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Every bad situation

Has an element of good

And so we move into the last quarter of the year – and what a year it has been. I know it’s been tough, and you probably feel stretched to your limit having to work and push through the challenges associated with, dare I say it – COVID-19.

But I’m determined to reflect on the positive outcomes that have resulted from operating in a new world – one that will leave a permanent mark on all of us in some way or another.

What have we learnt exactly? That no challenge is unsurmountable for starters. Travel restrictions for example, saw the world, or at the very least the mining industry, learn to operate remotely. We took to Zoom and Teams with gusto. In fact, we are connecting with clients and colleagues more frequently than ever before.

Of course we must consider safety, which fortunately for the mining sector is already in our veins – so learning to incorporate a few new rules has posed no major challenge. Social distancing, face masks, hand washing – what a cinch.

Still connecting with Key Industry stakeholders, despite lockdown

Technology of course cannot be ignored. While the mining industry has, in some cases, been reluctant to embrace, adopt and accept the role that digitalisation, automation and even artificial intelligence has to play in our lives, this mindset has changed. Suddenly, we’ve become exposed to the multitude of benefits these technologies have to offer in making sure the ‘show goes on’. This excites me – no doubt wherever you are sitting in the world, technology has also positively touched your life in the last seven months, myself included and I’m truly loving it and feeling completely inspired.

While on the topic of inspiration, one of the articles I have written for this edition is one that will lift your spirits – the relocation of Kenmare Resources’ Wet Concentrator B plant for its Moma minerals sands projects in Mozambique. What do you do when you have a depleted ore body, but a new high grade resource 23 km away in need of just a plant and dredge to tap into? For a large-scale, established miner such as Kenmare, you come up with a plan that saves you time and money.

You don’t build a new plant. You don’t disassemble and reassemble your plant either. You build a 60 m wide road and implement a novel way to move your plant in its complete entirety between mining areas. What a feat! One that Kenmare has already achieved. This is a story for the mining history books and I highly suggest taking the time to read this one.

Lastly, before I go, for those of you who don’t already know, this edition will be digitally distributed at our Africa Mining Forum Digital Event taking place from 16-20 November. It’s the meeting place for junior miners and investors, looking to connect – so if you want a slice of that pie, don’t miss it.