Quarry Southern Africa November 2017 - Page 38

INSTITUTE OF QUARRYING MID-YEAR CONFERENCE By Robyn Grimsley On 21 and 22 September 2017, the Institute of Quarrying Southern Africa (IQSA) held its mid-year conference at Emperors Palace in Gauteng. Although much smaller in scale than the annual conference in April, the event covered several areas of great importance to the quarrying industry, particularly in terms of the environment. A IQSA chairman, Simon Tose. 36 _ QUARRY SA | NOVEMBER 2017 fter welcoming those present at the conference, IQSA chairman Simon Tose handed over to the first speaker of the day: Andrew Nicolson from Umhlaba Environmental Consulting, whose presentation delivered a practical update on EMP amendments, financial provisions, and environmental audits. Next up was keynote speaker Sean Wisedale, an adventurer who was the first South African to achieve the 'Seven Summits' — a mountaineering prize awarded to those who summit the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. He shared the story of his climb of Mount Everest, emphasising the need to adapt in order to overcome challenges. Shepstone Wylie Attorneys’ Debbie Ntombela delivered a presentation on the current Mining Charter, highlighting potential problems that mine managers may not be aware of, and paying particular attention to the requirements surrounding the Social and Labour Plan (SLP). Nico Herbst from Roadlab walked attendees through new technologies in aggregate testing — a particularly important topic given the lack of standardised testing in South Africa and the potential liability for quarry owners. Bronwyn Parker from Werksmans Attorneys delivered a presentation covering updates to environmental law, including environmental inspectors, rezoning, and protected areas, followed by AfriSam junior engineer Lloyd Maringa’s talk on electrical energy resource consumption management in aggregate operations. The final presentation of the day was delivered by Tose in his capacity as global mining optimisation manager for AEL Mining Services, and focused on managing the risk of charging hot holes with explosives. Friday 22 September saw delegates gather at the Franz Hoenig House and Museum before heading through to the AEL factory in Modderfontein. After a tour of the facility, everyone headed off to the range to watch a demonstration demolition — an exciting end to a packed two days. n