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 to support 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.

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.

According to the CSIR, this institution, 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 specialising in the future of mining will also demonstrate some of its technology which includes drones and robotics.” said the CSIR.

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.


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