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    The Transnet Port Terminals website has been hacked, implying that all companies under Transnet have been affected. All Transnet websites were down at the time when reporting was done for this SA Trucker article. The publication cited sources who requested to remain anonymous because they are not allowed to speak to the media.
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#YouthMatters: The mining industry needs more young leaders, says the Minerals Council's Katlego Letsoalo

Katlego Letsoalo is a rising talent in the South African mining industry, and he would like to see is more young people playing a role in the future direction of the sector. He is currently the monitoring and evaluation specialist with the Minerals Council South Africa,
Katlego Letsoalo, monitoring and evaluation specialist, Safety and Sustainable Development Department, Minerals Council South Africa. Image: Mining Indaba
BizcommunityTell us how you landed up in the mining industry?

I matriculated at a time when the mining industry was growing and there was a particular focus on Africa. I had the opportunity to either study accounting or engineering but found that the accounting bursaries were mainly aimed at supporting female students. I ended up getting an engineering bursary with a mining company.

BizcommunityWhat transformation would you like to see in the mining industry?

There is often conversation around creating a new mining industry, but there is limited representation of young people in executive decision-making roles despite the African population being 60% youth. The key transformation I would like to see in the industry is more young people being entrusted with the opportunity to influence the strategic direction of mining companies and the sector.
BizcommunityWhat are the lessons you've learnt from the pandemic and the lockdown?

The importance of mental health and creating a healthy work-life balance. One of the disadvantages of technology is how we carry work around with us 24/7.
BizcommunityWhat are some of your career highlights?

A key highlight is forming part of a team that compiled the International Labour Organization (ILO) plan of action on youth employment 2020–2030 that was endorsed in November 2020. This action plan is key given the current youth unemployment figures in Africa. Another highlight was being identified as one of 23 future leaders in extractives and African development by the University of Cape Town.
BizcommunityWhere do you want to be in five years?

I want to be considered as a thought leader within the mining sector.
BizcommunityWho inspires you?

Dr Gordon Smith (Anglo American Platinum) and Billy Mawasha (Kolobe Nala). Dr Smith was instrumental in the turnaround strategy for Anglo American Platinum, while Billy Mawasha is known for breaking age barriers – he is one of the youngest executives in the mining industry.
BizcommunityWhat is top of your bucket list and why?

I would like to go on a silverback gorilla tour in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as I feel like the experience would immerse me in nature and the overall cultural offering of the DRC.

About Nicci Botha

Nicci Botha has been wordsmithing for more than 20 years, covering just about every subject under the sun and then some. She's strung together words on sustainable development, maritime matters, mining, marketing, medical, lifestyle... and that elixir of life - chocolate. Nicci has worked for local and international media houses including Primedia, Caxton, Lloyd's and Reuters. Her new passion is digital media.

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