Mintek was established in 1934 by an Act of the South African Parliament as a national mineral research organisation to support the South African minerals industry. It operates under the executive authority of the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. Mintek is recognised as one of the world's leading technology organisations specialising in mineral processing, extractive metallurgy, and related fields.
At Mintek, we possess a comprehensive range of capabilities and operations encompassing research, development, and innovation throughout the minerals value chain. Our services encompass exploration, extraction, mineral processing, refining, production of metal-based products, process development, and post-mining support. Our product line extends from end-user consumer products to physical and virtual solution-based products and services.
We follow a focused approach that emphasises scientific excellence and technological breakthroughs, establishing clear connections to real-world industry applications. From scholarly journal articles to safeguarded trade secrets, we consistently strive to push the boundaries of what is achievable.
At Mintek, we transform lives by unlocking the value of minerals through innovation. We lead innovation in mineral technology in Africa and beyond, transforming minerals to transform lives, and catalysing opportunities in our mineral-based economy.
The Mintek value proposition speaks to the reason behind the existence of the organisation, and the purpose it seeks to drive within its operational environment. This is foundationally based on the key purpose statements for the organisation, which are:
At Mintek we believe that everything that we do is to ‘Transform lives by unlocking the value of minerals through innovation’.
Our mandate is to promote mineral technology and foster the establishment and expansion of industries in the field of minerals and products derived therefrom through research, development and technology transfer. This mandate is derived from the Mineral Technology Act No. 30 of 1989.