The Mine Dust Working Group at the University of Cape Town spans across several academic departments and involves government and industry leaders to tackle this problem. This inter-disciplinary working group will provide the necessary expertise to deal with all aspects of mine dust.The aim is to provide integrated solutions to many of challenges faced by communities, affected environments and the industry. This will include the sources, quantification and emission mechanisms, monitoring and sampling methods, characterisation of the dust, its impacts, associated risks and legislation.
Our focus is on finding solutions to the problem of mine dust in developing countries around the world with specific focus on southern Africa, South America and potentially Asia soon.Working group activities to date have been focused on identifying and drawing in network participants, defining the network structure and functions, as well as identifying research areas. The first workshop was held in 2016 and centred around discussions for the need to establish this focus group. This year has seen the development of the necessary capacity to drive this research theme and the second workshop held in July provided the blue print for future network activities. Research to date has been largely through student projects.
Dr Johanna von Holdt
Project Title: Sampling, Characterisation And Erodibility Controls of Mine Dust in Southern Africa Supervisor(s): A/Prof Jennifer Broadhurst
This is the third mine dust workshop held as part of this initiative. The minutes of the previous meetings held in 2016 are available on the shared folder. This group was started with Jenny’s visit to an AAUN (Australia Africa University Network) meeting held by Helen McDonald on mining and health mostly attended by health anthropologists and occupational hygienists. From this meeting it became clear that mine dust is one of these intractable problems that spans many different disciplines and can only be dealt with by an inter-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder group of people which are two aspects that defines sustainability science. In the last two years...
The inaugural dust workshop was held at Minerals at Metals on the 10th of June, 2016. The workshop, attended by researchers from various research groupings both within and beyond UCT, was designed to establish a preliminary protocol and a plan of action in order to tackle the role of mine dust- its detection, implications and mitigation. Further, the meeting provided a starting platform upon which trans- disciplinary research in this area can be facilitated.