I am writing this letter in dedication to a friend who made it through all the odds. Bokang Kelepa, a mining engineer at Anglo American, shared his story which I think can be an inspiration to every young dreamer.
MRA EXCLUSIVE at Mining Indaba: Workforce vs Fourth Industrial Revolution
With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, mine engineers need to be tech-savvy. How do they learn these skills? Bokang Kalepa, MD: Baletsema Mining says it starts collaboration between all industry stakeholders.
4IR: The future of mining is now
The reality is that the new digital age is not about to happen – it already is happening.
What does this mean for mining? GERARD PETER spoke to BOKANG KELEPA, MD of Baletsema Mining Services about how 4IR will change the face of mining as we know it.
4th industrial revolution disrupts South Africa mining sector
THE South African mining industry is undergoing an extensive transformation amid the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) taking root in what is among the major sectors of the continent’s most advanced economy.
4IR in mining seminar, a first for SA
Baletsema Mining Services, in partnership with BotsZa, is proud to announce the first 4IR in Mining Seminar in South Africa. The event is set to take place in Gauteng on May 31st, 2019. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is upon us, and it is evolving at an exponential rate as opposed to previous industrial revolutions.
ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY IN MINING
“Computer programs that can access data and use it learn for themselves.”
“Observations or data, such as examples, direct experience, or instruction, in order to look for patterns in data and make better decisions in the future based on the examples that we provide”
While base and precious metals mining are mature markets, we are witnessing the start of a new era for lithium and cobalt production as demand for these two materials undergoes exponential growth from lithium-ion batteries. The compound annual growth rate for electric vehicles (EVs) uptake over the next decade is expected to be around 27%, but already growth rates are much higher than this, albeit off a low base. China’s EV sales are rising by around 80% year-on-year and in Q2 in Europe, battery EV registrations were up 45.5% compared with Q2 2017. Imagine what sales growth rates will be when battery-only EVs are cheaper than internal combustion engine vehicles.