The Introduction to Mining short course is specifically designed to provide non-mining personnel who play a support function to the mining core and/or suppliers to the mining industry, with fundamental knowledge and insight into mining operations. Aimed at professional people who do not necessarily have a mining engineering degree or diploma, you can acquire a better understanding of the mining process through this course if you are already working on a mine, work for a mine supplier or own shares in mines.
The course focuses on various topics of the mining industry, and you will be exposed to various touch points of mining engineering, that include hard rock mining, ventilation, rock mechanics and geology, mine planning, open-pit and underground mining methods, logistics and marketing, as well as environmental management.
You will also have an exclusive opportunity to experience the Kumba Virtual Reality (VR) Centre for mine design as a major new expansion of the Department of Mining Engineering’s world-class facilities. This impressive first-in-Africa project is changing the way of teaching and learning on the continent and establishes the University of Pretoria as the leading institution in mining engineering in Africa