Bakubung Platinum Mine Plays host to mining engineering students on fact finding visit
28 September 2014
This month, Wesizwe Platinum will be contributing to the future development of mine managers in South Africa when it plays host to a delegation of mining engineering students from the University of Pretoria on a special Student Day at its flagship Bakubung Platinum Mine (BPM) on the 18th of September 2014. This important event in the mining education calendar is being coordinated under the auspices of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa (AMMSA).
The Association of Mine Managers of South Africa (AMMSA) was formed by a group of Witwatersrand Mine Managers back in1892, and has since worked tirelessly to promote the general advancement of mining in this country. AMMSA has played an important and integral part in the development of the mining framework in South Africa and great value is placed on its role as a key stakeholder in the mining industry. The latter could not have been achieved without undivided support of the industry at large. Hosting students day is one of the interventions by AMMSA and the mining industry to ensure that the development of the mining framework is sustained into the future.
Wesizwe Platinum and AMMSA share an intensive interest in the development of mining students in the country, as they are the mine managers of the future. The AMMSA council endeavors to visit each university with a mining faculty at least once every year, and coordinates four technical visits to selected mine sites each year where AMMSA members have the opportunity to attend and learn at no cost to themselves. This is a great opportunity for mining students to get exposure to a mining site where new technology is being tested or where it has already been successfully implemented.
The programme for the Student Day blends formal presentations with a practical visit around the mine site, both above and below ground. Following an overview of the Bakubung Platinum Mine project development from Eddie Mohlabi, the General Manager of BPM, a series of highly technical presentations on such topics as Exploration, Rock Engineering, Mine Design, Sinking Operations and EIA/EMP, provides the students with a wealth of highly relevant mine management information. The practical mine site visit provides a unique glimpse into the physical development of the mine project.
Speaking about the importance of such events to the future of the mining sector's talent development, Mr Eddie Mohlabi, General Manager of Wesizwe Platinum's Bakubung Platinum Mine, said: "As an emerging junior mining company, Wesizwe through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bakubung Platinum Mine, could not have waited for a more ideal opportunity than this one to demonstrate its contribution to the mining industry. Even though Bakubung Platinum Mine is still in its construction phase, we thought it only relevant to seize this opportunity of hosting the students day on behalf of AMMSA Central District, in order to give the country's future mine managers a glimpse of what a mine under construction actually looks like. A significant percentage of mining engineers spend their whole careers in the mining business and never get to experience or be exposed to a mine under construction. At Bakubung Platinum Mine, we believe that we are offering an experience that most of these students will not be able to attain in their life-long careers. This is part of our corporate social responsibility in showing support to the development of the country's future mine managers. When the Bakubung Platinum Mine comes into production, we will be tapping into the marketplace to recruit such young mining engineers. Ultimately, this will be a rewarding experience for us, knowing that we are recruiting within a pool of engineers that we would have contributed to developing."
The Student Day at Bakubung Platinum Mine concluded with a luncheon at the Sundown Ranch, and a formal address by the President of AMMSA, Mr Philip Coetzer.
For more information on Wesizwe Platinum and its flagship Bakubung Platinum Mine project, visit the website – www.wesizwe.com
For an interview, contact Mr Hamlet Morule, Executive: Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations, Wesizwe Platinum Limited
Telephone: 011 994 4600