On 14 September, South Africa and China launched the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the Development and Utilisation of Mineral Resources at Mintek, where researchers from South African Universities and the CSIR will work together on advancing mineral processing and mining research.
The centre was launched by the South African Director-General of Science and Technology, Dr Phil Mjwara, and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Vice Minister for Science and Technology, Xu Nanping.
The collaboration will maximise the beneficiation of mineral resources whilst enabling both countries to share the experience and work in synergy to boost their growth.
The establishment of the JRC was decided during the recent state visit to South Africa by the PRC’s President Xi Jinping. The research centre will be run by a consortium led by Mintek in South Africa and the Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (BGRIMM) in China.
Mjwara said, “The launch of the Centre is of strategic importance to enhance the country’s ability to harness science and technology for economic growth and development in the crucial domain of beneficiation of mineral resources.
He added that, “The launch represents a significant milestone in the strengthening of cooperation in science and technology between South Africa and China. The work of the SA-China JRC will complement the Mandela Mining Precinct Centre launched on the same day, to revitalise research and technological developments in the mining sector.”
The goal of the JRC is to produce high level research outcomes with commercial significance, and to set benchmarks for international science and technology cooperation creating a win-win collaboration leading to the prosperity of both South Africa and China.