|09 October 2024
|10 October 2024
|The Maslow Hotel, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
|Mine Closure Conference 2024 Annoucement 05022024.pdf
During closure planning there are usually four parties involved, being the mining house, external stakeholders, consultants and the authorities who are responsible for closure plan and eventual relinquishment approval. There are subsequently numerous conflicting ideals between the parties during the evolution of mine planning to post-closure. This leads to unrealistic closure expectations and vague obligations that result in the lack of setting or accepting specific closure and relinquishment criteria. Without clear direction, achieving a closure certificate in South Africa remains uncertain. This leads industry to adopt very different positions around closure planning that ranges between best practice, compliance to legislation to minimal planning.
Successful relinquishment has been achieved internationally by creating a value chain for sustainable post-mining economies as early as possible. In South Africa relinquishment could possibly be achieved successfully by complying to the current legislative closure approach or alternatively by creating third party value by means of parallel economies. This could potentially be supplemented with a regional closure approach between mining houses. It is therefore imperative that the third party needs to be part of the value chain development and execution through meaningful community engagement to ensure the benefits of local knowledge and achieve social acceptance. Once the long-term value chain is in place it lays the foundation for closure- and relinquishment criteria and social integration. ESG compliance adds another layer to closure planning but can be very useful to add specific criteria and expedite closure actions. Regardless of the approach taken, engagement with regulators is required for overall alignment and changes to policies.
To assist interested parties, industry and regulators to better understand the closure challenges within the current uncertain and fragmented closure space. This is underpinned by Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) compliance, reducing closure liabilities and risks, just transition and the ultimate goal of relinquishment. The conference will aim to present, workshop and identify the pressing focus areas for further research and engagement with the regulators.
The conference will also be supported by a peer reviewed journal publication on the same themes. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration as a paper or presentation. Papers selected for the journal will go through the journal review process before publishing. In person presentations will be preferred, although virtual presentations may be streamed live or pre-recorded.
Prospective authors are required to:
Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to: Camielah Jardine, Head of Conferencing, E-mail: email@example.com.
The complete Proceedings volume will be made available on the internet for public access after the
conference. Selected papers will be submitted to the SAIMM Journal.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Head of Conferencing
Tel: +27 11 530 0238