5th Young Professionals Conference 2021

Date 21 September 2021
- 22 September 2021
Location The Canvas Riversands, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa
Resources 3rd Global Engineering Announcement-04032021.pdf
5-YPC-Announcement & CFP-05112020.pdf
Young Professionals Conference 2021 - Sponsorship-03022021.pdf


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

23-24TH SEPTEMBER 2021

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

At this point in time, the event is planned as a hybrid conference with international participation, which will allow for contact and online attendance and presentation. We are still in Stage 1 Lock down in South Africa as a result of COVID-19. We will monitor the situation, and if it appears that the effects of the pandemic are still such as to pose a threat to the health and safety of delegates, or restrictions are lifted to allow for more contact participation and international travel, the event delivery method will be adjusted accordingly.

Please submit your abstracts and papers as these will be peer reviewed and published for all contact and hybrid/online conferences.

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

Venue: Covid-19 Protocols

The Canvas Riversands: Measures taken regarding COVID19

Johannesburg, 12 March 2020 – As a responsible venue and in line with our company values, the health and wellbeing of all who attend events hosted at The Canvas Riversands is a priority.
We clean our facilities on a daily basis using the industrial quality cleaning materials and disinfectants. However, in light of COVID19, we have instituted the following additional measures to mitigate against the spread of the disease:

  • Setting up 6 stations for self-dispensing hand sanitizers throughout our building.
  • Keeping our main bathroom doors open so that visitors do not have to touch handles.
  • Adding additional hygiene signage around our events to remind visitors to wash their hands regularly.
  • Increasing the frequency of wipe downs of all common touch areas each day including door knobs, lecterns, microphones, hand rails, trash cans, water stations, registration tables and in and around the bathroom areas.
  • On the arrival each delegate will be screened at the registration desk.

We recommend that event organisers also consider the following actions in hosting events:

  • Communicate regarding the importance of delegates staying at home should they experience any symptoms: a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath.
  • Communicate that if delegates have recently visited any countries of high-risk regions identified do not attend events.

VENUE Contact
Lerato Maela
VENUE Events Administrator
Tel: +27 (0) 11 012 4600
Mobile: +27 (0) 73 154 9857
Email: venue@thecanvasriversands.co.za