Chamber of Mines teams up with The Innovation Hub to ‘see through rock’

17th August 2016

By: Natasha Odendaal

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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JOHANNESBURG ( – A new memorandum of agreement between the Chamber of Mines (CoM) and The Innovation Hub will see the launch of a challenge to advance the knowledge and understanding of Gauteng’s orebody.

“The ability to identify and understand the makeup and structure of orebodies is critical to the success of the mine of tomorrow,” the parties said in a statement on Wednesday.

In line with this, the ‘Advanced Orebody Knowledge Challenge’ calls on stakeholders and interested individuals to submit, by September 30, innovative solutions to “see through rock”.

“Our OpenIX platform has been used by some of the country’s largest firms to accelerate their innovation processes and we aim to [achieve similar results with] this orebody knowledge challenge,” explained The Innovation Hub CEO McLean Sibanda.

CoM CEO Roger Baxter added: “Gauteng was built on mining and remains an important centre for the supply of mining services and equipment. This initiative will use state-of-the-art innovation tools and, through constructive partnerships, will ensure that mining will again deliver social and economic growth to Africa.”

The challenge is being undertaken through The Innovation Hub’s OpenIX open innovation exchange, in partnership with the CoM and innovation consultancy Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability.

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