Mission Statement

The value proposition of SAMMRI needs to be considered in the context of current minerals processing research capabilities, both in South Africa and globally. This is because the technologies developed and employed in the industry play a key role in extending the industry’s resource base, enhancing the safety and reducing the environmental impact of the operations and developing the skills needed to operate and maintain these operations successfully.

The mission of SAMMRI is to:

  • Expand research capacity throughout South Africa by involving universities in a national programme aimed at meeting the challenges to the industry arising from, inter alia, declining ore grades, increasing environmental constraints, and water and energy costs and availability.
  • Develop human capital in the form of increased numbers of highly skilled people with post-graduate degrees, to take up employment both in this industry sector and in academia, thereby relieving the critical skills shortage that South Africa is currently experiencing.
  • Achieve a substantial return on investment arising from improved processing performance leading to higher revenues, and reduced consumption of resources such as water and energy thus resulting in significantly lower operating costs.
  • Promote long-term innovative research in the area of mineral processing and the concomitant development of world-class technologies that will ensure that the South African mineral processing industry not only remains internationally competitive but also assumes a global technological leadership position. Although the primary emphasis of the research will be on long-term objectives aimed at ensuring that the country is able to sustain a successful and technologically innovative mineral processing industry for the next 20 to 30 years, SAMMRI projects will also include shorter term objectives which represent so-called quick wins for the industry.

SAMMRI aims to achieve these objectives through:

  1. Supporting emerging academics and researchers at South African universities by funding appropriate research projects.
  2. Developing a joint venture between industry and the DST to provide such funding.
  3. Identifying projects of real interest to industry members and to mentor both the researchers and post-graduate students involved with these projects.