportunities and strategies for succeeding together.

 

The conference was coupled with the second editions of the Manufacturing Excellence  and the Innovation for Mining Awards aimed at showcasing, publicising and driving innovation in the South African mining supply chain, and ultimately driving competitiveness in the sector. The winners of which received high praise from Mr. Sietse van der Woude, Senior Executive: Modernisation and Safety at Minerals Council of South Africa, who was impressed with the quality of the equipment manufacturing companies and their products and who was quoted as saying 'it takes real bravery to be an entrepreneur and an innovator'.


Alignment of regulations and legislation to create greater certainty and a supportive environment, could stimulate greater innovation. In addition to the innovation for mining awards winners there are currently excellent examples of the strength of innovation in the sector that speak to these new technologies. 

 

The Hydro Power Equipment (HPE) Maxi Bolter and PP3 power pack provide a safe, fast, environmentally friendly, water wise, and complete roof bolting solution which can be operated remotely via umbilical controls. The power pack delivers high pressure water to operate three maxi bolters in a typical bord & pillar mining section and can be transported via utility vehicle cassette.


Energy Densification Systems (EDS) have designed a compact vertical Multi-Shaft Mill utilising high-speed impacts to break down particles with large reduction ratios, low energy consumption and improved liberation compared to traditional milling methods. 


Multotec's Pulping Chute scrubs ore material in a carrier liquid. Through the innovative use of slurry deflectors, calibrated turbulence and reverse flows are created, improving the efficacy of scrubbing and laundering actions.

SME Khentsa Steel havedeveloped a tube pressure testing device, which will aid the seam welded tube industry to ensure the safety and integrity of products such as lancing tubes which are used in for mineral processing.

 

GR Mining has reduced the time and cost involved in commissioning underground refuge bays, by designing collapsible, easy to erect and legally compliant emergency toilets. Their vent trapdoor is designed to open automatically and improve airflow when dangerous levels of methane are detected.

 

In terms of digital solutions for mining, Riis worked with consortium partners to develop two innovative applications. The first supports SMEs through the process of qualifying as vendors with local mines; the while the second allows mines to assess digital leadership capabilities amongst its workforce.


In the South African context new technologies do not need to replace employment by mines, but can enhance human decision making and safety, and machines can be sent into depths and areas too risky for human operators and by manufacturing equipment locally, quality jobs are created in manufacturing.


Collaboration remains key, and Mining Equipment Manufacturers of SA (MEMSA), a member-based cluster together with a wide range of innovation partners such as the Mandela Mining Precinct is helping to drive innovation and competitiveness in the local mining equipment manufacturing industry through activities such as the first Mind Shift Conference and facilitating technology development partnerships. 


The feedback from delegates has been overwhelmingly positive; one participant reported, 'Words cannot describe the impact of this event'. 

 

We would like to sincerely thank our expert speakers and panelists, who took time out of busy schedules to address the conference and engage in lively discussions. The feedback from delegates has been overwhelmingly positive; one participant reported, 'Words cannot describe the impact of this event' .


Day 1. Speakers & Presentations

Day 2. Speakers & Presentations

A warm thank you to our sponsors, without whose support this event would not have been possible:

Old Mutual - Conference Sponsor: 

Syspro - Manufacturing Excellence Award Sponsor

ScanGlobal Logistics - Networking Cocktail Dinner

HydroPower Equipment (HPE) - Water Sponsor

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) - Lanyard & Name Tag Sponsor

 

And most especially thank you to The South African Minerals, Extraction, Research, Development and Innovation (SAMERDI) initiative, a unique collaboration between the mining industry and government, and the main sponsor of the Mind Shift Conference, and the Innovation for Mining and Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

 

We have learned a lot during the course of the planning and execution of the conference and look forward to our second event in 2024.

MEMSA Innovation for Mining Awards 2023

Awards were given in the following categories:


Innovation in Hard Rock Mining Equipment (The Navin Singh Award) : Nkangala Mining Equipment

Recognising achievements in innovation for the Hard Rock mining industry.

  • Intelligent bolter
  • PLC system & reporting of drilling data
  • Switch between diesel and battery power
  • Patented design to simplify switch between drilling and bolting
  • Improved consistency and accuracy, reduced fuel and maintenance costs

Innovation in Hard Rock Mining Equipment (Runner up) : Buraaq Mining Services

Recognising achievements in innovation for the Hard Rock mining industry.

  • Mechanised roof bolter
  • PLC-based operation - remote control up to 100m full drilling and bolting functions
  • Good safety features and compliance
  • Suitable for low profile environments

Innovation in Soft Rock Mining : Nkangala Mining Equipment 

Recognising achievements in innovation for the Soft Rock mining industry.

  • Hydrostatic drive controlled via CAN-BUS remote control or operator joystick
  • Combined with smaller diesel engine
  • Safety features (L9 & remote control)
  • Reduced maintenance, fuel consumption and emissions.

Innovation in Surface Mining : Bell Equipment Company South Africa

Recognising achievements in innovation in design and manufacture for Surface Mining.

  • Collision Warning and Avoidance Interface Conversion for ADT
  • Standard ISO interface allowing third party Collision Warning and Avoidance Device to slow/stop vehicle
  • Immediate L9 compliance and retrofitting
  • Software enhances safety features and simulator allows speedier testing and integration

Innovation in Mineral Processing : AZMET Technology and Projects

Recognising achievements in innovation in design and manufacture for Mineral Processing.

Carbon to Metal Converter

  • Recovers metal
  • Reduces waste
  • Converts coarse or fine activated carbon, wood chips etc.
  • Material can be wet or dry, contaminated or not.

Digital Solutions for Mining : Graf-In Tech

Recognising achievements in innovation and harnessing 4IR Technologies in design & manufacture for the SA mining industry.

  • End-to-end business intelligence driven fleet management solution for mining fleets
  • GPS, fuel sensor & camera inputs
  • Upload to cloud
  • Integration with additional data
  • Analysis
  • Actionable insights via dashboard

Innovation by an SME - Chairman's Award : Kapabrake Woven Wear Linings

Recognising achievements in innovation for the SA mining industry by small and micro enterprises.

  • Mine winder brake pad
  • Woven brake lining
  • Equipment and process locally developed
  • Tested in US and by CSIR
  • Cost savings and improved lead time
  • Customisation

Photos of the Conference