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  • GMSG Corporate Member Report January 2018

    future mining 2018The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) January 2018 Corporate Member Report has been published. It contains an overview of projects which are defining the future of mining and helping to create solutions to industry challenges. This year’s Corporate Member Report features important GMSG news, highlights and an overview of GMSG’s guideline work, and outlines GMSG’s new 2018 strategy. The report is available here.

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  • World Leader in New Steel Research Visits the University of Pretoria

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    Photo: Prof Roelf Mostert, Sir Prof Harry Bhadeshia, Prof Charles Siyasiya, Prof Pieter Pistorius and Dr Johan Westraad

    Next-generation bainitic steel with remarkable properties was the central theme of a colloquium hosted by the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Pretoria on the 4th of December 2017. Sir Harry Bhadeshia, a global leader in metallurgy and the Tata Steel Professor at Cambridge University, was the main speaker. Sir Prof Bhadeshia was on a visit to South Africa as a result of an application made by the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa and the trip was funded through a NRF instrument.

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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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From the President's Corner

  • A new year, new reflections

    The start of a new year is always worth celebrating. We celebrate the achievements of the previous year. We also celebrate making it through the previous year’s challenges and, with optimism, look forward to twelve more fruitful months ahead. However, the fact that a year of our life has just passed by also usually leads to introspection. We question our

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  • A Christmas gift for the Institute

    It is the end of the year and Christmas is in sight. We have all had a busy year and thus look forward to a restful break, which we will fill with new memories with our families and friends. Above all, we all look forward to receiving that well-chosen wonderful gift from loved ones. A gift is always treasured. It

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  • Women in the mining and minerals industry

    Summer is finally here and Christmas is around the corner. I do hope that you are all enjoying the warm weather that is prevalent in Southern Africa at this time of the year and, at the same time, have started shopping for those elusive but perfect Christmas gifts for friends and families. Since taking over the reins as the President

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From the Journal Comments

  • The SAIMM Journal

    The SAIMM organizes a number of conferences every year to promote technological developments in the mining- and metallurgy-related sectors. Selected papers from each of these conferences are published in the SAIMM Journal throughout the year. The SAIMM Journal is not only one of the top journals but also one of the most popular journals in the field of mining and

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  • The SAMREC/SAMVAL Companion Volume Conference

    This edition of the Journal features papers that were presented at the SAMREC/SAMVAL Companion Volume Conference held on 17 and 18 May 2016 and attended by some 100 people. The intention of the conference was to provide Competent Persons and Competent Valuators with the opportunity to prepare and present details of recognized standards and industry benchmarks in all aspects of

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Market News

  • GMSG Announces New Incoming Chair, Michelle Ash

    Appointment will help GMSG extend its reach in emerging global mining powerhouses MONTREAL, QC (Feb. 20, 2018) – Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) announced today that Michelle Ash, Barrick Gold Corporation’s Chief Innovation Officer, will become the new Chair of GMSG in May 2018. “The success of the mining industry is dependent on continued collaboration and innovation,” says

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  • Mining insights: Curbing protracted and violent strikes in 2018

    By Johan Olivier, Partner at Webber Wentzel In one of its most recent surveys, the Chamber of Mines estimated that the mining industry was responsible for creating approximately 450,000 direct jobs in South Africa. The most recently published Fraser Institutes research also reported that South Africa had Labour Regulations/Employment Agreements and Labour Militancy/Work Disruptions which could act as a relatively

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SAIMM 2018 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

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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