Modernising the mines

Eyes are on South Africa’s mining industry as it works to embrace technological change. What can the IT sector do to help?

05 June 2019

It’s hard to underplay the importance of the mining sector to South Africa. Historically, it’s been a key provider of exports, jobs and economic growth, but the country has struggled to come to terms with an industry that’s inevitably shrinking as reserves dry up. There’s an acceptance from government that the sector needs to modernise if it’s to survive and thrive – and an understanding that it has to be done in a way that’s sensitive to the communities that rely on mines for their livelihood.

Reconciling these two factors needs technologists to come on board too. So to understand how the IT industry is interacting with mining firms – and how they can do it better – Brainstorm convened a roundtable of experts.

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