ABOUT DSI-NRF CIMERA.

DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA) is hosted by the Department of Geology at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and co-hosted by the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). DSI-NRF CIMERA was launched on the 24th April 2014 by the National Research Foundation (NRF) section of the South African Department of Science and Technology (DSI). The CoE is funded by the (previous) Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), with contributions from the University of Johannesburg and the University of the Witwatersrand. CoE’s are mandated by the DSI to supplement funding through collaborative industry and internationally funded projects.

CIMERA IS A PARTNERSHIP

DSI-NRF CIMERA Collaborating scientists are based at the Universities of Cape Town, Fort Hare, Free State, Johannesburg, Limpopo, Pretoria, Rhodes, Stellenbosch, Venda, Western Cape and Witwatersrand, as well as the Helmholtz Freiberg Institute for Resource Technology, Germany.

Thus, a diverse, collaborating, enabling environment for mineral and energy resource studies has been established. Access to globally competent facilities for geoscience research, and close co-operation between universities and other geoscience research institutions in South Africa and internationally, enables the participants under the DSI-NRF CIMERA umbrella to actively pursue world-class research. Further academic and industrial partners are actively being sought and welcomed.

DSI-NRF CIMERA RELEVANCE

The research focus of DSI-NRF CIMERA is especially relevant to South Africa because it represents the most valuable piece of mineral real estate in the world ranking top in resource concentrations of gold, chromium, manganese, fluorite, aluminosilicates, vanadium, zirconium and the platinum-group elements, in addition to hosting important world class deposits of iron, uranium, diamonds and coal.

However, it is also highly relevant to Africa as a whole because the continent is moving into a new era where the demand for utilization of its large resources of bulk commodities like iron, manganese and bauxite are rapidly rising, but sufficient knowledge to ensure long term economic viability of extraction is lacking.

STRUCTURE AND CONTACT DETAILS

HOST

University of Johannesburg
Faculty of Science
Department of Geology

CO-HOST

University of the Witwatersrand

COLLABORATING PARTNERS

University of Cape Town
University of Fort Hare
University of the Free State
University of Limpopo
University of Pretoria 
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
University of Venda
University of the Western Cape
Helmholtz Freiberg Institute for Resource Technology
Rhodes University
Stellenbosch University
Council for Geoscience (CGS)
TU Delft

DIRECTOR

Professor Nicola Wagner, UJ
nwagner@uj.ac.za

CO-DIRECTOR

Prof Judith Kinnaird, Wits
Judith.Kinnaird@wits.ac.za

ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Segopotso Mashego, UJ
segopotsom@uj.ac.za
+27 11 559 4715

Reshmi Singh
University of Witwatersrand
reshmi.singh@wits.ac.za
+27 11 717 6580

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT

Miss Viwe Koti, UJ
vkoti@uj.ac.za
+27 11 559 4728

CONTACT ADDRESS CIMERA

DST-NRF CIMERA
Department of Geology
C1 Lab 305 (3rd Floor)
University of Johannesburg
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Corner Kingsway Avenue and University Road
Auckland Park
Access via Gate 2

Postal Address:

University of Johannesburg
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
PO Box 524, 2006 Auckland Park South Africa
Tel: +27 11 559 4728
cimera@uj.ac.za