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Education and Training

Competence development a key focus for Sandvik

By: Thabi Madiba     24th May 2019 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Southern Africa will launch its Mechatronic Training Program, which is a competence service offering that aims to take advantage of the changing world of business by equipping their current workforce with competencies to work on... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation

17th May 2019 South Africa-based Murray & Roberts Cementation forms part of the Murray & Roberts Group which is recognised internationally as a leading mining contracting organisation with operations in Africa, Australia and the Americas. Murray & Roberts Cementation has served the mining industry for more... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation

Operator training service for mining to be launched in S Africa

By: Thabi Madiba     3rd May 2019 Workforce development provider Immersive Technologies will launch the Operator Performance Analytics (OPA) service to compare and improve operator skills and behaviour in South Africa later this year, following consistent growth in mine-related training and the use of mining simulation-based... 

Operator training service for mining to be launched in S Africa
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Through simulation-based training operators are trained on how to respond to real-life situations without putting them and machinery at risk

Digital technologies address mine modernisation

By: Thabi Madiba     3rd May 2019 Mineworkers and communities are negatively affected – through frequent and large-scale retrenchments – by the twenty-first-century trend of mine modernisation, which shows that the mismatch between twenty-first-century jobs and twentieth-century skills sets needs to urgently be addressed by... 

Digital technologies address mine modernisation
WITS DIGIMINE CONTROL ROOM DigiMine is equipped with digital systems that allow for hands-on research into ‘the mine of the future’

Upskilling of mineworkers required

By: Thabi Madiba     3rd May 2019 The South African mining education and training sector is in a dire state, with not enough focus on adult basic education and the proper upskilling of mineworkers, states socioeconomic development facilitator Economic Development Solutions (EDS) MD Janine Espin. “General large-scale intervention... 

Upskilling of mineworkers required
JANINE ESPIN EDS ensures that mines are legislatively compliant particularly in terms of the human resources component of the social and labour plan

Theoretical balance crucial in applied competencies assessment

By: Thabi Madiba     3rd May 2019 In assessing applied competencies in terms of training and working on mining machinery, there must be a balance between theoretical, practical and workplace competences that are suited to a specific outcome or job, says mining transport products and services supplier A & R Engineering business... 

Theoretical balance crucial in applied competencies assessment
IN-SERVICE TRAINING Artisans provided with competence to perform in the workplace

Wits School of Mining Engineering climbing up global rankings

By: Thabi Madiba     3rd May 2019 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has improved its standing in the global QS World University Rankings to thirteenth position.  The school moved up from twenty-second place in 2017 to fifteenth in 2018. 

Wits School of Mining Engineering  climbing up global rankings
CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Wits School of Mining Engineering has the largest student enrolment of all mining schools on the African continent

When only the best is good enough

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2019 The Colliery Training College (CTC), an important centre for artisan and mining skills training in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, has been part of the coal mining industry since 1964. Prominent mining houses (Anglo American Thermal Coal, Exxaro, Glencore, Izimbiwa Coal, Kangra Coal and South32) own and... 

When only the best is good enough

Company invests in training to bridge skills gap in minerals processing

By: Donald Makhafola     4th May 2018 Minerals processing specialist Multotec spent more than R10-million on education and training development in 2017, while an additional R2-million was spent on the newly built, state-of-the-art training centre in Spartan, Kempton Park, says COO Jannie de Jonge. De Jonge says Multotec has “invested... 

Company invests in training to bridge skills gap in minerals processing
SPECIALISED TRAINING Multotec's state-of-the-art training centre in Spartan, Kempton Park

Colliery Training College

4th May 2018 The Colliery Training College (CTC) – an important centre for artisan and mining skills training in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga – has been part of the coal mining industry since 1964. Prominent mining companies such as Anglo American Thermal Coal, Exxaro, Glencore, Izimbiwa Coal, Kangra Coal and... 

Colliery Training College

Training needs to match high-tech demands

By: Donald Makhafola     4th May 2018 The fast-changing world of technology could be a significant challenge in the global mining industry in ensuring that graduates are equipped with the relevant skills and training to meet the changing demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, says the University of Witwatersrand‘s (Wits’)... 

