The Mandela Mining Precinct is aimed at finding solutions to problems and challenges the mining industry is facing.
This is according to Alistair McFarlane, co-director of the Mandela Mining Precinct.
He says its purpose is to offer support local innovation to provide technological solutions to those challenges faced by the mining industry, which include mineworkers' health and safety.
We would be looking for solutions through research and development in the mining space with a focus on modernisation in the industry.— Alistair McFarlane, Co-director of the Mandela Mining Precinct
We have been in deep conversations with the mining industry and mining companies to identify these challenges as well as identifying possible solutions.— Alistair McFarlane, Co-director of the Mandela Mining Precinct
McFarlane says it is clear that some things have to change or we might experience a shutdown of the gold and platinum industries.
The other purpose of the precinct is to launch mining equipment manufacturers of South Africa.
Our purpose is to accelerate the growth of mining equipment manufacturing sector which will create jobs in the mining sector.— Alistair McFarlane, Co-director of the Mandela Mining Precinct
On the mining side, we preserve jobs and on the manufacturing, we increase jobs.— Alistair McFarlane, Co-director of the Mandela Mining Precinct
The Mandela Mining Precinct will be launched by Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane in Melville. This forms one of the outcomes of Mining Phakisa.
To hear the rest of the conversation listen below:
Xolani Gwala also spoke to Minister of Science and Technology Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, take a listen below: