African mining event offers solutions to sector-related issues

miningsummitVisitors and industry experts at the Next Generation Mining Africa Summit 2012. (Image source: Next Generation Mining Africa Summit)The Next Generation Mining Africa Summit, organised by GDS International in South Africa, sought to offer solutions to problems being faced by the mining sector in the continent

The event kick started on 18 March 2013 with the flagship NG20 sessions, which included a senior group of delegates and solution providers, at the five-star Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa in South Africa. The meet concluded on 20 March 2013.

Roundtable meetings, comprehensive workshops, panel discussions and peer-led discussions on the African mining industry marked the three-day event.

Collabor8, an icebreaker designed to drive interaction between operators and service providers to highlight key solutions to mining-related issues was another highlight of the meet.

Some of the delegates attending this year’s summit included Barrick Gold director project Marius Botha, Rossing Uranium general manager Ben De Vries, Anglo American deputy global head Renier Swart, Hernic Ferrochrome general manager mining Lemogang Pitsoe and Konkola Copper Mines vice-president operations Barry Hodgkinson.

Next Generation Mining Africa Summit director for GDS International Joe Thompson said, “The leading mining operators and top service companies are once again joining forces to thrash out major challenges to ensure the African mining market remains competitive and buoyant.

“The summit provides the ideal setting and environment for heavyweights of the mining market to collaborate and pledge that no stone is left unturned in finding solutions to increasing productivity and reducing downtime across their business units.”

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