Webinar highlights

What is driving next generation mining in Africa! – 3 June 2021

Austrade Africa would like to thank you for your participation in the “What is driving next generation mining in Africa Webinar 2021” a few weeks ago. A recording of the webinar can be found by clicking here;https://austrade.webex.com/austrade/lsr.php?RCID=2356ee5e151d41478a59c139d03e6f65

Also, please also find a link to the presentation slides.

There were 58 attendees which included Government officials, METS companies doing business on the African continent as well as those who are looking to enter different markets in Africa.

There were a few questions which were asked during the webinar and speakers have combined to provide the answers below – please see below.

Question: What cloud provider options are available in Africa?

Answer:  The African connectivity and cloud computing market is generating a lot of interest as players position themselves for the boom in data services on the African continent.

Over the last four years, international cloud companies have rushed to develop data centres on the African continent. IBM announced its first Africa data centre in 2016.

In the first half of 2019, Huawei started construction on two data centres in South Africa with further plans to expand to Nigeria and Kenya. A month later, Microsoft launched its first Azure data centres in Cape Town and Johannesburg, both in South Africa. In February 2019, the US company also signed an agreement with Telecom Egypt to develop and expand Microsoft cloud facilities to the region.

In April 2019, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched three data centre operations in Cape Town, its first ever African region. 

Question: In what way is autonomous haulage linked to satellite network technology?

Answer: With the need for automation now well documented, the challenge of remote location and need for ultra-low latency for a range of applications to manage autonomous vehicles , operational workflow controls systems and imagery for safety or surveillance all require connectivity.

With the availability of fibre like Satellite down to 150 millisecond round trip latency , throughput to 10Gbps coupled with economics that provide a viable ROI – next generation Satellite expansion for mining applications is a market forecasted for significant double digit growth by most analysts.

Web scale companies such as Amazon and Microsoft are also entering the new space race, with organic projects and partnerships announced such as the Azure Orbital program where SES is the founding member. This program supports a range of remote applications including ruggedized mobile datacentres , mobile edge compute and easy spin up of other applications where the Cloud can now be securely extended to the wildest of locations. Users can now work/operate  in these locations as if they were connected to a terrestrial network back in their HQ with a full suite of corporate applications available to the distant worker.

Back to autonomous haulage where SES and its partners such as Telstra/Microsoft are working to connect Plant on site where HD image is required for navigation , safety and operation over 5G as an access medium, SES and other Satellite providers are also engaging in a number of projects testing ubiquitous connectivity for  Industrial transportation such as driverless trains again where Satellite is integrated with 5G and MEC.

 

Question: Where do SES deploy services in Africa to date?

Answer: SES and its partner Telstra covers all countries through Africa with a mix of both GEO and MEO Satellites. To date our largest installations are in the land locked countries most challenged by unreliable fibre , CAR, DRC , Chad , Ivory Coast , Senegal , South Sudan and Mali.

If you require coverage in a specific country please contact me on nick.roullier@ses.com and I would be happy to assist.

Question: Can junior minors and countries without much infrastructure still access transformational technologies without huge deployments of capital? 

Answer: Our JMS app is very affordable and works perfectly even if the user travels through patchy cell coverage. As long as their start location and final destination are in cell coverage ie. small town, mine site etc it will operate as normal. I appreciate some African nations have limited cell coverage so we can assess that case by case. We can always provide an integrated handheld satellite device which works on the iridium network giving the user coverage 100% of the time. Garmin and Spot trackers are integrated into JMS. POA in these scenarios. As for investment, JMS is modestly priced at USD $15/month per user subscription. No contracts. A team of 50 staff = $9000.00 per year as an example. Happy to discuss with any interested parties and thank you again for your partnership.

The following were closing Remarks from Duncan Harris, President of the Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce:

On behalf of all talking part in this webinar today I congratulate each of our Speakers for their excellent presentations.

The application of Supply Chain expertise through the Mining Equipment , Technology and Services Sector known as METS is clearly bringing about major changes to the way we work in the Mining Industry. Today’s presentations illustrated that the Mine of the Future will incorporate such technologies as Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Remote Sensoring, Automation., Telematics and Wearables. As such it can and does deliver massive Value creation to the Mining Industry.

I am sure that our Presenters will welcome your direct follow up with them to have you better understand how they can assist with your businesses.

We at the Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce are delighted to partner with Austrade and Telstra in bring you this webinar.

I would on your behalf like to thank Scott and his team at Austrade for their organisation of the event.

We look forward to bringing you more such events to help you make those all-important contacts and connections.

Finally,  Mark Cutifani, the CEO of Anglo American is quoted as saying ‘ If you’re not in Africa , you’re not in mining”.

Thank you all for attending.

The Austrade team in Africa would be more than happy to assist you with your future ventures in Africa.

If you have any questions or request further information on the African market, please contact:

B-BBEE webinar event on Tuesday, 11 May 2021.

