Chemical elements for South Africa’s future: Rare elements for new technologies & Managing elements for nutrition and safety #IYPT_za

18-19 March 2019

Rare elements for new technologies #elements4tech

South Africa faces the demise of mining as a sustainable economic sector. This is for various reasons, including the impact on climate change and the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies. Job losses are a critical issue. At the same time, there is a scramble to catch up with 4IR opportunities. South Africa is blessed with substantial mineral resources. The national aim is that these resources are further developed within South Africa and not just exported as raw materials to other countries. Creating products and industrialisation are the key to our economic future. Technology hardware contains a variety of metals. It’s anticipated that these metals will become increasingly hard to access.

Managing elements for nutrition and safety #elements4health

There are urgent issues that lie at the foundation of creating a better future for South Africa. Prominent among them is food security. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), food security is not only about the quantity of food but whether people are getting the required nutrition. Much is known about the essential minerals needed. However, there is also a lot of public confusion. The topic looks at elements essential for human health, as well as harmful elements.


Day 1: Challenges in Mining for the 4th Industrial Revolution

Mr Sietse van der Woude, Senior Executive: Modernisation and Safety, Minerals Council South Africa

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Day 1: National Planning Commission (NPC) Diagnostic Report challenges and National Development Plan (NDP) actions

Ms Jansie Niehaus, Executive Director: National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)

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Day 1: Mining - Benefits to the economy vs harm to communities and environment? Stimulating beneficiation?

Mr Sahlulele Luzipo, Chairman: Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources, Parliament RSA

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Day 1: Rare metals in new technologies

Dr Annelize Botes, Principal Researcher: Materials Science and Manufacturing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

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Day 1: Beneficiation of precious and rare earth metals

Dr Leon Kruger, Manager: Hydrometallurgy Division, Mintek

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Day 1: Transition Metals (Manganese, Titanium, etc) for Energy Storage Application

Dr Mesfin Kebede, Principal Researcher: Energy Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

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Day 2: Mineral content in drinking water and the health effects thereof

Ms Lelethu Bungu, Water Quality Specialist Bulk Distribution: Rand Water

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Day 2: Legislation and policies regarding human nutrition

Ms Penny Campbell, Senior Manager: Food Control, National Department of Health

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Day 2: Important minerals in agriculture - beneficial and contaminants

Mr Harry Dube, Scientific Production: Agriculture Inputs Control, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)

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Day 2: What is in our water and how to remove it?

Prof Leslie Petrik, Professor: Department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape (2018 NSTF-South32 Award Winner)

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Day 2: Heavy metal exposure in South Africa and related health risks

Prof Renee Street, Specialist Scientist: Environment and Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

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Day 2: The nexus of soil minerals, plant and human health

Mr Ramakgwale Mampholo, Deputy Director: Land Use and Soil Management, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)

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