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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.

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... 


 The green economy – our place in history starts today
The green economy – our place in history starts today
29th January 2024

By Devan Pillay, Cluster President: Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric In a time when the planet is under tremendous pressure, facing the existential threat of complete environmental... 


 How West Africa is building resilience against climate change
How West Africa is building resilience against climate change
26th January 2024

By Obinna Uche, Sales Director, Power Systems Division at Schneider Electric Anglophone West Africa According to the report Climate Change and Security in West Africa published by the Stockholm... 


To harness green hydrogen three requirements must be met
To harness green hydrogen three requirements must be met
25th January 2024

By Vikash Rampathi, Segment Marketing Lead at Schneider Electric With South Africa reaching an agreement to launch $1 billion blended finance fund to accelerate the development of the green... 


Making ESG Palatable and Accessible
Making ESG Palatable and Accessible
23rd January 2024

By Fran Troskie, Manager Research Analyst We’ve seen climate activists chaining themselves to the goalposts or taking to the pitch to disrupt major football fixtures in the English Premier League,... 


 How engineering advancement is changing the way we manage water
How engineering advancement is changing the way we manage water
23rd January 2024

By Johan Potgieter, Cluster Industrial Software Lead at Schneider Electric While ancient Rome could rely on gravity alone for its daily water supply, today, continuous engineering advancements play... 


The year of green mining
The year of green mining
22nd January 2024

By Johan Pretorius, MMM Segment Lead, Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric Analyst firm, Market Research Future’s (MRFR) recent report Green Mining Market By Type (surface and underground),... 


Unearthing Africa's mining potential: the case for South African training companies as local partners
Unearthing Africa's mining potential: the case for South African training companies as local partners
15th January 2024

By Jacques Farmer, Managing Director at PRISMA Training  In the African mining sector, the quest for local partnerships is driven by a combination of regulatory requirements and the desire to... 


When the heat is on: Stress and psychological safety in high-risk work environments
6th December 2023

By Lani van der Merwe, Senior Consultant at OIM Consulting  In 2013, I found myself working on a project at a mine, where I was part of a team tasked with cadet assessment in a worker training... 


Roland Innes
Local skills development is critical to continuity and sustainability of the mining sector
6th December 2023

By Roland Innes, Group CEO at DYNA Training The political landscape around mining in Africa is changing, and the traditional model of employing and recruiting expats to senior levels of management... 


Revolutionising the search for critical minerals using airborne electromagnetic technology by Spectrem Air
29th November 2023

By Louis Polome, General Manager at Spectrem Air Amid the global shift towards a low-carbon future, the need for lower-carbon sources of energy is growing rapidly. This has created massive demand... 


Jacques Farmer
Transforming South Africa's Mining Industry Through Specialist Training Providers
21st November 2023

By Jacques Farmer, Managing Director at PRISMA Training Solutions  As mining operations transition to modern methods, it is crucial to ensure workers can adapt to thrive in this new landscape.... 


Responsible Mining and Sustainable Development Goals: A Shared Value Perspective
17th November 2023

By Dr Sizwe Phakathi – Executive Safety at Impala Platinum and former Head of Safety and Sustainable Development at Minerals Council South Africa and Sietse van der Woude – Senior Executive of... 


The power of inclusive leadership
26th October 2023

By Malcolm Curor, CEO of United Manganese of Kalahari It’s a buzzword and social media through to motivational speakers and consultants cannot get enough of themes around Inclusive leadership. But... 


Hennie Colyn
Process Automation – an important driver in creating a sustainable future for mining
24th October 2023

By Hennie Colyn, Direct Sales Executive: Process Automation at Schneider Electric Process automation plays vital role in making the mining industry more sustainable. It enhances operational... 


Mante Kgaria
Accelerating mining water conservation in South Africa through advanced treatment methods
3rd October 2023

By Mante Kgaria, Senior Process Engineer at Multotec Water plays a vital role not only in sustaining life, but also in various industries, ranging from agriculture and food production to mining and... 


Jacques Farmer
Pioneering local expertise: PRISMA and Barrick redefine training in African mining
3rd October 2023

By Jacques Farmer, Managing Director at PRISMA Introduction: Collaborating for growth  


Aeysha Samsodien
Mining: a key component in the just energy transition
29th September 2023

By Aeysha Samsodien, Senior Equity Analyst, M&G Investments It’s no secret that South Africa’s mining industry faces significant challenges, such as energy reliability, environmental impact, supply... 


