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Mandela Mining Precinct

Precinct pursues implementable solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 Public–private partnership Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) has strengthened its focus on developing and sourcing implementable solutions for the mining industry. The precinct has shifted its focus, from an investment and research perspective, towards the “latter technology readiness levels” to... 

Precinct follows people-centric approach

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 Public–private partnership Mandela Mining Precinct’s (MMP’s) recent mining research has resulted in increased capacity to analyse how modernisation and technology affect the people in the industry or mine-affected environment. The precinct runs the Strategic Application of Technology Centered... 

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MANDELA MINING PRECINCT The precinct offers guidance to mines navigating new technology impacts

Project unpacks 4IR skills-related needs

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 Industry cluster organisation Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa’s (Memsa’s) Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Skills Study Project seeks to understand the 4IR skills-related needs of local manufacturers of mining equipment. 4IR and skills development is a relatively new exploration... 

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INAUGURAL INNOVATION AWARDS Many industry stakeholders lack awareness of the diversity and innovation taking place in South Africa

Bridging the gap between tech and its understanding

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th April 2022 To unlock the full benefits and capabilities of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and ensure successful uptake, training programmes need to first assist mining operations and their employees in understanding where the challenges in the business operations are, says business management... 

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SiMINE SIMULATION CENTRE The centre supports the mining industry through research and training programmes

Industry test mine piques interest  

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Of the initiatives and programmes implemented by the Mandela Mining Precinct, its industry test mine has garnered the most interest and positive sentiment from mining companies, universities and other interested parties. “About 40 companies have already expressed interest in using the real-life... 

HANDS ON
Being able to test machinery and technologies in the test mine offers more accurate testing conditions and results
Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine Manager Jurgens Visser and Advanced Orebody Knowledge manager Michelle Pienaar discusses the Mandela Mining Precincts programme and the test mine

4IR technologies key focus for precinct, council

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Mandela Mining Precinct Real-Time Information Management Systems (RTIMS) programme manager Jean-Jacques Verhaeghe tells Mining Weekly that its focus for 2021 is primarily on the implementation of baseline Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies for mining. The RTIMS programme, one of six... 

JEAN-JACQUES VERHAEGHE 
RTIMS focus for 2021 is primarily on the implementation of baseline Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies for mining
JEAN-JACQUES VERHAEGHE RTIMS focus for 2021 is primarily on the implementation of baseline Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies for mining

Local procurement crucial to economic recovery

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 Local procurement will be crucial if local companies are to benefit from the increased gold mining activity and the resultant increase in mine-related purchases, stresses industry body Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa). “We support the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery... 

KEEN SKILLS
The promotion of relevant skills in the mining equipment sector is fundamental to its sustainability
KEEN SKILLS The promotion of relevant skills in the mining equipment sector is fundamental to its sustainability

Programme showing promising results 

By: Halima Frost     23rd April 2021 The Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK) programme – one of six research programmes of the Mandela Mining Precinct – has reported notable results across a range of tests being conducted using the Precinct’s test mine near Rustenburg, in the North West. The programme aims to test and develop... 

LIGHTING THE WAY
Some of the testing conducted by the Advanced Orebody Knowledge programme included handheld light-detection and ranging scanners from a range of suppliers
Mandela Mining Precinct Test Mine Manager Jurgens Visser and Advanced Orebody Knowledge manager Michelle Pienaar discusses the Mandela Mining Precincts programme and the test mine.

Modernisation to address safety, efficiency of deep-level mines

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 South Africa has many “cutting-edge mines” and is a global leader in deep-level mining, says mining industry employers’ organisation Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter. 

DEPTH OF RESOURCES 
The SA deep-level mining industry has to modernise if it hopes to access the remaining reserves and resources that lie at increasing depth
DEPTH OF RESOURCES The SA deep-level mining industry has to modernise if it hopes to access the remaining reserves and resources that lie at increasing depth

New blood key to Mining 4.0 transition

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 Although driving youth participation and innovation in the mining industry is crucial, the advent of Industry 4.0 in the mining industry (Mining 4.0) often makes it challenging, as the youth perceives the industry as less attractive, when compared with other mainstream career fields. 

MINING FOR THE FUTURE
Mining 4.0 is about integrating people with technology to allow for seamless cooperation
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
MINING FOR THE FUTURE Mining 4.0 is about integrating people with technology to allow for seamless cooperation

Precinct reaffirms R&D focus, test mine in the works

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 The Mandela Mining Precinct, a public–private mining industry collaboration, remains committed to advancing people-centric processes and technologies, in the research and development (R&D) activities that it will be undertaking for the advancement of the South African mining industry. 

LONG-TERM VISION 
The future looks good for the mining industry
LONG-TERM VISION The future looks good for the mining industry

SA mining ‘head and shoulders’ above the rest – Wits Group

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 The South African mining industry remains a significant world player, as it continues to break new ground, says the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Mine Health and Safety Working Group. 

MINDS FOR MINES IN SIGHT
Researchers from Japan, Germany, Switzerland and South Africa at the Mandela Mining Precinct in September 2018
MINDS FOR MINES IN SIGHT Researchers from Japan, Germany, Switzerland and South Africa at the Mandela Mining Precinct in September 2018

Transformation front and centre of precinct’s modus operandi

By: Mamaili Mamaila     24th April 2020 Transformation, representation and inclusion are “key imperatives” for public–private mining industry collaboration the Mandela Mining Precinct, says research body The Coaltech Research Association (Coaltech) CEO Henk Lodewijks. 

