|Date||03 August 2021|
|-||04 August 2021|
|Location||The Canvas Riversands, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Resources||DIMI Hybrid Conference Announcement and Call for Papers-05022021.pdf|
Empowering the African minerals industry through diversity and inclusion
3-4 AUGUST 2021, RIVERSANDS CANVAS, FOURWAYS, GAUTENG
The SAIMM through its committee for Diversity and Inclusion in the Minerals Industry (DIMI) and in collaboration with Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) is excited to announce its first ever conference focusing on the issues of diversity and inclusion in the mining and minerals industry.
The Southern African Mining sector, just like the global mining industry, still faces huge challenges when it comes to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. While the landscape might be changing due to a lot of companies becoming more aware of the need for a more representative and diverse workforce, there is still a lot to be done. Beside issues of gender disparity in the industry, safe spaces in the workplace, protective equipment, sanitation facilities, pregnancy and childcare facilities for women are some of the challenges that continue to plague the sector. The industry also needs to go beyond workforce diversity to inclusion. Identifying individuals from different geographic, gender, economic and cultural groups, creating safe spaces for them, providing support for them to grow into their roles and creating conditions that promote inclusion on a daily basis can go a long way in retaining and advancing the careers of these individuals and hence contribute to the long term growth of the mining sector. There is thus, a need for platforms that allow for discussions that can lead to the development of strategies for advancing and encouraging decisions that are in the best interest of a diverse workforce.
Professionals from the mining and minerals industry and
related business sectors are encouraged to attend. The aim of
the event is to;
At this point in time, the event is planned as a hybrid conference with international participation, which will allow for face-to-face and online attendance and presentations. We will monitor the situation, and if it appears that the effects of the pandemic still pose a threat to the health and safety of delegates, or restrictions are lifted to allow for more face-toface 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. High quality papers will also be selected for publication in a special edition of the SAIMM Journal.
The conference topics include but are not limited to;