REIMAGINING TRAINING IN MINING

An Innovation Showcase of Ed-Tech solutions that are changing the future of South Africa. ​

HAVE A SOLUTION THAT EDUCATES USING TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE?

We are looking for training innovations that will enable miners to operate more safely, healthily, and productively, assisting in the journey towards Zero Harm Production. This can be achieved through knowledge transfer, skills development and increased understanding of principles for workers of all ages and experience levels.

#MakingMiningMatter

Idea

How might we use technology-enabled education
innovations to reach Zero Harm production in mines?

SHOWCASE BACKGROUND
Why are training innovations needed in mining?

The year 2020 showed that innovation and technology are vital to all industries as they seek to adapt to rapid change. The last year has seen intense focus on how innovation and technology can be used to serve and save humanity. In the face of unprecedented risk, every individual and organisation has been compelled to evaluate and change traditional ways of living and working. COVID-19 slowed the world down, but it accelerated change and the way industries react.

‘Ten insights into 4IR in Mining’, a report compiled by PwC in partnership with the Minerals Council and with the assistance of the Mandela Mining Precinct, identified that South African mining companies are, by their very nature, innovative, but there is significant room for the industry to embrace the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and innovation more readily. Key takeaways included the big role that technology innovation can have in the areas of Learning and Development for a more empowered workforce.
Safety, Health and Environment are expected to benefit from the integration of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies.
The Minerals Council has identified the key role that training across the whole value chain plays in embedding Safe and Healthy practices and has supported the Minerals Council’s efforts to identify the best training solutions to enable these. 4IR tools are expected to deliver improved employee engagement and training to embed Health and Safety practices in every day working processes.

Organisations must prepare their workers to overcome the digital divide
Companies are already exploring new working practices to bring everyone into the digital era. Key interventions for this include (1) creating learning groups that team up digitally proficient staff with those less digital-savvy to raise the digital know-how across the organization, and (2) conscious investment into training staff for digital transformation.

TIMELINE OF THE PROGRAMME
The programme will happen over the following four phases:

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AS A SOLUTION PROVIDER
 

MEET THE ORGANISATIONS
#MAKINGMININGMATTER

The Minerals Council South Africa and its partners, including the Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS), have dramatically shifted the visibility of innovation in mining in South Africa and aims to continue making progress in the arena, with projects such as this one. The Minerals Council has also partnered with one of its member companies, Harmony Gold, to identify and put in practice impactful solutions in the training space.

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Submit your optional submission form (available below) or pitch decks in PDF format
via email to alana.kruger@riis.co.za by 10 am on Monday, 19 July.
Use subject line [SUBMISSION: name of technology].
For information on what your submission documents must include, see page 15 in the document below.

 

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Add your answers to the form, and send it to alana.kruger@riis.co.za as your final submission. 

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DISCLAIMER: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The intention of this challenge is to identify promising technological innovations that could be implemented in the mining industry.

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It is important that no confidential intellectual property or information is disclosed through this process. This may include pre-existing software, processes, systems or market research that is not publicly available.​

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By submitting a response, you represent that your response does not, and will not be deemed to, contain any confidential information of any kind whatsoever. Minerals Council South Africa, RIIS, Harmony and its project partners will not be held liable for the loss of any intellectual property.​

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In the event that your solution is selected, if required, a partner agreement will be signed to protect intellectual property.