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  • We are excited to announce that the SAIMM Online Journal system is now live!

    saimm journal sept2017You can now submit manuscripts and peer reviews online. The OJS assists you with every step of the refereed publishing process, from submission through to online publication. Authors can also check the status of their papers online and referees will receive automated reminders for their reviews.
    We request you to register as an Author and/or Referee on the system.  To access the website please follow the link: http://saimmjournal.co.za/

     

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  • The INTPART Metal Production Project

    INTPARTThe INTPART Metal Production Project aims at strengthening ties and growing networks internationally through joint research and education projects. The three-year project is hosted by the Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) and funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NRC) and NTNU. The participating institutions are NTNU and SINTEF in Norway, and MINTEK and the University of North-West (NWU) in South Africa. The two focus areas of the project are fundamental reaction mechanisms for reduction processes and the use of carbon materials in metal production.

    The project resulted from the two SAIMM Schools on Manganese Ferroalloy Production hosted in 2012 and 2016.

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  • WIM UJ Young Women in Mining Conference

    ypc news sept172

    On the 11th of August 2017 WIM UJ held its first Young Women in Mining Conference at the University of Johannesburg.

    The SAIMM YPC attended the event in support of Young Women In Mining which aims at empowering the next generation of young women in the Industry.

    Women in Mining UJ is currently the only female mining structure in the four South African mining schools.

    WIM UJ has initiated the first annual young women in mining workshop in 2016 which was held by the Department of Mineral Resources and the Mine Health and Safety Council of South Africa, working in line with the mission and vision of WIMSA.

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From the President's Corner

  • 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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  • 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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From the Journal Comments

  • 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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Contact Info

SAIMM
The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

P.O. Box 61127, Marshalltown 2107

Tel:+27 (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: +27 (011) 838-5923 or +27 (011) 833-8156

Banking Details
    
        

        
    
Abigail Lawrence
Journal and Subscription Co-ordinator

Responsible for coordinating all papers for the monthly SAIMM Journal and for updating and sorting out queries and claims for the Journal subscriptions

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Alf Bettoni
Book-keeper

Responsible for the Institute�s finances, including credit control and maintenance of accounting procedures. .

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Anna Panana
Conference Secretary

Admin assistant with technical events.

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Aphathia Sello
Administration Clerk

Responsible for postage, banking and meeting co-ordination.

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Dawn van der Walt
DTP Supervisor

Provides a creative and technical support service in terms of printing, layout, etc. of publications, in-house documents, advertisements and covers for the Journal.

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Ginette Oliver
Membership & Subscriptions Administrator

To promote membership and maintain a database of current members. Regional Development - Provides support for services to the Johannesburg Branch.Career Guidance and Education. To project a positive image of the industry to potential employees of the industry through distribution of promotional materials.

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Jackie van der Westhuizen
Conference Co-Ordinator

Admin assistant with technical events..

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Julie Dixon
Manager

Manages key Institute functions, and day-to-day operation of the Institute Administration and co-ordination of the participation of Office Bearers, Council and Committees.

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Julie Malgas
DTP Operator

Provides a creative and technical support service in terms of printing, layout, etc of publications, in-house documents, advertisements and covers for the Journal.

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Lucinda Niekerk
Senior Administration Clerk Conference Division and Receptionist

Responsible for all invoicing and assistance with technical events.Responsible for answering the telephones and administration functions of the Institute

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Nazli Mamdoo
Publications Co-ordinator

Responsible for co-ordinating papers for all conference proceedings and assisting the conference department with the organising of conferences.

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Portia Malatji
Accounts Assistant

Assistant to Book-Keeper

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Raymond van der Berg
Conference Co-Ordinator

Admin assistant with technical events..

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Paul van der Plas
Mentoring Program Administrator

Please refer to the Careers Committee for further contact details.
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John Gainsford
Webmaster and Consultant

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About SAIMM

After 120 years the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) continues to serve its members. This learned society started in 1894, a few years after the invention of the cyanide process had saved the gold mining industry in South Africa. The previously used technology of gravity separation could not economically recover gold from the fine grained ores of the Transvaal gold fields. The Institute's Journal recorded this process and major developments in the industry and has disseminated knowledge ever since.

