The training had 20 attendees from various institutions such as SABC news, Reuters, Tiso Blackstar, City Press newspaper, Mining Review Africa, SABC TV news, SABC Channel Africa, Mpumalanga Press, University of the Witwatersrand, SARB, Help2Read (NPO) and Civil Society Organisations Extractive Industries Technical Group Monthly magazine called CSO-EITI Bulletin seeking in-depth knowledge of the mining economy. Menar Academy brought together the mining experts and senior journalists to train for mining journalism.
The training was moderated by Jacques DeBie and opened by Vuslat Bayoglu, the attendees had the opportunity to listen the lectures of Setepane Mohale from the Department of Mineral Resources, Mzukisi Qobo, Dr Salimah Valiani, Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Lili Nupen, Charlotte Matthews and Peter Major. The speakers were gifted with a donation to Qhubeka in their names by Menar as their honorarium and with these donations 6 children now have their bicycles to use to get to school.
Menar extends its investments beyond business by investing in people and community. Menar Academy encompasses Menar's in-house and public facilities for knowledge enhancement with the motto “LEARN, ENHANCE AND SHARE”. It is the platform of Menar for investing in people in Menar’s companies as well as in the mining sector.