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  • Dr RT Jones, SAIMM Immediate Past President and Honorary Life Fellow, imparts invaluable advice to the 2017 Graduates of Wits University

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    On the 31st of March 2017 Dr Rodney Jones, Immediate past President and Honorary Life Fellow of the SAIMM, delivered a very inspiring address to the graduates of Wits University.

    Dr Jones ended his address with the powerful and motivating words of advice for the graduates “You are graduating at a time of great difficulty in the world and in our country – a time of economic hardship and high unemployment. The challenge to your generation is to work to the best of your abilities to enable a world where we all work towards the welfare, safety, and health of all people, and care for our environment. Your success is determined not by the wealth you accumulate, or the position you achieve, but by how well you live your life.

    My message to you today can be summed up as learn continuously, and care about others in our world".

    To listen to the address visit: http://www.mintek.co.za/Pyromet/Files/2017Jones-WitsGraduation.mp3

    To read the full address visit: http://www.mintek.co.za/Pyromet/Files/2017Jones-WitsGraduation.pdf

    To read the Wits article “Invest in professional development” visit: https://www.wits.ac.za/news/latest-news/graduations/2017/invest-in-professional-development.html

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  • SAIMM President 2016/2017 – Professor Cuthbert Musingwini

    Elected as a SAIMM Member in 2005, SAIMM Council Member in 2011, SAIMM Fellow in 2013, SAIMM Office Bearer in 2013, Honorary Treasurer in 2014 and serving as SAIMM President for the year 2016/2017 Prof Musingwini has been actively contributing to the SAIMM for over 10 years.

    Prof Musingwini is a Registered Professional Engineer with ECSA, SOMP Member and rated researcher with the NRF. In 1985 he completed his O-Levels as top student of Murewa High School in Zimbabwe. In 1991 he was the first student to graduate with a first-class honours in mining engineering at the University of Zimbabwe. Prof Musingwini received the Arthur Bensusan Prize for being the top student in his class and was the recipient of the Lonrho Zimbabwe Independence Gold Mining Scholarship.

    In 2010 Prof Musingwini was awarded Wits University’s FEBE Most Improved Researcher Award.

    2014 marked the year in which Prof Musingwini was elected as the first black SAIMM Honorary Treasurer, first black Full Professor of Mining Engineering in South Africa and the first black NRF-rated researcher in mining engineering in South Africa.

    In 2015 Prof Musingwini became the first black Head of School of Mining Engineering at Wits, where to date he

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  • TMS EPD Pyrometallurgy Best Paper Award

    On the 28th of February 2017 Joalet Steenkamp, SAIMM Fellow, received the Extraction and Processing Division’s (EPD) Pyrometallurgy Best Paper Award on behalf of the authors of “Tap-Hole Life Cycle Design Criteria: A Case Study Based on Silicomanganese Production". The Award winning paper by J. D. Steenkamp, J. J. Sutherland, D. A. Hayman and J. Muller was published in JOM June 2016, Volume 68, Issue 6, pp 1547–1555. In the picture Dr Steenkamp is receiving the award from EPD Vice-President, Cindy Belt, in San Diego, California, USA.

    L. R. Nelson was the first Extraction and Processing Division’s (EPD) Pyrometallurgy Best Paper award winner in 2015 followed by N. Tzouganatos, M. Dell’amico, C. Wieckert, J. Hinkley and A. Steinfeld in 2016.

    Visit www.tms.org for more information regarding The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and the TMS journal JOM.

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From the President's Corner

  • Advancing international collaboration through the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA)

    When Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was delivering his mid-term budget speech in 2016, he made reference to the following Pedi quote which is relevant to one of SAIMM’s strategic initiatives: ‘Ditau tsa hloka seboka di shitwa ke nare e hlotsa’ (translated into English as ‘Lions that fail to work as a team will struggle to bring down even a limping

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  • The NDP Vision 2030 — Does the SAIMM have a role to play?

    As you join me for the first cup of coffee in 2017, I would like to welcome you all back from what I trust was a restful and enjoyable festive season. I am optimistic that good times lie ahead of us and that 2017 will be a very productive year. In previous editions of the Journal I have provided some

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  • Reflections on 2016 and a look ahead to 2017

    As we approach the end of the 2016 calendar year, it is time for us to take stock of the past 12 months and imagine what lies ahead. What does 2017 have in store for the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy? I can only imagine that the wheels will continue to turn positively for the mining industry from

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  • Wits Mining and the SAIMM — 120 years of parallel histories

    This two-volume issue of the Journal celebrates 120 years of existence of the Wits School of Mining Engineering (Wits Mining). Are the two volumes two sides of the same coin? There are a myriad of quotes that refer to two sides of the same coin, albeit in a negative sense. I have previously come across the quote by Ida Pauline

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From the Journal Comments

  • University of South Africa (UNISA)

    This issue contains just one paper from the University of South Africa (UNISA), the only South African university offering mining engineering and mine surveying by open distance learning. Lugoma explores the possibility of supplementing online course content with oncampus practical sessions. The encouraging findings have prompted him to roll out this approach to education so as to enable students to

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  • Mining, Environment and Society Conference

              Major issue areas for mining and the SDGs (http://unsdsn.org/resources/publications/mapping-mining-to-the-sustainable-development-goals-an-atlas/)       The papers in this issue of the Journal are selected from the Mining, Environment and Society Conference, held at Mintek on 12 and 13 May 2015. The two keynote addresses, 14 presentations, and two panel discussions highlighted the increasing relevance of environmental and social issues to the

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