SAMMRI Student Workshop

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The Annual SAMMRI Student Workshop was held at the Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town, on 2 and 3 November 2015.
There were 23 presentations and the Workshop was attended by Board Members, Principal Investigators and post-graduate students from around the country. 



Tripartite research boost for mining industry

The South African Minerals to Metals Research Institute (SAMMRI) grew from a partnership proposal by Government, Industry and Academia and this was the seed which gave birth to this tripartite collaboration. Its aim is to promote the development of mineral processing research in South Africa.

To this end, SAMMRI’s formal launch on 3 August 2011was also the launch for its pilot programme. Nine projects have been awarded to six South African universities and researchers presented the progress of their work during the course of the day. Through these nine projects, SAMMRI hopes to boost nationally the number of postgraduates entering the mining industry.

Three million rand has been invested by Government and Industry into the Pilot Programme and the long term goal is to develop this into significant and continuing  joint support.

Newly elected SAMMRI chairman, Dr Neville Plint from Anglo American Platinum, believes SAMMRI will serve as a catalyst to build the next generation of researchers. “Right now, one of our main goals by getting involved in these projects is to see the growth of research capacity at our universities.”

Plint argues that SAMMRI’s industry origins are advantageous for all involved. “Through the involvement of government (DST), universities and industry we will have access to partnerships and resources to implement the outcomes of newly generated research.”

Emeritus Professor Cyril O’Connor, Director of the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Minerals Research has been extremely involved in establishing SAMMRI. Speaking at the launch, O’Connor said “that the Institute would make a significant contribution to ensuring that South Africa remained globally competitive in its mining and minerals processing R&D as it faced the new challenges of lower grade ore bodies and the need to use water and energy in a sustainable manner. SAMMRI will also contribute greatly to the production of highly skilled people for the industry”.

Some members of the SAMMRI board: Marinus du Plessis of Exxaro, Prof Cyril O’Connor, July Ndlovu and Dr Neville Plint of Anglo American Platinum and Dr Victor Ross of Lonmin


University of Limpopo guests with Dr Neville Plint  Dr Neville Plint and Professor Cyril O’Connor