The SAIMM is a professional institute with local and international links aimed at assisting members source news and views about technological developments in the mining, metallurgical and related sectors as well as embracing a professional code of ethics. The SAIMM also attempts to fulfill what it sees as its obligations to the various communities and the environment in terms of the SAIMM’s Charter. In addition, the institute is active in bringing together the mining and metallurgical fraternity in terms of research, shared-experiences, education, personnel as well as students.

logoSMission

According to its charter, the Institute is committed to:

  • Render professional services of high quality to its members and to continually improve these services by keeping abreast of technological developments;
  • Apply professional ethics in all its activities and encourage members to follow suit;
  • Fulfil its obligations towards the community and the environment;
  • Continually strengthen its image as a dynamic organization by playing a leading role in the initiation and implementation of new ideas and by organizing events around topical themes;
  • Diligently promote the interests of its members and to represent them in a competent manner;
  • Bring the mining and metallurgical fraternity, research and education personnel, and students, together in one organization; and
  • Judiciously anticipate the needs of members.

This commitment assists in ensuring that the needs for technological and scientific knowledge of the minerals and metals sectors in South Africa

logoSObjectives

The key objectives of the Institute are to identify the needs of its members and to initiate and give effect to the means whereby the requirements for technology and scientific knowledge of the minerals and metals section of the South African economy are satisfied; and furthermore to represent and promote the interests of its members.

logoSBenefits

  • Receiving a bi-monthly Journal with a balanced content and of a high standard which serves as a communication medium to keep members informed on matters relating to their professional interests.
  • The opportunity to attend congresses, symposia, colloquia, schools and discussion groups at competitive prices. Members attend such events at a discount.
  • Participation in technical excursions and social events which creates further opportunities for inter-active professional association and fellowship.
  • To make a contribution to the minerals industry in South Africa.
  • The opportunity to network with a wide cross-section of professional people in the minerals industry.
  • Official recognition of achievements.

logoSBranches

The SAIMM actively supports the establishment and maintenance of branches of the SAIMM in Southern Africa to satisfy the local needs of members for professional association and the exchange of technical information. Branches presently exist in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Zululand, Western Cape, Bushveld, Mpumalanga, the Free State, Zambia and Namibia.

Branches form the ideal vehicle for all members of the SAIMM in a particular area to be brought together to participate in the affairs of their profession and to further the interests of the mining and metallurgical sectors. Newly graduated members, in particular, derive substantial benefits through close personal contact and an exchange of ideas with the more seasoned members of their profession residing in the same area. In order to ensure strong and dynamic branches, branch members actively canvass new members in their area with a view to obtaining maximum membership. Members are encouraged to become actively involved in the affairs of their branches.

The branch meeting is a forum by which inter-disciplinary contact of interested parties within the mining, minerals, and metals industry can take place. Communication between mechanical, electrical, metallurgical, and mining engineering and other branches of science and disciplines is thus stimulated, and opportunities are created to improve the industry for each and every member.

During the annual general meeting of a branch, its members residing within the area elect a committee to run the affairs of the branch.

The purpose of the committee is to meet the needs of members by formulating programs, and organizing schools, conferences, technical meetings, colloquia, technical visits, and social functions for the benefit of its branch members.

Meetings usually feature guest speakers and afford ample opportunity for informal fellowship. Technical visits are undertaken to sectors of the mining and metallurgical industry or to research institutions. Colloquia and schools on relevant topics are arranged in conjunction with the Technical Program Committee operating from the SAIMM's national office.

Branches actively support programs arranged by the Council and the other branches of the SAIMM. Each branch chairperson serves on the Council in order to ensure open channels of communication between branches and Council members on relevant topics and developments. To strengthen its links with Council, and to contribute towards an overview of the SAIMM's total sphere of activities, branches report to the SAIMM's head office on a regular basis regarding meetings, conferences, finances, membership, and future projects.

Branch committees also liaise with related outside technical societies within their areas to promote close contact, technology transfer, and the exchange of skills.

SAIMM Past Presidents

(*) Indicates Deceased Past President
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1894 - 1900 | 1900 - 1950 | 1950 - 2000 | 2000 onwards

