the mining and mineral processing industries, it is a Mintek imperative to come up with solutions, technologies and processes that consume less energy and water. Mintek is therefore embarking on a strategy to develop itself as a 'centre of excellence' in the area of sensor-based ore sorting. this year, Mintek undertook an extensive programme of tests using a large range of Platreef platinum group metals (PGM) samples as part of the on-going research into the use of sensor-based sorting. Mintek has experienced a huge interest in rare earth elements (REE) test work and the first phase of a major pilot plant campaign was completed in the fourth quarter for Frontier Minerals on its Zandkopsdrift deposit. The second stage is currently in the planning stages and will be determined by the outcomes of phase 1. It is therefore gratifying that one of the five key projects that Mintek has secured as part of the R150-million medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) funding for the 2012/13 - 2014/15 period, is the commissioning of a rare earth elements pilot plant. As a result, in order to prepare for the effective application of the MTEF funding awarded to Mintek for the piloting and demonstration of Mintek's REE refining technology, the current Parliamentary Grant for rare earth elements (REE) research has been refocused on the flow sheet design for such a plant. after re-engineering and improving its exciting saVMin process, Mintek has signed a memorandum of understanding with Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies to fully engineer and technically and economically evaluate the technology. The collaboration with Veolia will allow Mintek to demonstrate and potentially commercialise this technology. By so doing, Mintek hopes to play a significant role in solving a problem experienced in most mining towns and operations in south africa. Research & Development dr Makhapa Makhafola Advanced Materials dr Elma van der lingen Biotechnology Petrus van staden Measurement & Control Paul Brereton-stiles Mineralogy Nosiphiwo Mzamo Small-Scale Mining & Beneficiation nirdesh singh Finance sakhi simelane Finance Hester Pretorius Estate Management Services & Facilities Boni Hewu (acting Manager) President and CEO abiel Mngomezulu Business Development Peter Craven Mineral Economics & Strategy Unit Godfrey Mothapo The Measurement and Control Division (MaC) has successfully produced two new machine-vision based prototypes and has been able to overcome the key challenges of finding test sites to install device prototypes for industrial trials. At the end of the year, all MaC's current hardware developments had access to industrial test sites. although industrial testing of prototypes developed by MaC is proceeding, challenges still remain in terms of ensuring the trials receive uninterrupted process exposure. Mintek has also completed the commissioning of the Minstral submerged-arc furnace controller at a site of a major ferroalloy producer in kazakhstan, bringing the total at the site to four, a success which has realised foreign revenue in excess of US$775 000 for South africa and Mintek. Sustainable Development The Small Scale Mining and Beneficiation division of Mintek, which specifically deals with the promotion of the mineral economies of rural and marginalised communities through technical assistance and skills development, was audited by the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) and full accreditation was extended to July 2014 for four training courses. taking into account the challenge to secure external funding opportunities for the development of new SMME's and training of people in rural and marginalised communities, the SSMB division has completed its revised strategy that will enable it from next year to adopt a new operating structure. CEO's report 7 mintek annual report 2012 Corporate Services adv Mamokete ramoshaba Human Resources Bolekwa Maseti Information & Communications Haveline Michau Mintek Structure as at March 2012 Technology alan Mckenzie Analytical Services Monde Mtakati Engineering Support khulekani ngcobo Hydrometallurgy dr leon kruger Minerals Processing Bernard Joja Pyrometallurgy tom Curr

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