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Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly presents Business Thought Leadership. This is a platform for unsolicited opinion articles written by various thought leaders on topical issues affecting the South African economy and the business environment. Creamer Media retains the right not to publish unsolicited opinion articles, as well as to remove articles from the platform. The opinions expressed are not those of Creamer Media.

Backcasting to the future
Backcasting to the future
21st May 2024

By Johan Potgieter, Cluster Industrial Software Lead at Schneider Electric In Sci-Fi, the Grandfather Paradox hypothesises that if one should travel into the past and change certain key events, the... 


Buildings are Phygital too
16th May 2024

By Thabang Byl, Buildings Segment Lead at Schneider Electric It’s a story as old as, well, the pandemic; industries going through disruption to adapt to a world which has in some instances remained... 


How do you manage an overburdened grid? Electricity 4.0 provides some answers
How do you manage an overburdened grid? Electricity 4.0 provides some answers
10th May 2024

By Taru Madangombe, Vice President: Power and Grid for Middle East and Africa at Schneider Electric Energy transition and innovation are inherently interdependent. If one looks at the history of... 


When the boom goes bust, protect your profits by prioritising your people
8th May 2024

By Arjen de Bruin, Group CEO at OIM Consulting It’s official: the commodity boom has gone bust.  


Change as a Tradition –  The Raw Materials Sector in Sustainable Transformation
Change as a Tradition – The Raw Materials Sector in Sustainable Transformation
3rd May 2024

Author: Jens-Peter Lux, Managing Director, DMT GROUP The development and wealth of our society have always been connected to the availability and management of raw materials. They have a... 


The Magnificent Seven of industrial software development
The Magnificent Seven of industrial software development
2nd May 2024

By Johan Potgieter, Cluster Industrial Software Lead at Schneider Electric There’s fast paced and there’s supersonic, and the latter certainly applies to the evolution of software or more... 


Understanding UPS system failure and how to mitigate the risks associated with this crucial equipment
Understanding UPS system failure and how to mitigate the risks associated with this crucial equipment
30th April 2024

By Sarika Andee, Marketing Leader: Field Service at Schneider Electric Research shows that 64% of costly breakdowns on manufacturing s­ites are caused by f­ires, w­ith 24% of those f­ires bei­ng... 


Building practices of the future will integrate digital solutions to reduce buildings’ carbon footprints
Building practices of the future will integrate digital solutions to reduce buildings’ carbon footprints
29th April 2024

By Mark Freeman, Offer Manager Digital Buildings for Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric Unchecked energy consumption is linked to various environmental challenges, including air, water and... 


 The digital mining frontier - future developments for process automation in mining
The digital mining frontier - future developments for process automation in mining
26th April 2024

By Hennie Colyn, MMM - Strategic Account Executive at Schneider Electric The digital process automation market is expected to reach a staggering 24.2 Billion by 2028, with a Compound Annual Growth... 


Optimising green hydrogen production with technology advancement
Optimising green hydrogen production with technology advancement
18th April 2024

By Hennie Colyn at Schneider Electric A recent Markets and Markets research report Green Hydrogen Market, Industry Size Forecast Report  outlines that the segment is set to reach USD 7,314 billion... 


 The important evolution of HR
The important evolution of HR
17th April 2024

By Kim Naidoo, HR Manager, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric The role of Human Resources (HR) has certainly changed over the years. The advances in technology (AI) continues to evolve at a... 


Businesses can conquer power quality challenges with expert consultative services
Businesses can conquer power quality challenges with expert consultative services
16th April 2024

By Wesley Govender, Power Quality Product Application Expert at Schneider Electric Due to the instability of South Africa’s energy market, characterised by frequent fluctuations and disruptions,... 


3 tips to improve your employees’ productivity – from a behavioural change specialist
15th April 2024

Ask any company head or business leader how important employee productivity is to them, and they will tell you that it is right up there with a strong bottom line and a good coffee machine. But... 


Is your building intelligently supporting your well-being?
Is your building intelligently supporting your well-being?
9th April 2024

By Thabang Byl, Buildings Segment Lead at Schneider Electric Buildings are gathering places for humans, and for its inhabitants to prosper, it needs to be sustainable, resilient and people centric.... 


A comprehensive approach to modernising manufacturing operations and how to overcome the fear of change
A comprehensive approach to modernising manufacturing operations and how to overcome the fear of change
5th April 2024

By Sarika Andhee, Marketing Leader at Schneider Electric Businesses are often hesitant to embrace change, particularly when it involves crucial operations. Many organisations and industries worry... 


Distance, what distance?  Microgrids meet remote operations’ energy requirements
Distance, what distance? Microgrids meet remote operations’ energy requirements
2nd April 2024

By Nishandra Baijnath, Systems Architect, Power Systems, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric As the world’s second largest continent, the vast expanse Africa lends itself to remote operations,... 


AI, scarcity, power, and other datacentre trends
AI, scarcity, power, and other datacentre trends
27th March 2024

By Faith Waithaka, Cloud and Service Provider Segment Sales Lead: Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric It’s easy to say that 2023 was the year of AI, or generative AI to be more specific.... 


Safety and operational excellence: it's not one or the other
26th March 2024

By Arjen de Bruin, Group CEO at OIM Consulting In the past and across certain industries, there was often a misconception that an organisation could either operate in complete adherence to safety... 


