THE mining industry worldwide is undergoing unprecedented changes, including high commodity prices and rising exploration costs. In South Africa, the GDP from the mining sector decreased to 220907.55 ZAR Million in the first quarter of 2019 from 227291.33 ZAR Million in the fourth quarter of 2018. The fluctuations are partly as a result of number of challenges among others, illegal mining activities, the theft of commodities in refinery or final product stages as well as the hi-jacking of products in-transit. In many instances the loss of commodities is higher than the implementation of new technologies that can be used to manage and to improve security.
Various mines have lost their assets due to cable theft, mineral theft and other crimes within the mining industry. There is need for adaptation of improved technology that enhance security within the mines. The use of data in the mining sector has become imperative in a fast-paced and competitive market, and innovative data management platforms are creating better ways to manage, store and make sense of mining data. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications are being used to analyses important data and pick up patterns, which allows for better planning and resource management.
This conference presents perspectives on mining technologies that are being developed to better understand how mining industries are evolving to improve operational effectiveness and security. South Africa’s mining industry is set to undergo significant transformation in the next decade. With the rise of artificial intelligence, technology is set to drive a lot of what people are currently seeing in the mining industry going forward. The mining industry has to adjust and embrace new technology and innovation, as well as new ways of working. The development of new technologies benefits every aspect of the mineral industry. This includes; exploration, mineral processing, beneficiation, health and safety, as well as environmental issues. Above all, adaptation of technology will boost security within the mines. Technology development therefore, needs to be focused on those areas that are critical to the entire value chain.
This is a must attend conference to those interested in the discussion surrounding mining technology, security and the use of artificial intelligence in mining operations. Topics to be discussed include, technologies in mining, future of intelligent mining, use of drones in mining security, technology funding, challenges being experienced in securing precious resources amongst other topics.
We are back again with the 5th Annual Transport Telematics & Vehicle Security Conference to be held on 22 August 2019. This year’s edition promises to bring under one roof experts in the transport telematics to discuss how best telematics innovations are can be developed and adopted to ensure maximum road and vehicle safety.
There is no doubt that transport is very essential to both the economy and society. The economy depends on transport and without it, the economy would grind to a halt. However, many facets of transport safety are hindering the moving forward in the transport industry. There is need for unrelenting focus on safety. Issues such as car and truck hijackings continue to be a scourge on South African roads and this trend has logistics companies, fleet management companies and individuals continuously looking for ways to improve the safety of their fleet and vehicles on the road.
Telematics provides one of the most viable options to road safety. The scope of telematics encompasses vehicle tracking, monitoring the location, movements, status behaviour of a vehicle or fleet of vehicles, trailer tracking, automatic driving assistance systems. Newly telematics innovations such as video monitoring are also changing the game in which the fleet can be safely managed. There is no doubt that telematics applications have become integral in equipping fleet managers with driver performance data essential for rectifying driver behaviour that is deemed costly to fuel usage and potential collisions. Telematics can also help reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, with better driving resulting in reduced fuel consumption.
The instalment of the modern ways of fleet management by freight, logistics and individual car owners has not only ensured the safety and security of their vehicles, but also fuel management, insurance bill and improvement in driver behaviour thereby contributing to road safety. Telematics is therefore contributing positively to fuel management, stolen vehicle recovery, accident investigation, road safety and driver behaviour amongst other benefits.
This conference aims to explore the widespread telematics use in South African transport industry, its benefits, and to find more ways in which to make the roads safer for truckers and motorists. Experts will also give in-depth analysis in which car jackers have upped their game and how best to counter this. This is a must attend conference to all those who are involved in fleet management, logistics and those in transport companies.
The mining industry in South Africa remains one of the most significant industries, playing an important role in the economic growth of the country, and creating employment. Interestingly, the industry is said to have made a significant contribution to GDP of $349,42bn in 2018. Nonetheless, mining is also a very dangerous industry, having been responsible for the deaths of thousands of miners throughout the years. The mining industry poses several health risks that include airborne pollutants such as silica dust and coal dust, noise, heat and vibration. Other significant health risks posed by mining include chemical risks, which are not related to underground air pollutants or gases, skin disorders, ergonomic stresses, ionizing radiation and, in the diamond sector on the west coast of the country, decompression illness associated with diving.
Although health risks can be avoided by implementing controls at source in the work environment, designing such controls for mining environments presents considerable challenges because dust and noise are generated by mining itself. Hence, occupational health and safety in mining is an area that needs to be explored and addressed, in order to come up with solutions that could help to eradicate hazards associated with the industry. With regulations of the Mine Health and Safety Act, and establishment of the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate, a steady improvement was witnessed in the performance of the South African mining industry. Although coal, platinum and other mineral mines showed satisfactory performance, the injury fatality rates remained high in the case of underground gold mines, which called for an improvement in the prevention of occupational hazards. Despite an 88% improvement in fatality rates between 1993 and now, the mining industry still faces serious safety problems.
