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Emeritus status for high-flying Wits mining professor

20 August 2018 – Johannesburg: Wits University’s School of Mining Engineering recently celebrated the award of an Emeritus Professorship to its long-serving and distinguished JCI Professor of Mineral Resources and Reserves, Richard (Dick) Minnitt. Speaking at the event at Wits University in July, head of school Professor Cuthbert Musingwini praised Professor Minnitt’s scholarly contribution over […]


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Cutting-edge Wits courses in earthmoving, maintenance in mining

06 August 2018 – Johannesburg: Wits University’s Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems (CMMS) – part of the Wits Mining Institute – will be presenting its popular three-day courses in mechanised earthmoving and in maintenance management this November. The Mechanised Earthmoving in Mining – Equipment, Technology and Management course will be presented by visiting lecturer Professor […]


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Wits School of Mining Engineering – Young mining lions on the hunt for strategies to reinvent mining

    30 July 2018 – Johannesburg: Two graduates from the highly-ranked Wits School of Mining Engineering in Johannesburg – Tabotabo Talane and Levine Mnisi – began their tenure in the coveted Anglo American Building Leaders and Shaping Talent (BLAST) programme this year, and are embracing the opportunity to seek out long-term solutions for the […]


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WMI August seminar to build women leaders in mining

25 July 2018 – Johannesburg: With Women’s Month on the doorstep, the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) is presenting its ‘Women Leaders Empowerment for 21st Century Mining’ seminar from 6-8 August at Wits University. The event is ideal for women graduates, supervisors and managers in the mining sector, and will cover issues related to mining’s digital […]


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CSMI enhances sustainability focus at Wits Mining Institute

Wits University’s Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI) has joined forces with the Wits Mining Institute as one of three vital pillars to take forward the university’s research and development for 21st century mining. According to WMI director Professor Fred Cawood, the focus of the CSMI is on responsible mining. “The establishment of […]


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SA warned against over-exposure to China’s demand fluctuations

19 April 2018 – Johannesburg: South Africa and other mineral-rich developing countries with close economic links to China must reassess their trade policies to provide a buffer against fluctuating commodity demand – especially given the negative impact of China’s recent slowdown. This was the message from Wits University School of Mining Engineering postgraduate student Peaceful […]


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Mining goes digital at new Wits lab

Johannesburg – 03 April 2018: The future of mining is looking brighter following the launch at Wits University of the Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine) by the Wits Mining Institute, promising safer and more productive mines through the practical application of digital technologies. Made possible by generous donations from South Africa-based gold giant Sibanye-Stillwater, DigiMine […]


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New approach needed to optimise underground mines – Musingwini

While techniques to optimise open pit mining operations are well advanced, the greater complexity of the underground mining environment requires more than the deterministic optimisation approach most commonly used to date. According to Professor Cuthbert Musingwini, head of Wits University’s School of Mining Engineering, it is widely acknowledged that underground mines frequently fail to achieve […]


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Disciplines unite at Wits to prepare mining for the 21st century

Innovative technology solutions for the struggling mining sector are the focus of a new unit at Wits University, bringing together various disciplines and headed by former School of Mining Engineering head Professor Fred Cawood. The Wits Mining Institute (WMI) will house the school’s Digital Mine project – already well advanced in developing a mock mine within […]


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‘Bumper crop’ of seven doctorates from Wits Mining Engineering

Caption News Release The School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand awarded seven doctoral degrees in 2015 – a record achievement that surpasses previous years’ achievements. “This achievement indicates the School’s commitment to our strategic goal of raising research productivity, which aligns with the Wits Vision 2022 of being a global top-100 […]


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