SAAE Academy Lecture 2020 by Dr Rob Adam
The 2020 Annual Hendrik van der Bijl Memorial Lecture, An economic recovery strategy for South Africa and the role we can play, was presented online on 29 September 2020 by Chris Griffith. He was until recently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Anglo American Platinum Limited. After obtaining his BEng (Mining) Honours degree from the University of Pretoria in 1988, he held several positions at Anglo Platinum before being appointed CEO of Anglo American Platinum Limited in September 2012. During his tenure as CEO, he has successfully repositioned the company’s portfolio to be safer, more productive, more profitable and more socially acceptable. He managed to materially change the company’s focus on and investment in people development, social investment, the mechanisation and modernisation of mining and processing practices, market development and demand creation for PGMs. He is a leading businessman and strategist and is the recipient of several awards.
SAAE Academy Lecture 2019
The presentation by Peter Flower, former Director of the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department, addressed his personal insight into the management of the recent drought as well as many other aspects of the Western Cape’s water supply system. In his presentation he addressed the management of the various dams that supply the City and the various irrigators, and the City’s management of its water distribution system and of consumer water demands which together avoided the so called “day zero”. The lecture provided insight into both the political and technical management of the drought, and of the City of Cape Town’s planning of additional future water supplies including the planning of groundwater development, water re-use and desalination.
SAAE Academy lecture 2018
The world of energy is changing, and it is changing profoundly and rapidly. Accelerated innovation in power technologies, services and markets are shifting and upending relative prices, resource shares, and the location and pattern of energy production and use. In the midst of an energy revolution, it is often difficult to comprehend the nature and extent of these changes. Indeed, some still contest their validity and value. But the economics are inexorable. New low-cost, clean, flexible technologies and services are breaking through.


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