The MRRC’s contract research is regulated by Enterprises University of Pretoria. As such, it has access to South Africa’s most acclaimed academics, research specialists and thought leaders, as well as the Department’s own expertise, which it can utilise to enhance the quality of its delivery.
The MRRC has an excellent relationship with the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC). The University of Pretoria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the MHSC to establish the MRRC as a Centre of Excellence to coordinate all MHSC research within the University.
The Department supports the recently developed Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) initiative. This is a public-private collaboration between the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation and the Minerals Council South Africa, managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
This initiative will facilitate collaboration, and coordinate mining equipment manufacture and skills development by mining companies, original equipment manufacturers, skills development entities and research entities. An outcome of the MMP was the development of the South African Mining, Extraction, Research, Development and Innovation (SAMERDI) strategy, in which the Department is closely involved. Several research projects are undertaken to support this initiative.