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Most learners aren’t sure how they want to earn a living, but if you get to know yourself and research different career paths that interest you; you could find yourself being paid to do something that you really like.

Planning your career is much like planning a journey with several stopping-off points along the way. You need to decide on your destination (career choice), what to pack in your suitcase (skills, qualifications, etc) and what route to take. Your career route is unlikely to be a straight line between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. Unexpected things do happen so you may have to change your plans before reaching your job destination. There is also the possibility that if you have not done enough initial planning, when you reach your destination, it may not be what you expected it to be. So, START THINKING AHEAD IN GRADE 11 (eleven).

Southern Africa has a number of traditional universities and universities of technology that offer diplomas and degrees on topics related to the minerals industry. As a technically qualified person your academic qualification is obtained after a 4-year full-time courses at a university or a university of technology (previous Technikon). This will give you the B.Sc. (Eng.), BSc(Hons) or a B Tech or a diploma in the relevant discipline. Once you have completed your undergraduate studies, you may also have the opportunity to continue study towards a post graduate degree, namely a masters degree followed by a PhD.

The entrance requirements for the different institutions can be studied at their respective web pages. You should apply to the tertiary institution/s of your choice as early as possible in the year for most institutions have a cut-off date for applications. The following link lists the web addresses of the institutions.

Central University of Technology
Durban Institute of Technology Nelson Mandela Metro University
North West University Rhodes University
Stellenbosch University Tshwane University of Technology
University of Cape Town University of Fort Hare
University of Johannesburg University of KwaZulu-Natal
University of Limpopo University of Pretoria
University of South Africa University of the Free State
University of the Western Cape University of the Witwatersrand
University of Venda Vaal University of Technology
Walter Sisulu University

The minerals industry offer rewarding opportunities for those individuals that have a passion for the field. It is therefore important that you perform thorough research in the field of interest. Contact a member of your family or friend that is in the field and discuss the different aspects of the discipline. Another option is to participate in the June break programs offered by some tertiary institutions for grade 11 and 12 learners. The program may include a visit to the departments on its campus as well as site visits to industrial plants. Contact the institution in your region for more information. Another option is to ask your guidance teacher to organise a visit to a mining operation in your area. The company may be able to assist in this regard.

Scholarship Fund

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy established a Scholarship Trust Fund for students in Mining and Metallurgy at South African tertiary educational Institutions in 2003. The fund holds some reserves for future years in order to smooth the flow of monies to the Institutions. Considerable funding has come from the SAIMM itself as it has contributed R150000 each year; but significant funds have been donated by individuals in the minerals and metals industry or by the smaller companies operating in the industry.
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Places to study

  • University of the Wiwatersrand -Chemical & Metallurgocal Engineering

    The School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering was formed in 1995. It is the first of its kind in South Africa. It is the combination of the former Departments of Chemical Engineering and Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. At present, the School has about 400 undergraduate students, and about 80 post-graduate students. About half of the post-graduate students are employed in industry, and their research work is of interest to their employers.

  • University of the Witwatersrand -Geosciences

    The Wits Faculty of Science is one of the leading Science Faculties in the country and has an excellent track record in both teaching and research. Staff are highly competent scientists and educators who are committed to providing quality learning environments. Our courses and qualifications are on par with the best in the world as evidenced by their recognition by prestigious major institutions abroad. The aim of the Bachelor of Science degree is to develop graduates with a sound training in core scientific disciplines. On graduating our students have acquired the basic academic skills of scientific problem solving and an appreciation of the scientific method. An additional year of study leads to a teaching qualification, or a more specialized Honours degree.

