The South African Youth Economic Council (SAYEC) Gala Dinner held at Melrose Marriot Hotel on 15 June marked the start of the envisaged strategic partnership between Mintek and SAYEC aimed at developing youth skills in the mining and minerals sector.
Held as part of a Youth Month celebration, the event redefined the mandate of young people and their integration into the mainstream economy through panel discussions between government and corporates. The discussions focussed on the inclusion of young people in equitable industrialisation, and Infrastructure and transport network Industries to support growth.
Offering a message of support, Mintek Chief financial Officer, Sakhi Simelane said that the envisaged partnership is a cornerstone to youth economic development in the mining sector.
“We hope this partnership will energise Mintek and bring versatile ideas needed to tackle challenges affecting young people in the mining and minerals sector”, he said.
Mintek’s Head of Mineral Economics, Nozuko Mani commented on “jobs of the future and future research topics” during a panel discussion on transport and infrastructure.
She said “it is important for your young people to know what’s happening around them. Trends are the major drivers of change, also looking at what the country needs to solve.”
“Environmental challenges such as decarbonisation, infrastructure related issues as a result of industrialisation, Innovation and diversification are some of the country/global agendas that require the right skills, so one cannot look at the jobs of the future in isolation with the major drivers and needs of the country”, she said.
The engagement between Mintek and SAYEC started earlier this year when the two participated at the SAYEC Youth Jobs Summit held in Cape Town.