AI is driving data centres to the edge
AI is driving data centres to the edge
22nd March 2024

By Ben Selier, Vice President, Secure Power, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric The data centre has become the cornerstone that links our digitally interconnected world. At the same time, the... 


Mesh networks- a multidirectional electrical superhighway
Mesh networks- a multidirectional electrical superhighway
19th March 2024 By: Dimpho Madiba

By Nishandra Baijnath, Systems Architect, Power Systems, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric Today, many power industry stakeholders are faced with mounting requirements for improved grid... 


 The first steps in establishing West Africa as a world powerhouse
The first steps in establishing West Africa as a world powerhouse
18th March 2024

By Obinna Uche, Sales Director, Power Systems Division at Schneider Electric Anglophone West Africa West Africa is a region of abundance, rich in both human and natural resources   Its renewable... 


Navigating the supply chain for Scope 3 emissions
Navigating the supply chain for Scope 3 emissions
13th March 2024

By Ben Selier, Vice President, Secure Power, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric It is encouraging to note that datacentres across the globe are taking proactive steps to incorporate renewable... 


How we Inspire Inclusion on International Women’s Day
How we Inspire Inclusion on International Women’s Day
8th March 2024

By Nimmita Maharaj, Diversity and Transformation Director, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are central to addressing some of the... 


Peter Marumong
How remote monitoring can improve rural water provision and management
5th March 2024

By Peter Marumong, Cluster WWW Segment Leader at Schneider Electric It is widely accepted that rural areas in South Africa are more difficult to manage and monitor assets and treatment plants due... 


Carol Koech
Bridging the talent shortage in modern data centres
5th March 2024

By Carol Koech, Strategy Director, Sustainability & Thought Leadership – Schneider Electric International Operations  The rapid expansion of data centres has created a high demand for skilled... 


East Africa – a sustainability journey on course
East Africa – a sustainability journey on course
1st March 2024

By Carol Koech, Strategy Director, Sustainability & Thought Leadership – Schneider Electric International Operations In the first part of my East African sustainability journey blog series, I will... 


Unity doesn’t mean uniform
Unity doesn’t mean uniform
28th February 2024

By Nimmita Maharaj, Diversity and Transformation Director, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric How do you effectively unite an increasingly diverse workforce when organisations are one of the... 


 Local procurement should be top of mind in mine-owned solar power projects
Local procurement should be top of mind in mine-owned solar power projects
21st February 2024

By David Sullivan, Divisional CEO at LH Marthinusen, a division within the ACTOM Group Many mines in South Africa are currently in the early stages of planning and obtaining approval for their... 


Reimagining Coal: Evolving the Ecosystem for a Balanced Energy Future
20th February 2024

July Ndlovu, Chairman, FutureCoal - The Global Alliance for Sustainable Coal In the dialogue on energy sustainability, coal often finds itself at the centre of a contentious debate. As economies... 


The electrification of rural West Africa – a conundrum of sorts
The electrification of rural West Africa – a conundrum of sorts
20th February 2024

By Teina Teibowei, Commercial Lead, Microgrid, Power & Grid Business Segment at Schneider Electric West Africa’s socioeconomic development relies heavily on access to reliable and affordable... 


Agriculture – farming for the future with modernised systems
Agriculture – farming for the future with modernised systems
19th February 2024

By Clive Roberts, Segment Lead: CPG - Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric According to a new report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation  (FAO), Tracking progress on food and... 


Datacentres, meet microgrids
Datacentres, meet microgrids
15th February 2024

By Faith Waithaka, Cloud and Service Provider Segment Sales Lead: Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric Discussions around datacentre reliability have moved up a gear to include sustainable... 


A blueprint for workforce transformation
A blueprint for workforce transformation
14th February 2024

Well-known businessman, Simeon Preston said: “The biggest part of our digital transformation is changing the way we think”.  A sentiment that is particularly true in the case workforce... 


No guarantees - this is why you need a microgrid
No guarantees - this is why you need a microgrid
13th February 2024

By Nishandra Baijnath, Systems Architect, Power Systems, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric If 2023 has taught us anything, is that the energy landscape is dynamic, robust, and versatile.... 


 Providing continuous backup power solutions through a robust partner channel model
Providing continuous backup power solutions through a robust partner channel model
8th February 2024

By Rohan de Beer, Secure Power Division at Schneider Electric A recent roundtable, hosted by the Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) and attended by CIOs and IT leaders,... 


Navigating the depths: How Crossroads Distribution streamlines supply chains in South Africa's mining industry
8th February 2024

By Pieter Lochner, Operations Executive, Crossroads Distribution South Africa's mining industry, a vital artery of the nation's economy, pulsates with activity deep within the earth. But extracting... 


Key takeaways: Opening address by the Minister of Mineral Resources & Energy
Key takeaways: Opening address by the Minister of Mineral Resources & Energy
7th February 2024

The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Gwede Mantashe, set the scene for his opening address with reference to the theme for Mining Indaba 2024, Embracing the Power of Positive... 


Access to Energy – the African imperative
Access to Energy – the African imperative
1st February 2024

By Quintin McCutcheon, Global Marketing Director, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric The ongoing energy crisis have set back global progress on universal access to electricity. According to... 


 A changing grid requires flexibility
A changing grid requires flexibility
30th January 2024

By Dwibin Thomas, Cluster Automation Leader at Schneider Electric  Winston Churchill said, "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."  It is a wonderful sentiment that can be... 


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