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  • Annual General Meeting 2016

    PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

    The President and Council of the Institute invite members, their guests, and members of other constituent societies to attend the Annual General Meeting 2016

    Thursday, 11 August 2016
    The Country Club, Johannesburg, Napier Road, Auckland Park, 2006
    at 16:30
    See map at the bottom of the page

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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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From the President's Corner

  • Ethics

    ‘Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right’ – Isaac Asimov One of the characteristic features of a professional society is that its members are governed by a code of professional ethics. The term ‘ethics’ is derived from the Greek word ethos, meaning ‘character’. Ethics and morals both relate to ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ conduct.

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  • 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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Jobs

  • Operations - Capital Productivity Consultant - EEMA - South Africa

    OverviewMcKinsey & Company has set the standards of excellence in top management consulting for more than 85 years. We advise decision makers in leading companies, the public sector, nonprofit 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 organizations that matter. Detailed DescriptionOur Capital Productivity group

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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

  • A Council for our Youth

    Membership of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) includes mining and metallurgical students and new graduates from various universities and colleges in the southern African region. Among these young people are those who have either authored or co-authored papers similar to the ones in this edition of the Journal, and the quality of these submissions leads me

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  • 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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