The first meeting after the mining component of Operation Phakisa was recently held at the CSIR’s Johannesburg facility, which will soon be known as the Mining hub.
CSIR Group Executive: Operations, Laurens Cloete, opened the meeting by welcoming all participants. “We are open to the institutional model mining will take,” said Cloete addressing representatives from the Presidency, Departments of Science and Technology (DST), Trade and Industry and Mineral Resources, the Chamber of Mines, Sibanye Gold, Anglo Platinum and the University of the Witwatersrand.
“The CSIR has research impact areas,” explained CSIR Executive Director for Natural Resources and the Environment, Prof May Hermanus, “The impact areasallow us to tap into expertise across the organisation and coordinate it centrally”.
“The fact that we are here at the Carlow Road facility is significant,” remarked the Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Strategic Projects Advisor, Edwin Ritchken, “Our objective today is to build momentum and look at how we can move from strategy to focusing on certain technologies for development and certain products for localisation”.
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