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  • Report Calls for Open Standard for 3D Applications in Mining Industry

    Image result for gmsgUser Interviews and Analysis Highlight Common Challenges

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – A new report released by Global Mining Standards and Guideline Group (GMSG) says a survey of more than 18 3D software applications shows the users experience significant difficulties and delays working with the software, collaborating with peers and learning multiple proprietary programs. A solution to these difficulties is an Open Mining Format (OMF) that would encompass a set of guidelines and recommended steps.

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  • Prof Selo Ndlovu on SAfm Radio

  • Reliability Best practices and Benchmarking Survey: Please share your views

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    You are invited to participate in a survey focused on prioritizing collaboration around Reliability Best Practices and Benchmarking. If you’re not the correct person within your organization, please pass this invitation to the appropriate person. Survey deadline is October 31.

    The Reliability Working Group (RWG) of the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group is an operator focused group whose purpose is to promote knowledge and best practices sharing related to reliability in a mining context.

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From the President's Corner

  • Singing the praises of our SAIMM members

    I would like to welcome you all to the new 2017/2018 term of the SAIMM. I hope you are all as excited as I am about what lies ahead. I am greatly looking forward to spending the next twelve months with you as we discuss and delve into different topics that interest us as members of this marvellous Institute. As

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  • The last 100 days in the office of the SAIMM Presidency

    When presidents or leaders are elected, it is often customary to expect them to deliver a speech when they attain their first 100 days in office. Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated on 20 January 2009 as the 44th President of the United States, and gave a speech on his first 100 days in office on 29 April 2009. As is

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  • 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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From the Journal Comments

  • Advanced Metals Initiative (AMI)

    It is with great pleasure that we once again present the annual conference of the Advanced Metals Initiative (AMI). The AMI was established jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the science councils, namely, Mintek, NECSA and the CSIR and has received generous funding from the DST since 2003. The principal objective of the AMI is to

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  • Hydrometallurgy Conference 2016

    ʻSustainable Hydrometallurgical Extraction of Metalsʼ This edition of the Journal features papers that were presented at the Hydrometallurgy Conference, which was held from 31 July to 3 August 2016. The theme of the conference was ‘Sustainable Hydrometallurgical Extraction of Metals’ and it was attended by 150 delegates from around the world. The conference was organized in collaboration with the Western

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  • 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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SAIMM 2017 Marketing Opportunities

SAIMM Members are based internationally

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The SAIMM offers businesses wanting to reach decision-makers, thought-leaders and key opinion-formers in the mining environment different opportunities and essential platforms to do so.

Include the SAIMM in your marketing plan if you want to get noticed, grow your market share and assure your existing client base that they are dealing with the right service provider.

The SAIMM’s monthly, highly regarded Journal, website and various conferences are distinctly differentiated from other available commercial mining publications, online digital avenues and commercial conference organisers.

The SAIMM offerings are essential for the mining industry, representing cutting-edge research and thinking that is a must for professionals in the minerals industry who are serious about their work portfolios. Our platforms are not diluted by advertorials or press-releases and our content is peer-reviewed and accredited by acknowledged authorities, specialists and industry experts.

Advertise with the SAIMM and effectively communicate your product or service to your desired target market.

Contact Barbara Spence for advertising bookings. E-mail:; Tel: +27 11 463 7940

For sponsorship opportunities at the SAIMM Events please contact Camielah Jardine, SAIMM Head of Conferencing. ; Telephone:+27 11 834 1273


Honorary Life Fellows

Honorary Life Fellows are people whom SAIMM desires to honour in consideration of services rendered to the institute, to science, or to industry.  The current Honorary Life Fellows are listed below, according to the year in which they were elected to this status.

1974 D.G.Maxwell 1974 DG Maxwell
1979 Dr.J.P.Hugo 1979 Dr. JP Hugo
 1986 G.Y.Nisbet 1986 GY Nisbet
 1987 Prof.A.N.Brown 1987 Prof. AN Brown
 1988 J.D.Austin 1988 JD Austin
1990 Prof.G.T.vanRooyen  1990 Prof .GT van Rooyen
 1991 Dr.H.Wagner 1991 Dr H Wagner
 1995 H.E.James 1995 HE James
P R Janish  1995 PR Janisch
 1995 R.D.Beck 1995 RD Beck
 1996 J.S.Freer 1996 JS Freer
1996 Prof.R.J.Dippenaar  1996 Prof. RJ Dippenaar
1997 Prof.J.A.Cruise  1997 Prof. JA Cruise
1998 D.A.J.Ross Watt  1998 DAJ Ross Watt
 2000 Dr.N.A.Barcza 2000 Dr. NA Barcza
2000 J.R.Dixon  2000 JR Dixon
 2001 D.J.vanNiekerk 2001 DJ van Niekerk
 2001 M.H.Rogers 2001 MH Rogers
 2002 Dr.L.A.Cramer 2002 Dr. LA Cramer
 2002 J.H.Selby 2002 JH Selby
 2002 Prof.C.T.OConnor 2002 Prof. CT O'Connor
 2002 Prof.R.F.Sandenbergh 2002 Prof. RF Sandenbergh
 2003 P.J.Knottenbelt 2003 PJ Knottenbelt
2005 Prof.F.A.Camisani Calzolari 2005 Prof. FA Camisani Calzolari
 2008 E.U.H.Sachse 2008 EUH Sachse
2010 Dr.R.T.Jones  2010 Prof. RT Jones
 2011 Prof.T.R.Stacey 2011 Prof. TR Stacey
 2014 A.S.Macfarlane 2014 AS Macfarlane
 2014 Dr.G.V.R.Landman 2014 Dr. GVR Landman
 2014 R.G.B Pickering 2014 RGB Pickering
2015 Dr.M.F.Handley 2015 Prof. MF Handley
2015 Dr.O.K.H.Steffen  2015 Dr. OKH Steffen
R C A Minnitt 2016 Prof. RCA Minnitt
S J Ramokgopa 2016 S J Ramokgopa
J L Porter 2016 Prof. JL Porter
G L Smith 2016 Dr. G L Smith
D Tudor 2017 D Tudor

