In 2015 Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique shared valuable practical information on the diverse field of mining with 33 final year BSc Mining Engineering Honours students from the University of the Witwatersrand.
“I decided to extend an invitation to the students to join us for a few hours at Jet Park-based Atlas Copco House to gain an insight into the multi-tiered business relationships between the customer and the supplier which goes far beyond simply the sale of equipment to include expert advice, after-sales service, etc.,” says Kgothatso Ntsie, Corporate Communications Manager for Atlas Copco South Africa.
“It is essential that students, irrespective of their field of study, gain a practical taste of the working world to assist them in orientating theory within the perspective of real situations.”
Wits students, Siphiwe Nkosi and Steven Valoi, shared their thoughts on their Atlas Copco experience and agreed that the day was extremely valuable. “The time spent at Atlas Copco was for me the perfect follow up to a tour to a number of mines in Mpumalanga and Limpopo they sponsored in June 2015,” remarks Siphiwe who, after graduating, will focus on obtaining her blasting certificate in 2016.
“My bursary enables me to work at Mponeng, South Africa’s deepest gold mine located in Carletonville for 12 months where I will obtain my blasting certificate after which I will be a qualified mine engineer.
While Steven’s main focus lies in underground technology, he says he was provided with a good perspective on opencast mining. “What really impressed me was that while most companies are shying away from hard rock mining due to the extreme depths that are both difficult and extremely expensive to reach, Atlas Copco’s focus is here, finding a workable solution for the local mining industry which is in dire need of assistance.”
Steven says that Atlas Copco has also helped him to gain a better understanding of the current unique challenges facing South Africa’s mining industry.
“On the one hand the future of mining in this country lies in keeping up to date with modern technology through mechanisation while on the other hand being mindful of the labour force. It is about keeping a fine balance between the level of mechanisation and people skills.”
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