Training needs to match high-tech demands
Photo by Creamer Media
HIGH TECH The University of the Witwatersrand School of Mining Engineering digital mining tunnel is part of the industry's initiatives to provide training in high technology

YPC promotes mining, metallurgy studies to learners

By: Donald Makhafola     4th May 2018 The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) junior organisation the Young Professionals Council (YPC) is campaigning to attract high school learners to the mining and minerals industry, as well as influencing institutions of higher education to nurture students to successfully... 

MQA plans to review and develop 50 learning programmes

By: Donald Makhafola     4th May 2018 The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) has set a target to review and develop a total of 50 learning programmes in the 2018/19 financial year to remain at the cutting edge of new technology and skills development in the mining and mineral sector, in line with 2017/18 Sector Skills Plan (SSP).... 

MQA plans to review and develop 50 learning programmes
TEBOGO MMOTLA The Mining Qualifications Authority encourages mining companies to work in partnership with the training providers and public institutions to share skills, as well as best industry practice

Sharing specialist info drives mineral processing efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 Mineral processing specialist Multotec has refined its customer training workshops to bridge the gap between theoretical learning and practical experience, which it says is essential in the mining industry to improve the efficiency of processing plant performance.  

Sharing specialist info  drives mineral processing efficiency
KNOWLEDGE SHARING ENVIRONMENT Attendees are encouraged to participate in discussions during training sessions

Miner ensuring skills base development on platinum belt

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 With the workforce on South Africa’s platinum belt ageing and the attraction of high-calibre candidates for employment being a challenge, platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum plans to boost its training initiatives and start construction of an accredited training facility by the end of the year.  

Miner ensuring skills base development on platinum belt
SUSTAINABLE SKILLS Wesizwe training programmes are focused on making people employable in the mining industry as well as for life after mining has ended

Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2017 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond is in the process of becoming an accredited Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) training provider.  

Drilling specialist to receive training accreditation
UPSKILLING YEARLY Rosond enables ten interns yearly to gain practical experience

MetSkill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2016 Process industry training provider MetSkill is actively involved with the development of the new occupational qualifications for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations under the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). Benoni, Gauteng-based MetSkill, 100% owned by MD Rebecca Sands, has... 

Still demand for education in mining

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 There is still demand for mining education, the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) tells Mining Weekly, noting that this is demonstrated by the increase in first-year admissions from 103 students in 2005 to 234 students in 2015. Wits School of Mining... 

Still demand for education in mining
BEING TAUGHT EFFECTIVELY A range of simulated facilities have been installed at Wits School of Mining to keep abreast of the latest technological advancements

Companies on the hunt for mechanised mining skills

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 The increasing use of mechanisation in mines, compounded by the resultant culture change, will affect the type of skills management required by the mining sector in future, University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) director Dr Declan Vogt tells Mining Weekly. He... 

Companies on the  hunt for mechanised mining skills
DECLAN VOGT The Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems has received a positive response from students regarding the available courses

Need for ongoing skills development emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 There is a need for continuous skills and training development in the mining industry, especially amid the current financial crisis, says skills and training network provider Alusani. Although the decline in commodities prices has caused companies in the mining industry to significantly decrease... 

Need for ongoing skills development emphasised
TRAINING SUFFERING Despite demand for education, the decline in commodities prices has caused companies to decrease their training budgets

Mineworkers empowered

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 If workers in the mining, energy and construction industries want to improve their financial situation, it is important that they take advantage of the financial literacy programmes currently being rolled out by financial assistance provider Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT), which supports... 

Mineworkers empowered
Photo by Bloomberg
INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE The Mineworkers Investment Trust's financial literacy training started in Mpumalanga as a pilot study in June 2015 with more training expected to take place this year

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector 

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th April 2016 The University of Witwatersrand's Students Mining Engineering Society (SMES) aims to increase the integration of mining engineering graduates into the mining industry this year, as well as to encourage mining engineering students to have an opinion on mining-related issues in South Africa. SMES... 

