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Mining, Media Merge in New Excellence-Driven Training Program

by Adenike Adeodun

Seventeen trainees, including journalists and students, delved into the mining industry’s intricacies during the Mining Journalism Training (MJT) held by Menar Academy on October 18–19. The immersive experience at Menar’s Sandton headquarters included enlightening sessions and an eye-opening tour of the Gugulethu colliery in Mpumalanga.

Radio broadcaster Malebeko Sadiki described a transformative experience. “The program revamped my understanding of mining, a sector I previously knew little about,” she remarked.

The hands-on mine exploration marked the training’s pinnacle. Amidst the active site, trainees, equipped with safety gear, navigated through the operational areas under Jarmi Steyn, the mine’s general manager, witnessing the industry’s heartbeat firsthand.

Prior to the site visit, a series of seminars spearheaded by industry experts illuminated various mining facets. Dr. Sandile Nogxina reflected on the impact of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, while Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane emphasized stakeholder relations. Furthermore, Lucas Ledwaba recounted covering the Marikana Massacre, highlighting journalism’s role in democracy.

Journalist Lindiwe Tsobo found the discussions stimulating. “The high-profile speakers ignited profound dialogues, enriching our perception of the mining sector,” she noted.

Professor Nikki Wagner hailed South Africa’s geological richness, and geologist Kgothatso Nhlengetwa pointed out policy loopholes fostering illegal mining.

According to a report by African Mining Market, trainee Solomon Maseko praised the program’s insightful approach. “It unveiled the monumental role mining plays globally and in individual lives,” he observed.

The training also navigated complex topics like media dynamics in labor disputes, articulated by Solidarity Union’s Gideon Du Plessis, and mining health and safety, outlined by attorney George Kahn.

A unique MJT feature is the ensuing article competition, inviting trainees to articulate their insights with a cash reward for standout contributions. Since 2017, MJT has bridged the gap between media professionals and mining, fostering comprehensive coverage of an industry pivotal to South Africa’s heartbeat.

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