Social Initiative

The organisers of Mining Indaba are committed to giving back to the continent and country that has served as a gracious host through the following programmes.

Mining Indaba Bursary Programme

The Mining Indaba Bursary program provides for students pursuing a mining/engineering discipline in an accredited university with financial support to cover tuition, books, accommodation, meals and other related academic expenses and fees such as mine excursions, for one academic year. The bursary is administered and managed by Eduloan, a leading education finance and bursary management specialist operating in Southern Africa. The Bursary programme was introduced in 2013 at an initial value of R192 000 distributed to two students. The current burse is valued at R330 000.

2016 Mining Indaba Bursary Students

garette Stephanie Dion Beukes
Garette Grisel
BING Mechanical Engineering (3rd year)
North West University
Stephanie Maberly
BSCA Chemical Engineering (3rd year)
University of Stellenbosch
Dion Beukes
BING Mechanical Engineering (2nd year)
North West University


For the past two years Mining Indaba has worked with our sponsor IDC to provide real reporting experience for four students studying journalism. They are assigned conference sessions to cover, and submit articles that are then published in the Daily News, a print publication produced by Mining Indaba and distributed to conference delegates.

Mining Indaba would like to thank the following students, studying journalism in South Africa, for their contribution to the 2016 Mining Indaba Daily Newspaper:
  • James Lentsoane
  • Athanatious Masoma
  • Franco Mayiza na Mputu
  • Kudzai Mazvarirwofa
  • Tshegofatso Thipa

Mining Indaba Education Initiative for Underprivileged Students

Started in 2014, in 2015 Mining Indaba makes an annual endowment of US$2,500 (R27,500) to REAP – Rural Education Access Programme – assisting underprivileged South African students to continue their tertiary educational studies. To learn more about REAP, click here

Partnership with Els for Autism South Africa

Since 2014, Mining Indaba has collaborated with the Els for Autism foundation and Els Wines for its Annual Golf Tournament. Ernie Els is globally recognized for his golf talent but also for his personal struggle with a child with autism. Given his ties to South Africa and his noble cause, we found it a perfect match. A portion of the proceeds (R100,000) from the golf tournament are given to Els for Autism South Africa. This money goes to children who require additional assistance in completing an adequate educational curriculum as a result of their challenges.

To learn more about Mining Indaba's social initiatives, contact Phillip LoFaso, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at