Mine-Tech International

2 November – 4 November 2009

Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 2 November 2009

Session 0.1.1
Technical Skills Forum
Session 0.1.2
Underwater Mining Forum

09h00 – 10h30

Review of skills situation and strategies to addres the skills shortage
Greta McNiven, General Manager, BizzPro, and Johannes Maluleke, Manufacturing Manager and Executive Director, De Beers Group, South Africa

Overview of underwater mining
Hans Smit, Projects Director, Marine and Mineral Projects, South Africa 

11h00 – 13h00

Workforce planning
Yendor Felgate, Managing Partner, Emergence Consulting, Africa and Middle East

Challenges of underwater mining
Steve Searle, Project Manager, Marine and Mineral Projects, South Africa 

14h00 – 15h00

Workforce development: linking training to business results
Deon Greyling, Managing Director, BTS, Johannesburg 

History of underwater mining
Rodney Norman, Managing Director, Marine and Mineral Projects, South Africa 

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 3 November 2009

Session 1.0.1

Opening and keynote session
Chairman: Antonio Ruffini, Editor, Mining Review Africa, South Africa

09h00 – 09h20

Welcome address
Abiel Mngomezulu, Chief Executive, Mintek, South Africa

09h20 – 09h40

The role of technology, innovation and human resource development in the mining sector
Derek Hanekom, Deputy Minister, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

09h40 – 10h00

DSM (Demand-Side-Management) for power efficiency, cost savings and maximum productivity
Keith Arnold, Energy Engineer, Southern African Operations, AngloGold Ashanti, South Africa

10h00 – 10h20

Sourcing opportunities in China – strategic planning and procedures to access this market
Kobus van der Wath, Managing Director, The Beijing Axis, China 

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Cost containment and increasing productivity: ensuring maximum operating efficiency
Session 1.1.1

Mining processes & systems (Exploration)
Chairman: Peter Knottenbelt, Head: Department of Mining Engineering, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

Realising cost efficiencies and ensuring a positive Return On Investment (ROI) on your technology investments – a junior mining perspective
Ian Saunders, President and Chief Executive Officer, New Dawn Mining Corp., Canada

12h00 – 12h30

High-performance computing applications in the mining industry
Happy Sithole, Director, Centre for High Performance Computing, CSIR, South Africa

Increased efficiency throughout the mining value chain
Session 1.2.1

Mining technologies (Exploration)
Chairman: Antonio Ruffini, Editor, Mining Review Africa, South Africa

Session 1.2.2

Mining processes & systems (Exploration)
Chairman: Sue Brandt, Managing Director, Managing Transformation Solutions, South Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Advances in blast modelling – practical applications of the Hybrid Stress Blasting Model
Ewan Sellers, Blasting Scientist, AEL, and Marc Ruest, Group Consultant – Geotechnical, De Beers Global Mining, South Africa

Understanding the mining business model as an integrated solution
Cuan Kloppers, Group Manager: Group Business Systems and CI, Samancor, South Africa 

14h00 – 14h30

Case study: Palabora block cave mining – a world-class benchmark design
Dawid Pretorius, General Manager: Underground, Rio Tinto-Phalaborwa Mining Company, South Africa

Gold Fields Tarkwa mine case study: Utilising 6 Sigma to increase performance across the value chain
Rod Thorogood, Consulting Director, and Frances Eames, Senior Consultant, Aorist Consulting, United Kingdom 

14h30 – 15h00

New technologies for PGM smelting: an overview of the ConRoast process
Rodney Jones, Specialist Consultant: Pyrometallurgy, Mintek, South Africa

Case Study: Managing maintenance activities  to increase overall process efficiency
Louis Turvey, Resident Engineer, Leeuwpan Mine, Exxaro, South Africa

 

Supply chain and logistics management: strategies to shorten lead times, speed up outbound supply and increase productivity
Session 1.3.1

Mining technologies (Operational Performance)
Chairman: Les Dodds, Discipline Manager, Logistics, Murray & Roberts, South Africa

