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  • Richard Peter Mohring (1947-2016)

    We are sad to announce that Rick Mohring passed away on 14 March 2016, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

    Rick will be well remembered for his pivotal role in the transformation of the South African coal industry. He was widely respected and renowned for his expertise in coal mining, and was known as someone who worked with enthusiasm, energy, and enjoyment.

    Rick joined the SAIMM in 1971, and served on the Council since 1988. He was President of SAIMM in 1997-1998, and was awarded an Honorary Life Fellowship in 2000, and the Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award (SAIMM's highest award) in 2012. He also served on numerous committees over the years, including his most recent involvements as a Trustee of the SAIMM Scholarship Fund, and Chair of the Complaints Committee.

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  • SAIMM Annual Banquet 2016

    The SAIMM Annual Banquet was held on Saturday, 5th March 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Approximately 360 VIPs, members and guests attended. The guest speaker was Johnny Clegg, a South African icon who spoke about crossing the cultural divide. Johnny’s talk was inspirational, interspersed with a couple of songs and interesting dance moves.

    Fellowships of the Institute were awarded to Paul den Hoed, Carel Roode, and Simon Tose.

    The evening was a great success and we wish to thank our sponsors, without whom the event would not have been possible.

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  • SAIMM 5 Star Incentive Programme

    The SAIMM are proud to welcome you to our Incentive programme where we have negotiated to provide you with more benefits.

    These benefits include:

    1. Top 5 Proposers for the current financial year are to be given a free ticket to the SAIMM Annual Banquet with 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 the top 5 Service providers that have negotiated a discounted rates and special offers for you our valued member.
    4. Conference attendance within a 2 year period and applies to events that are paid for. If you attend 3 events you get the next conference that you register for, at no cost.
    5. The most number of papers published in the SAIMM Journal . Authors with

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  • Public Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves and SAMCODE STANDARDS COMMITTEE (SSC)

    Attracting finance for exploration and mining ventures is a critical part of the resource business environment today, and there are a number of finance options available, including accessing private equity.
    With the increase in the number of non-listed (private) companies and individuals seeking to obtain financial assistance, it is important to appreciate that issues of public reporting are not confined to listed companies only.  Under all circumstances, if Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and/or Mineral Reserves are reported publically (as defined in the SAMREC Code of 2016), and if said report is claimed to have been compiled in accordance with any of the SAMREC, SAMVAL or SAMOG Codes, then the report and the author are subject to the minimum standards and requirements of the relevant Code as well as the complaints procedure of the SAMCODE Standards Committee (SSC). Please see http://www.samcode.co.za/

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From the President's Corner

  • Sustainability

    When I travel on aeroplanes, I love to look out of the window, either at the popcorn-shaped cumulus clouds or the striated repeating ripple-patterned undulatus clouds, or the wispy feathery cirrus clouds. While enjoying this ephemeral beauty, I marvel at the atmospheric phenomena (and their governing mathematical equations) that are behind these structures. From the vantage point of 10 km

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  • Mining Heritage

    Visitors to the SAIMM offices in the Chamber of Mines Building in downtown Johannesburg cannot fail to notice the rather imposing stamp mill in the adjacent pedestrian walkway that was once Hollard Street. This 10-stamp mill went into operation at the Robinson Mine in Langlaagte in September 1886, making it one of the earliest stamp mills on the Witwatersrand. On

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  • A right to knowledge

    Nelson Mandela said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’. Southern Africa suffers greatly from a shortage of well-educated people. However, it is a massive challenge to increase literacy, let alone to provide education for all people in the region, starting with early childhood education, through primary and secondary schooling, and culminating

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  • A sense of belonging

    Over the past few months, I have traveled to a number of faraway countries where the culture and customs are very different, and where a South African might be expected to feel alien and alone. However, in all of those places, I have encountered people with whom I have shared values or have found interests in common, and, as a

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Jobs

  • General Manager Mining, DMT Kai Batla Ltd.

    DMT is an International company active in consultancy and offering a broad spectrum of services in the mining, minerals, environmental, engineering and energy industries worldwide, and is a recognised world leader in its field. Our projects span over 150 countries with assignments in over 40 countries in a typical year. Company offices are located in Nottingham, Essen, Moscow, Kolkata, Jakarta

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  • Faculty Positions in Mining Engineering

    The 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

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From the Journal Comments

  • Mine Planning and Equipment Selection (MPES 2015)

    The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) hosted the 23rd International Symposium on Mine Planning and Equipment Selection (MPES 2015) at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 9 to 11 November 2015. This was the first time that South Africa has hosted the MPES in its 25-year history. This conference’s theme was ‘Smart Innovation in Mining’ in

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  • Furnace Tapping 2014

              Almost too close for comfort - conference delegates admiring the scale of blast furnace tapping at ArcelorMittal South Africa Vanderbijlpark Works (photograph by Maryke Pelser) Furnace Tapping 2014 was the first event of its kind, focusing on the challenges associated with the tapping of furnaces and ways in which these challenges are currently addressed. The conference was inspired by

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