“Our new MTE 2024 calendar promises to take the exhibitor to the heart of the mines and other industries too, in key areas in SADC with 25 well thought-out and coordinated destinations,” says Andrew Macnamara, MTE’s operations director.

New local additions in 2024:

If all goes to plan, the new expo calendar will take solutions and innovation in electrical and mechanical engineering, processing and mining to Balfour – a new destination for the company.  MTE will confirm this particular addition as soon as possible noted Macnamara, with the focus on the exciting Burnstone project – a developmental stage gold mine and processing operation located in the South Rand Goldfield of the Witwatersrand Basin next to the town of Balfour in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa – 75km east of Johannesburg. It is an already fully mechanised development, with walling and tramming and logistics, but it has a conventional on reef portion as well.

MTE has added a confirmed an onsite expo at Harmony’s Moab Khotsong operation in the Free State too for February, 2024. This is a deep-level mine near the towns of Orkney and Klerksdorp, some 180km south-west of Johannesburg. The mine was acquired from AngloGold Ashanti Limited in March 2018 and began production in 2003.

May 2024 will also see two added locations for MTE and its exhibitors – an old favourite, Amandelbult and the new Siyanda Bakgatla expo in Limpopo – both have a focus on platinum mining solutions. Siyanda Bakgatla Platinum Mine (the old Union Mine) is a PGM Producing Mine located in Swartklip. The mine was acquired from Anglo American Platinum in February 2018 by Siyanda Resources and the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Joint Venture.

The 2024 Expo calendar is out – book bulk expos now at a discounted rate! Image credit: ©MTE

The 2024 Expo calendar is out – book bulk expos now at a discounted rate! Image credit: ©MTE

Over-border expeditions

MTE has added a new over-border tour to its traditionally well-attended combo shows in Botswana and Zambia, in March and September respectively. Zimbabwe will see the MTE crew in July and August 2024 for the first time since 2015.  The planned MTE tradeshow in Gweru in July will target Unki mine, which is an underground mine located in the centre of Zimbabwe in Midlands Province. Unki represents one of the largest platinum reserves in Zimbabwe, with estimated reserves of 34 million oz of platinum. The mine produces around 6 000oz of platinum annually. PGM Mimosa Mine decision makers will also be invited to this expo, among other additional gold and chrome operations in the area.

The second show of the tour will stop off in Selous where PGMs are also the order of the day. ZimPlats and the surrounding operations will be the focus of MTE’s marketing in this area. There are a number of exciting projects on the go here – in FY2022, Zimplats obtained a 185MW power generation licence and a cumulative USD1.1-million was spent on the first phase of a solar project within a quarter – a 35MW solar plant at the Selous Metallurgical Complex – and USD35.4-million had also been committed within the same time frame, against a budget of USD37-million. The first of the project’s four implementation phases is progressing as planned, with the final phase scheduled for completion in FY2027, at a total project cost estimate of USD201-million.1

 “2024 promises to be a bumper business year – the industry has exploded with new local and global innovation, technology and value-add services, particularly in the realm of digitalisation to improve safety, maintain uptime and increase production levels,” concludes Macnamara.

 If you are a supplier of digital solutions or if you partner with providers of digitalisation solutions please contact Macnamara on +27 (0) 82 720 0083.

Access the calendar here: mteexpos.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/MTE_Calendar_2024_Digital.pdf

Reference:

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