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Katlego Letsoalo

Topic: The Perfect Storm

Katlego is a qualified mining engineer and currently works as a Monitoring and evaluation specialist. Mr Letsoalo was part of a team of 23 well selected young African Leaders under 40 in 2019 who are considered as the next generation of thought leaders in the Minerals and Metals sector by the University of Cape Town. Part of this UCT programme included analysing the African Mining Vision and addressing challenges faced by the extractive sector through the application of various policy instruments.

Katlego is a Council member of Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) and previously chaired the SAIMM YPC which represents just over 2000 professionals under 35 years in Southern Africa. He is a big advocate for young professionals and challenges facing the youth in the minerals and metals sector and continues to advocate for them in various platforms. Through his leadership, active YPC branches have been established in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo. Katlego prides himself by continuously redefining boundaries and advocating for young professionals in the Minerals Sector.

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Zandile Mkwanazi

Topic: Women belong in STEM

NZandile is the Chairwoman and founder of GirlCode, a non-profit organisation aimed at empowering young girls and women through technology. Over the past 7 years, GirlCode has grown to be the largest women in ICT lead organisation in South Africa hosting the largest an annual All female Hackathon with over 300 participants accross 3 provinces. Through her leadership the organisation has grown immensely to host monthly coding and robotics workshops teaching over 3000 girls from primary and high schools. Proving vacation work opportunities to university students and job opportunities to hundreds of girls. In 2019, 8 of the GirlCode community members received job offers in the U.K as a result of partnerships formed by GirlCode with multinational corporations.

Zandile is also the CEO and founder of EmpowerXx, a women in STEM focused tech recruitment startup whose focus is to accelerate women in leadership positions within coorporates across the Globe.

Although still in its infacy, EmpowerXx aims to revolutionalise how organisations attract, train and retain their Female Talent.

Zandile believes in creating opportunities that impact
both the social and economic status for women as well as the progress and development of technology companies who are currently still predominantly white male dominated..

  With the aim of ensuring that we as Young Professionals have a voice in the future of mining.
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