The Venture Capital and Disruptive Technologies in Insurance Conference returns for its second annual show at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg, and this time, focus will be on the impact of disruptive start-up technology on the global insurance economy. The proliferation of various disruptive technologies on the world stage – within and without the insurance industry – has impacted the way in which insurers do their work. For instance, telematics technology in the transport industry, and wearable health devices and apps have improved road safety and health; which in turn has lowered claims and money spent on insurance premiums.
In this vein, the conference will look at how the technology boom will affect the world economy; as well as how bankable these technologies are for venture capitalists. As venture capital strategies and structures continue to evolve (through the advent of numerous seed funds, crowdfunding, secondary markets), the conference will seek to explore what leading capitalists expect when considering to invest in disruptive technologies. For instance; what differentiates one technology from the pack (could be industry-focus, geography, governance philosophy, partnership structure)? What looming regulatory or legal considerations are on the horizon?
The two-day event will be held on 4 & 5 April 2019 with a mission to unbundle the world of disruptive technologies to insurance companies and showcase how its growth will affect the insurance industry, as well as connect them with partners, investors, and other organizations to accelerate business growth. It will bring together some of the region’s best and brightest business minds to network, share business best practices, learn from the success of others and hear about some of the industries and technologies that are driving investment and innovation, especially in the insurance industry.
For decades, the growth and use of cannabis (also known as marijuana, weed, pot, dagga) for either recreational and/or medicinal purposes remained prohibited in almost every part of the world. Despite its illegality, marijuana use has been fairly common as it remained one of the most popular illegal drugs used in the world. Only most recently have some countries (Canada, Switzerland, Peru, Portugal, Italy etc.) decriminalised cannabis use, with others restricting its use for medicinal purposes only (Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Greece etc.). Most African countries have remained adamant to decriminalise the use of cannabis, except for Lesotho and Zimbabwe which recently legalised growth of marijuana for medicinal use. It was only last year on the 18th of September when the South African constitutional court legalised adult use of cannabis in private and growing enough for personal consumption.
Many celebrated this long awaited court’s decision such that a competition titled “Bushmastery” was launched from January to May2019, offering R1000 cash to anyone who can grow the biggest cannabis plant in the country. One could argue that this may be a strategy to encourage cannabis growers to venture into the burgeoning global cannabis industry. South Africa is amongst the very first few African countries to legalise marijuana use even though its usage is limited to the private sphere. What are the implications of this legalisation of marijuana for the country?
The cannabis plant is known to possess significant medicinal properties and health benefits, therefore, this is another interesting avenue to be explored at this upcoming conference. But then, although private personal consumption of cannabis was legalised, smoking it in public and trading the plant (buying and selling) remains illegal. Yet commercialisation of the crop could actually help to boost the country’s economy considering the booming global cannabis market. The American cannabis analytics company New Frontier Data suggested that legal cannabis could generate almost $132 billion in federal tax revenue by 2025 in the United States (Washington Post). 80 000 new jobs were created in the American state of California alone due to cannabis sales. So what can South Africa learn from this? According to analytical strategy development professional Vladislav Lakcevic in his MBA thesis, legalising cannabis in South Africa will likely result in increased tax revenue coupled with decreased government expenditure on law enforcement. Interestingly, despite actively enforced prohibition, South Africa is said to be a major producer and global supplier of cannabis (United Nations office on drugs). Would it be possible to legalise the trading of cannabis and then come up with an authentic framework to regulate the industry which could generate billions for the country?
The best drones show in the country is back for the fourth year around. The previous three conferences since the inaugural November 2016 conference have been getting bigger and better. This year is no doubt going to be the year for the drones in South Africa and this is a conference that you cannot afford to miss.
The issue of regulations and drones’ certification and use is getting complicated with each year as technology continues to take the centre stage the world over. In South Africa, prospective users of this technology are getting frustrated of having to wait for years to get their licences. Thus, the evolving regulatory environment in the country has no doubt affected the adoption of commercial drones in the country.
However, on a positive note, drones are proving to be an indispensable technology as they are attesting their worth in the very different sectors. In this disruptive age, drones are proving to be the technology to adopt. Within the mining industry, the drones have facilitated the collection, and subsequent, processing, of more data than in the past, and this is pushing innovation mine-wide as data management processes are enhanced to ensure that other functional areas also benefit from the technology. Above all, the drones are boosting safety in the mines. In some mines the drones are being used for engineering inspections for equipment’s that cannot be easily accessed which dramatically eliminates safety risk.
