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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My first experiences in an underground mine - Katlego Matlou

I looked around and smiled underneath my mask: Everything I have been taught in university, all those sketches and diagrams I looked at and had to study, all the structure, the reef, and the meticulous contacts between the rocks are all real and within reach. It was quite incredible.

Local mining equipment OEMs receive a boost with central, online equipment and technology database

TARA is an online portal of locally manufactured mining equipment designed to assist the industry in achieving increased local content and manufacturing. It also allows OEMs to demonstrate their current commercially available technologies.

Investigating novel rock-breaking techniques in pursuit of zero harm

The Mandela Mining Precinct is committed to the industry-wide goal of zero harm, and is investigating the feasibility of thermal spalling as a promising technology to increase the efficiency, health and safety of mining by enabling 24/7 production and the reduction of toxic gases and dust.

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 Successful Application of Technologies Centred Around People (SATCAP) programme places people at the centre of all mining-related…

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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