Neil McKenna, Business Development Manager at MAX Plant, recently attended the Young Mining Professionals Mining in Africa event in Perth, Western Australia. The event brought together some of the top minds in the mining industry to discuss the benefits of Australian companies mining in Africa and the relationship between the two countries. Panel speakers included Allan Mulligan, Ian Goldberg, Phil Hoskins and Royce McAuslane, all of whom have extensive experience working in the African mining industry.
One of the key themes from the panel discussion was the unique risks and rewards associated with mining in Africa. While Africa is home to vast mineral resources, it is also a complex and challenging operating environment. The panel speakers shared their experiences and insights into how to navigate these challenges and capitalise on the opportunities available.
Another important topic was the lessons learned over the course of their careers, from exploration to development to successful operation. The speakers discussed the importance of building strong relationships with local communities, governments, and other stakeholders in order to create sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships.
The panel also discussed what has been key to their success in working in Africa. They emphasised the importance of understanding local cultures, laws and regulations, and building a strong team that is able to navigate the complexities of the African mining industry.
Finally, the panel addressed what young mining professionals aspiring to work in Africa need to know. They encouraged young professionals to approach the industry with an open mind and a willingness to learn, to build strong relationships with local communities and stakeholders, and to be adaptable and flexible in the face of challenges.
Overall, the event highlighted the many benefits of Australian companies mining in Africa, including access to vast mineral resources and the opportunity to build sustainable partnerships with local communities and governments. It also provided valuable insights and advice for young mining professionals looking to build successful careers in the African mining industry. As Neil McKenna noted, “It was a great opportunity to learn from some of the top minds in the industry and to connect with other professionals who are passionate about mining in Africa.”
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