SA-China Joint Research Centre on the Development and Utilisation of Mineral Resources

The South African Director-General of Science and Technology, Dr Phil Mjwara, and the Chinese Vice Minister for Science and Technology, Xu Nanping, will launch the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the Development and Utilisation of Mineral Resources at Mintek in Randburg on 14 September 2018.


The establishment of the JRC between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) 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 in China.


The media are invited as follows:

Time:              11:00 – 12:30

Venue:            Mintek, 200 Malibongwe Drive, Randburg


About Mintek

Mintek is South Africa’s national mineral research organisation established in 1934. It is one of the world’s leading technology organisations specialising in minerals processing, extractive metallurgy and related areas. Our commitment to innovation and our world-class research and development expertise is supported by a physical infrastructure of modern laboratories, pilot plants and workshops. We believe it is our extensive intellectual capital – engineers, scientists and technologists, all of the highest calibre – that forms the most valuable part of our proposition to our customers. Learn more here: and follow us on twitter: @Mintek_RSA

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