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Innovation and Technology (I&T) is critical to improving health, safety, mined volumes and, ultimately, costs and efficiencies at South Deep. It is also central to achieving a fully-integrated, mechanised enterprise that is world-class.
For this reason, in 2017 South Deep implemented an I&T strategy to modernise, integrate and optimise existing systems and processes. This will contribute significantly to ensuring mining volumes through compliance to plans and scheduling, and in turn, increase cost efficiencies.
The ultimate goal of the strategy is to work towards the 'Gold Fields Mine of the Future', which is premised on automation, an integrated digital data platform, remote machine operation, virtual reality and reduced mining waste.