1894-W.Bettel
W Bettel (1894-1895)*
1895-AF.Crosse
AF Crosse (1895-1896)*
1896-WR.Feldtmann
WR Feldtmann (1896-1897)*
1897-C.Butters
C Butters (1897-1898)*
1898-Dr.J.Loevy
J Loevy (1898-1899)*
1899-1903-JR.Williams
JR Williams (1899-1903)*
1903-SH.Pearce
SH Pearce (1903-1904)*
1904-WA.Caldecott
WA Caldecott (1904-1905)*
1905-Dr.WM.Cullen
W Cullen (1905-1906)*
1906-EH.Johnson
EH Johnson (1906-1907)*
1907-J.Yates
J Yates (1907-1908)*
1908-R.G.Bevington
RG Bevington (1908-1909)*
1909-A.Mc.A.Johnston
A.McA Johnston (1909-1910)*
1910-J.Moir
J Moir (1910-1911)*
1911-C.B.Saner
CB Saner(1911-1912)*
1912-W.R.Dowling
WR Dowling (1912-1913)*
1913-A.Richardson
A Richardson (1913-1914)*
1914-G.H.Stanley
GH Stanley (1914-1915)*
1915-J.E.Thomas
JE Thomas (1915-1916)*
1916-J.A.Wilkinson
JA Wilkinson (1916-1917)*
1917-G.Hildick-Smith
G Hildick-Smith (1917-1918)*
1918-H.S.Meyer
HS Meyer (1918-1919)*
1919-J.Gray
J Gray (1919-1920)*
1920-J.Chilton
J Chilton (1920-1921)*
1921-F.Wartenweiler
F Wartenweiler (1921-1922)*
1922-G.A.Watermeyer
GA Watermeyer (1922-1923)*
1923-F.W.Watson
FW Watson (1923-1924)*
1924-C.J.Gray
CJ Gray (1924-1925)*
1925-H.A.White
HA White (1925-1926)*
1926-H.R.Adam
HR Adam (1926-1927)*
1927-R.N.Kotze
Sir Robert Kotze (1927-1928)*
1928-J.A.Woodburn
JA Woodburn (1928-1929)*
1929-H.Pirow
H Pirow (1929-1930)*
1930-J.Henderson
J Henderson (1930-1931)*
1931-A.King
A King (1931-1932)*
1932-T.Nimmo.Dewar
V Nimmo-Dewar (1932-1933)*
1933-P.N.Lategan
PN Lategan (1933-1934)*
1934-E.C.Ranson
EC Ranson (1934-1935)*
1935-R.A.H.Flugge-DeSmidt
RA Flugge-De-Smidt (1935-1936)*
1936-T.K.Prentice
TK Prentice (1936-1937)*
1937-R.S.G.Stokes
RSG Stokes (1937-1938)*
1938-P.E.Hall
PE Hall (1938-1939)*
1939-E.H.A.Joseph
EHA Joseph (1939-1940)*
1940-J.H.Dobson
JH Dobson (1940-1941)*
1941-T.Meyer
Theo Meyer (1941-1942)*
1942-J.V.Muller
John V Muller (1942-1943)*
1943-C.Biccard.Jeppe
C Biccard Jeppe (1943-1944)*
1944-P.J.L.Bok
PJ Louis Bok
(1944-1945)*
1945-J.T.McIntyre
JT McIntyre (1945-1946)*
1946-L.Falcon
M Falcon
(1946-1947)*
1947-A.Clemes
A Clemens (1947-1948)*
1948-F.G.Hill
FG Hill (1948-1949)*
1949-O.A.E.Jackson
OAE Jackson (1949-1950)*
1950-W.E.Gooday
WE Gooday (1950-1951)*
1951-C.J.Irving
CJ Irving (1951-1952)*
1952-D.D.Stitt
DD Stitt (1952-1953)*
1953-M.C.G.Meyer
MCG Meyer (1953-1954)*
1954-L.A.Bushell
LA Bushell (1954-1955)*
1955-H.Britten
H Britten (1955-1956)*
1956-W.Bleloch
WM Bleloch (1956-1957)*
1957-H.Simon
H Simon (1957-1958)*
1958-M.Barcza
M Barcza (1958-1959)*
1959-R.J.Adamson
RJ Adamson (1959-1960)*
1960-W.S.Findlay
WS Findlay (1960-1961)*
1961-D.G.Maxwell
DG Maxwell (1961-1962)
1962-J.deV.Lambrechts
J.deV Lambrechts (1962-1963)*
1963-J.F.Reid
JF Reid (1963-1964)*
1964-D.M.Jamieson
DM Jamieson (1964-1965)*
1965-H.E.Cross
HE Cross (1965-1966)*
1966-D.Gordon.Jones
D Gordon Jones (1966-1967)*
1967-P.Lambooy
P Lambooy (1967-1968)*
1968-R.C.J.Goode
RCJ Goode (1968-1969)*
1969-J.K.E.Douglas
JKE Douglas (1969-1970)*
1970-V.C.Robinson
VC Robinson (1970-1971)*
1971-Prof.D.D.Howat
DD Howat (1971-1972)*
1972-Dr.J.P.Hugo
JP Hugo (1972-1973)
1973-P.W.J.vanRensburg
PWJ van Rensburg (1973-1974)*
1974-Prof.R.P.Plewman
RP Plewman (1974-1975)*
1975-Dr.R.E.Robinson
RE Robinson (1975-1976)
1976-Dr.M.D.G.Salamon
MDG Salamon (1976-1977)*
1977-P.A.vonWielligh
PA Von Wielligh (1977-1978)*
1978-Dr.M.C.Atmore
MG Atmore (1978-1979)*
1979-D.A.Viljoen
DA Viljoen (1979-1980)*
1980-Dr.P.R.Jochens
PR Jochens (1980-1981)*
1981-G.Y.Nisbet
GY Nisbet (1981-1982)
1982-Prof.A.N.Brown
AN Brown (1982-1983)
1983-Prof.R.P.King
RP King (1983-1984) *
1984-J.D.Austin
JD Austin (1984-1985)
1985-H.E.James
HE James (1985-1986)
1986-Dr.H.Wagner
H Wagner (1986-1987)
1987-B.C.Alberts
BC Alberts (1987-1988)
1988-C.E.Fivaz
CE Fivaz (1988-1989)
1989-Dr.O.K.H.Steffen
OKH Steffen (1989-1990)
1990-H.G.Mosenthal
HG Mosenthal (1990-1991)*
1991-R.D.Beck
RD Beck (1991-1992)
1992-J.P.Hoffman
JP Hoffman (1992-1993)
1993-H.Scott-Russell
H Scott-Russell (1993-1994)
1994-J.A.Cruise
JA Cruise (1994-1995)
1995-D.A.J.Ross-Watt
DAJ Ross-Watt (1995-1996)
1996-Dr.N.A.Barcza
NA Barcza (1996-1997)
1997-R.P.Mohring
RP Mohring (1997-1998)
1998-JR.Dixon
JR Dixon (1998-1999)
1999-MH.Rogers
MH Rogers (1999-2000)
2000-Dr.LA.Cramer
LA Cramer (2000-2001)
2001-AAB.Douglas
AAB Douglas (2001-2002)*
2002-SJ.Ramokgopa
SJ Ramokgopa (2002-2003)
2003-TR.Stacey
TR Stacey (2003-2004)
2004-FMG.Egerton
FMG Egerton (2004-2005)
2005-WH-vanNiekerk
WH van Niekerk (2005-2006)
2006-RPH.Willis
RPH Willis (2006-2007)
2007-RGB-Pickering
RGB Pickering (2007-2008)
2008-AM.Garbers-Craig
AM Garbers-Craig (2008-2009)
2009-JC.Ngoma
JC Ngoma (2009-2010)
2010-GVR.Landman
GVR Landman (2010-2011)
2011-N. vd Merwe
N van der Merwe (2011-2012)
2012-G. Smith
GL Smith (2012-2013)
2013-M. Dworzanowski
M Dworzanowski (2013-2014) 
J. Porter JL  Porter (2014-2015)
R Jones RT Jones (2015-2016)

