With much research done, the launch of DigiMine could be revolutionary for South Africa and the mining industry in SA. This technology offers a digital application in support for safer and more efficient mining operations. Sibanye-Stillwater have launched the Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory (Digimine) in collaboration with the Wits Mining Institute. The total investment for this project totalled R27,5 million, DigiMine is a simulated mining environment in the Chamber of Mines building on the West campus of Wits university, whose facilities now include a vertical shaft in the stairwell, a tunnel and a stope in the basement, and a range of communication and digital systems to enable research that will create the mine of the future. CEO for Sibanye-Stillwater, Neal Froneman said, “the launch of DigiMine establishes a unique programme that is instrumental for the application of digital technologies in support of safer and more efficient mining operations.” Neal highlighted the importance of the mining sector building a close relationship with research institutions, in order to revolutionise the industry through benefittiing from technological advances.
Tawana Kupe. Wits acting vice-chancellor and Principal agreed with Neal and made mention that, “the DigiMine speaks to the University’s strategy of integrating technology, teaching, learning and research in academia. This development ensures that we can continue to develop specialised skills and knowledge as we move into industrial revolution.”
In a week-long programme in celebration of the launch of the revolutionary DigiMine, a seminar was showcased to postgraduate research students and partner organisations, for two days. Keynotes on the theme of DigiMine were delivered by none other, Sibanye-Stillwater and the National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan (NUST).