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Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral & Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA) 


The study of the origin, distribution and character of Earth mineral and fossil energy resource systems with the aim of ensuring their sustainable utilization not only in South Africa, but Africa as a whole.



The research focus of CIMERA is especially relevant to South Africa because it represents the most valuable piece of mineral real estate in the world, ranking top in resource concentrations of gold, chromium, manganese, fluorite, aluminosilicates, vanadium, zirconium and the platinum-group elements, in addition to hosting important world-class deposits of iron, uranium, diamonds and coal.

However, it is also highly relevant to Africa as a whole, because the continent is moving into a new era where the demand for utilization of its large resources of bulk commodities like iron, manganese and bauxite are rapidly rising, but sufficient knowledge to ensure long-term economic viability of extraction is lacking.



To serve as a central hub for research and human resource analysis in Africa.


For more information, please see the CIMERA webpage.

Department of Geology
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University of Johannesburg
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Tel: +27 11 559 4728