Conducting research that is relevant and visible to the mining, construction and energy sectors that adds to the livelihood of workers and their communities.


To be a recognised Research Institute on matters pertaining to the socio-economic welfare of workers (and their communities) in the mining, energy and construction sectors in Southern Africa


Dr Martin Kaggwa
Executive Research Director of Sam Tambani Research Institute

I am glad to present to you SATRI’s Strategic Plan for the period 2015-2017. The preparation of this Strategic Plan marks a milestone in SATRI’s development process as an institution.

The three-year strategy highlights SATRI’s interpretation of its mandate as set out by the founders which is to undertake research and policy analysis that is relevant to the well-being of workers in general, but especially workers in the mining, construction and energy sectors, in both the short and the long term.

Significant contributions from both internal and external key stakeholders culminated into this strategic document. The strategy defines the path and shapes the future of the institution for the next 3 years. The focus of the three years will be building the Institute’s internal capacity to undertake the intended research and the commencement of both field and desktop research that will make the institute relevant and visible to its stakeholders and research community at large.

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SATRI Profile

The Sam Tambani Research Institute is a Public Benefit Non-profit Company registered in 2012. The idea of establishing the institute was perceived jointly by the NUM and MIT. It arose from the need to consolidate NUM efforts to ensure that workers get a fair share of what they produce which enables them in turn to improve their livelihoods. It was recognised that interventions aimed at improving workers and their families’ welfare had become complex and required a great deal of factual information. SATRI would be responsible for gathering and analysing such information through its targeted research agenda.


The Institute’s major objective is to undertake research and analysis of substantive and primary issues affecting the welfare of workers in general, but especially workers in the mining, construction and energy sectors of South Africa. From the research done, it produces publications and recommendations that inform policies that have a bearing on the welfare of workers and worker’s communities.

Secondary Objectives

  • Disseminate research findings to wider society in order to influence opinions, get constructive inputs and create visibility of the institute within national and international research communities.
  • Provide mentorship\training opportunities to young people and novice researchers in undertaking applied research on issues relevant to the welfare and sustainable livelihoods of workers
  • Build and maintain the capability and capacity of the institute to deliver on its mandate
  • Ensure that SATRI is strategically positioned with all relevant stakeholders.

Research agenda

The research to be undertaken will be categorized in two broad areas:
  • Research on national and emerging international policies that have a bearing on workers, their families and communities
  • Research on contemporary issues, existing or that are emerging, that affect the welfare of NUM members and their communities, and impact on the effectiveness of NUM in fulfilling its mandate.
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