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DigiMine, the future of mining research

- Wits University

Celebrating the research of the new Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine) at Wits University.

To celebrate the launch of the Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine) sponsored by Sibanye-Stillwater at the University of the Witwatersrand later this month, the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) will host a seminar on 26 and 27 March 2018 showcasing its high-tech DigiMine and research being done. 

According to WMI director Professor Fred Cawood, the seminar is part of a week-long celebration by the partners in the DigiMine project, which will be formally unveiled on 28 March by Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater. 

“The seminar is for anyone interested in digital mining in the underground environment,” said Professor Cawood. “We will be showcasing our laboratory, which comprises a 24/7, digitally monitored, realistic underground mining environment, as well as our research agenda to develop digital technologies for mining applications; delegates will also witness some of our research outcomes that have been developed in recent years by the WMI and its partners.” 

Keynotes at the event will come from two of DigiMine’s key partners: the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Pakistan, and Sibanye-Stillwater who will give their view of mine digitisation in the 21st century. Presentations will also be made by selected postgraduate research students and partner organisations. Read more

About the Wits Mining Institute (WMI)

The WMI conducts and facilitates multidisciplinary research, encouraging partnerships to ensure a sustainable business model. Its flagship programme is the digital mining laboratory (DigiMine), where its focus is to conduct tests, research and development for transferring surface digital technologies into the underground mining environment. It also identifies and develops skills required to operate 21st century, technologically-intensive mines, which feed into a programme for developing modern skill-sets at artisan, technician and professional levels for the mining sector. Visit

About Sibanye-Stillwater

Sibanye-Stillwater is an independent, global precious metal mining group, producing a unique mix of metals that includes gold and the platinum group metals (PGMs). Domiciled in South Africa, Sibanye-Stillwater owns and operates a portfolio of high-quality operations and projects, which are grouped by region: the Southern Africa region and the United States region. Globally, Sibanye-Stillwater is the third largest producer of palladium and platinum and features among the world’s top ten gold producing companies. Visit