Professor Dee Bradshaw was invited to be a panellist at the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa’s (IoDSA) Sustainability Development Forum hosted on 2 September 2016. The discussion focussed on the King IV report on Corporate Governance for South Africa and how it interacts with global sustainability goals. Panellists were chosen to help attendees develop an understanding of the overall thinking behind the King IV report within the context of an existing global framework, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the South Africa’s National Development Plan. Discussions were facilitated by Karin Ireton, Chair of the Sustainable Development Forum. The panellists included Joanne Yawitch, CEO of the National Business Initiative (NBI) and Lindie Engelbrecht, Member of the King Committee and Executive Director: Members and Global Alliances at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Multi-Disciplinary Dust Workshops (2016)
MtM hosted an inter-disciplinary workshop on 10 June 2016, to showcase activities and available expertise in the area of mine dust within and beyond UCT’s borders. This was followed by a second workshop on the 13th July to discuss possible ways forward in terms of collaborative research and funding sources. The emphasis of these workshops was on developing trans-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder approaches to the issues of mine dust. The speakers and attendees came from diverse backgrounds, including mineralogists, engineers, scientists, health specialists, dust monitoring consultants, anthropologists and legal experts. Current follow-up activities include 4th year chemical engineering research projects and joint publications.
Mineral Beneficiation Workshop (2016)
A joint workshop was held with the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Stellenbosch on the 12th August 2016, focusing on research in the area of downstream mineral beneficiation. Presentations from academics and post-graduate researchers from the two research groupings were followed by a seminar by Professor Ben Turok.
SAIMM Student Interaction (2016)
The theme of ‘Mapping Mining to the SDGs’ was adopted for the Cape Branch of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy student evening on 29th Sept 2016, which was attended by more than 60 students from UCT, the University of Stellenbosch and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. These interactions provide invaluable opportunities to learn informal skills and develop the relationships which will forge the future of mining sustainability.
World Mining Congress (2016)
Professor Dee Bradshaw was supported by the UNDP to participate in a panel discussion on ‘Mining and the global Sustainability Development Goals’ at the World Mining Congress in Brazil in October 2016. The discussion was chaired by Gillian Davidson, head of WEF’s Mining and Metals Industry division.