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  • Joburgtv Interview at the Women in Mining Breakfast

    Joburgtv for captured some of the highlights of the Women in Mining Breakfast which was hosted by Women in Mining South Africa and SAIMM at WorleyParsonsTWP on 13 February 2018. View the video to see what Prof Selo Ndlovu, Petro Du Pisani, Zelmia Botha, Anniekie Mpherwane, Tshepiso Ndlovu, Refentse Fensi Molehe and Marinda Hawthorn had to say about the event.

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  • Writing NI 43-101 Technical Reports for the TSX

    It has come to our attention that Members of the SAIMM and both Members and Fellows of the GSSA are not on the current list of Acceptable Foreign Associations and Membership Designations in Appendix A of Companion Policy 43-101CP which is part of NI 43-101.

    This means that no Member of SAIMM and no Member/Fellow of GSSA can use their SAIMM/GSSA registration to compile NI 43-101 documents for the Toronto Stock Exchange.  This does not affect any geoscientist who is registered with SACNASP.  Neither does it affect engineers registered with ECSA or who are Fellows of SAIMM.  This will, primarily, affect GSSA members living/working outside of South Africa, who are not registered with SACNASP.

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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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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

  • Anglo American’s renewed partnership with Vuka Marine is a boon for South Africa’s maritime industry

    Thursday, 08 March 2018 - Anglo American renewed its various ocean freight contracts with Vuka Marine, a joint venture between Via Maritime Holdings of South Africa and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (“K” Line) of Japan. Under these freight contracts, Anglo American transports bulk iron ore and coal products to its customers around the world. Vuka Marine operates two capesize bulkers—the Cape Enterprise

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  • PRESS RELEASE: Excavators ready to boost economy

      Rhett O’Neill of ELB Equipment      A large shipment of Sumitomo excavators has arrived in South Africa in anticipation of future growth of the economy ELB Equipment is aggressively gearing its excavator offering to meet an anticipated demand upsurge as the economy turns upwards. “Excavators are at the heart of any construction or mining operation and their availability is

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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

SAIMM member access to the Technical Library

As part of our ongoing value-add to members the SAIMM Council agreed to renew the agreement with the Technical Library, which would give members free access to a number of services, as well as discounted rates for others. The services and costs, where applicable, are listed in the table below.

Please note that if you registered in 2017 you are required to complete a new Client Agreement Form for 2018.

Once the form has been completed and submitted it will automatically be returned to Debbie Lievaart at the Technical Library, who will contact you with regard to your requirements.

If you have any further questions you may contact Debbie on 011 498 7648 or e-mail her at

Access to catalogue (on request) Free
Monthly bulletin Free

Items supplied from library collection
Bulletin Articles
Journal Articles
Conference Papers
Chapter Books

10 items per month free, thereafter R56.00 per item to a maximum of 20 items per month

In-depth enquiries

R335.00 per half hour
Books on loan R112.00 per book
Inter-library loans – National R112.00 per book

Please fill in the form below to submit your application



1. This agreement is entered into between the TECHNICAL LIBRARY and the undersigned Institute Member.
2. The Institute Member hereby indemnifies the Technical Library and/or the appointed legal representatives and/or its owners, employees and/or Agents against any claim whatsoever which may be made in respect of any loss, damages, death or other injury arising out of any activity carried out by the Technical Library, save where such loss, damages, death or injury arises as a result of the negligence and/or wilful misconduct of such persons.
3. The Institute Member is liable for payment of the Technical Library’s account directly to the Technical Library.
4. The Technical Library charges for any and all services according to the following table:

Access to catalogue (on request) Free
Monthly bulletin Free

Items supplied from library collection
Bulletin Articles
Journal Articles
Conference Papers
Chapter Books

10 items per month free, thereafter R56.00 per item to a maximum of 20 items per month

In-depth enquiries

R335.00 per half hour
Books on loan R112.00 per book
Inter-library loans – National R112.00 per book

5. ADDITIONAL SERVICES The Technical Library provides additional discounted service, for a fee of R275.00 per month.
The additional services include:

One free in-depth enquiry per month
R50.00 per book on loan

6. The Technical Library is a VAT Vendor. All fees listed above are exclusive of VAT. The Technical Library shall charge VAT on all fees.

7. The fees listed above shall increase each year, according to the Consumer Price Index.

8 The account to be paid at the offices of the Technical Library upon receipt of invoice,

9. Any notice which may or must be given to the Institute Member may be addressed to the Institute Member at the home address mentioned above, which address is selected as the Institute Member’s domicilium citandi et executandi, for all notices and processes served in terms of this document.

10 Any notice which may or must be given to the Technical Library may be addressed to the Technical Library at Chamber of Mines Building, 7th Floor, 5 Hollard Street Johannesburg, which address is selected as the Technical Library’s domicilium citandi et executandi for all notices and processes served in terms of this document.

