UCT, with Stellenbosch University, Cape Technikon and the Western Cape Branch of the SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, has put together the XXII International Mineral Processing Congress, which will be held in Cape Town from September 28 to October 3.
The Congress is the first to be held in Africa and will see the important faces behind the mineral processing industry come together.
"Considering that Africa, especially southern Africa, is so richly endowed with minerals, it is perhaps ironic that it is the first time the congress is being held on the African continent," said Professor Cyril O'Connor, Dean of Engineering & the Built Environment.
The Mineral Processing Congress was the first booking received by the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). When the South African contingent first bid to hold the congress in Cape Town 10 years ago, there was no convention centre in the city and the bid was pitched on the understanding that the CTICC would be ready in time for the congress. Fortunately for the organisers the CTICC celebrated its official opening in July 2003.