The Mandela Mining Precinct is a public-private collaboration between the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Minerals Council of South Africa. It is an initiative aimed at revitalising mining research, development and innovation in South Africa to ensure the sustainability of the industry.Read more about us
The mining industry understands the need to modernise, the move towards adapting and changing a +100 year old industry has been difficult as the industry lacks digital technology in the face of the continuous change brought about by digital and the now imposing Industrie 4.0 (4IR), writes CHANTELLE KOTZE.
The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) on Tuesday unveiled the two new rock drill prototypes that are set to enhance drilling operations and reduce the exposure of operators to dangerous conditions.
The prototypes, born under the Isidingo Drill Challenge, launched in 2018, and based on industry needs, are lighter, more energy efficient, quieter and easier to assemble and dismantle than the drills that are currently used by industry.
The outlook for South Africa’s deep-level mining sector over the next ten years is bleak should there be no drastic change in the way this type of mining is conducted, comments Mandela Mining Precinct co-director Navin Singh.
It’s hard to underplay the importance of the mining sector to South Africa. Historically, it’s been a key provider of exports, jobs and economic growth, but the country has struggled to come to terms with an industry that’s inevitably shrinking as reserves dry up. There’s an acceptance from government that the sector needs to modernise if it’s to survive and thrive – and an understanding that it has to be done in a way that’s sensitive to the communities that rely on mines for their livelihood.
Having led gold production for over a century, South Africa lost its title as Africa’s leading gold producer to Ghana in June due to its shrinking output on account of deepening mines, geologically challenging ore bodies and the increasing cost of doing business.
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 collaboration among government departments, the mining industry and researchers, where everyone is working towards one common goal – to improve the state of mining in South Africa and its future prospects, says Mandela Mining Precinct co-director Navin Singh.
Following a period of marked disintegration of mining research in South Africa, there is now a positive new thrust emerging from the research, development and innovation (RDI) units active at the Mandela Mining Precinct in Carlow Road, Johannesburg.
The Mandela Mining Precinct has been established to provide a community of researchers with an opportunity to work together in one space. The Mandela Mining Precinct initiative is implemented through..
The Mandela Mining Precinct has been established to provide a community of researchers with an opportunity to work together in one space.The Mandela Mining Precinct initiative is implemented through six research-based programmes, all of which are aimed at improving the safety on mines and introducing innovative technologies to the industry.