A Research and Education Framework to Support the Development of a Sustainable and Socially Responsible Mining Industry in Africa

Authored by: Jennifer Broadhurst , Susan T. L. Harrison , Jochen Petersen , Jean-Paul Franzidis , Dee Bradshaw

Sustainability in the Mineral and Energy Sectors

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498733021
eBook ISBN: 9781315369853
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A sustained programme of research and human capacity development in the context of the extraction and beneficiation of mineral resources in Africa is considered critical in ensuring that the minerals sector continues to thrive and contribute to socio-economic development in a manner consistent with sustainability principles. Of key importance in this regard is the need to promote inter-and trans-disciplinary research activities and to generate highly skilled people who have a broad understanding and awareness of the complexities involved. To this end, the Minerals to Metals Signature Research Theme was established at the University of Cape Town in 2007, with a view to addressing the key sustainability challenges in the minerals sector through the establishment of integrated and holistic research and education programmes. This innovative and dynamic initiative draws together the skills of world-renowned academic and research staff in existing groupings both within and beyond the University of Cape Town, to advance the provision of metal and mineral-related products and services to society in a manner which maximises development opportunities for its stakeholders, and which minimises adverse environmental impacts due to mining, processing and related activities.

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