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Education and Training

Dedicated training facility improves services

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2022 Designed to train customer-facing Weir Minerals Africa employees, the company’s Mill Circuit University (MCU) equips its learners with the fundamental knowledge to better understand the end-users’ processes and to switch employees’ mindsets from selling products, to focusing on selling solutions.... 

Webinars provide free practical knowledge for engineers

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2022 There is a growing need to bridge the gap between theory and practice in the minerals processing sector, with metallurgical engineering graduates quickly realising their lack of practical experience once they enter the workforce. By attending the free online training workshops offered by... 

A stock image of a person using a tablet to participate in a video call/meeting
HOLISTIC APPROACH Collaborating with other industry stakeholders provides participants of Multotec’s online training sessions with a better overview of minerals processing

Academy’s ‘vibrant learnership’ advances training in critical aspects  

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2022 To underpin evolving digital strategies in a business, training must evolve to cover critical aspects from enhanced safety to productivity in mining, says engineering company Murray & Roberts Cementation education, development and training executive Tony Pretorius. Murray & Roberts Training... 

Pic of student and instructor at MRTA
MRTA’s Tony Pretorius discusses the academy’s “vibrant” skills development and training programmes

Grads’ community involvement an upside during lockdown

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 For original-equipment manufacturer Weir Minerals Africa, a positive consequence of the Covid-19 lockdown last year was that graduates in the company’s graduate programme were introduced to more community work than they otherwise would have been. “It has become one of the highlights in terms of... 

GIVING BACK The learnership programme will now include a mandatory corporate social responsibility component
GIVING BACK The learnership programme will now include a mandatory corporate social responsibility component

Academy’s upgrades embrace Industry 4.0 approach 

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Occupational technical skills and safety training facility Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) has invested in a series of additions and upgrades to further ensure that learners are better prepared for the digitised, mechanised and automated future of mining. One of the most significant... 

TRAINING FOR THE FUTURE OF MINING The Murray & Roberts Training Academy has upgraded its systems and made new additions to embrace Industry 4.0 mining technology
Murray & Roberts Cementation education, training and development executive Tony Pretorius discusses the Murray & Roberts Training Academy’s paperless training management system.

Business skills offered at platinum mine

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Engineering, design and project management company COENG is providing business skills development training for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) at the Mogalakwena platinum mine, in Limpopo. The three-month development programme, presented by COENG in partnership with platinum... 

LOUIS LABUSCHAGNE AND THE LEARNERS About 60 local companies have passed through COENG’s business skills development programme
LOUIS LABUSCHAGNE AND THE LEARNERS About 60 local companies have passed through COENG’s business skills development programme

Learnerships benefit entire economy

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Providing education in the form of learnerships, apprenticeships or internships should not be regarded as merely a means of achieving skills development points or ensuring a good broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) rating, but rather as a means of benefiting and strengthening the... 

JANINE JAMES
The investment in learners is Multotec’s way of contributing to the skills development of our population and the growth of the country and its economy
JANINE JAMES The investment in learners is Multotec’s way of contributing to the skills development of our population and the growth of the country and its economy

Mechatronics added to training offering

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ South African operation has introduced a 12-month mechatronic training programme. The first intake of ten apprentices was in January and the second intake will take place in July. “There is a shift across the market towards using more intelligent machines. The... 

FIRST INTAKE The new mechatronics training course forms part of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ Southern African operations’ comprehensive apprenticeship programme
FIRST INTAKE The new mechatronics training course forms part of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ Southern African operations’ comprehensive apprenticeship programme

New training centre for diamond mine

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 Diamond mining company De Beers Group – majority owned by diversified mining major Anglo American – is constructing a new training facility at its Venetia Diamond Mine, in Limpopo, to facilitate the transitional training of personnel for the Venetia Underground Project (VUP). The VUP is under way... 

MORRISON MASEKO The transition from openpit to underground demands a complete shift in mindset, as well as new skills
MORRISON MASEKO The transition from openpit to underground demands a complete shift in mindset, as well as new skills

Pandemic highlights value of digital learning

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic made all sectors realise just how powerful the online technology at our disposal truly is, says University of Pretoria (UP) project management associate Professor Giel Bekker. “Platforms, such as Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting and Microsoft Teams, were available, but the real... 

GIEL BEKKER Digital online training formats can ensure that modules and training programs are always available and accessible
GIEL BEKKER Digital online training formats can ensure that modules and training programs are always available and accessible

Is your training provider ready for Industry 4.0?

7th May 2021 The Colliery Training College (CTC), is a training center for artisan and mining skills in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. CTC has been part of the coal mining industry since 1964 and is supported and owned by the prominent mining houses in the area namely Anglo-American Thermal Coal, Seriti, Exxaro,... 