Let's talk mining: Ministerial consent when there is an indirect change of control by way of an issue of shares
Let's talk mining: Ministerial consent when there is an indirect change of control by way of an issue of shares
18th September 2023

By Thabang Shomang – Director – and  Sive Mqikela – Associate at Rams Attorneys The Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) has recently handed down a judgment (Vantage Goldfields SA (Pty) Ltd & Another v... 


Jan de Kock
The future of transformation in the mining sector
14th September 2023

By Jan de Kock, Head: CFM: Origination at Absa CIB The mining sector in Africa holds immense potential for economic growth and development. As the continent's working-age population continues to... 


Africa’s mines and factories must brace for AI and ‘bots’ as part of an integrated safety and network solution
Africa’s mines and factories must brace for AI and ‘bots’ as part of an integrated safety and network solution
7th September 2023

By Anton Fester (Managing Director) & Koos Fourie (Technical Director) Sedna Industrial IT Solutions Tech disruption in the mining and heavy-duty industrial sectors in Africa is set to continue at... 


Jacques Farmer
Women as catalysts for change: training providers leading the way to gender equality in mining
31st July 2023

By Jacques Farmer, Managing Director at PRISMA Training Solutions Women are leading a transformation in the mining industry, pioneering the shift towards gender equality and empowerment. Redefining... 


Adrian van Wyk
Optimising mining operations, reducing costs through control and industrial automation
20th July 2023

By Adrian van Wyk, Managing Director at Referro Systems (Pty) Ltd With over 22 years’ experience representing some of the world’s most renowned industrial brands, including Rockwell Automation,... 


Giada Masina
Mining rights and indirect change of control– judge settles old debate
6th July 2023

By Giada Masina & Francois Sieberhagen from Webber Wentzel A recent Supreme Court judgment has clarified that ministerial consent under section 11 of the MPRDA is needed for both direct and... 


Jacques Farmer,
Transforming South Africa's Mining Industry Through Specialist Training Providers
19th June 2023

By Jacques Farmer, Managing Director at PRISMA Training Solutions  As mining operations transition to modern methods, it is crucial to ensure workers can adapt to thrive in this new landscape.... 


Gert Roselt
Climbing the ladder from apprentice auto electrician to CEO
9th June 2023

Gert Roselt started his career as an apprentice auto electrician for Kuruman Auto and has successfully climbed the ladder to become CEO of Probe IMT Group. He shares his career journey with... 


Robert Botha
The impact of corporate politics on in-house legal counsel
9th June 2023

Corporate politics, the intricate web of power dynamics, alliances and manoeuvring within organisations, has far-reaching consequences on various stakeholders. In-house legal counsel, responsible... 


Dr Mthandazo Ngwenya
Corporate Social Responsibility - an ever-increasing role in Corporate Strategy
8th June 2023

By Dr Mthandazo Ngwenya, MD: Bigen Development Advisory and Impact The growth of international human rights law in recent times, first targeting government actions and later corporations, are one... 


Roland Innes
Sociometric data can disrupt the traditional value chain and revolutionise the mining industry
5th June 2023

By Roland Innes, Group CEO at DYNA Training The mining industry is rapidly evolving as mines embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) with increasingly sophisticated equipment and automation.... 


Wynand Marx, CEO at BBE Group
Mine ventilation as an enabler and not a constraint
25th April 2023

By Wynand Marx, CEO at BBE Group The core business of mines is to extract ore safely in line with market demand and forecasts, stockpile levels, processing capacity, transport and hoisting... 


Clinton Pavlovic, Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells
Zimbabwe: A new focus for lithium mining
18th April 2023

By Clinton Pavlovic, Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells & Tapiwa John Chivanga, Senior Associate at Scanlen & Holderness Lithium is becoming a highly sought-after commodity in the drive to achieve a... 


Roland Innes, Group CEO at DYNA Training
Mentoring certification is now mandatory for mining engineers – but this is not a bad thing
13th April 2023

By Roland Innes, Group CEO at DYNA Training As of January 2023, the Mine Engineer’s Certificate of Competency requires a mentor to possess certification from an accredited institution, and proof... 


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