In terms of South African and African role players, it will be a great advantage to have the 11th ICARD in South Africa. It will lower entry barriers for attendance and will increase awareness of the organisation with African and South African role players. The South Afri-can ICARD 2018 consortium consists of representatives of key stakeholders thereby provid-ing direct access to these entities. The organising committee, through its membership, will have direct access to the management and information distribution systems of nearly every mining house in South Africa and the world as well as the primary regulators and the re-search community. A number of local organisations have already committed their support to the 11th ICARD.

On an international basis, key stakeholder participation will be achieved through exist-ing networks, especially INAP, INAP global alliance networks and IMWA. The establishment of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the International Scientific Committee (ISC) will ensure that the objectives of the conference adequately reflect international interests and that international cooperation and attendance at the conference is fostered and maximised.

Several multinational companies are represented in South Africa such as Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Glencore, Rio Tinto, Barrick, Kumba Resources, Xtrata, De Beers, Anglogold Ashanti, DRD, Goldfields, Sasol and Samancor. These companies, through the Chamber of Mines (represented on WISA MWD), will be directly involved in the organisation of the conference.

WISA MWD conferences have a very respected reputation in South Africa as excellent events, over 30 of which have been organised to date. These conferences are attended by the mining industry (60–70%), regulators (15%), consultants and researchers (15%) as well as NGOs (5%). The WISA biennial conference hosts approximately 600 – 2 000 delegates each time. WISA also has 14 other technical divisions, which will be used as part of the network in organising the conference. IMWA has already organised four conferences in Africa, there-under three in South Africa and one of these in conjunction with WISA MWD. IMWA’s annual conferences usually attract 250 to 350 delegates from around the world.

It is also critically important to emphasise that holding the 11th ICARD conference in South Africa will have strong mutual benefit. While African institutions will benefit greatly from being able to attend an ICARD conference on the continent, ICARD representatives will benefit even more from obtaining access to and insight into the many areas of world-leading research and implementation of mine water management and treatment issues. ICARD has already been exposed to some of the leading research undertaken in South Afri-ca through IMWA conferences, but it can be guaranteed that ICARD delegates will come away from an African ICARD with abundant new insights into many of the technical issues where South Africa can justly claim to be world leaders. These include biological sulphate reduction, membrane treatment of mine water, catchment management and integration of mine environmental and closure plans and environmental management and planning for large interconnected mining regions (e.g. gold, platinum, coal).