Science and Technology Minister to unveil Mandela Mining Precinct

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, will launch the Mandela Mining Precinct, a Mining Phakisa initiative aimed at reviving South Africa’s flagging mining sector.

The Mandela Mining Precinct aims on supporting local innovations to provide solutions to the challenges faced by the mining industry in South Africa. Other issues to be addressed by this precinct include, the health and safety of mineworkers.

This institution, named after the world icon and former President Nelson Mandela, will help to position mining as a core driver of world-class technological and manufacturing capabilities and solutions for the development of the economy.

The event will also see the launch of the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA), an equipment-focused organisation to position South Africa’s mining capital goods manufacturers as world-class competitive, innovative, dynamic and transformative. An exhibition will be held to showcase some of the equipment. In addition, SiMINE specializing in the future of mining will also demonstrate some of its technology which includes dones and robotics.

The Mining Precinct is a collaboration between the DST through its entity the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of the DST, Chamber of Mines and the Universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Witwatersrand.

Minister Kubayi-Ngubane will be joined by the Ministers of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, Trade and Industry, Rob Davies and Monitoring and Evaluation, and Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma, in Johannesburg on Friday, 4 May 2018.

Source: Department of Science and Technology