5th Young Professionals Conference 2021

REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE Young Professionals Conference

REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE Global Engineering Symposium


Innovation and research into mining technology is necessary to position Africa as a world leader in minerals production and benefi ciation. The Young Professionals Council is pleased to host a unique, two-day conference that will showcase a broad range of emerging research and innovation from young professionals in the metals and minerals industry. Presentations will focus on new technology, tools and techniques relevant to exploiting Africa’s mineral resources safely, competitively and sustainably.


  • a broad range of topics covering the entire mining value-chain will give a quick sense of developments in the fi eld of mining and metallurgy
  • a large body of research at Masters, PhD and Post-doctoral level will give insights into emerging themes and advances in the minerals and metals knowledge-areas
  • a focus on innovative practices, technological applications and case-studies from mining operations and research institutions will give the practicing professional an opportunity to learn about new tools and techniques relevant to their work
  • a gathering of diverse professionals within the metals and minerals community will give delegates an opportunity to obtain exposure, build reputations, further their careers and network with peers and leaders in the African Minerals Industry

Global Engineering Summit


Bridging the gap between research (academia) and industry while transitioning into 4IR.

Nala Consultancy & Projects is the official host of the 3rd Global Engineering Symposium(GES) in South Africa in collaboration with the SAIMM-YPC. The GES hosts a highly engaged international audience of technical, operational and policy making engineers in both academia and industry discussing current trends within these fields.

The rest of the world has slowly transitioned into the 4IR and countries such as Japan, South Korea and Germany have proven to be successful in the transition. South Africa is currently exposed to the same trend within the African continent. Therefore, such discussions will assist in unraveling paths to follow in order to achieve a sustainable transition into Industry 4.0. Having students as the cornerstone for the future of both academia and industry, we need to find ways to equip them for the transition and help them increase their competitive advantage in their respective fields.

The event aims,

  • To provide a great networking opportunity with delegates from different countries such as Azerbaijan, Ireland, Canada, Poland, Netherlands, Estonia, Germany and South Africa.
  • To provide an environment where students and young professionals get an opportunity to form relations with field experts worldwide in order to foster innovation and collaboration in these disciplines.
  • To advise students and young professionals on how to re-invent themselves in order to be competitive and relevant in the transition.
  • To expose students to international opportunities (internships, study abroad and excursions)
  • To show a holistic interlink between different professions and industries.


Students (Both undergrad and post grad), Young Professionals, Academia, in all fields of Engineering, Information Technology, Mining & Metallurgy, and Management.



Type of Event

Type of event

To ensure the health and safety of our industry during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be hosting this event online. You can still claim your CPD points for online attendance


Who should attend

Who should attend

This conference should be of value to all professionals across the entire minerals industry value chain, including:

  • All metallurgical fields
  • Exploration
  • Geology
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Leadership/management/government/community
  • Mining
  • Occupational Hygiene and SHE practitioners
  • ICT experts
  • Mechanical, electrical/electronic engineers
  • Mineralogy



Sponsorship opportunities are available. Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Co-ordinator.


Camielah Jardine
Head of Conferencing
E-mail: camielah@saimm.co.za
Tel: +27 11 834 1273/7



Gugu Charlie, Conference Coordinator,
E-mail: gugu@saimm.co.za
Tel: +27 11 834-1273/7