Africa boats of some of the world’s deepest mines, however security remains a major challenge. The recent rescue and arrest of 22 illegal miners from an abandoned gold mine in Benoni, once again brought to the forefront the gravity of the issue. To discuss the importance of securing mine operations against internal and external threats and forge intelligent security strategies, the African Mine Security Summit will take place at the Hyatt Regency, Johannesburg on 8-9 April 2013.
The summit will open with a presentation by Nash Lutchman, Vice President, Security Services at Sibyane Gold, South Africa and will shed a spotlight on the current security landscape in the African mining industry. He will further deliberate the role of security in current market dynamics, and investing in security: budget vs expectations.
Nash has a wide range of experience with a career in the policing and security environment spanning more than 26 years. He was a career policeman who left the SA Police after 17 years of service, 6 of which was at the level of a Brigadier, to join diamond giant De Beers. Joining De Beers in 2004 as a Security Manager at the Group’s Kimberley Mines, he progressed through the company to head the security division for the Group’s South African Operations under the auspices of De Beers Consolidated Mines. He left De Beers in 2008 to join Gold Fields Limited where he served as Vice President and Group Manager Protection Services until the end of 2012. He is now Vice President Protection Services at Sibanye Gold Limited, a South African Gold producer.
Additionally the summit will feature dedicated presentations from Neil Metzer, Security Coordinator, Chamber of Mines, South Africa; Jenny Reid, Former President, Security Association of South Africa; Aleki Chigwenembe, Head of Close Protection Unit, United Nations Security Services; Dov Zwerling, General Manager of Protection & Regime, ArcelorMittal; Dario Fachin, Head of IM- Global Information Security, De Beers, Isaac Barnie Awuah,Head of Security Investigations, Newmont; John Godwill Makoni, Group Security and Risk Manager, RioZim Pvt Ltd and many others.
The summit is sponsored by Tyco International and Acsys. Industry supporters for the forum include SASA, the Security Association of South Africa, SAIDSA -The South African Intruder Detection Services Association, SAIS – the South African Institute of Security and IPSA – the International Professional Security Association.