This is your FINAL chance to secure the early bird rate for Mining Indaba 2020 ending this Sunday!

You can anticipate the same high-level discussions, senior government participation and even more investors, major, mid-tier and junior mining companies to network and providing unrivalled deal-making. This February is not to be missed if you want to gain access to the entire mining value chain under one roof!”


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Investing in African Mining Indaba 2020

Discover how the world’s largest mining investment event can bring you unparalleled deal-making opportunities within the mining industry, connecting you with leaders across the African mining market. After the roaring success of the 25th anniversary, we have no plans to slow down, secure your place today and get ready for an even bigger Mining Indaba 2020! Register today to receive the early bird rate at
What is Mining Indaba?
Investing in African Mining Indaba is solely dedicated to the successful capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. Located in Cape Town, South Africa for 26 years, this event unites investors, mining companies, governments and other stakeholders from around the world to learn and network, all toward the single goal of advancing mining on the continent. Also known as Mining Indaba, we are dedicated to supporting education, career development, sustainable development, and other important causes in Africa.
Take a bigger presence in 2020
If you are looking to elevate your profile, do deals and connect with the 600+ Global Investors, 800+ Mining Executives or 280+ Executives from Junior Mining Companies that attend.
Download the sponsorship brochure to discover how you can take a bigger presence.
Event: Investing in African Mining Indaba
When? 3-6 February 2020
Where? CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa
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Qantas operates world’s first zero-waste flight

The first-ever commercial flight to produce no landfill waste took to the skies last week, marking the start of Qantas’ plan to cut 100-million single-use plastics by end-2020 and eliminate 75 percent of the airline’s waste by end-2021. All inflight products onboard QF739, flying from Sydney to Adelaide and staffed by cabin crew from the Qantas ‘Green Team’, will be disposed of via compost, reuse or recycling.

Speaking at the flight’s departure, Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David said the trial flight was an important milestone for the national carrier’s plan to slash waste. “In the process of carrying over 50 million people every year, Qantas and Jetstar currently produce an amount of waste equivalent to 80 fully-laden Boeing 747 jumbo jets,” Mr David said. “We want to give customers the same level of service they currently enjoy, but without the amount of waste that comes with it.” Mr David said this flight would typically produce 34 kilograms of waste – with the Sydney to Adelaide route producing 150 tonnes of waste annually.

“This flight is about testing our products, refining the waste process and getting feedback from our customers,” he said. About 1000 single-use plastic items were substituted with sustainable alternatives or removed altogether from the flight, including individually-packaged servings of milk and Vegemite. Alternative products used during the flight include meal containers made from sugar cane and cutlery made from crop starch, all of which is fully compostable.

At the end of the meal service, Qantas cabin crew collected the items left over for reuse, recycling or composting in multiple waste streams. Customers used digital boarding passes and electronic bag tags where possible, with staff on hand to make sure any paper passes and tags were disposed of sustainably. The Qantas lounges at Sydney Airport’s domestic terminal also went ‘green’ for the flight, with multiple waste streams in use. In its effort to remove 100 million single-use plastic items every year by the end of 2020, Qantas and Jetstar will replace 45 million plastic cups, 30 million cutlery sets, 21 million coffee cups and 4-million headrest covers with sustainable alternatives.

Airlines are legally required to dispose of some materials permanently, such as quarantined food from international flights. Qantas will work with suppliers and government to reduce the volume of this waste.

The national carrier’s waste reduction initiative has been called The Bowerbird Project, named after the Australian bird that reuses small plastic items. The name was nominated by a cabin crew member in a staff competition. The zero-waste flight will be 100 percent carbon offset. Qantas operates the largest carbon offset scheme in the aviation industry, with a passenger offsetting their flight every minute. From mid-2019, customers will earn 10 Qantas Points for every dollar spent offsetting their travel from Australia, which is the highest standard earn rate of any frequent flyer initiative.

Last year, Qantas operated the first biofuel flight between Australia and the United States using biofuel processed from mustard seed, and in 2012 Qantas and Jetstar operated Australia’s first biofuel trial flights. More information can be found in this factsheet.

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Your country needs you

Ash is the 21 century’s next big thing
With a little innovation and a sound business plan any South African stands to make a fortune out of the millions of tons of coal ash produced by our generators annually.
With mountains of ash available at all of South Africa’s coal-fired power stations, Eskom, Sasol and other smaller producers, there is no shortage of supply and anyone wishing to make use of the “Grey Gold” is likely to get it at low or no cost provided they can prove that they have a viable usage and that the operation will generate revenue and jobs.
Already 10% of the total 50-million tons of ash produced per year is used in the manufacture of cement powder and concrete bricks for the building industry, as well as being used to treat acid mine drainage and to remediate soil for agriculture and other land uses. However, this is just the “tip-of-the-iceberg” and experts have already identified a host of other uses including alternative building products, volumisers for plastics manufacture, contouring for road, rail and landscaping infrastructure, as well as thousands of other uses. 
Entrepreneurs wanted
Now, with Government’s assistance, the South African Coal Ash Association (SACAA) has been given a target to increase ash usage to 20% of offtake and to create 26 000 new jobs in the process within the next 5 years. In addition, start-up ash operations can expect some kind of assistance from Government, generators, SACAA and academics to extract the maximum potential out of ideas that are deemed to be viable.
SACAA general manager, Mark Hunter, says the association is looking for industrial entrepreneurs to assist in identifying and developing viable business opportunities for the use of waste ash generated by our producers via their boilers. As the second biggest waste stream (after organic waste that is sent to landfill), coal ash is becoming a headache for the country as space is running out of space to dump the ash.
He proclaims that reaching the 20% target is not only possible, but probable if some viable alternatives can be found to dumping. This will require close cooperation between role players and speedy facilitation between Government and other role-players who also fully understand the urgency of the matter and will likely pull-together to make it happen.
Team effort
“First and foremost, we need ash to be excluded from the classification of hazardous waste. There is a plethora of research which has been completed which shows that there are many applications of ash which are not harmful to the environment or health. It is only when ash is stored for extended periods that it may have an impact on the environment. Next, we will need to continue working with formal industries, such as mining, construction and the cement industries to find all possible avenues to utilise ash.
“Simultaneously, we will also engage with scientists and entrepreneurs to identify areas where ash can be used as additives in manufacturing processes and as an end product in other instances. Then the race will be on to industrialise these and we will facilitate and assist in every way to make sure it is successful.
“As a part of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Phakisa program to reduce waste to landfill/ash dump/dam, as well as create sustainable employment in the process, we are confident that we have the full backing of Government and that we will make a success of the project. We therefore call on creative and technical people, as well as business people and entrepreneurs, to come forward and be a part of the solution,” says Mark.
Different types
Coal ash ranges in consistency from ultra-fine fly ash, through courser grades to hard stone-like granules. Its unique properties include round molecules that make fine particles flow into microscopic spaces when combined with liquids, different sized molecules also provide good adhesion in cement pastes and plastics, while course materials are used elsewhere in the world for landfilling applications etc.
It is fireproof and provides high levels of insulation. Environmentally, the material is considered carbon neutral, is inert and can be vegetated over.
SACAA is the official industry representative association for ash producers, marketers, users and individuals involved throughout the entire ash supply chain. Producer members include Eskom, Sasol and Kelvin Power station. Associate members include Ash Resources, Ulula Ash, Afrimat, Afrisam Cement, Kwikbuild Cement, PPC Cement, Sephaku Cement, NCP Cement and is supported by research organisations including the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), consultants and academics.
South African Coal Ash Association (SACAA), Mark Hunter, Tel: (083) 631 0793, Email:, Web:

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