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saimm-5-star-incentive-programme        The SAIMM is proud to announce our 5 STAR Incentive programme where we have negotiated to provide SAIMM Members with  more benefits.    About the SAIMM 5 Star Incentive Programme: 1.   Top 5 Proposers for the current financial year are to be given a free ticket to the SAIMM Annual Banquetwith mention at the Annual General Meeting   2.    Top 5 Referees for the financial year are to be given a free ticket to the SAIMM Annual Banquet with mention at the Annual General Meeting. 3. Access to discounts offered by Service providers that have...
presedential-address-2015-truth-and-error-in-scientific-publishing     Scientific progress relies on the publication of ideas and experimental results that can be replicated, tested,and improved over time. The first printed book on metallurgy to have been published in Europe is considered to be De la Pirotechnia, written in Italian by Vannoccio Biringuccio, and published in Venice in 1540. Together with De Re Metallica, written by Georgius Agricola and published in Latin in 1556, this can be considered to mark the start of scientific and technical literature in this field. Scientific publishing of journal papers has been in existence for 350 years,...
data-metallogenicaDear member AMIRA International is building Data Metallogenica ( as a web-based not-for-profit global encyclopaedia of ore deposits for the mining industry and associated institutions. While it is still growing at a rapid rate, DM already contains quality technical information on over 5,000 mineral deposits of all kinds from around the world. It has been supported by over 150 mining & exploration companies, many geological surveys and many professional societies/associations. Some years ago, the Southern African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, through a one-off...
public-consultation-the-new-registration-systen-nrs CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENTPUBLIC CONSULTATION - THE NEW REGISTRATION SYSTEM (NRS)   The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act, (EPA No 46 of 2000). ECSA is charged with the responsibility to regulate the engineering profession with the objective to register engineering practitioners. ECSA has recently finalised the New Registration System (the "NRS") and as enjoined by section 36 of the EPA, the Council has taken a decision to embark on a public consultation process in respect of NRS. The New Registration System...

From the President's Corner

In this month’s article I want to update readers about two important aspects of the Institute – firstly, the launch of the new Botswana Branch, and secondly the Mineral Economics Division of the SAIMM. SAIMM Botswana Branch The process to set up a Branch in Botswana began in 2006. Alan Clegg, a Council member and the Chairman of the Regional Branch Organizing Committee at the time, was instrumental in establishing and setting the process in motion. The Botswana Government requires professional...
Welcome to 2015. On behalf of all at the SAIMM may I wish our members and readers an abundance of health and safety, at work and at home, in the year that lies ahead. With the global events currently unfolding in terms of geopolitics and economic activity, 2015 is likely to be a year that will continue in much the same way as 2014. It implies that we all need to keep abreast of current affairs as what were once remote events (in time, space, and personal impact) are brought to our own doorsteps...


junior-consultant-in-capital-productivityDeadline for applicants: 31 October 2015Direct link and applications: McKinsey & Company has set the standards of excellence in top management consulting for more than 80 years. We advise decision makers in leading companies, the public sector, non-profit organizations, and innovative, fast-growing start-ups around the globe. When you come to McKinsey, you take on challenges that matter with people who matter in...
faculty-positions-in-mining-engineeringThe School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile invites applications for three full-time faculty positions at the Departments of Mining Engineering and Construction Engineering and Management. And Candidates should have a Ph.D. (or be currently pursuing studies to obtain such a degree) and proven ability to pursue high impact research in one of the following fields of expertise. Ore resource evaluation and mine planning Mine design and ground control of mining...

From the Journal Comments

A blessing at the best of times, electricity has become the bane of life in South Africa: it adds quality to life, but when supply is erratic, as we all know too well, the effects cripple and evoke anger. Constraints in the supply of electricity are damaging the economy. Some predictions even foretell a crisis of monumental proportions. Eskom can barely meet current demand. It will fall short of growing demand in the near future. There are simply too few power stations to meet the country’s current...
If it was not for the vision of the founder member of the Society of Mining Professors, Professor Günter Fettweis, the International Society of Mining Professors would not have been possible as it stands today. A group of mining professors under the guidance of Professor Fettweiss gathered on 21 October 1990 at the Montanuniversität in Leoben, Austria to establish the Society of Mining Professors. The first ever international scientific society had been the Societät der Bergbaukunde formed in 1762...

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SAMREC/SAMVAL Companion Volume Conference 2016 SAMREC/SAMVAL Companion Volume Conference 2016
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Mining Weekly Headlines

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