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  • Annual General Meeting, Thursday, 11 August 2016, Country Club Johannesburg

    C. MusingwiniPRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: Optimization in underground mine planning — developments and opportunities

    CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI

    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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  • SAMCODES

    The SAMCODES, the South African Mineral Reporting Codes, set out the minimum standards, recommendations and guidelines for the Public Reporting of mineral related issues in South Africa. They currently comprise three Codes, two Guideline documents and an affiliated National Standard:

    a. SAMREC: The South African Code for the Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves
    b. SAMVAL: The South African Code for the Reporting of Mineral Asset Valuation
    c. SAMOG: The South African Code for the Reporting of Oil and Gas Resources
    d. Commodity, or subject, specific guidelines/standards:

    i. SAMESG Guideline: The South African Guideline for the Reporting of Environmental, Social and Governance parameters within the mining and oil and gas industries
    ii. SAMREC Diamond Guidelines: SAMREC Guideline Document for the Reporting of Diamond Exploration Results, Diamond Resources and Diamond Reserves (and other Gemstones, where Relevant)
    iii. SANS 10320:2004: South African guide to the systematic evaluation of coal resources and coal reserves (currently under review). This document is a South African National Standard, published by the South African Bureau of Standards.

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  • Benefits of joining the SAIMM

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    • The SAIMM is a founding member of the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA). Other members are: AusIMM; CIM; IOM3; SME; IIMP. Through this collaboration we offer our members ‘visiting’ status if they are resident in any of the countries where we have a base.
    • As a member you will be granted access to the OneMine.org website and all its publications. We are also a member of the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG), who facilitate global mining collaborations on solutions to common industry problems.
    • We also subscribe to the Technical Library and members can take advantage of all services they have on offer by registering on the site.

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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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From the President's Corner

  • Celebrating the ordinary

    Exceptionalism comes easily to South Africans. We are used to living in a country with wonderful weather, spectacular scenery, and the richest collection of mineral wealth in our ground. There is no other country in the world where you have two Nobel Peace Prize winners who lived in the same street. We are the Rainbow Nation of Desmond Tutu; the

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  • Perils of Conferencing

    Many people who haven't travelled on business have the impression that it is a rather glamorous and pleasant task to attend a conference. And, of course, it can be wonderful to visit an interesting place for a few days, and come back refreshed with new ideas and perspectives, but this isn't the whole story. There is also the downside of

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  • Electronic Communication

    During September 2009, a delightful experiment was conducted to demonstrate how slow South Africa’s data transfer services were. A carrier pigeon called Winston was able to transfer 4 GB of data across the 80 km between Howick and Hillcrest, Durban in just over two hours, whereas Telkom’s ADSL service was able to complete only 4% of the transfer in that

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  • 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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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

  • Danie Krige Geostatistical Conference 2015

    One might ask what benefit the Danie Krige Geostatistical Conference imparted to the delegates. Principally, it drew us together and confirmed again the importance of the work being done in the field of geostatistics. A significant concern over the past decade and a half has been the declining numbers of local geostatistics practitioners and the need for ongoing education of

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  • Copper Cobalt Africa 6–8 July 2015

    The African Copper Belt has experienced a huge resurgence of activity in the past decade following many years of political and economic instability. Today, an impressive proportion of capital spending, project development, operational expansions, and metal value production in the Southern African mining industry are occurring in this region. The geology and mineralogy of the ores differ significantly from those

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