DRY PROCESSING 
The Russian pilot plant (pictured above) which Coaltech imported to conduct trials on several domestic coals, upgrades coal without using any water
DRY PROCESSING The Russian pilot plant (pictured above) which Coaltech imported to conduct trials on several domestic coals, upgrades coal without using any water

SiMINE

17th May 2019 SiMINE @MandelaMiningPrecinct. Accelerating the development of Operational Systems Capability 

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Precinct a catalyst for a mining sunrise

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 In his inaugural State of the Nation Address in Parliament, in Cape Town, President Cyril Ramaphosa urged all South Africans to view the South African mining industry as a “sunrise industry”. Consequently, the Mandela Mining Precinct public–private partnership is a critically important catalyst... 

VAN DER WOUDE
We would like to see a modern mining industry that extracts and beneficiates our rich mineral resources in a globally competitive manner
VAN DER WOUDE We would like to see a modern mining industry that extracts and beneficiates our rich mineral resources in a globally competitive manner

Mandela Mining Precinct enhancing collaboration 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 The Mandela Mining Precinct, officially launched in September 2018 by the departments of Science and Technology, and Mineral Resources, has been hailed as one of the most defining public–private partnerships in South Africa. The Mandela Mining Precinct has been successful in coordinating... 

NAVIN SINGH Everyone talks about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how we embrace it in the mining sector is particularly exciting for us
Mining Mandela Precinct co-director Navin Singh discusses revitalising the South African mining sector.

Precinct establishing platform for all stakeholders

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 The Mandela Mining Precinct – which industrial cluster Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) is an inherent part of – has been very successful in establishing a platform for all mining sector stakeholders, says MEMSA CEO Ossie Carstens. “MEMSA and the Mandela Mining Precinct are... 

REAPING BENEFITS
MEMSA needs to take full advantage of the newly published Mining Charter III and the “massive advantage” that it has created for local suppliers
REAPING BENEFITS MEMSA needs to take full advantage of the newly published Mining Charter III and the “massive advantage” that it has created for local suppliers

Youth-focused professional institute reaches 125-year milestone

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th April 2019 As the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) celebrates 125 years of existence this year, it will move even further in the direction of uplifting youngsters in the sector. The institute will continue to support students financially through its long-standing scholarship trust... 

Mandela Mining Precinct to produce next gen mining equipment

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct’s primary objective is to drive research, development and innovation and the investment therein, and it is extremely important, in terms of the local industry’s sustainability, that the next generation of mining equipment is developed by indigenous South African... 

BRAINSTORMING  The Mandela Mining Precinct’s research and development workstreams are tackling challenges pertaining to dilution, narrow seams, and  hard rock mining
Photo by Dylan Slater
BRAINSTORMING The Mandela Mining Precinct’s research and development workstreams are tackling challenges pertaining to dilution, narrow seams, and hard rock mining

Mandela Mining Precinct seeks to safeguard jobs, says Chamber of Mines

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) is excited about the launch of the Mandela Mining Precinct, which seeks to preserve jobs while creating new skilled positions through its support, research, industrial and sustainable development initiatives for the local mining sector, says CoM senior executive:... 

SIETSE VAN DER WOUDE  Industry has to address needs pertaining to the skills, health, safety and personal fulfilment of workers, while ensuring that mining operations become more efficient, and profitable
SIETSE VAN DER WOUDE Industry has to address needs pertaining to the skills, health, safety and personal fulfilment of workers, while ensuring that mining operations become more efficient, and profitable

2015 Mining Phakisa birthed Mandela Mining Precinct

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct, as one of the key initiatives that resulted from the 2015 Mining Phakisa, is important in terms of developing new mining technologies that support the sustainability, efficiency, and longevity of the South African mining industry while simultaneously catalysing... 

JEFF RADEBE AND RUDI DICKS The Mining Phakisa was a government initiative led by the Presidency aimed at developing a shared vision and growth strategy for the long-term development and transformation of the mining sector
JEFF RADEBE AND RUDI DICKS The Mining Phakisa was a government initiative led by the Presidency aimed at developing a shared vision and growth strategy for the long-term development and transformation of the mining sector

Reclaiming competitiveness through R&D-led mining modernisation 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The modernisation of mining operations is essential to contribute towards the survival of the South African mining industry by enabling mining at increased depths and narrow, hard rock reefs. 

RECLAIMING SOUTH AFRICA’S COMPETITIVENESS Department of Science and Technology chief director of technology localisation, beneficiation and advanced manufacturing Beeuwen Gerryts (left), being interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer
Beeuwen Gerryts interviewed by Martin Creamer.

Manufacturing capability to underpin SA’s reindustrialisation 

By: Nadine James     27th April 2018 Mining capital goods industrial cluster, the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA), funded by its members and the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), aims to harness the collective capability of South African capital equipment manufacturers for the development of a world... 

MEMSA BOARD CHAIRS MEMSA's Freddy Mugeri and Ulrich Kienle note that the cluster will be officially launched alongside the Mandela Mining Precinct on May 4
MEMSA chairperson Freddy Mugeri discusses the activities and objectives of both MEMSA and the Mandela Mining Precinct. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Exciting new mining research thrust 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The new Mandela Mining Precinct will be officially opened on May 4 to revitalise and modernise South Africa’s high-potential but struggling mining industry. 

Exciting new mining research thrust
Navin Singh, Alastair Macfarlane and Paul Jourdan of the Mandela Mining Precinct talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer about the development of sustainable mining to cover the entire value chain. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.
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