Sampling the germs: Sekhukhune Distrcit Municipality Executive Mayor, Stan Ramaila, Mintek’s Joseph Moema, SDA’s Victor Mampuru, Stephen Masemola and Chairperson Oupa Nkoane during SDM’s visit at Mintek’s small scale mining laboratory.
SEKHUKHUNE – In a mission to explore immediate interventions for Sekhukhune District’s current mining challenges, the Sekhukhune District Municipality’s (SDM) entourage, led by Executive Mayor, Stan Ramaila and Sekhukhune Development Agency Chairperson, Oupa Nkoane have visited Mintek’s small scale mining laboratory at its head offices.
Mintek is a global leader in mineral and metallurgical innovations, and has been in the industry as a leader in South Africa for over 50 years.
The Sekhukhune District Municipality delegation was received by Mintek’s General Manager, David Powell, Head of Mineral Economics Strategic Unit, Godfrey Mothapo, Head of Advanced Minerals, Joseph Moema and Head of Marketing Mpho Makoana during the visit.
Among the solutions explored were safer mineral processing technologies required to unlock small scale mining, value-add beneficiation, rehabilitation of mines, black ownership, skills training for local youth and re-use of mining waste.
That included the possibility of introducing a satellite mining training centre in close liaison with the University of Limpopo’s School for Mineral Resources Development.
Addressing the meeting, Executive Mayor, Ramaila made an urgent call to Mintek directors to accelerate the study to highlight mining deposits and effectively take forward small scale mining through which the district can position local black industrialists.
“We welcome the resolve by Mintek to enter into a long term agreement with us to facilitate policy discussions and execution of programmes for permitting and enabling ordinary people to venture into mining ownership, extraction and beneficiation in the Sekhukhune value chain development,” said Ramaila.
The delegation further toured the foundry in Benoni that they are in view of replicating in Sekhukhune to address the mining beneficiation challenges in the short, medium and long term.