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University of Pretoria pioneering crucial skills needed in local mining industry

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Final year Mining Engineering students visited The Joburg Indaba at the Inanda Club last week. From left to right: Busi Manana, Zelly Moropana, Tshwarelo Phago, Surprise Mahlangu, Itumeleng Sikosana and Otshepeng Manne

Improving skills is one of the biggest needs and challenges of the mining industry. This topic, together with other pertinent issues such as modernisation, was just one of the insights resulting from the 2015 Joburg Indaba.

The University of Pretoria (UP) was one of the sponsors of the Indaba.

Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, participated in a panel discussion at the Indaba exploring the strategic direction that is currently shaping the industry. “Our primary responsibility as an academic institution is to produce quality students that are prepared to engage with the changing environments in which they will work,” she said.

“Our recently launched Virtual Reality Centre for Mine Design, together with the Mining Resilience Research Institute in the Faculty of Engineering Built Environment and IT (EBIT), both provide vital cogs in the wheel that will assist the industry with its re-positioning and actively contribute towards solutions for the complex challenges it faces.”

UP final year mining students also participated in “The Future Generation” session and enjoyed the opportunity to interact with current industry professionals, who were able to give them valuable insight into the world they will be entering in 2016.


Home page caption: From left to right: Professor Sunil Maharaj, Dean, Engineering, Built Environment and IT Faculty; Professor Ronny Webber-Youngman, HOD, Department of Mining Engineering; Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria; and Bernard Swanepoel, Chairman, Joburg Mining Indaba.

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