Is your training provider ready for Industry 4.0?

Skills development integral to sector mandate

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 The mining industry needs to employ more skilled workers with higher qualifications to progress and modernise, which will, in turn, enable the industry to operate safer and more efficiently, says mining investment company Menar group social licensing manager Xolile Mankayi. Menar runs several... 

OPEN PIT PRACTICAL Twenty community members attended a 30-day mobile machinery for surface mining training programme in 2019
OPEN PIT PRACTICAL Twenty community members attended a 30-day mobile machinery for surface mining training programme in 2019

Developing requisite leadership for mining industry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 One of the major and critical challenges of the future – with regard to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – is ensuring the requisite leadership for the mining industry, says University of Pretoria (UP) mining engineering department head Professor Ronny Webber-Youngman. As a result, several... 

Free access to diamond course during Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2020 In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds, the diamond mining company’s education and training entity, is providing free access to its Diamond Foundation Course. The decision was taken to offer support and “play a small part” in helping those who are working from... 

JODINE PERRIN
Free access to the course is also a chance to continue supporting development without compromising on health and safety
JODINE PERRIN Free access to the course is also a chance to continue supporting development without compromising on health and safety

Rope-access firm assists staff growth 

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 Industrial rope access company Skyriders conducted in-house rope access training at its Midrand-based training academy in March, with human resource, administration and skills development facilitator Rethabile Mofokeng noting that the training targeted those who wanted to progress through the... 

RETHABILE MOFOKENG
The training is fully accredited by work-at-height professional body the Institute for Work at Height
Skyriders human resources, administration and skills development facilitator Rethabile Mofokeng discusses Skyriders’ latest rope-access training at its Midrand training academy.Camerawork: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicolas Boyd.

Training programme to be launched in response to 4IR

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 Artisan and mining skills training college Colliery Training College (CTC) will launch a modern training programme – Artisan 4.0 – in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The launch of the programme is scheduled to coincide with the Electra Mining show in September. CTC MD Johan... 

JOHAN VENTER 
The programme hopes to offer digital workplace skills that are applicable and beneficial to any trained artisan
JOHAN VENTER The programme hopes to offer digital workplace skills that are applicable and beneficial to any trained artisan

Is your training provider ready for Industry 4.0?

8th May 2020 The Colliery Training College (CTC), is a training center for artisan and mining skills in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. CTC has been part of the coal mining industry since 1964 and is supported and owned by the prominent mining houses in the area namely Anglo-American Thermal Coal, Seriti, Exxaro,... 

Is your training provider ready for Industry 4.0?

Solutions provider develops ‘world-first’ VR stope  

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 Virtual reality (VR) solutions provider Simulated Training Solutions (STS) is developing a “world-first” VR stope for diversified miner Anglo American’s  Amandelbult platinum operation, in Limpopo, says STS VR and new technology head Johan Bouwer. Phase 1 of this project started in August last... 

DIGITAL ADVANTAGE 
The STS solution is an attempt to demonstrate the advantages of applying digital training in mining
Solutions provider develops ‘world-first’ VR stope

Service launched to analyse training needs, performance

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th May 2020 Global mining technology and workforce optimisation firm Immersive Technologies successfully launched its Operator Performance Analytics service at the end of last year, says Immersive Technologies regional VP Johan Stemmet. He notes that this service is the only platform currently available that... 

ONE OF A KIND 
This service is the only platform currently available that integrates machine operational data with training data
ONE OF A KIND This service is the only platform currently available that integrates machine operational data with training data

Contractor seeks to upskill staff

7th May 2020 Drilling and blasting contractor Blasting & Excavating (B&E) offers upskilling and certification opportunities for students and current staff. Owing to the lack of qualified blasters within the industry, B&E initiated a learner blaster programme in which 35 internal employees are being trained to... 

Kedibone Serumula, Graduate Mining Engineer
Kedibone Serumula, Graduate Mining Engineer

Murray & Roberts Cementation

3rd September 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

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... 

HANDS-ON Experience-based training groomed artisans for real operations
HANDS-ON Experience-based training groomed artisans for real operations

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... 

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Through simulation-based training operators are trained on how to respond to real-life situations without putting them and machinery at risk
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... 

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

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

IN-SERVICE TRAINING Artisans provided with competence to perform in the workplace
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. 

CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Wits School of Mining Engineering has the largest student enrolment of all mining schools on the African continent
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... 

SPECIALISED TRAINING Multotec's state-of-the-art training centre in Spartan, Kempton Park
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’)... 

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
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
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