https://www.miningweekly.com
Mining Precinct|Africa|Business|Energy|Innovation|mandela mining precinct|Manufacturing|Mining|Resources|Sustainable|Technology|Water|Manufacturing |Environmental|Operations
Mining Precinct|Africa|Business|Energy|Innovation|mandela mining precinct|Manufacturing|Mining|Resources|Sustainable|Technology|Water|Manufacturing |Environmental|Operations
mining-precinct|africa|business|energy|innovation|mandela-mining-precinct|manufacturing|mining|resources|sustainable|technology|water|manufacturing-industry-term|environmental|operations

Circular minerals, metals initiative launched

A group of executives that represent the Mandela Mining Precinct in a photo together at their 5 year anniversary

THE RIGHT STUFF The small, yet specialised, team at the Mandela Mining Precinct celebrated its five year anniversary late last year

26th April 2024

By: Halima Frost

Senior Writer

     

Font size: - +

The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP), with the support of the Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) Circular Innovation South Africa fund, launched the South African Circular Minerals and Metals Initiative (SACMMI), on April 11.

“The aim of the initiative is to support the mining sector in fast-tracking the uptake of circular interventions through science, technology and innovation,” says MMP director Julie Courtnage.

The SACMMI aims to give effect to one of the themes of government’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Decadal Plan (2022-2032) – the DSI’s ten-year strategy to develop and further research and develop innovation endeavours, meet “grand” societal challenges, and develop sectors reliant on science and innovation – for the development of new STI in South Africa.

The plan will support the uptake of greater circularity and sustainable resource use in the South African mining sector, particularly as minerals are non-renewable resources, while contributing nearly 8% of South Africa’s gross domestic product.

Courtnage adds that the SACMMI is the first of three initiatives under the Decadal Plan themes – agriculture, manufacturing and mining – and that the MMP is proud to host the first such initiative.

The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP), with the support of the Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) Circular Innovation South Africa fund, launched the South African Circular Minerals and Metals Initiative (SACMMI), on April 11.

“The aim of the initiative is to support the mining sector in fast-tracking the uptake of circular interventions through science, technology and innovation,” says MMP director Julie Courtnage.

The SACMMI aims to give effect to one of the themes of government’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Decadal Plan (2022-2032) – the DSI’s ten-year strategy to develop and further research and develop innovation endeavours, meet “grand” societal challenges, and develop sectors reliant on science and innovation – for the development of new STI in South Africa.

The plan will support the uptake of greater circularity and sustainable resource use in the South African mining sector, particularly as minerals are non-renewable resources, while contributing nearly 8% of South Africa’s gross domestic product.

Courtnage adds that the SACMMI is the first of three initiatives under the Decadal Plan themes – agriculture, manufacturing and mining – and that the MMP is proud to host the first such initiative.

The initiative will drive coordinated research to deliver increased value from minerals extraction.

“The circular economy has found considerable traction with business and government over the past few years as a way of sustainably managing resources, reducing costs and improving global competitiveness,” stresses Courtnage, adding that the initiative will address key environmental, social and governance (ESG) imperatives, which are expected to become more pressing in the future.

She points out that mining has traditionally been excluded from circular economy considerations because of its being an extractive practice.

The SACMMI also intends to investigate and understand how circularity can be achieved with respect to accessing mineral resources, as well as during the extraction process and after extraction processes and practices. This includes investigating how mining and beneficiation operations can reduce overall resource consumption, while facilitating improved value addition, locally.

Courtnage emphasises that the SACMMI initiative will help the minerals sector move towards genuine sustainability, which will consequently promote sustainable mining, and the associated social and economic benefits of an efficient industry.

“The MMP comprises a small, dedicated team of highly specialised experts who collectively manage a range of research programmes for the benefit of South Africans, with the long-term goal of expanding that benefit into Africa, and possibly even beyond,” says Courtnage.

She tells Mining Weekly that the MMP is reimagining its strategy.

At this stage, the core programmes remain the focus while the MMP is exploring various strategic initiatives pertaining to broad challenges facing the minerals sector.

“These include water, decarbonisation, energy, the critical minerals agenda and circularity,” she stresses.

These strategic initiatives, which are mostly related to ESG goals, will be pursued in close collaboration with some of the MMP’s research partners, she says.

Meanwhile, Courtnage says, “the presidential STI plenary has already assisted in the elevation of the MMP profile, which inevitably will support its potential impact – the true measure of our success”.

The MMP has noted an increase in its stakeholder engagements resulting from this higher profile and intends to create even more awareness through its new visibility plan, where it will match stakeholder needs to its engagement strategy, she concludes.

The initiative will drive coordinated research to deliver increased value from minerals extraction.

“The circular economy has found considerable traction with business and government over the past few years as a way of sustainably managing resources, reducing costs and improving global competitiveness,” stresses Courtnage, adding that the initiative will address key environmental, social and governance (ESG) imperatives, which are expected to become more pressing in the future.

She points out that mining has traditionally been excluded from circular economy considerations because of its being an extractive practice.

The SACMMI also intends to investigate and understand how circularity can be achieved with respect to accessing mineral resources, as well as during the extraction process and after extraction processes and practices. This includes investigating how mining and beneficiation operations can reduce overall resource consumption, while facilitating improved value addition, locally.

Courtnage emphasises that the SACMMI initiative will help the minerals sector move towards genuine sustainability, which will consequently promote sustainable mining, and the associated social and economic benefits of an efficient industry.

“The MMP comprises a small, dedicated team of highly specialised experts who collectively manage a range of research programmes for the benefit of South Africans, with the long-term goal of expanding that benefit into Africa, and possibly even beyond,” says Courtnage.

She tells Mining Weekly that the MMP is reimagining its strategy.

At this stage, the core programmes remain the focus while the MMP is exploring various strategic initiatives pertaining to broad challenges facing the minerals sector.

“These include water, decarbonisation, energy, the critical minerals agenda and circularity,” she stresses.

These strategic initiatives, which are mostly related to ESG goals, will be pursued in close collaboration with some of the MMP’s research partners, she says.

Meanwhile, Courtnage says, “the presidential STI plenary has already assisted in the elevation of the MMP profile, which inevitably will support its potential impact – the true measure of our success”.

The MMP has noted an increase in its stakeholder engagements resulting from this higher profile and intends to create even more awareness through its new visibility plan, where it will match stakeholder needs to its engagement strategy, she concludes.

Edited by Donna Slater
Features Deputy Editor and Chief Photographer

Comments

 

Showroom

Actom image
Actom

Your one-stop global energy-solution partner

VISIT SHOWROOM 
Aqs image
AQS Liquid Transfer

AxFlow AQS Liquid Transfer (Pty) Ltd is an Importer and Distributor of Pumps in Southern Africa

VISIT SHOWROOM 

Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
PLUS
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?

MAGAZINE & ONLINE

SUBSCRIBE

RESEARCH CHANNEL AFRICA

SUBSCRIBE

CORPORATE PACKAGES

CLICK FOR A QUOTATION







sq:0.28 0.314s - 99pq - 2rq
1:
1: United States
Subscribe Now
2: United States
2: