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Education and Training

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).... 

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
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.  

KNOWLEDGE SHARING ENVIRONMENT Attendees are encouraged to participate in discussions during training sessions
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.  

SUSTAINABLE SKILLS 
Wesizwe training programmes are focused on making people employable in the mining industry as well as for life after mining has ended
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.  

UPSKILLING YEARLY Rosond enables ten interns yearly to gain practical experience
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... 

BEING TAUGHT EFFECTIVELY 
A range of simulated facilities have been installed at Wits School of Mining to keep abreast of the latest technological advancements
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... 

DECLAN VOGT The Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems has received a positive response from students regarding the available courses
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... 

TRAINING SUFFERING
Despite demand for education, the decline in commodities prices has caused companies to decrease their training budgets
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... 

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
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... 

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
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... 

SKILLS OFFERING EXPANDED Quyn Outsource Solutions’s e provision of technical skills to clients across a range of industries represents diversification for Workforce
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. 

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
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: Donna 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. 

TEACHING MINERS
The profile of learners is changing, with fewer requiring basic levels of adult education and training
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: Donna 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. 

EMPOWERING MINERS
Mathematics and communication skills are essential subjects for the mining indsutry
EMPOWERING MINERS Mathematics and communication skills are essential subjects for the mining indsutry

Simulation enhances preparation of mining learners 

By: Donna 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... 

Tony Pretorius (far right) instructs trainees at the academy at Bentley Park
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... 

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
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... 

PROF. FRED CAWOOD The major determinant of the success of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Mining Research Institute is funding
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... 

IMPARTING KNOWLEDGE
Global Minerals Industry Risk Management facilitators Janeen Ferguson, Carl Marx and Terence Parker
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... 

Engineering student competition contributes towards greener mining

By: Chantelle Kotze     3rd May 2013 Drive technology company SEW Eurodrive and pneumatic solutions provider Pneumax reports that they have officially opened their 2013 PneuDrive Challenge Engineering Design competition. 

Entrepreneurial interns graduate

By: Chantelle Kotze     3rd May 2013 A pilot group of five entrepreneurs graduated from diversified miner Anglo American’s Entrepreneur Internship Programme (EIP) last month. 

Training provider focused on growing its business

By: Chantelle Kotze     3rd May 2013 Process industry training provider Metskill, which currently offers a range of Mining Qualifications Authority- (MQA-) accredited process training programmes to an average of 768 learners a year, will launch a laboratory training programme this year.  

Tertiary institution’s mining student intake rockets

3rd May 2013 The number of first-year mining students at the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Gauteng, has surpassed all expectations in 2013, reaching record levels that will help solve the industry’s skill shortages. 

Tablet computers could assist with lack of African mine professionals

3rd May 2013 Tablet computers could be the solution to the lack of locally trained professionals in the African mining industry, says custom training solutions for the mining sector developer The Training Room Online.  

Metallurgical specialist educates through symposium

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th May 2012 Mineral and metallurgical specialists Mintek hosted a successful analytical science symposium at the beginning of this year, as part of its objective to transfer and improve skills in analytical chemistry in the Southern African mining sector, as such services are not given much prominence. 

Management – a skill not to be overlooked in mining

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th May 2012 Management skills are lacking on mines in South Africa, creating a big gap in the industry, reports management leadership consultancy Louis Allen, which has been serving the Southern African mining industry for the past 45 years. 

Training specialist provides mining qualification

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th May 2012 Education training specialist Triple E Training will, in the next few weeks, start offering employees at selected mines a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1 General Education and Training Certificate: Mining and Minerals Processes training course. 

University helps set mining students up for success

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th May 2012 The number of students progressing to second year at the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand has increased from 40%, two years ago, to 60% for the 2011 academic year, owing to the introduction of a student assistance programme. 

Critically minded geologists needed to improve yield of Wits basin

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th May 2012 There is a significant need to develop critically-minded geologists that are prepared to question the current exploration models to improve the chances of gold discovery in South Africa, notes owner of Australian geology consulting practice Phillipsgold Neil Phillips, who developed the University... 

Closing the student intake-to-graduate ratio

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th April 2011 The University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) School of Mining has achieved its aim of increasing the number of first-year intakes for its mining engineering programme and is now focusing on closing the gap between the number of first-year students progressing through the programme and the number... 

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