On 29 May 2019 Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) held an open day where updates were given on progress made in the six research programmes that make up the SA Mining and Extraction Research Development and Innovation (SAMERDI) initiative coordinated from the MMP. The programme managers presented on the focus and progress of their programmes, and opportunities were offered to engage with research teams to explore the relevance of their research and even possible areas of future collaboration.
The SAMERDI strategy is an outcome of Mining Phakisa and implemented through collaboration and support from researchers (science councils and academia), government departments, mining houses (individually and collectively), and organised labour unions.
The purpose of the SAMERDI Strategy is to provide a roadmap on working collectively towards technological solutions that will increase safety and productivity, reduce costs, and ultimately extend the life of mines by;
- Improving the competitiveness of the sector and creating new opportunities for South African based companies to operate in areas along the entire value chain;
- Repositioning South Africa as the world leader in mining RD&I by building human resource skills, capabilities, and capacities across industry, academia and the science councils, ensuring its sustainability.