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sancot-news-sancot-and-the-international-tunnelling-association-itaThe South African National Committee on Tunnelling (SANCOT) was formed in 1973 during a phase of extensive infrastructure development in South Africa, in particular the construction of the Orange-Fish tunnel. This followed the success of the 1970 TUNCON conference in Durban, after which it was decided that it would be useful to form a body covering the interests of owners, designers, contractors, researchers, and suppliers in the underground construction industry. SANCOT has been active since this time, promoting the use of underground space, exchanging information, and arranging conferences and...
sancot-news-advancement-in-vertical-tunnelling-in-miningDesign and construction of vertical tunnels, more commonly referred to as shaft sinking, continues to rely on particular methodologies that are selected in response to a combination of site requirements, cost models, and available technology. Industry best practice in horizontal tunnelling is well researched and documented; however, changing demands for efficient, quick, and correctly risk-managed shaft sinking projects have revealed the need for similar documented best practice in vertical tunnelling. Shaft sinking methodologies typically vary between two extremes, on the one side being blind...
are-efforts-to-mechanise-sa-mines-too-focused-on-machinery-rather-than-technologyPresidential Address: SAIMM AGMDate: 13th August 2014By: Prof Jim Porter Introduction: Challenge and Oportunity According to Statistics South Africa (SA) the current unemployment rate is 25.5% of the workforce This includes 10 million people subject to high levels of poverty SA is currently number two on the world's Geni index that measures the disparity between high and low income earners. BUT The Chamber of Mines' South African Year Book, 2012/13: The value of SA's total metal and mineral reserves "remain some of the world's most valuable, with an estimated worth of R20.5 trillion...
sancot-news-report-back-on-the-ita-2014-general-assembly-fortieth-annual-meeting-held-at-iguassu-falls-brazilThe International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) held its fortieth annual meeting in Iguassu Falls, Brazil, from 9 to 14 May 2014, in conjunction with the World Tunnel Congress 2014 ‘Tunnels for a Better Life’, organized by the ITA and the Brazilian Tunnelling Committee. More than 1500 persons participated in the conference. The Association registered 12 new Affiliate Members in the preceding year, which resulted in a total of 71 Member Nations and 285 Affiliate Members (taking into account some resignations). Fifty-two of the 71 Member Nations either participated or were...

From the President's Corner

As I it down to write this piece I happen to be on leave in what we South Africans generically refer to as ‘the UK’; perhaps without pausing to think on what United Kingdom actually means (the 1707 Act of Union forming Great Britain and the 1801 Act joining Great Britain and [Northern] Ireland). In one week’s time from writing there will be a referendum vote in Scotland to determine if Scotland will remain an integrated part of the United Kingdom or be instrumental in starting a process resulting in...
Mentoring and coaching are two words that come up at many mining industry forums. Many mining companies have mentoring and coaching programmes. The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) encourages candidate engineers to seek out a mentor, and the SAIMM has had mentoring and coaching programmes in the past. What is a mentor? An experienced and trusted advisor is the definition. What is a coach? A private tutor is the definition. While many people will regard the two as being one and the same,...

From the Journal Comments

The papers in this issue of the Journal have been selected from the Sixth South African Rock Engineering Symposium (SARES 2014), which was jointly organized by the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE) and the SAIMM. The theme of this symposium, ‘Creating Value through Innovative Rock Engineering’, was selected due to the recent global market changes and other challenges facing the mining industry. Mining needs to become still safer and more efficient while addressing the...
Physical Beneficiation 2013 was the third conference of its kind, the first being the DMS and Gravity Concentration Conference held in 2006 and the second the Physical Beneficiation 2010 Conference. Physical beneficiation covers dense medium separation (DMS), gravity concentration, magnetic separation, electrostatic separation, and ore sorting –all processes that are widely used in the Southern African mining industry. A total of 22 papers were presented during the two days of the conference, 19 and...

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12th Annual Student Colloquium 2014 12th Annual Student Colloquium 2014
Accessing Africa's Mineral Wealth 2014 Accessing Africa's Mineral Wealth 2014
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
Mining, Environment and Society Conference 2015 Mining, Environment and Society Conference 2015
Copper Cobalt Africa - 8th Base Metals Conference 2015 Copper Cobalt Africa - 8th Base Metals Conference 2015
Production of Clean Steel School 2015 Production of Clean Steel School 2015
Heavy Minerals Conference 2015 Heavy Minerals Conference 2015
WorldGold Conference 2015 WorldGold Conference 2015
Slope Stability 2015 Slope Stability 2015
Nuclear Materials Development Network Conference 2015 Nuclear Materials Development Network Conference 2015
MPES 2015 : Mine Planning & Equipment Selection MPES 2015 : Mine Planning & Equipment Selection

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