Mining Review Africa magazine will be hosting the Mine-Tech International Conference and Expo at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2-4 November 2009. This event will showcase key global trends in technologies specific to the mining industry, with a content-driven agenda written by mines, for mines. In the aftermath of the credit crunch, mines are placing increasing emphasis on cash conservation and cost management, which means implementing processes and technologies that will sustain margins and improve efficiency across the value chain.

Continued hikes of electricity tariffs will reportedly cost the South African mining industry in excess of R2bn. This will add to the burden of mining companies, which are already affected by rising costs and decreasing commodity prices. Mines are increasingly looking at energy efficient strategies such as load shedding and peak clipping to maximize power usage while keeping down costs.

In order to address these issues, Mine-Tech International will be hosting an early-morning breakfast smart session on Demand-Side Management for Power Efficiency, Cost Savings and Maximum Productivity. Led by Keith Arnold, Energy Engineer: Southern African Operations of AngloGold Ashanti, this session will bring together mine managers, energy engineers and other stakeholders to discuss best practice in managing power usage. This session will take place before the opening session on 3 November.

Strategic keynote and panel discussions will provide a forum for mining executives and investment facilitators to share their vision on where the mining industry is headed in the near future, and the main conference agenda will feature two tracks focusing on processes and technologies that reflect best practice and the most recent technological advances in enterprise integration and supply chain management.

In addition, Mine-Tech will be presenting two full-day pre-conference workshops on 2 November. The Technical Skills Forum will look at ways of addressing skills shortages in the mining and engineering environment, with a strong focus on skills development, talent management and succession planning. The Underwater Mining Forum will provide an overview of what many believe to be the future of mining as land-based resources become scarcer and more costly and time-consuming to extract. This workshop will investigate the viability of underwater mining, operational and logistical requirements, and give a considered assessment of the current state of play, technologies and capabilities, as well as future developments in this exciting and thusfar relatively unexplored field.

To find out more about the programme, speakers or how to register, visit the Mine-Tech website: www.minetechexpo.com, or contact Piera Abbott: piera.abbott@spintelligent.com