‘Mines in need of tech­nol­ogy boost’

Daily Dispatch - - Business - By AL­LAN SECCOMBE

SOUTH African min­ing com­pa­nies and equip­ment mak­ers have to col­lab­o­rate to lift the coun­try’s min­ing sec­tor out of a self­in­flicted tech­nol­ogy slump and can­not ex­pect the rest of the world to come to its res­cue.

At last week’s Jo­han­nes­burg Ind­aba min­ing con­fer­ence, a panel of min­ing ex­perts spoke of the ur­gent need to mod­ernise and au­to­mate min­ing in or­der to bring down costs as well as ex­tend the lives of deep-level South African gold and plat­inum mines – and save jobs.

In re­cent years, South African min­ing re­search and devel­op­ment has slowly been emerg­ing from the dol­drums – when less than R5-mil­lion was spent an­nu­ally on ex­plor­ing new ideas – to a

Pic­ture: WALDO SWIEGERS

TIME FOR CHANGE: Ex­perts say the coun­try’s min­ing sec­tor must haul it­self out of its tech­no­log­i­cal slump

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