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Mine Security conference aims to strengthen security measures, build investigations and intelligence sharing

9th May 2024

     

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Pinpoint Stewards will be hosting the annual Mine Security conference at the Indaba Hotel on 19 and 20 June. This year’s conference will be under the theme: Protecting mineral resources & infrastructure by applying stronger mine security measures through intelligence sharing.

Major mining companies will be speaking on how they have adapted and shifted their security measures to be more pro-active and the NPA and DPCI will discuss ways to strengthen investigations and prosecutions relating to illegal mining.

 “It’s clear, from last year’s presentations that a fragmented approach will not deter the enemy, therefore the conference brings all stakeholders together in one room to gain advantage as a unified front“ , says Ankia Roux, co-owner Pinpoint Stewards. “

The two-day conference will address various topics and include experts across the mining industry, state and private security forces, prosecution authorities and technology providers. The agenda will include an update on specialized units working together to deal with illegal mining and being pro-active rather than re-active provided by, Major General Alfred Khana, Component Head: Serious Organised Crime Investigations, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation.  Lyle Pienaar, Executive: Risk and Security, Pan African Resources will be addressing organised crime in South Africa and the paradigm shift that is required.  Focussing on theft of PGMS and responsibilities of employers towards organized crime will be the crux of Mike Nelson, Group Head: Impala Security, Impala Platinum talk. Wayne Hackart, General Manager, Anglo American Platinum Security will in turn, highlight the securitization of industries to change in dynamic and security requirements.  Tackling financial intelligence gathering to strengthen investigations and prosecutions relating to illegal mining, discussed by Adv Elaine Moonsamy, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, National Organised Crime Coordinator, NPA, and addressing the NPA’s role in rooting out illegal mining will be Adv Jacob Serepo, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Coordinator: Organised Crime NPA (DPP-Gauteng Local Division, Jhb). 

A panel discussion comprising of industry experts: Nash Lutchman, Independent mining security and law enforcement professional, Thys de Beer, Group Security and Forensic Investigations Manager: SA Operations, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited and Major General Ebrahim Ahmed Kadwa, Provincial Head: DPCI Gauteng Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, will focus on collaboration efforts between stakeholders to ensure all efforts work together as one. 

Bidvest Protea Coin and UDS have joined the conference as silver sponsors and exhibitor and during the demo sessions, Safer City Group will share their approach as part of technology and security enabling solutions.

The conference aims to build concrete outcomes that will deter organised crime syndicates within mining and create an annual objective platform for interested parties to join forces and take action.

To further encourage engagement, a “Mine Security Network SA” group was created by the organisers on LinkedIn as an action point from last year’s conference.  It is a closed group, and participants will be included on request only with linked interests.

To participate or to receive a full conference brochure, contact Pinpoint Stewards on info@pinpointstewards.co.za

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

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