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Africa’s miners embrace disruption

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Mid-tier mining companies in Africa are crucial in shaping Africa’s future through embracing positive disruption
Shammy Luvhengo is Executive Director and CEO at Ndalamo Resources. Image credit: Ndalamo Resources

Africa’s miners embrace disruption

Mid-tier mining companies in Africa are crucial in shaping Africa’s future through embracing positive disruption.  

By Shammy Luvhengo

The 2024 Mining Indaba presents a unique platform to delve into the significance of the mining sector in Africa. It is imperative to recognise that mid-tier miners play a pivotal role as drivers of innovation, incubators of new ideas, and catalysts for change.

They are the vanguards of exploration, often pioneering new technologies and methodologies that transform the industry.

This annual strategic platform is a vital opportunity to explore the seismic potential of the mining industry in and the sectors profound influence and its pivotal role in reshaping the African mining landscape align seamlessly with the overarching theme of the 2024 Mining Indaba: ‘Embracing the power of positive disruption: A bold new future for African mining.’

Towards a sustainable landscape

As Ndalamo Resources, we embrace this disruption with enthusiasm and determination. We envision a future where we as the mid-tier mining sector collaborates, innovates, and leads the charge towards a sustainable, diversified, and technologically advanced mining landscape in Africa.

We recognise that the evolution of the mining sector hinges upon our ability to navigate disruptive forces and proactively steer toward a future that amalgamates progress, responsibility, and innovation.

Our strategic pillars – sustainability and ESG, growth and diversification, and operational excellence – are not merely guiding principles but fundamental catalysts driving our endeavours in shaping a new narrative for mining in Africa.

We firmly believe that sustainability and responsible mining practices form the bedrock of a thriving and ethical mining industry. We are committed to operating in harmony with the environment, prioritising the welfare of communities, and upholding the highest standards of governance.

Africa’s miners embrace disruption

Our dedication to ESG principles ensures that every facet of our operations integrates sustainability, fostering a positive impact that extends beyond profit margins.

The dynamism of the mining landscape demands adaptability and foresight. While coal mining remains integral to our operations, we recognise the imperative to diversify into other minerals and alternative energy sources.

This strategic shift is not just a response to market trends but a proactive step in contributing to Africa’s sustainable energy transition.

We are actively exploring opportunities in renewable energy and other minerals, paving the way for a diversified and resilient future.

In the landscape of transitioning to a low-carbon economy, the role of the coal mining industry is both pivotal and transformative. As we navigate the realms of the 2024 Mining Indaba’s theme, it’s imperative to recognise that our industry holds a significant position in this shifting paradigm.

Disruption spearheads change

The emphasis on positive disruption underscores our opportunity and responsibility to spearhead change in a sector that has traditionally powered economies worldwide.

Coal mining, despite its challenges and criticisms, remains an essential component in the global energy mix.

Our commitment to sustainability, innovation, and responsible mining practices can be the catalysts for a seismic shift towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

Promising future for African mining  as Africa’s miners embrace disruption

Amidst the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions, the coal mining industry has a unique chance to pioneer transformation. As we stand on the cusp of a new era, our focus must not solely dwell on the immediate transition away from coal but on leveraging innovation and technology to mitigate its environmental impact.

We must explore cleaner coal technologies, invest in carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS), and diversify our energy portfolio towards renewable sources while ensuring a just transition for the communities reliant on coal mining.

Our participation in this discourse at the Mining Indaba serves as an affirmation of our commitment to embracing disruption positively, fostering innovation, and reshaping the trajectory of the coal mining industry towards a more sustainable and vibrant future.

The journey ahead is challenging, but through collaborative efforts, a commitment to sustainability, a spirit of innovation, and a collective embrace of positive disruption, we are poised to create a bold and promising future for African mining.

African miners embrace disruption


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