Quarry Southern Africa July 2017 - Page 14

EOH Legal Services environmental law specialist Selvan Subroyen presented a paper titled ‘Environmental legislative amendments: Impact on mining’. affects South Africa’s quarrying industry. Alan and Colleen Cluett’s presentation ‘Environmental developments affecting our industry’ gave an overview of the changes in environmental management over the past 25 years, looking specifically at identifying the risks facing South Africa’s surface mining industry and the opportunities these risks present. Chris Doran focused on the future of collision avoidance and proximity detection systems in the South African context, given current legislation and technological capabilities. The final presentation of the day was delivered by Chamber of Mines senior executive: Public Affairs & Transformation, Tebello Chabana, who presented an update on South Africa’s mining industry. Targets, takeaways and trends Many of those attending the conference have been doing so for years, and see it as an excellent opportunity to catch up and 12 _ QUARRY SA | JULY 2017 Gabriel Gomes’s presentation looked at the impact of drilling and blasting on crushing performance. reconnect with people they seldom – if ever – see outside of the annual event. One such person is CDE regional manager for sub-Saharan Africa Nicolan Govender. He explains that while the most valuable outcome of the conference for CDE was solid enquiries from new and existing customers, which have led to CDE visiting customer operations and putting together proposals for them on wet processing solutions, the networking is also important. “It is always good to catch up with some of the industry’s leading equipment suppliers and aggregate producers at these conferences to get a feel for the market. This year, there was still some quiet confidence that markets will pick up in the latter part of the year,” says Govender. When it comes to the conference sessions, Govender identified Selvan Subroyen’s presentation on environmental legislation as being especially relevant, particularly the information he provided on water usage licences. As far as the biggest trends in the South African quarrying industry over the next few years, Govender highlights the beneficiation or upscaling of certain aggregates being produced in quarries. BLT director Ken Mouritz is another returning exhibitor who sees the event as primarily providing an opportunity to network with the various industry operators. Like many delegates, Mouritz sees environmental legislation as one of the key areas to keep an eye on in future. JD Singleton, general manager of Weir Minerals’ Trio and Enduron product ranges, attended the IQSA conference for the first time this year, although the company has been attending since it launched its products into the sector. While Singleton’s primary aim in attending the conference was to establish Weir Minerals as a credible, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of crushers, feeders, screens and material handling solutions for the sand and