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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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  • SAIMM Banquet 2018

  • 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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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

  • 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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  • Call for participation in ISO Standards Development for Collision Avoidance and Emergency Remote Stop

    We are requesting assistance regarding standards that are being developed for Collision Awareness and Avoidance, and Emergency Remote Stop. These standards development projects are being developed through an established Joint Working Group under ISO TC 127 (i.e. TC127 Joint Working Group 22 (JWG22). This is a joint working group of TC127 Earth Moving Machinery (the international committee for mobile surface

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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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Telephone numbers are available as a logged in SAIMM Web User.

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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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