Hosted by Bongi Ntsoelengoe, Executive Manager: CSIR Future Production: Mining
The sustainability of the mining industry in South Africa is under threat due to pressures such as high production cost, low profit margins, labour unrest and rising demands by government. Added local challenges have further limited economic recovery for the industry, as seen in job losses and the exiting of multinational players. Modernisation of the mining industry can lead to the required transformation and return to productivity.
However, financial restrictions and cost savings have negatively affected investment in research and technology innovation. Studies have shown that research, development and innovation are essential components of modernisation by enabling testing, developing and demonstrating appropriate technology solutions. Which raises the question: “What is the role of research and innovation in the modernisation journey and how accessible is it?”
Bongi Ntsoelengoe, Executive Manager: CSIR Future Production: Mining (Host); Sietse van der Woude, Senior Executive: Modernisation and Safety, Minerals Council South Africa; Bernard Swanepoel, Director, To the Point Growth Specialists; Sihle Mdluli, Director: Strategy and Corporate Services, Bushveld Minerals