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Mintek research programmes discussed at UKZN Industry Tech Talks

The University of KwaZulu- Natal (UKZN)) Industry Talk seminar held recently provided a chance for UKZN students to learn about Mintek’s programmes and research opportunities. The seminar was hosted by the UKZN College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science to provide a symbiotic interface between students and industry professionals.

An expert panel of Mintek employees, including John Neale, Technical Specialist in the Biometallurgy Division, Gladys Boake, Organisational Development Specialist in the Human Resources Division, and Taswald Moodley, Senior Engineer in the Minerals Processing Division, discussed career paths at Mintek and research streams.

Boake outlined Mintek’s organisational culture, programmes, and career opportunities, while Neale gave a technical presentation of Mintek’s semi-passive biological process developed to treat acid mine drainage.

A UKZN alumnus himself, Dr Moodley spoke about his career journey after graduation. He stressed the importance of choosing research topics that are aligned with industry needs. Advising students, he said, “Choose a topic for your master’s degree or an industry that generates a great deal of revenue.” In his case, he chose to conduct research topic on flotation, which is one of the highly sought-after field in the mineral value chain. This has it made easier for him to land a job at Mintek after graduating.

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