About the Mandela Mining Precinct

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.

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Modernisation in mining – A people-centric approach

As mining modernises, how are mining stakeholders affected and impacted by mining modernisation systems, processes and technologies?

Optimal shaft design – a first step to reaping the benefits of a mechanised mine

Mechanised mining requires planning for the whole system to function effectively and optimally.

Towards an energy efficient mining sector

In the context of rising electricity costs and Eskom generation constraints, mining companies should be looking to diversify their energy supply through alternative self-generation technologies such as renewables.

Our programmes

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.

Longevity of Current Mines (LoCM)

The Longevity of Current Mines programme is aimed at improving mining practices and procedures, particularly for established mines that are…

Non-explosive Rock Breaking (NERB)

The goal of the Non-Explosive Rock Breaking programme is to identify, develop and support the implementation of solutions that will enable…

Mechanised Drill and Blast (MDB)

The Mechanised Drill & Blast programme is targeted at providing sustainable mechanised solutions to the gold and platinum mining…

Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK)

The Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK) programme is aimed at providing mine planners, rock engineers, geologists and other decision-makers…

Real-time Information Management Systems (RTIMS)

The Real-Time Information Management Systems programme aims to improve data transmission, storage, dissemination, and information…

Successful Application Of Technologies Centred Around People (SATCAP)

The Successful Application of Technologies Centred Around People (SATCAP) programme places people at the centre of all mining-related…

Our vision is to maximise the returns of South Africa’s mineral wealth through collaborative, sustainable research, development, innovation and implementation of mining technologies in a socially, environmentally and financially responsible manner that is rooted in the wellbeing of local communities and the national economy

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