FIRST DST-NRF CIMERA STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON THE 2ND MARCH 2015

We are pleased to announce that our DST-NRF CIMERA Steering Committee has been properly constituted in terms of the Memorandum of Understanding that has been signed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) on the 29th January 2015, for the establishment of the our new Centre of Excellence. 

First DST-NRF CIMERA Steering Committee meeting held on the 2nd March 2015 We are pleased to announce that our DST-NRF CIMERA Steering Committee has been properly constituted in terms of the Memorandum of Understanding that has been signed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) on the 29th January 2015, for the establishment of the our new Centre of Excellence. 


In attendance at the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee held at the University of Johannesburg on the 2nd March 2015 were: 

Dr M. Msibi of the UJ Research Office, who was standing in for Professor T. Marwala, Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research at UJ, who could not attend due to university commitments; 
Dr N. Taole of the NRF; 
Mr V. Malele of the Department of Science and Technology (DST); 
Professor N. Beukes, Director of DST-NRF CIMERA; 
Dr G. Henry, Administration Manager of DST-NRF CIMERA; 
Mr A. Bisnath of DMT-Kai Batla; 
Dr D. Chetty of Mintek; 
Professor R. Gibson, Wits, who was proxy for Professor J. Kinnaird; 
Mr F. Gregory of The Mineral Corporation; 
Mr W. Grobbelaar, retired, African Rainbow Minerals 

Apologies were received from: 
Professor Z. Vilakazi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor- Research at Wits; 
Professor J. Kinnaird, Co-Director of DST-NRF CIMERA; 
Dr T. Mgwebi of the NRF; 
Dr S. Foya of the Council for Geoscience; 
Dr J. Hancox of CCIC; 
Mr A. Mngomezulu, CEO of Mintek; 
Dr T. Surridge of SANEDI. 

Ms V. Koti, Administrative Assistant at DST-NRF CIMERA, took the minutes. 

Dr Msibi, in the Chair, welcomed all the members of the Steering Committee to UJ, and commenced with business matters. 

Professor Beukes presented his Director’s Report for 2014, after which Dr Henry presented the preliminary financial reports for 2014 and the Business Plan and budget for 2015. The Service Level Agreement was also presented for discussion prior to acceptance by the Steering Committee. Both the modified Business Plan 2015 and the SLA were to be circulated electronically to Committee members for approval. The meeting was successful, and ended at 11:10 am, with the next one scheduled for late October/early November 2015. 

We wish to extend our gratitude to all our Steering Committee members for agreeing to participate in the proper governance and running of our Centre of Excellence, and really value their input.