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Sibanye–Stillwater will be renewing the Company’s Anchor sponsorship agreements between Sibanye-Stillwater and the Johannesburg and Witwatersrand Universities

Sibanye-Stillwater and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Mining Institute’s (WMI) Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine) was launched in 2018. DigiMine is a 21st-century state-of-the-art mining laboratory and post-graduate research entity. The laboratory’s aim is to make mining safer and more sustainable using digital technologies. The DigiMine collaborative effort between the Wits Mining Institute and Sibanye-Stillwater is funded under two separate agreements of R12.5 million (2015 – 2017) and R15 million (2018 – 2020) respectively. 

On 26 January 2020, Sibanye-Stillwater is providing DigiMine with an additional R10 million in funding annually from 2019 to 2021, over and above an original commitment to the project.

The University of Johannesburg will be the recipients of an established training facility. Sibanye-Stillwater has also made the same two investments into the University of Johannesburg’s mining engineering faculty, which is being used to establish a complementary infrastructure that supports Sibanye-Stillwater’s long-term research and development strategy. A virtual reality training simulator is being built that will support the development of 21st- century mining graduates by giving them a real-world experience without the need to go to a mine.