Mintek carries out surveys, evaluations and commodity and market studies to support initiatives by governmental, international, regional or industry associations. It also identifies and evaluates potential development projects, assesses and provides technology, and conducts feasibility studies.
Mintek supports the activities of the SADC Mining Co-ordination Unit and was closely involved in developing the economic growth strategy for NEPAD and the African Mining Partnership.
A dedicated Sustainable Development Unit has been established that co-operates with industry, other research institutions and academia to maintain and enhance the minerals sector’s contribution to society. The unit provides services and technologies (in particular by developing and evaluating remediation technologies), and supports policy makers in South Africa and Africa by providing strategic direction and procedures that promote value addition and sustainable development in the mining industry.
Mintek’s Small-Scale Mining & Beneficiation (SSMB) division supports the small scale mining sector by developing appropriate technologies, providing consulting services and training, and promoting sustainable mining, downstream processing and value-addition through Integrated Development Programmes.
Mintek is also promoting a number of major new industrial projects based on mineral beneficiation and utilising both existing and newly developed technologies. These include the recovery of platinum group metals (PGMs) from metallurgical waste materials, ferronickel production, and the establishment of a local magnesium industry using a novel thermal production route.