  • University of the Witwatersrand - Engineering

    The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment is at the forefront of creating wealth by providing society with well-educated, entrepreneurial graduates in engineering and built environment programmes. The Faculty's seven schools of * Architecture and Planning * Civil & Environmental Engineering * Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering * Construction Economics & Management * Electrical & Information Engineering * Mechanical, Industrial & Aeronautical Engineering * Mining Engineering

  • UNISA - Science

    Apart from the many fascinating phenomena waiting to be discovered and explained, studying the natural sciences fosters the important skills of analytical and creative thinking. Unisa science qualifications are internationally recognised and open the door to a variety of exciting and worthwhile careers in industry, education, and basic or applied research. In this site, we shall introduce Unisa and in particular our Science Faculty, and describe the special ways by which students study science at Unisa. This site will also explain how to select the qualification and subjects most suited to your needs.

  • UNISA - Engineering

    Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering Unisa (Florida Campus) Private Bag X6 Florida 1710 Phone: 011 670 9000 Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering Unisa (Florida Campus) Private bag X 6 Florida 1710 Phone: 011 670 9000 Department of Mechanical and industrial Engineering Unisa (Florida Campus) Private bag X 6 Florida 1710 Phone 011 670 9000

  • University of Stellenbosch - Process Engineering

    As engineers, we play pivotal roles in the chemical processes used to convert raw materials into valuable products, as well as optimising the processes used to extract minerals from the ore in which it is found. By using our science and engineering theory, we are able to develop various industrial manufacturing processes and to make them more efficient. In this way, we contribute to the development of globally competitive industries in South Africa.

  • University of Stellenbosch - Geology

    This Department will provide the best possible environment within which both staff and students can maximise their potential, for the benefit of South Africa, through sound and practical training in our disciplines, research and scholarship.

  • Univerity of Limpopo

    The School of Physical and Mineral Sciences is run at both Campuses of the University of Limpopo , i.e., Medunsa and Turfloop Campuses. The School comprises of three departments, namely, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics; three centres, namely, Materials Modeling Centre, centre for Micro-Analysis and Microscopy, and the Science Centre; and Water and Sanitation Institute. Geology and Water and Sanitation are presented at the Turfloop Campus. Details of the offerings by the School are in the School calendar, as well as in the web page.

  • University of Pretoria - Geology

    Welcome to the home of Bushveld Geology, Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Geodynamics, and Natural Hazards research in South Africa. Essentially everything of geological consequence north of the Jukskei River belongs to us. The Department of Geology at the University of Pretoria teaches two major undergraduate and honours study programmes, in (1) Geology and (2) Environmental and Engineering Geology (encompassing also Hydrogeology at honours level).

  • University of Pretoria - Mining

    Our Department ensures the supply of engineers and knowledge to industry by being the preferred African source of mining engineers and knowledge, through the optimal use of skills. We offer opportunities to the maximum number of students and use positive competition to guarantee continual improvement.

  • University of Pretoria - Metallurgy

    Metallurgical engineers change the world around them – by extracting metals from ores, by producing and shaping alloys, and by contributing to economic development. This Department similarly helps to shape and refine the people we work with. We have much to offer in terms of degree programmes, research opportunities and continuing education. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching, research and industrial contacts and laboratory facilities.

  • NorthWest University

    Chemical engineering entails the research, development, construction, industry and management of industrial processes, by which elements are converted either chemically or physically into products of higher economic value. The modern chemical engineer makes use of mathematical and chemical ingenuity to develop, optimise and maintain industrial processes.

  • University of KZN

    In 2005 the Faculty of Science and Agriculture will offer programmes at the Howard College, Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses. However, not all programmes or majors are offered at all campuses. In particular, Agriculture is offered only on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

  • University of Johannesburg

    The Department of Mine Surveying is one of 16 Departments located in UJ’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. It enjoys strong links with the mining industry, including the Department of Minerals and Energy Affairs and the Institute of Mine Surveyors South Africa. The Mine Surveying Department at UJ is the only one in South Africa offering a full-time contact programme in Mine Surveying, equipping graduates to competently carry out the duties of a mine surveyor.

  • Univeristy of Cape Town- Geology

    The department was initially founded in 1895 as the School of Mines at the South African College which later became the University of Cape Town.