Mintek in collaboration with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned Movement and other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) opened the fifth training Programme on Mineral Processing and Beneficiation for 21 delegates from NAM member states this month.
The three-month programme, which ends in October has been hosted by Mintek since 2015. It was initiated to address the skills gap in the minerals beneficiation value chain and to create networks and exposure to the NAM S&T Centre member countries to new developments in mineral processing and beneficiation.
The delegates who are scientists, engineers and technologists are from Egypt, Botswana, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Guyana, Sudan, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, and South Africa.
Speaking at the official opening of the programme, Mmampei Chaba, Chief Director: Multilateral Cooperation and Africa said, “The DSI and Mintek are in the process of reviewing the programme to accredit it into a three – year bachelor’s degree.”
She further explained that the South African Government is undertaking this programme to support the social upliftment of citizens in Africa, and the economic development of their countries through science and innovation on mining, agro processing and pharmaceuticals.
Mintek General Manager for Technology, Alan McKenzie said, “The training programme participants and their countries have an opportunity to benefit from the knowledge imparted on them which will make a positive impact in their countries’ mineral sector.”
The training programme is structured in a form of presentations and workshops, as well as experiential work in the extractive metallurgy laboratory scale and pilot plants where delegates they will gain exposure of Mintek processes and technologies