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Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation partners with South Africa's Lepharo Incubation Programme

Memorandum of understanding sets the stage for partners to drive mining technology innovation
Chamirai Charles Nyabeze, vice-president of business development at CEMI (left), and Zenzo Nkomo, CEO of Lepharo Incubation Programme NPC, signed a memorandum of understanding in South Africa in January.

SUDBURY — Feb. 19, 2024: The Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and Lepharo Incubation Programme NPC have solidified a strategic alliance by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Jan. 30, 2024, in Johannesburg, South Africa. This landmark agreement aims to foster collaboration in promoting and supporting mining technologies and innovations.

Mr. Chamirai Charles Nyabeze, vice-president for business development at CEMI, and Mr. Zenzo Nkomo, CEO of Lepharo Incubation Programme NPC, formally executed the MOU during a signing ceremony graced by esteemed dignitaries. Among those present were the Canada High Commissioner to South Africa, Honourable Chris Cooter, and representatives from the South African government and the private sector.

This historic partnership signifies a significant step towards enhancing technology transfer between Canada and South Africa in the mining sector. By leveraging each other's expertise and resources, CEMI and Lepharo Incubation Programme NPC aim to create a mutually beneficial environment for innovation and growth.

Mr. Nyabeze expressed his enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, "This partnership opens doors for groundbreaking advancements in mining technology. Together, we can drive meaningful change and address the industry's evolving needs."

Echoing this sentiment, Mr. Nkomo remarked, "The synergies between our organizations create opportunities for impactful innovation. Through this collaboration, we are poised to revolutionize the mining landscape for emerging miners, mine host communities and mining technology innovators."

The MOU between CEMI and Lepharo Incubation Programme NPC marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards advancing mining technology and fostering sustainable development in the sector.

About CEMI: The Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the global mining industry through innovation. CEMI facilitates collaboration among industry stakeholders, researchers, and government to drive technological advancements and improve sustainability in mining operations.

About Lepharo Incubation Programme NPC: Lepharo Incubation Programme NPC is a leading innovation hub focused on nurturing startups and promoting entrepreneurship in South Africa. Through its diverse network and resources, the Lepharo Incubation Programme NPC supports developing and commercializing innovative solutions across various sectors, including mining.