On the 11th of May 2021, the Australian Business Chamber of Commerce Southern Africa hosted a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Webinar event with guest speakers: B-BBEE Commissioner Ms. Zodwa Ntuli and Acting Deputy Director General –  Inward Investment Attraction, Facilitation and Aftercare, Mr Yunus Hoosen. Please find the link to the recording for you to view at your convenience.

To access the B-BBEE Commission presentation, click here

Webinar Event – Wesgro Trade & Investment Opportunities in the Western Cape, South Africa and Australia – 17 November 2020

16 February 2021 : Australian Digital Health Solutions Webinar

 

An informative webinar for South African companies wanting to learn peer experiences entering the Australian market, and for Australian companies considering business in the South African market.  The webinar is hosted by Western Cape Tourism, Trade and Investment (Wesgro); a 40-year-old business promotion group and discusses the enormous potential for bilateral economic commerce growth between Australia and South Africa. Presenters include One Stop Shop; Flight Centre Travel Group of Australia and Sea Harvest from South Africa.  You will also hear comments from the Honourable Gita Kamath of the Australian High Commission, Judi Nwokedi of the ABCSA as well as Duncan Harris and Boban Tomic from the Australia-Africa Chamber of Commerce. 

Key points;

South African companies can now consider operating from Australia to participate in the Asia Free Trade Agreement which spans 15 countries and includes 30% of the global population. Vice versa for Australian companies with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement due for implementation in 2021.  This opportunity enables a company registered in both countries, ability to conduct business under Trade Agreements with nearly half the global population.

Wesgro is in discussion with Qantas on Cape Town to Perth direct flights. Imagine being able to receive South Africa’s world class fresh produce in Perth’s markets.

  • The ASX is South Africa’s single largest investor in the mining industry (followed by Canada and UK)
  • Australia is South Africa’s 7th largest foreign country investor
  • Australian’s grew up eating South Africa’s Sea Harvest produce from Woollies and Coles fish fingers and was also sold in fish and chip shops around Australia
  • African Mining Indaba is Australia’s most substantial economic diplomacy event in Africa
  • In 2019, 110,000 Australians visited South Africa and 61,300 South Africans visited Australia
  • South Africans are Australia’s 7th largest migrant group at 194,000
  • Australia’s investment into South Africa R71Bn in 2019 (17% increase)
  • South Africa’s investment into Australia is R97Bn in 2018 (8% increase)

Please click on the following link for a copy of the recording: https://youtu.be/S8XGJs-m8w4

To download the presentation, click on the link

The Australian Digital Health solutions webinar event took place which was hosted by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). 

For those of you that weren’t able to make it, please find below the link to the recording for you to view at your convenience:

Australian Digital Health Solutions Webinar -20210216 0702-1

To make it easy to access a specific company presentation, see below the time at which each company presents in the recording:

Connect2MyDoctor – 05:03

SpeeDx –  14:57

VisionFlex – 23:41

Synapse Medical – 32:08

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) team are there to create linkages for Australian companies across the world. Please feel free to reach out to them should you wish to be connected to any of the companies that participated in the webinar.

Congratulations to the University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade on the successful webinar on 23 June for the launch of their report Building Trade Integration Dynamics in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). The report was commissioned by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to identify opportunities to deepen trade and investment in the Indian Ocean region. IIT Executive Director and South African Prof Peter Draper delivered the report, and was joined by Nola Watson from the NSW Business Chamber, James Wiblin from DFAT and Bryan Clarke from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. South Africa and Australia were identified as gateways in the report and we look forward to further developing the economic relationship between these gateways. Please read the report at https://universityofadelaide.cmail19.com/t/d-l-mklhtdl-jktujdkie-y/

Webinar Event – Africa mining update 2020 – 29 June 2020

23 June 2020 : Webinar by the University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade: Report Launch & Policy Discussion on the Indian Ocean Rim Association

 

ABCSA members enjoyed hearing how Australian innovation is assisting to address COVID-19’s effect on the mining industry, including through community engagement and technological opportunities at Austrade’s recent Africa Mining Update 2020 webinar on 29 June. ABCSA member Telstra sponsored the event with Australian mining companies South 32 and Resolute Mining providing their perspectives of impacts of COVID-19 on their operations. It was a unique opportunity for members from ABCSA and the Melbourne-based Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce to engage on developments in the mining sector. Thanks Austrade and Telstra for organising.

A recording of the webinar can be found here: – (Please view the recording on Internet Explorer and allow few seconds to fully download).

To download the presentation, click on the link

 

Congratulations to the University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade on the successful webinar on 23 June for the launch of their report Building Trade Integration Dynamics in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). The report was commissioned by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to identify opportunities to deepen trade and investment in the Indian Ocean region. IIT Executive Director and South African Prof Peter Draper delivered the report, and was joined by Nola Watson from the NSW Business Chamber, James Wiblin from DFAT and Bryan Clarke from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. South Africa and Australia were identified as gateways in the report and we look forward to further developing the economic relationship between these gateways. Please read the report at https://universityofadelaide.cmail19.com/t/d-l-mklhtdl-jktujdkie-y/