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This year’s Electra Mining Africa will see daily free-to-attend seminars as well as a number of conferences running alongside the show. Taking place from 10-14 September at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, visitors to Electra Mining will have the potential to engage with over 900 exhibitors.

Electra Mining Africa five days five themes

The seminars were launched at the trade show in 2017, and were so well received that organisers have added an even greater number of topics this year. Hosted by the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE), the seminars will be presented by expert speakers and the content will be aligned to the show’s ‘five days, five themes’ topics.

“Brand new at Electra Mining Africa this year is that each day will be themed differently. Our first day will focus on the future of skills development and we are launching a brand new artisans training area in Hall 10. On the second day, the spotlight will be on new product innovation and product launches, and day three is our proudly South African day. On the Thursday, we will put the spotlight on safety and on the last day, Friday, we will celebrate our diversity. For this year’s free-to-attend seminars we have aligned with these themes,” says Charlene Hefer, Event Director for Electra Mining Africa.

Focus on skills

Day one will see Aubrey Doogan, General Manager at the SAJ Competency & Training Institute, speaking about reducing unemployment and how SAJ accomplishes this by providing quality training relevant to the priorities of the National Skills Authority, as well as private and public sector business needs. An introductory overview of Industry 4.0 in the automation industry and how to make existing plants Industry 4.0 capable will be presented by Rob Burns, Area Sales Manager Sub-Saharan Africa at Pepperl+Fuchs. Navin Singh, co-Director of the Mandela Mining Precinct and Manager for Mining R&D at the CSIR, together with Freddy Muguri, Board Chair at MEMSA, will talk about the new Mandela Mining Precinct and the revitalising and modernising of South Africa’s mining sector.

Innovation

New product innovation will be in the spotlight on day two of Electra Mining Africa. Marc van Pelt,  Pepperl+Fuchs Managing Director and Sales Director for Africa, and Regional Manager Africa for the FieldComm Group, will be speaking about SAIMC being at the forefront of the Digital Industrial Revolution in South Africa and how Industry 4.0 will profoundly shape efforts to promote industrial development. van Pelt is also the Task Manager on the Industry 4.0 Workgroup for the Society for Automation, Instrumentation Measurement and Control (SAIMC) and the Chairman of the Industrial Instrumentation Group (IIG).

Gokhan Guler, Programme Manager for Mechanised Drill and Blast Non-Explosive Rock Breaking and Mechanised Drill and Blast programmes at Mandela Mining Precinct, will present a paper that outlines global and local developments in mineral extraction with relevance to mining companies, equipment manufacturers and state institutions, and will describe a new attempt to revitalise mining in South Africa. 

Unlocking the culture of next generation mining and talking about how technology and innovation is critical to further development, will be Andrew Lane who is a senior partner at Deloitte Africa, where he leads the Energy and Resources practice in Africa, leads the Monitor Deloitte corporate and business unit strategy capability and leads the CEO programme at the Deloitte Executive Institute. He will be providing insight into how companies seeking efficiencies and cost improvement will look at technological advancements to drive success, and he will also explore latest insights driving NPD in mining.

Local is lekker

The Wednesday will see Edwin Ritchken, co-ordinator of the Mining Phakisa, presenting insights into South Africa’s Mineral Revolution. The importance of local manufacturing in Southern Africa will be covered by Eric Bruggeman, CEO of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC). His presentation will address where we are today, and the impact of foreign influences and what needs to be done. It will also highlight aspects of exporting, training and education, and supply chain management. 

The importance of health and safety

The topic of occupational health and safety is of increasing importance, both for office workers as well as those in more physical sectors such as mining and construction. Electra Mining Africa has lined up a number of speakers on the topic.

Philip Fourie, Executive Head of Safety and Sustainable Development for Anglo American Kumba Iron ore will speak about ‘eradicating fatal injuries in mining’, focusing on how, over the past few years, the mining industry has been heavily criticised for its apparent inability to avoid fatalities among miners. Yet in some cases, enormous strides have been taken to protect miners. Bruce Glenday, Workwear Sales Manager at Dromex, will be talking about selecting the correct workwear protection.

Diversity

The Friday’s “diversity day” has Gerhard Kuhn, Senior Economist at the Research and Information Department of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) talking about the interface between mining and manufacturing and how a greater interface between the two would not only benefit the two individual sectors but the economy at large. ‘Expanding SA’s energy sector: The pathway to energy efficiency’ is the topic that will be presented by Pierre Marie Maurice, Mining and Cement  Industrial Lubricants Field and Application Engineer at Total.

Industry-leading conferences

The conferences taking place alongside Electra Mining Africa will be hosted by leading industry associations such as the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), the Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of South Africa (LEEASA), and Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA).

The SAIMM ASM Conference will be taking place on the 10th and 11th of September. The theme of the conference is ‘Fostering a regional approach to ASM transformation in sub-Saharan Africa’, and seeks to expose South Africa to the successes and failures of ASM formalisation efforts as seen in other developing countries, particularly in the SADC region.

The LEEASA and Lifting Africa ‘Lifting Equipment Conference’ will be held on the 12th and 13th of September. Some of the topics to be covered include: SAINT-NDT, mobile cranes, overhead cranes, tower cranes, lifting tackle SANS Standards, crane accidents, heavy lift projects, ECSA and LMI registration, and telehandlers. Experts in the various fields will present papers, and discussion points and the answering of questions will be during the Q&A sessions. All Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) registered members will earn 2 CPD points if they attend both days of the conference or alternatively one CPD point per day attended.

WiMSA will be hosting a workshop at Electra Mining Africa in support of its vision to create an empowering network to inspire, support and develop the progression of women working in the mining industry through providing access to education, skills, development, mentorship and representation. The workshop will be held on the 12th of September from 9am to 1pm at the Bateleur venue, which is close to Hall 9.  

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