According to a statement released by UP, South Africa’s mining industry provides a total of 19% of the economic activity, mining continues to be a key driver for economic growth. The Mining Resilience Research Centre with its multidisciplinary collaborations seeks to address the future of mining education, with the aim of co-creating, developing and adopting a Resilient African Mining Model as the blueprint for mine designs of the future.

The statement by UP also added that the centre seeks to ensure that future technologies including mechanised mining, automation, robotics and the workplace order and culture associated with these developments. Furthermore, the centre will address future socio-economic aspects of mining, including how empowered, technologically enabled and educated communities relate to mining operations and lastly the standard of mining governance in Africa and how it can be improved for the future.
According to UP’s press release the MRRC seeks to develop relations with prominent international research and academic institutions.