Smart Mining, Smart Environment, Smart Society



Society in general, and the economy in particular, is evolving at breakneck speed. Old jobs are being lost and new ones are constantly being created. It is likely that mines developed in the next ten years will have a very different staff complement to those currently in production. It is also clear that we are at tipping points for climate systems and for biodiversity: the challenges facing the extractive sector in the coming decades are likely to be much greater than anything in the past century. What does this mean for environmental management? How should we be planning mines to reduce environmental footprints? What skills do we need to do this? Which energy sources will be available and will they have an impact on production? Can we close mines in a way that ensures that viable postmining economies can be established? This conference bridges the gap between practitioners and decision-makers and managers in both the publiand private sectors. The intention is to transfer knowledge and to debate the big issues facing regulators, mining companies, labour, and communities in a way that identifi es solutions. The conference will consist of a number of invited keynote speakers who will focus on strategiissues, with the possibility of a workshop included.

Conference themes and topics

Conference themes and topics

  • Mechanization and automation – the impact on social licence to operate
  • Renewables and climate change – power for new mines
  • Mining and minerals professionals of the future – environmental and social skills required and the integration of these new skill sets with existing skills
  • Industry 4.0 and the creativity imperative – driving environmental performance
  • New data needs
  • Mining and poverty – increasing importance of offsets
  • Modernizing the minerals sector to embrace values, people and the environment (WEF Theme) without sacrifi cing effi ciency and productivity
  • The future of mining in water-scarce countries (like South Africa)
  • Mining without biodiversity loss
  • Social and environmental performance as a value driver, not a cost centre
  • Measuring and valuing net environmental impact for improved decision-making.

Who should attend

Who should attend

The conference should be of interest to anyone working in or with the mining sector, including government and civil society organizations. It would be of particular relevance to advisors, consultants, practitioners, researchers, organized labour, government officials, and specialists working in the following areas:

  • Environmental Management
  • Sustainability
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Local and Regional Development Planning
  • Mining Legislation.

Key dates

Key dates

1 April 2019      Submission of abstracts for paper / presentation
6 May 2019       Submission of papers / presentations
4–5 July 2019   Conference

Preliminary Programme

Preliminary Programme                                                                                                                                Programme

Day 1 — Thursday 4 July 2019

Session 1 — Industry 4.0 and the creativity imperative – driving environmental Performance

@ The Verge
J. Courtnage, Deliberate Futures, South Africa

Current requirements for the future- and smart-connected mine
J.-J. Verhaeghe, Mandela Mining Precinct, South Africa

4th Industrial Revolution: lessons for Emalahleni from Welkom
J. Limpitlaw and C. Mallinson, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Mining-impacted water as a valuable resource: technologies for values recovery
J. Burgess, Isle Utilities, South Africa

Session 2 — Modernizing the minerals sector to embrace values, people and the environment (WEF Theme) without sacrificing efficiency and production

Economic Complexity and Succession Planning in the SA mining industry
M. Solomon, University of Cape Town, South Africa

The fit and misfit between Mining 4.0 and Sustainable Development
M. Hermanus, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Mining at the crossroads: Sectoral diversification to safeguard sustainable mining?
W. de Lange, B. de Wet, L. Haywood, W. Stafford, C. Musvoto, and I. Watson, CSIR, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Panel Discussion 1 — Social Challenges
Facilitator: P. Kapelus, South Africa

Day 2 — Friday 5 July 2019

Session 3 — Mining and poverty – increasing importance of offsets

Mining and processing of ornamental stones in context of job creation in rural South Africa
E.Y. Fontama and A.F. Mulaba, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Is successful resettlement possible with such divergent lender, private sector and community demands and expectations?
A. Hart, Sustainable Futures (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

The role of innovation in the conversion of Invasive Alien Plant biomass into products for rehabilitating mining land while restoring livelihoods
G. Barnes, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Session 4 — Mining without biodiversity loss

The Biodiversity Protocol
J. Houdet, Biodiversity Disclosure Project, South Africa

Session 5 — Social and environmental performance as a value driver, not a cost centre

Community development agreement and its applicability to Finnish Mining Context
J.M. Kotilainen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Importance of competent assessment of and reporting on socio- environmental liability
T. Steele-Schober, Uvuna Sustainability, South Africa

Development of the Socio-Economic Technology Initiative (SETI) platform to create a commonly recognised evidence base that can be used as a basis for better development planning
T. Cooper, Mining Dialogues 360, South Africa

Panel Discussion 2 — Environmental Challenges
Moderator: J. Courtnage

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

This conference is organised by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts for papers, presentations, video clips, podcasts, industrial theatre, sound bites and workshop topics in English for this conference, (an ISBN number will be allocated for papers published).

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to:
Yolanda Ndimande, Conference Co-ordinator E-mail:

Photographic Exhibition

Photographic Exhibition

The 2019 SAIMM Mining Environment and Society Conference – Smart Mining, Smart Environment, Smart Society – has a distinct ‘future feel’. Rather than hark back to the past in requesting poster presentations, this year the SAIMM Organizing Committee invites submissions of photographs that best demonstrate the themes associated with the conference. The fundamental theme to be judged is how well the picture demonstrates the future positive environmental legacy of mining.

Photographs can be submitted without the photographer attending the conference: in this case, there is no submission fee. Anyone who wishes to attend the conference and display a photograph will be charged the normal conference attendance fee.

All photographs accepted will become the property of SAIMM. These photographs will be loaded onto a database, to be accessed and available to all SAIMM members, with appropriate credit to the photographers.

Photographs need not be taken by a professional photographer: amateur submissions are encouraged. Participants are required to send a low-resolution pdf of their submission, along with the attached completed form, to Ms Yolanda Ndimande ( by 6 May, following which they will be informed of their successful entry within two weeks. Successful participants are then required to print their own photographs and bring them
to the conference on the day.

The photographs will be judged during the secon day of the conference. There will be three categories of winners, each receiving a token award:

  • Overall best imas
  • Most inspiring image
  • The quirk factor

Photograph Requirements

  • Print media: no restrictions
  • Colour or black and white
  • Glossy or matte
  • Minimum size: A2
  • Maximum size: None
  • Text on the photograph: limited to the location/company, the name of the photographer and the date
  • Text on a side panel (to be submitted in MSWord format for printing)
    • Title of the photograph
    • Maximum number of words describing the photograph (excl. title): 100 words
    • Technical details of camera, lens, and picture (aperture, focal length)
  • No framing/box-mounting: photographs to be displayed using double-sided tape.

Adjudication Criteria

  • Innovative/creative demonstration of the conference theme, including innovative/creativity in the title and linkages with the image
  • Uniqueness of the concept and innovation in delivering the message
  • Photographic style: angles, use of light, composition, use of non-related objects
  • Technical aspects: focus, lighting, cropping, exposure
  • Ability to inspire.

Download Registration Form (PDF, 500KB)

Exhibition / Sponsorship

Exhibition / Sponsorship

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



Yolanda Ndimande,
Conference Co-ordinator, SAIMM
P O Box 61127, Marshalltown 2107 ·
Tel: +27 (0) 11 834-1273/7