Society aims to integrate more students into mining sector
FORTUNE MSIBI Mining engineering students face the challenge of a lack of available jobs in the sector, as a result of South Africa’s financial crisis

Companies bought to enhance training offering

29th April 2016 Training, supply and management group Workforce Holdings announced in January that it had acquired the various operating companies comprising outsourcing solutions providers Quyn Outsource Solutions. Workforce has predominantly placed staff in nontechnical positions and adding Quyn to its service... 

Companies bought to  enhance training offering
Photo by Bloomberg
SKILLS OFFERING EXPANDED Quyn Outsource Solutions’s e provision of technical skills to clients across a range of industries represents diversification for Workforce

Simulation stope aids mining education

1st May 2015 A life-size mining stope panel was handed over by mine support technology company New Concept Mining (NCM) to the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Mining Engineering, on March 6, to enable students to learn about stoping activities through a real-to-life visualisation. 

Simulation stope aids  mining education
SAFETY FOCUS The Wits School of Mining Engineering stope simulation facility incorporates electronic monitoring and warning devices, augmenting the school’s focus on digital, remote monitoring technologies to enhance mine safety

Profile of adult-eduction learners changing substantially

By: Dylan Slater     1st May 2015 The profile of mining sector learners undergoing adult education and training (AET) tutoring is changing significantly, says Sandton-based AET provider Media Works. 

Profile of adult-eduction learners changing substantially
TEACHING MINERS The profile of learners is changing, with fewer requiring basic levels of adult education and training

Foundational education still problematic in mining sector

By: Dylan Slater     1st May 2015 Foundational adult education requirements are a persisting problem, especially in the South African mining sector, says education and training services provider EEE (Triple E) Training Holdings. 

Foundational education still problematic in mining sector
EMPOWERING MINERS Mathematics and communication skills are essential subjects for the mining indsutry

Simulation enhances preparation of mining learners 

By: Dylan Slater     1st May 2015 Using simulation facilities, such as mining environment mock-ups, coupled with electronic-learning (e-learning) techniques, holds significant benefits when training mining personnel, says mining services company Murray & Roberts Cementation. Murray & Roberts Cementation risk manager Tony... 

Simulation enhances preparation  of mining learners
Murray & Roberts Cementation risk manager Tony Pretorius tells Mining Weekly about the Murrary & Roberts Cementation Bentley Park Training Academy’s mining simulation mock-ups.

Skills development needed for sustainable mining industry

By: David Oliveira     2nd May 2014 For Africa to mitigate the impact of mining activities on its environment and society, urgent skills cultivation is needed to properly manage the industry, argues University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI) adjunct professor Caroline Digby. She... 

Skills development  needed for sustainable mining industry
CAROLINE DIGBY We need to generate a wider range of crucial skills if mining is to forge a more integrated and positive role in economic growth and sustainable development

WMRI to be relaunched or closed at the end of 2014

By: David Oliveira     2nd May 2014 Senate members of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have determined that the current format of the Wits Mining Research Institute (WMRI) is not sustainable, owing to a lack of funding, mine surveying professor and school head at the Wits School of Mining Engineering Professor Fred Cawood... 

WMRI to be relaunched or  closed at the end of 2014
Photo by Duane Daws
PROF. FRED CAWOOD The major determinant of the success of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Mining Research Institute is funding

Risk management facilitators undergo accreditation process

By: David Oliveira     2nd May 2014 The Global Minerals Industry Risk Management (G-MIRM) accreditation course for G-MIRM facilitators was held in February over four-and-a-half days in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, facilitated by mining solutions provider JKTech. The G-MIRM programme has four levels. Executives who attend the two-day... 

Risk management facilitators undergo accreditation process
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPARTING KNOWLEDGE Global Minerals Industry Risk Management facilitators Janeen Ferguson, Carl Marx and Terence Parker

The benefits of training with simulation

3rd May 2013 Modern mining companies understand that introducing high-fidelity simulator systems into the training curriculum is a quick and cost-effective way to significantly improve the skills and, in turn, the productivity of equipment operators, says surface and underground mining simulator developer... 

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