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Mining 4.0: Innovation, young professionals and priorities for a sustainable future

Engaging young people and attracting the right skill-set to the mining sector continues to be difficult. With mines located far from most universities and strong competition from other industries, many young people are sceptical about careers in mining. The sector needs to explain its future, positive impact and its rapid innovation to excite, nurture and support the best young talent.

To expose young people to mining’s opportunities and innovations Mining Indaba will host its 3rd Young Leaders in Mining Programme in partnership with Brunswick Group. Launched in 2016 the event has grown rapidly in size and importance, attracting cabinet ministers and leaders in government along with CEOs and senior executives from South Africa and the world’s biggest and most exciting mining companies. With over 170 attendees last year, it has proven to be THE event for students aspiring to learn more about this rapidly changing industry directly from young professionals and top leaders in the sector.

Reflecting the impact of the fourth industrial revolution, the imperative remains to operate sustainably alongside young people’s expectation that mining deliver value for all stakeholders. This year’s theme is: Mining 4.0: ‘Innovation, young professionals and priorities for a sustainable future’.

Guest speakers will include top leaders in business, government and civil society along with young professionals driving innovation within the industry. Speakers, panels and students will explore topics like:

• What young people can do to reshape the industry?
• The technical and management innovations revolutionising mining – from waterless mines, to big data and robotics, to community development and investment strategies
• Young people’s expectations of mining; mining’s expectations of young people
• What skills, values and attitudes will be needed for mining 4.0?
• Priorities for mining – where generations converge and diverge?
• How can mining support sustainability, inclusiveness and transformation?

Attending the progamme will provide you with the chance to engage and interact with a variety of audiences including university students, mining companies, banks and law firms working in the mining sector plus technology providers and regulators and academics. More details will be released in the coming weeks, so check back regularly to ensure you don't miss out.


  • Currently at university or in higher education
  • Have left university in the past two years
  • A PHD student
  • Professors and Researchers will be considered on a case by case basis with an upper limit on the number who can attend

Who attended in 2017?

2018 Keynote Speakers TBC
2017 Keynote Speakers included:

H.E. Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane

Minister of Mineral Resources
Republic of South Africa

Featured Speakers:

  • Tebello Chabana, Senior Executive: Public Affairs and Transformation, Chamber of Mines South Africa
  • Sandra Du Toit, Head: Mining & Metals, Africa Corporate Finance, Standard Bank
  • Patrick Leyden, Director, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Norman Mbazima, Deputy Chairman, Anglo American South Africa
  • Mpho Mothoa, Managing Director, Richards Bay Minerals and Head of South Africa, Rio Tinto
  • Patience Mpofu, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Africa Region, South32

Proudly supported by:

Brunswick advisory firm

Brunswick is an advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations: a global partnership with 23 offices in 14 countries.
Founded in 1987, Brunswick has grown organically, operating as a single profit center – allowing us to respond seamlessly to our clients’ needs, wherever they are in the world.