SA and Germany delivers Geometallurgy Research Collaboration

This month Mintek hosted the joint Cimera and AMREP (Applied Mineralogy for the Resource Evaluation of Platinum group elements) consortium, an international collaborative research programme between German and South African research partners to foster knowledge and technology exchange in Geometallurgy.

Held in conjunction with CIMERA, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) -Centre of Excellence in Minerals and Energy Resource Analysis, the AMREP consortium comprise of five German institutions and two South African partners. German partners include: Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg, BGR – Federal Institute for Geoscience and Resources, LUH-Leibniz University of Hannover, MfN – Natural History Museum, Berlin while the South African partners included Mintek and Cronimet Mining Group -Cronimet Chrome Mining SA (Pty).

Speaking to delegates, Professor Robert Trumbull AMREP coordinator, GFZ German Resource Centre for Geosciences said “the goal of the consortium is to develop a geometallurgical model for PGE in the Bushveld LG and MG chromitites using Cronimet’s Thaba Mine as a case study”.

He further said the programme supports young scientists and technicians with research and it supports three PhD and four MSc students who are studying in Germany.  The programme has had exchange visits of three Mintek staff in Germany and one German student in Mintek.

The programme was formed during the German-South African Year of Science in 2012/2013 to enhance the international research corporation. Mintek hosted the inaugural workshop in 2015, followed by field work of the participants at the Thaba Mine, which forms the case study for the research.

The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, whereas Mintek derives its funding for the project from the South African State Grant.