11. The Institute Member undertakes to advise the Technical Library in writing of any change of contact details. Should the Institute Member fail to notify the Technical Library all notices served at the address mentioned above will be deemed to have been properly served.

12. The Technical Library shall be entitled to charge interest at the rate of 15,5 % per annum on any overdue accounts from the day they become due. Should the Technical Library decide not to charge interest, this decision shall not constitute a waiver of this clause.

13. In the instance of the Institute Member being a Legal Entity, the Representative above hereby binds him/herself jointly and severally in favour of the Technical Library as surety for and co-principal debtor in solidum with the Institute Member for the due payment of every sum of money which may now or at any time hereafter be or become owing by the Debtor to the Creditor from whatsoever cause or causes arising, and for the due performance of every other obligation, howsoever arising, which the Institute Member may now or at any time hereafter be or become bound to perform in favour of the Technical Library and renounce the benefits of the legal exceptions "excussion", "division", "cession of action", "non causa debiti", "no value received", "revision of accounts" and "de duobus vel pluribus reis debendi", with the full meaning and effects whereof I declare myself to be acquainted.

14. In the event that the Technical Library institute legal action against the Institute Member, in the event of an outstanding account, the Institute Member agrees that a statement of the Technical Library shall suffice as proof of the claim and the Institute Member renounce the benefits of having the account taxed. The Institute Member agrees to be liable for costs of proceedings to be calculated on an attorney and client scale.

15. The Institute Member agrees that the whole cause of this agreement and all incidental aspects thereof arose within district’s jurisdiction where this agreement is signed.

16. The Institute Member agrees that the Technical Library, or its representatives, may attend to any necessary ITC and/or Credit checks on the Institute Member and the signing of this document constitutes consent.

17. This Agreement replaces any older agreement between the parties and supersedes any other agreement entered into between the parties on the same date this agreement is entered into, this agreement further constitutes the sole and entire agreement between the parties, and no warranties, representations, guarantees or other terms and conditions of whatsoever nature not contained herein shall be of any force or effect unless a later similar agreement entered into between the parties in writing and signed by both parties.

18. Electronic submission (in the form of a data message) of this agreement confirms that the Institute Member has read, understood and accepts the terms and conditions of this agreement. The Institute Member’s intent to be bound by this agreement can be inferred by the electronic submission of this agreement, in the absence of a signature/electronic signature.

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SAIMM Terms and Conditions


SAIMM is a professional membership institute in the minerals industry that provides a technical and membership service to its members, organises conferences and offers journal subscriptions services to non-members.


Subject to availability and receipt of payment, requests will be processed between 7 and 30 days (depending on thetype of service requested) and delivery confirmed by way email.


The provision of goods and services by SAIMM is subject to availability. In cases of unavailability, SAIMM will refund the client in full within 30 days.

Cancellation of orders by the client will attract a 10% administration fee.


SAIMM shall take all reasonable steps to protect the personal information of users. For the purpose of this clause, "personal information" shall be defined as detailed in the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA). The PAIA may be downloaded from:


Payment may be made via Visa, MasterCard, Diners or American Express credit cards or by bank transfer into the SAIMM bank account, the details of which will be provided on request


Credit card transactions will be acquired for SAIMM via PayGate (Pty) Ltd who are the approved payment gateway for all South African Acquiring Banks.

PayGate uses the strictest form of encryption, namely Secure Socket Layer 3 (SSL3) and no credit card details are stored on the website. Users may go to to view their security certificate and security policy.


Customer details will be stored by SAIMM separately from card details which are entered by the client on PayGate’s secure site. For more detail on PayGate refer to


The merchant outlet country at the time of presenting payment options to the cardholder is South Africa. Transaction currency is South African Rand (ZAR).


SAIMM takes responsibility for all aspects relating to the transaction including sale of goods and services sold on this website, customer service and support, dispute resolution and delivery of goods.


This website is governed by the laws of South Africa and SAIMM chooses as its domicilium citandi et executandi Fifth Floor, Chamber of Mines Building, 5 Hollard Street, Johannesburg, 2001 for all purposes under this agreement, whether in respect of court process, notice, or other documents or communication of whatsoever nature.


SAIMM may, in its sole discretion, change this agreement or any part thereof at any time without notice.


This website is run by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (a non-profit organisation) based in South Africa trading as SAIMM. As an NPO it does not have a company registration number and does not have Directors/Members/Owners.


Email: or
Telephone +27 11 834 1273/4/5/6/7

Proposed changes to the SAIMM Constitution

The Council of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy would like to suggest the following proposed changes to the SAIMM Constitution.

The proposed changes is to be considered at a Special General Meeting to be held prior to the SAIMM AGM on the 15th of August 2012 at 15:30.