VISION OF SAMERDI
“To maximise the returns of South Africa’s mineral wealth through collaborative, sustainable research, development, innovation and implementation of mining technologies in a socially, environmentally and financially responsible manner that is rooted in the wellbeing of local communities and the national economy.”
THE MANDELA MINING PRECINCT,
officially opened on 4 May 2018, provides the opportunity to have a community of researchers working together in the same space on related subjects both from an inter- and intra-organisational perspective.
THE SOUTH AFRICAN MINING EXTRACTION, RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION (SAMERDI) STRATEGY
The SAMERDI Strategy, as an outcome of the Mining Phakisa, provides a roadmap on how to work collectively towards technological solutions that will increase safety and productivity, and reduce costs to 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; and
Reposition 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.
The SAMERDI Strategy provides a roadmap on working collectively towards technological solutions that will increase safety and productivity, reduce costs, and ultimately extend the life of mines.
Thus the implementation of the SAMERDI strategy through collaboration and support from researchers (science councils and academia), government departments, mining houses (individually and collectively), and organised labour unions can be the solution to the challenges that beset the mining sector.