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Council for Mineral Technology African Science Communication Conference The importance of Science Promotion and HCD to sustain Mintek as a research and.

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1 Council for Mineral Technology African Science Communication Conference The importance of Science Promotion and HCD to sustain Mintek as a research and technology intensive entity. 19 February 2009 Ms Tebogo Gule Graduate Resource Development Officer

2 Terminology SET - Science, Engineering and Technology STEM – Science, Technology, engineering and Mathematics R&D – Research and Development HCD – Human Capital Development DST – Department of Science and Technology NSI – National System of Innovation NRF – National Research Foundation Black – African, Indian, Coloured and Chinese DG – Designated Group (Black, Female and Disable) Non DG – Non Designated Group ; (White males and foreigners) CSI – Corporate Social Investment

3 Presentation Outline Who Mintek is HCD in Mintek perspective Science Promotion as a platform for Human Capital Development Summary and Challenges

4 Mintek in Brief Mandate To serve the national interest through research, development and technology transfer, to promote mineral technology and to foster the establishment and expansion of industries in the field of minerals and products derived there from Vision Global leader in mineral and metallurgical innovation Mission To serve our stakeholders by adding value to mineral resources through technology, industrial growth and human development in a sustainable manner

5 Minteks presence in the mining value chain Exploration Mining Mine Development Concentration (Comminution, Flotation, Physical Separation) Refining Extraction (Hydrometallurgy, Biotechnology, Pyrometallurgy) Products Minteks main areas of activity Value Addition

6 Mintek in Brief 75 years old in 2009; Specialise in mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and related areas; Working closely with industry and other R&D institutions, Mintek provides service testwork, process development and optimisation, consulting and innovative products to clients world-wide; An autonomous statutory organisation (Science Council) under the Mintek Act which reports to the Minister of Minerals & Energy; About 35% of the annual budget is funded by the State Science Vote, with the balance provided by contract R&D, sales of products and services, technology licensing agreements, and joint-venture private sector company; Approximately 750 permanent staff members, and about 300 of whom are scientists, engineers and other technical R&D specialists.

7 Approx 300 Professionals Mintek Targets – Professionals DG = 71 % Black = 60% Black Females = 34%

8 Science Vote Allocation Objective % baseline Beneficiation and added value55.2 Export of Technologies9.8 Regional Strategies3.6 Development of SMMEs6 Human Capital Development22.5 Quality, Environment and safety 2.8 Source: Mintek KPI Report 2007/08 (Data do not sum to 100 due to rounding).

9 HCD at Mintek Human Resource and Training Human Capital Development SSME Development Talent Management i.e. Recruitment, retention, succession planning, performance management etc Human Capital Development Corporate Social Investment SET Promotion Activities Small Scale Mining Training School Kgabane Jewellery Training School Human Resource Development

10 Relationship between STEM Promotions & HCD Upper General Education & Training Further Education & Training Higher Education (degrees, diplomas & above) STEM promotion Funding Opportunities Mintek DST RPDP DST/NRF Innovation Fund DoE dti MQA THRIP NRF Provincial government Bilaterals Corporates Donors Adopt- a- School Girl Learner Minquiz Undergraduate Bursaries Postgraduate Bursaries Interns In-Service Training Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Degrees & diplomas, incl. Honours Masters Doctorate Post-Doctorate School Bursaries (new prog)

11 Bursary Accessibility

12 Grand Challenges Attraction into Postgraduate studies Demographic has changed Sufficient Resources in the Schools Educators, facilities, money Retention of skills in research and development Loosing potential research scientist into the commercial sectors

13 Finally… Science promotion is a major player in the existence of Mintek Mintek exists for R&D; Mintek is research and technology intensive Applied research Technology development; and Technology transfer Mintek relies heavily on the bursary pipeline Bursary Pipeline is linked to the skills base

14 Thank you


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