SAIMM Council Members

ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS

V G Duke
I J Geldenhuys
Dr M F Handley
W C Joughin
Dr E Matinde
Dr M Motuku
D D Munro
Dr G Njowa
Dr S M Rupprecht
A G Smith
Prof M H Solomon
D Tudor
D J van Niekerk
A T van Zyl

PAST PRESIDENTS

Dr N A Barcza
R D Beck
J R Dixon
M Dworzanowski
H E James
Prof R T Jones
Dr G V R Landman
R G B Pickering
S J Ramokgopa
M H Rogers
D A J Ross-Watt
Prof G L Smith
Dr W H van Niekerk
R P H Willis

TPC MINING CHAIRPERSON

G R Lane

TPC METALLURGY CHAIRPERSON

Z Botha

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL COUNCIL ON TUNNELLING (SANCOT)

R Tluczek

BRANCH CHAIRPERSONS

R D Beck (Western Cape)
L E Dimbungu (Botswana)
J A Luckmann (Johannesburg)
W J Mans (Northern Cape)
S Maleba (DRC)
C W Mienie(Zululand)
Prof R J Mostert (Pretoria)
D Muma (Zambia)
N M Namate (Namibia)
S Matutu (Zimbabwe)

REPRESENTING NON-CORPORATE MEMBERS

Dr E Matinde
Dr S M Rupprecht

Young Professional Council (YPC)

YPC OFFICE BEARERS

A S Nhleko - Chairperson
K M Letsoalo - Vice Chairperson
G Dabula  - Treasurer
N Tshiongo-Makgwe - Secretary
T M Mmola – Immediate Past Chairperson

YPC COUNCIL MEMBERS

A T Chinhava
G Dabula
F Dzapasi
D E P Klenam
K M Letsoalo
L T Lumbwe
T Mahomedy
G Marape
Z Maruma
T M Mmola
M Mogalanyane
R P Molehe
S Z Ndlovu
A S Nhleko
K M Nnyenyiwa
G Nxumalo
Dr S M Rupprecht*
X N Siwela
N Tshiongo-Makgwe
F Uahengo

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