A perspective on the supply and utilization of mining graduates in the South African context.

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dc.contributor.author Musingwini, C.
dc.contributor.author Cruise, J.A.
dc.contributor.author Phillips, H.R.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-24T11:19:16Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-24T11:19:16Z
dc.date.issued 2013-03
dc.identifier.citation Musingwini, C., Cruise, J.A. and Phillips, H.R. 2013. A perspective on the supply and utilization of mining graduates in the South African context. Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 113(3), pp. 235-241. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2225-6253
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/25484
dc.description Conference paper: This paper was first presented at the 5th International Platinum Conference 2012, 18–20 September 2012, Sun City, South Africa. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The South African mining industry continues to be a major source of employment at a time when at least 25 per cent of the working age population is unemployed. At the same time the industry faces a skills shortage in many of the disciplines necessary for its future health. The University of the Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, and University of South Africa have historically produced mining graduates for the South African mining industry with any shortfall being met by the recruitment of overseas graduates. More recently, the global shortage of engineers and other mining industry professionals has seen a reversal of this trend and a very significant emigration of well-educated and highly skilled personnel. The traditional career path for mining graduates is in production and mine management. However, there is the parallel (and possibly more pressing) need for specialized skills in such fields as ventilation, rock engineering, mine planning, mineral resource evaluation, and mineral asset valuation. Chronic shortages in these essential areas continue to hamper the development of the industry and may well frustrate its ambitions to be safe, healthy, and profitable into the future. The permeability of skills across sectorial boundaries within the mining industry requires that skills shortages in the platinum sector are not looked at in isolation, but within the context of the entire industry. This paper reviews the efforts being made by the universities, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to meet the needs of the South African mining industry in terms of the required numbers and the range of specialized skills. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. en_ZA
dc.rights © 2013. The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. This Journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. en_ZA
dc.subject Competitive poaching en_ZA
dc.subject Mining sector en_ZA
dc.subject Platinum sector en_ZA
dc.subject Scarce skills en_ZA
dc.subject Skills shortage en_ZA
dc.subject Mining professionals en_ZA
dc.subject Post-graduate levels en_ZA
dc.subject Resource evaluation en_ZA
dc.subject Profitability en_ZA
dc.subject International Platinum Conference en_ZA
dc.title A perspective on the supply and utilization of mining graduates in the South African context. en_ZA
dc.type Other en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 113 en_ZA
dc.journal.title Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian MvdH2018 en_ZA
dc.citation.epage 241 en_ZA
dc.citation.issue 3 en_ZA
dc.citation.spage 235 en_ZA
dc.orcid.id 0000-0002-5150-4749 en_ZA


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