Mining Journalism Training 2018


The mining industry is one of the oldest sectors of the South African economy and affects the daily lives of many. Media is important for ensuring the sustainability of the mining industry by reporting the facts and allowing for meaningful contributions by the public, so reporters have to be acquainted with jargon used in the mining industry. Menar Academy brings the Mining Journalism Training to journalists and journalism students who want to gain exposure to the mining industry by engaging them with mining experts and senior journalists. At the end of the course, all attendees will be awarded a certificate for having completed the programme.

If you are a journalist or journalism student interested in the mining industry and want to take part in this opportunity, please send your application to and include the following:

  • A maximum 500-word personal bio

  • A maximum 300-word motivation

  • Contact Details

Mining Journalism Training 2018 will take place on the 22nd of October at Turbine Hall, Johannesburg. On the 23rd of October there will be a site visit to an operating mine, Phalanndwa Colliery in Delmas. The trainees will also be invited to submit articles written about the site visit. The articles will be published on the Menar Academy blog and writers will be awarded R1000.00 for copyrights. The writer with the most read article will be awarded a R5000.00 prize.

*Please note the space is limited to only 20 trainees and only certified registration will be accepted.

Due date for applications is 15 October 2018 at 5pm. Applicants will be shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted on 16 October to register and confirm attendance.

In order to qualify as a trainee, you must either be a journalism student/graduate or currently engaged with a media house, and be interested in the mining sector specifically.




Day 1: Training, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, 22 October 2018

7:30 Arrival, registration, coffee and arrival snacks

08:00 Opening and welcome remarks

09:00 Department of Mineral Resources: Ms. Mohale- The future of mining from government perspective

09:45 Coffee Break

10:15 Political risk analyst: Professor Mzukisi Qobo- The political economy of mining – a brief history

11:00 Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra): Dr Salimah Valiani- Research on ‘debates around the future of mining’

11:45 Lunch

13:00 Senior Journalist: Sikonathi Mantshantsha- Tools for uncovering corruption in the private and public sectors

13:45 Specialist mining lawyer: Lili Nupen- Get your facts right; know the legal stuff – a few case studies

14:30 Coffee Break

14:45 Senior journalist: Charlotte Matthews - Reporting on mining – a historical context, the characters who made mining and the current political story

Presentation and an exercise in groups

15:45 Investment Analyst: Peter Major - The markets and the value of mining

16:30 Handing over certificates & Closure

17:00-19:00 MJT Braai

DAY 2: Site Visit, Phalanndwa Colliery , 23 October 2018

07:45 Meeting at Gautrain, Sandton

08:00 Departure to mine

09:30 Arrive at mine

15:00 Departure from mine

17:00 Arrival at meeting point, Gautrain, Sandton