It took nearly three years for the Mandela Mining Precinct to confirm its name, just in time for the launch on 14 September 2018, the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
The Department of Science and Innovation secured permission from the Nelson Mandela Foundation to use the name of the former President and national icon. Just as Madiba called on all South Africans to work together towards democracy, the Mandela Mining Precinct calls for all stakeholders to come together to address the challenges facing the South African mining industry.
And that is what inspired the name of this newsletter, Mining Minds.
The Mandela Mining Precinct’s logo in the colours of the national flag, is evidence of the precinct’s diverse and proudly South African initiative. The logo is framed by a hard hat, a symbol of safe mining and protection of employees and communities.
The yellow sun represents the gold industry in our hometown of Johannesburg and the new dawn of a revitalised industry, and the blue, green and red icons represent the hands of stakeholders lifted in support of the industry.
The logo embodies the vision of the Mandela Mining Precinct to facilitate healthy, safe, innovative, transformative, and economically viable and sustainable solutions to advance mining in South Africa, our region and on the wider African continent.