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The 2019 Speakers



Managing Director

Mr. Bokang Kelepa

Baletsema Mining Services 

Mr. Bokang Kelepa is a Mining Engineer that has worked in both underground and Open Cast mines. he has led various projects and was part of a team that led a multi-billion Rand project, getting it approved from the feasibility study through to execution. The execution plan that he had put in place was reviewed by international experts who had the power to reject, the result was it being referred to as “Exceptional”

The Speakers


Prof. Serkan Saydam

University of New South Wales

Professor Serkan Saydam is a Professor with international work experience in the mining industry, research, education, and consultancy in four different countries; Turkey, South Africa, the US, and Australia. He is currently working at UNSW’s School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering. In 2011, he innovated a new concept to enhance learning in mining engineering education, named ViMINE.




Research Associate

Dr. Mbuyu Sumbwanyambe


Dr. Mbuyu Sumbwanyambe is a professional and highly qualified engineer with excellent organisational and team working skills. His research interests are in the following amongst others:

  • MANETs simulation & mobility modeling

  • Wireless technologies

  • Short-range wireless communication and wireless sensors for the control of renewable energy and energy efficiency purposes

  • Pricing of different radio access technologies

Prof. Peter Knights

University of Queensland

Professor Peter Knights is a Professor and head of the division of Mining Engineering at the Univesity of Queensland. His interests are in applied mining research, asset management, equipment reliability, innovative surface mining systems, and tertiary education.




Deputy General Manager

Mr. Elad Abb0

Israel Aerospace Industries

Mr. Elad Abbo is an Experienced Program leader and Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the autonomous vehicle industry and unmanned aviation sector. He has strong business development professional skills in Entrepreneurship, Operational Planning, Systems Engineering, and Marketing.

Mr. Richard Madhopershad

Mine Health and Safety Council

Mr. Richard Madhopershad is a highly experienced Mining Engineer and a Research Determination Specialist with the Mine Health and Safety Council. He has 16 years of deep-level mining, 10 years in senior management, 7 years of pillar mining experience. He has fulfilled various positions in his tenor at various mining houses. He is also a coach, entrepreneur and project manager.


Research Determination Specialist


Manager, Business Optimisation

Mr. Pleasure Mnisi


Mr. Pleasure Mnisi is an internationally experienced Change Agent and Business Optimisation Manager. With over 10 years experience in mining (South Africa, Australia and Chile). Five years in Manufacturing Industries, where he was certified a World Class Manufacturing Instructor in England, London (2004) after intense training in France at the tender age of 23.

..... Pleasure Mnisi is a true Industrialist whose dream is to Make Every Traditional Large Company or Organisation Feel Like A Start Up!

The Panelists


Ms Mbali Phejaolema

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Manager Credit: Mining,Metals,Oil &Gas in Banking Sector

Ms Tebogo Mdhluli

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Lead: Org Effectiveness

Anglo Platinum

Mr Lucky Maseko

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Lecturer at the University of South Africa

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Dr Hendrik Grobler

Head of Department: Mining Engineering and Mine Surveying at University of Johannesburg

Mr Pleasure Mnisi

Manager, Business Optimisation at Exxaro

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Ms Linah Tshabalala

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Senior HR Manager at

Sasol Mining

Presentations - 2019


Rise of Machines: AI & Disruptive Technologies in Africa

Dr. M. Sumbwanyambe

Israel Aerospace Industries

Autonomous Mining Solutions

Mr. Elad Abbo

University of Queensland

Industry 4.0 initiatives in Australian Mining 

Prof. Peter Knights

University of New South Wales

Future Smart Mining

Prof. Serkan Saydam

Mine Health and Safety Council

Overview of the Mine Health and Safety Council

Mr. Richard Madhopershad


How to Make a Traditional Mining Organisation feel like a Startup - Mr. Pleasure Mnisi







The Venue

UNISA Science Campus (Florida)

Corner Christiaan De Wet & Pioneer

GJ Gerwel Building

UNISA is Africa’s leading long distance learning institution with various campuses situated across South Africa. The university attracts students from all over the world. UNISA Florida is a Science Campus Regional Service Centre located in RoodepoortJohannesburg. UNISA offers internationally accredited qualifications with 3 core business areas focusing on teaching, research, and community engagement


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