The CoP MtM & CeBER teams hosted a workshop on 24th May in Johannesburg, to discuss "Driving Post-mining Industrial Development through Fibrous Multi-product Value Chains". The workshop followed a site visit the previous day, to the Anglo Coal Kromdraai mine in Mpumalanga.

Workshop Objectives (full programme):

  • Outline the fundamental aspects of mine rehabilitation - soil, water, climate, contamination.
  • Assess the cultivation potential of degraded mine land for the growth of bamboo and bast fibre crops like hemp and kenaf.
  • Evaluate and compare product options for bamboo and bast fibre crops.
  • Investigate and identify the processing routes for bamboo and bast fibre crops – from harvesting to downstream processing.
  • Understand and engage on related key projects in South Africa.


  1. Jennifer Broadhurst: Introduction
  2. CeBER: Can fibre-rich plants serve the joint role of remediation of degraded mine land and fuelling of a multi-product value chain?
  3. Wayne Truter: Crop cultivation and plant remediation – The fundamentals
  4. Graham Thompson: Fibre crops cultivation: Current growth initiatives in South Africa
  5. Minerals to Metals: Overview of downstream options for the recovery of value from fibre-producing plants
  6. Maya John: Developing plant fibre-based products for industrial sectors - Overview of South Africa’s fibre industry
  7. Adrian Sutton: Bamboo value chain opportunities within the South African market
  8. Ritva Muhlbauer: The Green Engine

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