Smart Mining Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2018

Smart Mining Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2018

Connectivity is Central to Developing Successful Smart Mining Practices

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15-Nov-2018
REGION
Africa
Research Code: 9ABE-00-3E-00-00
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The focus of this study is to understand the smart mining practices in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective is to understand mining companies’ readiness to introduce advanced technology within the mining processes.


Research Highlights

The study starts off by analyzing the smart mining practices globally, more specifically amongst the developed countries where the consolidation phase in the mining sector demands different approaches to sustain growth. Automation, process control, and connectivity solutions appear to enjoy the highest uptake; future significant potential exists for increased penetration of drones, advanced analytics, AI, and cyber security. The study also highlights the current economic situation in Sub-Saharan African countries and the impact it has on the mining sector as well as the overall economy. The mining sector in Sub-Saharan Africa has not developed to the extent of embracing advanced technologies. IT Solutions are needed across the entire Mining Value Chain with the focus being around open cast, underground mining, and ore handling.

Furthermore, volatile economic growth and declining business confidence indicate higher uncertainty about the future. This will further increase the appeal of OPEX models relative to bulky CAPEX investments. The Mining sector is capital intensive industry, and with uncertain economic growth and potential interest rate increases, businesses are less likely to commit to large capital expenditure.

Gold and diamonds are the most profitable mineral exports in Africa. The continent can produce up to 500 tons of gold per year and accounts for a large share of the world’s diamonds. Modernisation could also extend the life expectancy of mines beyond 2042. In South Africa, a total of 496 Mt of the 592 Mt gold resources still available can be mined with mechanised processes, which is equivalent to 11 large gold mines.

The main finding of the study is that connectivity reach to the mining sites is the key element to drive technological adoption within open pit and underground mines in Sub-Saharan Africa. The mining companies’ goal with technology is to create interconnected operations while building processes that enable data driven decision making for efficient and to develop sustainable ways of extracting value from minerals. 

Key Issues Addressed

  • What are the key technology trends globally driving smart mining practices?
  • What are the key global trends shaping the mining sector?
  • Is Sub-Saharan African mines ready for digital transformation?
  • What is the most critical factor required to integrate technology in Sub-Saharan African Mines?
  • What are the potential growth opportunities that IT service providers could capitalise on to grow their businesses and stay competitive?

Key Conclusion

  • Investment in connectivity will drive mining automation in Sub-Saharan Africa as a measure to improve productivity and safety.
  • Investment in sensing and tracking technologies is increasing, allowing fully autonomous vehicles and other equipment to dominate mining operations to improve productivity and safety.
  • Government and industry stakeholders need to collaborate in the modernization of the mines while ensuring well being of the human capital.

Author: Naila Govan-Vassen

 

Table of Contents

Key Findings

Scope and Definitions

Key Questions this Study will Answer

Global Mining Sector at a Glance

Digital Solutions Enabling Transformation

Industrial IoT for Mining

Industrial IoT for Mining (continued)

Customer Pain Points

Digital Technology Implementation in the Global Mining Industry

Trends in Sensors for Mining

Economic Developments—Sub-Saharan Africa

Economic Developments—Sub-Saharan Africa (continued)

Mining in Africa—Facts

Top Mining Countries of Africa

Companies Operating in the Natural Resources Industry in Africa

Technology Adoption Maturity

Technology in the Mining Value Chain

Mine Modernization—Extending the Life of Mines

Growth Opportunity 1—Sensors

Growth Opportunity 2—Drones

Growth Opportunity 3—Analytics and AI

Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth

The Last Word—3 Big Predictions

Legal Disclaimer

List of Exhibits

The Frost & Sullivan Story

Value Proposition—Future of Your Company & Career

Global Perspective

Industry Convergence

360º Research Perspective

Implementation Excellence

Our Blue Ocean Strategy

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Research Highlights

The study starts off by analyzing the smart mining practices globally, more specifically amongst the developed countries where the consolidation phase in the mining sector demands different approaches to sustain growth. Automation, process control, and connectivity solutions appear to enjoy the highest uptake; future significant potential exists for increased penetration of drones, advanced analytics, AI, and cyber security. The study also highlights the current economic situation in Sub-Saharan African countries and the impact it has on the mining sector as well as the overall economy. The mining sector in Sub-Saharan Africa has not developed to the extent of embracing advanced technologies. IT Solutions are needed across the entire Mining Value Chain with the focus being around open cast, underground mining, and ore handling.

Furthermore, volatile economic growth and declining business confidence indicate higher uncertainty about the future. This will further increase the appeal of OPEX models relative to bulky CAPEX investments. The Mining sector is capital intensive industry, and with uncertain economic growth and potential interest rate increases, businesses are less likely to commit to large capital expenditure.

Gold and diamonds are the most profitable mineral exports in Africa. The continent can produce up to 500 tons of gold per year and accounts for a large share of the world’s diamonds. Modernisation could also extend the life expectancy of mines beyond 2042. In South Africa, a total of 496 Mt of the 592 Mt gold resources still available can be mined with mechanised processes, which is equivalent to 11 large gold mines.

The main finding of the study is that

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Author Naila Govan-Vassen
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