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  • Incoming SAIMM President Prof Selo Ndlovu

    sehliselo ndlovuAt the AGM to be held on the 17th of August 2017 Sehliselo Ndlovu will be inducted as the SAIMM President 2017/2018.

    Herewith an introduction to the second female SAIMM president since the founding of the institute as well as the synopsis of her presidential address.

    SEHLISELO NDLOVU

    Sehliselo (Selo) Ndlovu was born in Plumtree, Zimbabwe in 1975. Selo holds a BSc Honours degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe; a Diploma of Imperial College in Hydrometallurgy, London, UK, and a PhD in Minerals Engineering from Imperial College. She is a Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), a rated researcher with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF), and currently holds the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded SARChI Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy and Sustainable Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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  • Do you want to win a Squirrel?

    samcodes squirrelP.O. Box 61127, MARSHALLTOWN, 2017 Tel: (+27)11 834 1273.
    Fax: (+27) 833 8156. Web: www.samcodes.co.za

    squirrelEach year the Investment Analyst Society of South Africa (IASSA), in conjunction with SAMREC, presents a (Squirrel) Award to the JSE listed Company which has produced the Integrated Annual Report most compliant with Section 12.1 (of the JSE Listing Regulations), the SAMREC Code (including Table 1) and the SAMVAL Code. Adjudication of the reports is done by a panel of experts drawn from the mining industry and the JSE Readers Panel.

    The award is usually in respect of the previous year’s reporting. The Squirrel awarded in 2016 went to AngloGold Ashanti for their 2015 Integrated Annual Report. During 2017, IASSA/SAMREC awarded two Squirrels – one for companies with a market capitalization greater than R15M and one for companies with a market capitalization less than R15M. The winners of these trophies (presented in June 2017) were Impala Platinum Holdings Limited and Keaton Energy Holdings Limited, respectively, for reports submitted during 2016. They were awarded at the Business Day/ IASSA awards function held at the JSE (and presented live on Business Day Television).

    So, if you want to want to win a Squirrel next year, you don’t have to do anything except compile an exceptional JSE Section 12 and SAMCODE compliant Integrated Annual Report. Our adjudication panel will do the rest. Further information can be obtained at www.samcodes.co.za.

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  • Top Five SAIMM Journal Papers Viewed Online

    top50520171. Finding the interface between mining, people, and biodiversity: a case study at Richards Bay Minerals by T. Ott  - Published in the SAIMM Journal January 2017

    2. Characterizing a mining production system for decision-making purposes in a platinum mine by T.C. Sebutsoe and C. Musingwini- Published in the SAIMM Journal February 2017

    3. Poor sampling, grade distribution, and financial outcomes by R.C.A. Minnitt -  Published in the SAIMM Journal February 2017

    4. 3D geological modelling and resource estimation for a gold deposit in Mali by L. Chanderman, C.E. Dohm, and R.C.A. Minnitt  - Published in the SAIMM Journal February 2017

    5. Value creation in a mine operating with open stoping mining methods by P.J. Le Roux and T.R. Stacey - Published in the SAIMM Journal February 2017

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From the President's Corner

  • The modern mining professional – a mining CEOʼs perspective

    I had the opportunity of attending the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa (AMMSA) on 31 March 2017. Mr Steve Phiri, the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) delivered the keynote address, which he titled ‘Towards a lasting legacy: the modern mine manager’. This insightful address resonated with my President’s Corner in

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  • Mine of the Future — A mining CEOʼs perspective

    The School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand held its 120th anniversary celebration on 23 March 2017. The keynote speaker at this momentous occasion was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gold Fields Limited, Mr Nick Holland. He spoke passionately about his vision on the Mine of the Future and indicated how Gold Fields was positioning itself

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  • 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 tsahloka 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 buffalo’).

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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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From the Journal Comments

  • We have a Problem?

    I start my Journal Comment with the iconic phrase: ‘Houston, we have a problem’. Those with good memories might just recall that these were the words spoken by astronaut Jack Swigert during the aborted Apollo 13 moon mission, when he reported to ground control an undervoltage on the capsule bus. At least that’s what I recall he said. Something in

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  • Focus on the Heavy Minerals Conference held at Sun City from 16–18 August 2016

    The papers in this issue of the Journal are selected from the Heavy Minerals Conference held at Sun City from 16–18 August 2016. This conference, which has been held every two years since 1997, is the main technically focused conference covering the heavy minerals industry. The venue moves between various countries where heavy minerals processing is important. The 2016 conference,

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