Mining Weekly: Closing the skills gap for deep-level mining

SRK Consulting partner and principal mining geotechnical engineer William Joughin tells Mining Weekly that deep-level mining in South Africa is suffering from a severe shortage of qualified rock engineers.

The ever-increasing demand for commodities is resulting in the growth of mining operations, Joughin notes.

“This significant growth is creating the demand for qualified rock engineers, which has yet to be met,” he says.

He adds that, locally, the shortage is exacerbated by rock engineers leaving South Africa to pursue other attractive opportunities in Australia and Canada.