Constitution and By-laws

logoSConstitution and by-laws

The following PDF file is available for download:

logoSCode of Professional Conduct


In the interests of performing their work with integrity and sincerity and in accordance with generally accepted norms of professional conduct members of the SAIMM are obliged to:

  • Uphold the dignity and standing of their professions and those of the Institute.
  • Have due regard for the welfare, safety and health of the public and the environment in all activities.
  • Only undertake work for which they have been adequately trained, have the necessary experience and are thus competent to perform.
  • Discharge their duties to employers and/or clients effectively and competently, with fidelity and honesty and to respect their employer's confidentiality.
  • Strictly avoid advertising their professional services in a self-laudatory way or in a way which would undermine the dignity of the Institute.
  • Refrain from malicious or negligent conduct that will injure the professional reputation or business of others.
  • Comply with the Constitution of the Institute and where applicable those of legislated Codes of Professional Conduct.

The Code of Professional Conduct appears as By-law H in the Constitution document linked to above.

Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure (PDF)


SAIMM Privacy Policy


The purpose of this privacy policy is to explain to you the manner in which the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (“SAIMM”) is committed to protecting your privacy as well as the manner in which the SAIMM manages data collection and use. By accessing the SAIMM website, you are deemed to have accepted and agreed to the information collection and use practices set out in this privacy policy.


When you use the SAIMM website you may be asked to provide the SAIMM with certain personal identifiable information (“PII”) that allows us to identify you. PII is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. This may include your name, email address, as well as other facts about yourself and/or your business and/or your profession and/or your product preferences. Furthermore, you may be asked for certain information when registering for or accessing a particular product or service provided by the SAIMM. The SAIMM may also automatically collect certain usage information resulting from your use of the SAIMM website which will in turn allow the SAIMM to determine how visitors and the users of the SAIMM website use the website, how long such visitors and users spend on the website as well as the origin of their IP addresses.

The SAIMM does not sell, trade or otherwise transfer to third parties your information. While the SAIMM does not share your information with any third parties, where it is necessary to disclose the information in terms of any law or in connection with any legal proceedings, the SAIMM reserves its rights to disclose this information.


Any information collected from you as well as any website usage information or any information from other sources may be stored on any server presently operated by the SAIMM and may be used by the SAIMM to improve your experience on the website, to develop new products and services from time to time, and to offer you new products and services both from the SAIMM and its affiliates. By using the website you consent to the SAIMM storing the information on its server and to the SAIMM providing you with its own new products and services as well as those of third parties from time to time. You also consent to the SAIMM sharing statistical information with third parties in relation to your usage of the website.


Cookies are small files stored by your browser on your computer when you visit our website. Most browsers accept cookies unless you change your browser options to refuse the acceptance of cookies by your browser. If you set your browser to refuse cookies, you may not be able to experience all of the features of the SAIMM website. Cookies allow us to recognise you as a repeat user of the SAIMM website and to facilitate your ongoing access to and use of the website as well as to track your usage of the website.


When you connect to the Internet, an address (which may be a fixed or variable address) will be used to identify your computer. This is known as an IP address. Your IP address will be automatically collected and identified every time you use the SAIMM website. The SAIMM will also collect and store any other IP address/es which you may use when accessing the SAIMM website.


We may send you e-mails from time to time which may include news, updates, special offers as well as other information relating to the SAIMM and its affiliates. You may unsubscribe from these e-mails by amending your preferences on the SAIMM website. The SAIMM reserves its rights to send you e-mails relating to the operation of the website as well as your continued use of the website.


Should you wish to change any information which you provide to the SAIMM, you may do so by changing your preferences in relation to your account on the SAIMM website.


The SAIMM website may contain certain links to websites operated by third parties. The SAIMM is not responsible for the content provided in respect of such websites and/or the privacy policies of such websites. Before navigating to any website from a link on the SAIMM website, you acknowledge that the SAIMM has no responsibility for the content thereof and the SAIMM advises you to check both the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policy of any third party website.


The SAIMM’s services are intended solely for persons 13 years of age and older. If you are under the age of 13, you may not access or use the SAIMM website. By using the SAIMM website you represent and warrant to the SAIMM that you are 13 years of age or older.


The SAIMM may amend this privacy policy from time to time and post any such changes on the SAIMM website.


If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below:
5 Hollard Street, Cnr Sauer & Marshall Street
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2107
South Africa