Trilateral Technical Workshop to Boost SA-Iran Minerals Processing Market


A trilateral technical workshop held at Mintek on 06 and 07 June between Mintek, Iran Minerals Processing Research Centre (IMPRC) and Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organisation (IMIDRO) is expected to boost Minerals processing market between South Africa and Iran.

The workshop follows the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between MINTEK and IMPRC in November 2015 when Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iran leading a high level government and trade delegation to consolidate bilateral political, economic and trade relations.

The objective of the trilateral workshop was to showcase Mintek’s capabilities to IMIDRO and IMPRC, which will benefit the trio in prioritising areas of research collaboration. As a leader in mineral and metallurgical innovation, Mintek has been involved in a number of Iranian minerals processing projects since 1999. This include metallurgical testwork, mineralogical investigations and process control system to Iranian industries.

Potential areas of collaboration identified by the three parties include mineral processing, rare earth elements, extraction and refining of gold, mineralogy and chemical analysis.

Earlier in April 2016, President Jacob Zuma, visited Tehran, where he addressed the South Africa– Iran Business Forum. He said that both South Africa and Iran need to devise pragmatic solutions towards their bilateral economic challenges as they embark on rebuilding relationships.

“South Africa views Iran as a strategic trading partner within the Middle East and Central Asian regions. Within the bilateral sphere, South Africa and Iran share a long historical relationship”.

IMPRC is a subsidiary of (IMIDRO) and was established in 2004 to provide analytical and mineral processing services to IMDRO range of subsidiaries as well as to the private sector of Iran.

IMIDRO is a major Iranian state-owned holding company active in the mining sector in Iran and has 8 major companies and 55 operational subsidiaries active in iron ore, steel, aluminium, copper, zinc, gold, coal, rare earth elements (REE) cement and mineral exploitation fields.