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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 2015/09/07 - The mining industry in DRC will once again honour its top industry leaders and projects at the DRC Mining Industry Awards that will take place at a high-level gala dinner during the iPAD DRC Mining & Infrastructure Indaba on 15 October in Kinshasa.
Impressive industry support
The DRC’s Ministry of Mines is an official supporter of the 11th edition of iPAD DRC and the event has already secured impressive industry support through the diamond sponsorship of Ivanhoe Mines as well as Banro Corporation, Engen and Tenke Fungurume Mining as platinum sponsors and Tiger Resources Limited and Aggreko as gold sponsors.
Mining community embraces awards
The mining community has also embraced the DRC Mining Industry Awards. “When we launched the awards last year the industry responded with such enthusiasm that it was a tremendous success,” says Nicole Smith, event director of iPAD DRC.
She continues: “this year we bring the awards back with new and exciting features. We have added a new category, namely Mining Woman of the Year, to honour the role and impact of women in this sector. Also, to again guarantee fairness and transparency, we have a new panel of independent judges who are overseeing the selection process.”
She adds: “once again the Awards are presented by the DRC Chamber of Mines and our premier media partner, Mining Review Africa and we look forward to hearingfrom the industry that has the opportunity to nominate and recognise the leading mining operations and key players in the industry.”
Last year’s winners
Last year the event gathered more than 160 of the most highly regarded players in the industry, honouring excellence and achievements in the DRC’s growing mining sector and was attended by the Minister of Mines, H.E. Martin Kabwelulu Labilo. Tenke Fungurume received a triple nod of approval from the judging committee with three awards, including its Managing Director, Claude Polet, winning the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Other wins included Kibali Gold Project that was named Mining Company of the Year while Energold Group won Best Performer in Innovation.
This year’s DRC Mining Industry Awards categories are as follows:
• Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual for achievements which have made an outstanding contribution and impact on the DRC’s mining industry, whether from a public or private company or institution.
• Best performer in Environmental Management
This award celebrates the accomplishments within the past year of an individual in a senior position from a mining house who has implemented programme/s that are excellent examples of the integration of environmental management into the core business strategy and continue to champion sustainable environmental practices.
• Best performer in Occupational Health and Safety
This award celebrates the mining project that has excelled in promoting a holistic health and safety culture, in compliance with regulations and standards.
• Best performer in Social Investment
This award celebrates the mining house that has excelled in implementing a clear social investment framework that provides a catalyst for development, namely one that establishes an agenda for the future; assesses priorities for development; ensures compatible land uses; resolves land use conflicts and engages local communities in CSR planning.
• Outstanding Woman in Mining
This award celebrates a woman for outstanding achievements during the past year which have made a contribution to and impact in the Mining Industry, whether from a public or private company or institution.
• Best performer in Innovation
Award for the mining house that has rolled out state of the art mining technology and innovation creating production efficiency and streamlined processes.
• Mining Company of the Year
This award celebrates the mining company who overall has achieved top results in terms of output, cost savings, employee satisfaction, innovation and that contributed to the overall development and growth of the sector in the DRC.
iPAD DRC Mining and Infrastructure Indaba (ipad-drc.com) is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.
iPAD DRC Mining and Infrastructure Indaba dates and location:
Industry Awards: 15 October 2015
Location: Beatrice Hotel, Kinshasa
Conference and exhibition: 15-16 October 2015
Location: Fleuve Congo Hotel, 119 Boulevard Tshatshi, Kinshasa Gombe, DRC