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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The Mandela Mining Precinct and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) hereby invite suitably qualified organisations to submit proposals in response to the two calls below.

Mandela Mining Precinct virtual symposium

The Mandela Mining Precinct’s virtual symposium will take place from 21 to 22 June 2021. The symposium will illustrate how research across its research programmes enriches the value of the South African Mining Extraction RDI (SAMERDI) strategy to industry.

Request for information: Autonomous mining systems for application in narrow reef hard rock mines

Mining Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are hereby invited to complete a request for information that will assist the Mandela Mining Precinct in identifying and understanding automation solutions available.

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 SATCAP research agenda is framed around developing the framework for a modern workforce for a modern mine.

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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