On another hand, drones are being used to monitor infrastructural projects across the various provinces in the country. Thus, the conference will also address the advantages that municipalities in the country will have by adopting the use of drone. As such, the conference will also touch on different topics in the below sectors and presenters will speak on how the drones are changing the playing ground in the various sectors.
INNOVATIONS in technology are well known for setting changes and adding value to market structures. This is no exception to laser technology sector. The field of laser technology is in a constant state of further development with possible applications of lasers, such as in industrial manufacturing processes and tools for material processing through welding, cutting or engraving gaining momentum. There is no doubt that Laser innovations are set to open up revolutionary new technologies for medicine, communications, manufacturing, product development and more industries in South Africa.
Many innovations are exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. The adoption of laser technology as a manufacturing technology is also currently gaining momentum.
Despite several innovative projects in the laser industry, market penetration, skills and capacity development still remain problematic. Various challenges such as lack of local content and proliferation of imports, limited collaboration between sectors, limited manufacturing capabilities in form of infrastructure and expertise still hinder the growth and adoption of the technology.
Topics to be discussed include; most recent innovations, trends, industry collaborations, concerns, standardisation, conversion and testing, regulations, skills and capacity development, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the fields of laser technology amongst other topics. This conference therefore seeks to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, engineers and research scholars amongst other audiences to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of laser technology. The conference will also discuss the current trends in the field of laser technology. Moreover, delegates will be informed about applications and technologies that are here to stay and the opportunities that will arise from these developments. The conference will also provide a platform for discussion and networking as well as to share new ideas, advancements and research related to the application of laser technology in various fields and industries and its related topics.
This is must attend eventfor those who would like to gain the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the latest scientific advancements on laser technology and their applications.
There is no doubt that Mental health awareness has grown significantly over the last few years with a staggering 450 million people world-wide having varying degrees of mental health problems. This is despite Mental health being historically neglected on Africa’s health and development policy agenda. In South Africa alone, mental health issue has become a significant problem with about three in every 10 South Africans over 60 being in of need medication for mental health in the future. Currently, this is not only affecting the old age, but the young generation as well. Institutions such as universities have not been spared on this growing crisis. Mental health illnesses are said to be costing the country over R2 billion with over 17 million South Africans said to be currently dealing with various forms of anxiety disorders.That is the alarming stage that mental health illnesses have reached in the country.
Lack of mental healthcare in the country has gotten a lot of stakeholders in the industry worried. This include the shortage of health personnel such as psychiatrists. The World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Health Observatory data estimates that there is one psychiatrist per 100‚000 South Africans and fewer in the public health sector.
According to Professor Felix Potocnik from the South African Society of Psychiatrists (Sasop), only one psychogeriatric in Bellville remains at the South African Universities out of the five previously dedicated psychogeriatric units with an extensive waiting list. Various initiatives are said to be falling through the cracks due to the overburdened healthcare system.
Misconceptions about mental health issues – not just in South Africa, but globally has often resulted in people not receiving the correct diagnosis or treatment. Considering that an international survey revealed that one in three people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime and mental disorders have increased by 22.7%, It is therefore not surprising that it has become a focus amongst healthcare providers as well.
Interventions, engagements and dialogue between the different stakeholders from government, to non-governmental organisations to community based healthcare providers is therefore required to tackle this crisis.
This one day conference will bring together stakeholders in the mental health and psychology industry to deliberate and evaluate what interventions can be done to sustain this crisis. It will also identify the challenges facing the mental healthcare industry, assess the shortage of mental health professionals, mental health in the workplace, as well as evaluating the different approaches to addressing mental health issues amongst other topics.
The Cashless Payments Summit returns for its third edition at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg, and the focus this year will be on Vision 2025, financial inclusion, blockchain technologies and where South Africa and the Southern Africa Region stand with regards to latest developments in payments innovation.
With the ever-rising costs and dangers of handling cash, as testified by the recent and ongoing cases cash-in-transit robberies, there has never been a better time to explore smarter payment systems that are way safer than using cash when settling transactions. Yet, even as the finance industry pursues these innovations in payments, there needs to be a comprehensive education drive among consumers for whose benefit these systems have been designed. Just as banking and financial transactions have gone digital, so have cyber criminals followed the money onto cyberspace, where they prey on organisations and individuals with lax cyber security systems.
There is therefore need for consumers to be thoroughly versed on the latest payments systems, to equip them with knowledges on the processes and intricacies on these latest payment technologies and how to conduct them in a safe and secure manner. The 2018 edition of the Cashless Payments Summit, to be held on the 18th and 19th of October at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg will address these questions, as well as explore the various ways in which cashless payment systems have improved customer experience in settling transactions.
The event will also look at the efforts being made by some organisations to include everyone in the latest financial status quo, the central bank’s vision for a revamp of all payment systems to world-class status by 2025. All the leaders in leaders in payments innovations will be there, to shape the future of payments in the region.