Session 1.3.2

Mining processes & systems (Shipping Management)
Chairman: Rod Thorogood, Consulting Director, Aorist Consulting, United Kingdom

15h30 – 16h00

Increasing agility with event-driven SOA (service-oriented architecture)
Johnny Teixeira, MES Manager: GE Intelligent Platforms, South Africa 

Overcoming the challenges in mining supply and procurement
Ben Ludik, Group Strategic Sourcing and Supply Manager, Gold Fields, Australia 

16h00 – 16h30

Increasing quality and forecasting accuracy
Frans Maritz, CEO, Adcorp Talent Resourcing, South Africa

 

Achieving optimal performance through supply chain management
Johannes Maluleke, Manufacturing Manager and Executive Director, De Beers Group, South Africa


Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Session 2.0.1

Keynote
Chairman: Peter Bailey, National Health and Safety Chairperson,  National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa

09h00 – 09h20

Technology versus skills and job creation: Exploring the dichotomy and finding a balance
Graham Butler, Executive: Ferrous Operations, African Rainbow Minerals, South Africa 

09h20 – 10h20

Panel discussion: Mapping future developments in the mining industry

  • Utilising technology and training to advance mine safety
  • Environment and sustainability vs increasing demand for resources – how will cultural and policy changes evolve to adequately address this divide?
  • The impact of increasing pressures on mine management
  • Managing the implementation of enterprise resource planning and information systems – an increasingly critical component of mining operations

Moderator: Immo Bock, Director, Innovation Technology Mining Consultancy, South Africa

Panelists:

  • Yves Potvin, Director: Centre for Geomechanics, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Kobus de Jager, Strategic Associate, Centre for Sustainable Development in Mining and Industry, South Africa
  • Graham Butler, Executive: Ferrous Operations, African Rainbow Minerals, South Africa
  • Nicolaas Herholdt, Project Leader, Narrative Lab, South Africa
Safety and risk management: essential components of a forward-thinking mining company
Session 2.1.1

Mining technology (Production Management)
Chairman: Brian O’Connor, Senior Principal Engineer, Anglo Platinum, South Africa

Session 2.1.2

Mining processes & systems (Planning & Scheduling)
Chairman: Paul Mardon, Head of Occupational Health and Safety, Solidarity, South Africa

11h15 – 11h45

Absorbing seismic event energy through a High Energy Absorption (HEA) mesh
Yves Potvin, Director: Centre for Geomechanics, University of Western Australia, Australia 

Leadership rhetoric and reality in driving a positive safety culture
Alvin Vink, Development Specialist, Open-Book Consulting, Australia

11h45 – 12h15

Advanced communications technologies supporting production goals 
Anton Meyer, Senior Control Engineer, Barrick Gold Corporation, USA 

Systems engineering and safety design for operational effectiveness
Johann Holm, Director: Professional Services, Faculty of Engineering, North West University, South Africa

12h15 – 12h45

Increased safety and productivity through automation: De Beers Finsch mine case study
Kethusitswe Mokgathla, Section Leader: Operations (Finsch Mine), De Beers, South Africa 

Integrating enterprise and operational risk management into business practice
David Germishuizen, Enterprise Risk Manager, Astral Risk Management, South Africa 

Sustainable development – an increasingly critical component of mining activity as environmental concerns continue to top the agenda
Session 2.2.1

Mining technology
Chairman: Paul White, Co-Director, Fossil Fuel Foundation of Africa, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Opportunities for methane offset projects in the mining industry
Jan du Plessis, Senior Consultant: Occupational Environment and Hygiene, Gold Fields, South Africa

14h30 – 15h00

Continued social reporting after the awarding of mining rights
Sue Brandt, Managing Director, Managing Transformation Solutions, South Africa

15h00 – 15h30

Mine closure planning – an integral component of mine life cycle management
Kobus de Jager, Strategic Associate, Centre for Sustainable Development in Mining and Industry, South Africa