Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 64 - Page 11

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Environmental , social and governance an imperative for long-term mining in Africa

organisations that show a long-term interest in these standards .
This year ’ s Mining Indaba will make the ESG topic a mainstage focus area under this year ’ s overarching theme , “ Evolution of African Mining : Investing in the Energy Transition , ESG and the Economies ”. The programme will explore and share industry lessons on the progress made in mining ’ s ESGfocused investment environment , unpack the role of technology and examine the risks , uncertainties , and opportunities post-COP26 .

Environmental , social and governance ( ESG ) imperatives have taken a prominent role in decision-making across the African mining sector , with intensified awareness from all stakeholders .

The 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba will explore what ESG means in practice for Africa ’ s mining operators , communities and jurisdictions .
As economies emerge from the global pandemic and countries grapple with climate change , ESG continues to play a core role in mining across Africa with investors , funders and consumers placing greater trust in
Speakers and industry representatives , including International Council on Mining and Metals ( ICMM ) CEO , Rohitesh Dhawan ; CEO-Designate and MD Minerals at Exxaro Resources , Dr . Nombasa Tsengwa ; and EITI Africa Director , Bady Baldé , will holistically tackle ESG issues and explore the energy transition which demands ESG rigour and provides the potential to grow our economies .

Converting plastic waste into a useful healthcare and education platform

The Community Tablet is an innovative mobile digital infrastructure that has been used as an e-school and e-healthcare platform in Africa for the past six years . Built and developed in Mozambique by a young Mozambican team , the Community Tablet played a vital role during the pandemic as everyone saw a need to access the Internet and connect with the virtual world . In 2020 , a cold chain compartment feature was introduced in the Community Tablet to fully engage in vaccination programmes using an “ all-inone model ”, which includes awareness campaigns , digital citizenship database registrations , online medical consultations , vaccine management and logistics .

After a few months of research , Amade and his team have taken a further innovative step forward to refine their contribution to the circular economy by now adopting recycled plastic as the new raw material to manufacture the Community Tablet . “ As we transition out of the pandemic , the Community Tablet continues to operate in remote areas with a lack of infrastructure and electricity – cutting the need for locals to walk long distances to access basic services and routine activities in the education and healthcare sectors ,” he said .
“ Plastic waste normally bound for landfill sites is now being repurposed to provide critical healthcare solutions and educate the nation ,”– said Dayn Amade CEO and Inventor , Community Tablet .
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