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SAIMM collaborates with UCT MtM:  Upcoming Research on Resilient Post Mining Communities, Claiming Value from Waste, and Mine Dust as part of the licence to operate

Date: Wednesday, 5 August 2020  Time: 14h00 - 15:00

Upcoming Research on Resilient Post Mining Communities, Claiming Value from Waste, and Mine Dust as part of the licence to operate

Date: 5 August 2020
Time: 14h00-15h00



Sage Govender


Sage, an Earth Sciences Honours graduate from Stellenbosch University, is now in her first year of Masters working under Assoc. prof. Megan Becker, Assoc. prof. Jennifer Broadhurst and Dr. Thanos Kotsiopoulos in the research theme:
Value from Waste.

Topic summary:
The excessive production and storage of mine waste are costly as well as detrimental to the environment and surrounding communities.

It however also presents the opportunity to be reused and repurposed, thereby reducing waste volumes and stimulating the potential of downstream industries.

This research focuses on repurposing solid mine waste from the mineral sands sector. The repurposing opportunities are investigated holistically using a specific South African case study.


Andries Motau 



Andries is QES scholar with York University and he is currently doing his PhD at UCT with the MtM and ACDI group.
He is doing an interdisciplinary study looking at the complexities of achieving a just transition.

Topic summary:
Andries aims to provide an understanding of the socio-technical tensions present when transitioning away from a coal-intensive industry towards a resilient post-mining community. 
This will be achieved by using a multi-method approach to investigate and analyse the different perspectives, discourses, tensions, and synergies in realising a just transition in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa.


Laylaa Ebrahim 


Laylaa completed her undergrad in Chemical Engineering at UCT. Currently, she is pursuing a Master's Degree at UCT with Associate Prof. Jennifer Broadhurst as Supervisor and Dr. Johanna von Holdt as Co-Supervisor.
She is assessing the distribution, composition and potential human health implications of particulate atter in the Saldanha Bay Municipality.

Topic summary:
Approximately seven million people die due to air pollution globally. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that 90% of people breathe in highly polluted air and approximately 91% of the world's population live in areas where air quality is extremely poor. 

The Saldanha Bay municipality consists of many different types of industries. Majority of these industries deal with the transportation of different types of metal ores through the municipality, either for export or to be used as raw materials.
The result of these activities has driven communities to question the quality of air in the municipality, largely resulting from the discolouration of houses from the red iron ore dust.

The focus of this study is to determine the particulate matter (PM) concentration and composition in the Saldanha Bay Municipality and to assess the potential health-related implications that arise from the exposure of metal-bearing PM