Mining companies, government and law enforcement entities aim to join forces against illegal mining. Due to the sophistication of illegal mining syndicates and corruption, an increased level of collaboration among all stakeholders is a matter of urgency. Pinpoint Stewards will be hosting its annual Mine Security Conference at the Indaba Hotel on 19 and 20 June to enable stakeholders to strategise and tackle the problem head-on.

Pinpoint Stewards will be hosting its annual Mine Security Conference at the Indaba Hotel on 19–20 June 2024 to enable stakeholders to strategise and tackle the problem head-on.

Pinpoint Stewards will be hosting its annual Mine Security Conference at the Indaba Hotel on 19–20 June 2024 to enable stakeholders to strategise and tackle the problem head-on. Supplied by Pinpoint Stewards

“Watching the news, it is clear, the country is under attack and being stripped of its resources and society and business as a whole have had enough,” says organiser Ankia Roux.  She adds, “The two-day conference will focus on the theme: protecting mineral resources and infrastructure by applying stronger mine security measures through intelligence sharing. At last years’ conference, it was clear that far more resources are required to stop illicit economies.  The mining sector is well-aware that they are chasing the same people and without intelligence sharing the battle will not be won. A structured approach is therefore needed to take the fight to the criminals and assist the police – who have limited resources. Through collaboration and a unified approach by both the public and private sector together with communities, the war on illegal mining activities and its effect will be confronted with a mighty stance.”

This year’s conference will address a multitude of critical topics with industry speakers and experts taking to the podium from: Sibanye-Stillwater, Anglo American Platinum Security, Impala Platinum, Pan African Resources, Harmony Gold Mining, Investigation Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) – Gauteng and North West, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Mining Loss and Risk Mitigator and an Independent Mining Security and Law Enforcement Professional. In the demo session, Safer City Group will share their approach as part of technology and security enabling.

Key topics include:

  • Organised crime in South Africa and the theft of PGMs;
  • Securitisation efforts of industries;
  • Financial intelligence gathering to strengthen investigations and prosecutions;
  • What measures are most effective to combat illegal mining?
  • Looking at the global threat, possible partnerships and solutions etc.

Discussions will be encouraged on how and with whom to share intelligence, which will be enabled through an open forum discussion.

The latest technology and security enablers will be exhibited in finding fit-for-purpose solutions. 

To further encourage engagement, a “Mine Security Network SA” group was created by the organisers on LinkedIn as an action point from last year’s conference.  It is a closed group, and participants will be included on request only with linked interests.

Register and pay before 31 March 2024 for an early bird discount. To participate or to receive a full conference brochure, contact Pinpoint Stewards on info@pinpointstewards.co.za

Source: Supplied by Pinpoint Steward