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the-danie-krige-memorial-lectureThe first Memorial Lecture was presented by Dr Winfred Assibey-Bonsu at the WITS Professional Development Hub on 15th May. The event was organized by Prof Dick Minnitt and the attendance of 82 people included Ansie Krige and a number of Krige family members.       WATCH THE VIDEO
the-joburg-indabaMark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American joins an esteemed group of mining andinvestor heavyweights as the keynote speaker at the 2014Joburg Indaba in October.Cutifani, with more than 38 years in the mining industry, has working experience in 25 operating environments and with 20 commodities and is widely recognized as an industry innovator. The Joburg Indaba is aimed at building a competitive, sustainable, and legitimate mining industry  through strategic conversations. ‘Mark’s broad industry, technical, and commercial knowledge is a prime example of the calibre of speakers joining the...
sancot-and-the-international-tunnelling-association-itaOn the resignation of Andrew Wilson as the outgoing Chairman of SANCOT, Ron Tluczek was elected as the new SANCOT Chairman on 9 April 2014.Ron is a Professional (Geotechnical) Engineer with more than 36 years’ experience, primarily in consulting engineering. He has experience in all aspects of project management and administration of civil and geotechnical related projects, including investigation, field and laboratory testing, analysis, risk assessment, reporting, contract documentation, monitoring, quality assurance, supervision, and budget control. He has acted as an expert witness, as review...
opening-of-mining-exhibition-at-sci-bonoSpeaking at the official opening of a permanent mining exhibition at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, in April, Marek Dworzanowski, President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) said that ‘the mining industry in South Africa still has a bright future ahead of it’, and pointed out that part of the SAIMM’s role was to encourage learners to consider a career in the mining industry. To ensure continuity within the mining industry, the Institute aims to establish a pipeline of mining and metallurgy graduates, and Dworzanowski believes that the...

From the President's Corner

The sustainability of the South African mining industry – and the global mining industry for that matter – is highly dependent on the pipeline of new mining engineers and metallurgists entering the industry. However, the training and development of mining engineers and metallurgists already in the industry is just as critical. Not too long ago any mining engineer or metallurgist entering the mining industry underwent a graduate training programme. The content and duration of the programme varied...
The South African mining industry has been mainly associated with gold, which is understandable given that it was the gold mines of the late nineteenth century that were really the beginning of the industry as we know it. Currently platinum mining is making headlines regarding long strikes, and coal mining and Eskom are also much in the news. Diamonds have always featured in the media, to an extent that varies with time. However, base metals have never received any prominence, although they have...

From the Journal Comments

When I first read the abstracts of the six papers appearing in the Journal this month, I thought that I would have to comment on each paper individually and in depth, as there did not seem to be a common theme linking them in any way. What do you think: CFD modelling of ventilation patterns in mines, sublevel stope optimization, the indexing of mining risk, controlling fires in coal mines, process for treating vanadium titano-magnetites, and erosion of the freeze lining in submerged-arc...
The 7th Southern African Base Metals Conference was held in Mpumalanga from 2 to 3 September 2013, with a visit to Nkomati Nickel Mine on 3 September. The Conference attracted 22 papers from sub-Saharan Africa (DRC, Zambia, Namibia, and South Africa) as well as from Finland and Australia. The scope of the papers was wide-ranging, including geology, engineering design, and process metallurgy. This edition of the SAIMM Journal includes a selection of four papers from the conference. It is regrettable...

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Pyrometallurgical Modelling Conference Pyrometallurgical Modelling Conference
Mineral Processing 2014 Mineral Processing 2014
MineSAFE 2014 MineSAFE 2014
Drilling & Blasting School Namibia 2014 Drilling & Blasting School Namibia 2014
Mineral Project Valuation School 2014 Mineral Project Valuation School 2014
Surface Mining 2014 Conference Surface Mining 2014 Conference
Grade Control and Reconciliation School Grade Control and Reconciliation School
6th International Platinum Conference 2014 6th International Platinum Conference 2014
12th Annual Student Colloquium 2014 12th Annual Student Colloquium 2014
Accessing Africa's Mineral Wealth: Mining Transport Logistics 2 Accessing Africa's Mineral Wealth: Mining Transport  Logistics 2
AusIMM: Orebody Modelling and Strategic Mine Planning AusIMM: Orebody Modelling and Strategic Mine Planning
5th Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid 2015 Conference 5th Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid 2015 Conference
SHAPE 2015 SHAPE 2015
Copper Cobalt Africa - 8th Base Metals Conference 2015 Copper Cobalt Africa - 8th Base Metals Conference 2015
Nuclear Materials Development Network Conference 2015 Nuclear Materials Development Network Conference 2015


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  • Noront appeals Ontario Mining Recorder ruling
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  • Colombian coal mine mechanics to continue talks Weds to end strike
    Talks between mechanics at Colombia's largest coal mines, contractor Dimantec and the labour ministry will continue on Wednesday in an effort to end a 13-day strike, a union leader said. The meeting is set to begin at 10:00 am (15:00 GMT) in the northern city of Valledupar, Sintraime union head Felix...
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