Potential career in mining showcased

2018-11-28 06:02
Learners of the three high schools in Postmasburg who visited the Kolomela Mine in October to learn about new technology. From the left are, front: Bongi Ntsoelengoe (technology manager, Kumba Iron Ore), Oneilwe Mogabeng (learner), Rushane Alexander (learner), Masala Mutangwa (general manager, Kolomela Mine), Jessie Bester and Lorenzo Wapad (both learners); back: Glen McGavigan (head of technical projects, Kumba Iron Ore), Nomhle Gaboje (learner), Themba Mkhwanazi (CEO, Kumba Iron Ore), Sipho Bosch, Donick Ndala, Rezelia Haai and Meagen Heradien (all learners). Photo: Supplied

Learners of the three high schools in Postmasburg who visited the Kolomela Mine in October to learn about new technology. From the left are, front: Bongi Ntsoelengoe (technology manager, Kumba Iron Ore), Oneilwe Mogabeng (learner), Rushane Alexander (learner), Masala Mutangwa (general manager, Kolomela Mine), Jessie Bester and Lorenzo Wapad (both learners); back: Glen McGavigan (head of technical projects, Kumba Iron Ore), Nomhle Gaboje (learner), Themba Mkhwanazi (CEO, Kumba Iron Ore), Sipho Bosch, Donick Ndala, Rezelia Haai and Meagen Heradien (all learners). Photo: Supplied

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The potential of a career in the mining industry was highlighted to at least nine top-performing learners of the three high schools in Postmasburg by Kumba Iron Ore’s Kolomela Mine in October.

On the day, these learners of the Ratang Thuto, Blinkklip and Postmasburg High School, could learn about newly implemented technologies in mining.

At the event, Kolomela showcased some of the new technologies used at the mine to improve efficiency and safety.

This includes automated drilling, auto braking, drone technology and mining information systems.

The general manager at the Kolomela Mine, Masala Mutangwa, expressed the mine’s pride in including the learners in their technology day, as it has the potential to inspire them to continue with their studies and to consi­der careers in mining.

“This will eventually be adding new and improved skills to our region to help eradicate the skills shortage we have,” said Mutangwa.

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