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  • Obituary - Emeritus Professor Dee Bradshaw

    Obituary - Emeritus Professor Dee Bradshaw

    Dee Bradshaw
    22 Sept 1958 to 7 June 2018

    Emeritus Professor Dee Bradshaw passed away on 7th June 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer, just a few months short of her 60th Birthday. Throughout her illness, Dee remained a leading light and inspiration to students, colleagues and professionals across the globe. A major highlight for her in 2018 was the launch of her book “Green Mining: Beyond the Myth” at the Two Ocean’s Aquarium ahead of the Annual Mining Indaba - attended by senior representatives of the Minister of the Presidency, AngloGold Ashanti and the University of Cape Town (UCT) as well as colleagues, students, friends and family. The book culminates a career of thought leadership, a passion for people and minerals in collectively addressing complex, intractable problems in society.

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  • South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

    South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

    SAMCODES Chairperson Matt Mullins was recently at the Junior Indaba, speaking to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly.

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  • Open Journal System

    DOAJThe SAIMM has adopted the Open Journal System (OJS) with the objective of optimizing the management of the paper reviewing process for the Journal.

    Paper submissions will no longer be accepted via the SAIMM Journal submission form on the SAIMM website. Only papers that are currently in the system will follow the existing reviewing process.

    You can now submit manuscripts and peer reviews online. The OJS assists you with every step of the reviewing process. Authors can also check the status of their papers online and referees will receive automated reminders for their reviews.

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From the President's Corner

  • The future of Africa is not so dark

    This month’s Journal edition celebrates the impressive research achievements of some of the 2017 graduates in the mining and metallurgical sector. However, of the eight papers that were selected from the Student Colloquium in October last year, only four were submitted for the reviewing process. Two papers were subsequently accepted for publication and two are being reworked. This is a

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  • Climate change: the impact on the mining sector

    There has recently been a lot of talk about global warming and its impact on weather patterns, i.e. climate change. A keynote address at the recent Infacon conference in Cape Town focused on climate change. Some people believe that this is all a lot of hype. Others (myself included), like the keynote speaker, believe that there is some evidence pointing

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  • Shaping the mining sector through inclusive leadership

    Two weeks ago while having my morning cup of tea, I contemplated, reflected, and marveled at the changes that have occurred in the country and the mining sector in the first six months of my term as the President of the SAIMM. I did not realize then that there was one big change around the corner. They say that a

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From the Journal Comments

  • Where will our future metallurgists come from?

    The 14th Annual SAIMM Student Colloquium 2017 was held at Mintek on 25 October 2017. This is a prestigious annual event where mining and metallurgy students at tertiary institutions can showcase results of their projects to an audience from the greater Southern Africa mining community. The top students are invited to publish their papers in a special issue of the

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  • Platinum — A Changing Industry

    G.L. Smith and R.T. Jones Co-Chairs, Organizing Committee The Seventh International Platinum Conference, entitled ‘Platinum — A Changing Industry’ was held in October 2017 at Polokwane, Limpopo Province in the heart of the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex, the world's biggest platinum-producing region. The event was held in association with the Precious Metals Development Network of the Department of Science

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Market News

  • KSB Pumps for University of Pretoria laboratory

    Professor Josua Meyer, Chairman of the School of Engineering and Head of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering of the University of Pretoria KSB Pumps and Valves has assisted the University of Pretoria in the construction of a large controlled-temperature test unit, which will form the backbone of ongoing research into heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. The impressive unit will allow

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  • Roadmap to interoperability

    How can the mining industry meet the challenges of interoperability? GMSG is building a path forward. Monday, April 9, 2018. Interoperability is a large, intricate, and complex issue that can inhibit technological advances in the international mining industry. Players hold widely different views and interpretations as to scope, content, application, and end state. Indeed, GMSG has identified interoperability as a

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Award Papers

Gold Medals
Gold medals are awarded for papers that are of a world-class standard, and judged to be publications that will become key references in their mining or metallurgical field in the future.

Silver Medals
Silver medals are awarded for papers that make a major contribution to the professions of mining and metallurgy and to the prestige of the Institute.

These Awards are presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Medal Name of Paper Author
Gold Medal 2015/2016 An economic risk evaluation approach for pit slope optimization
LF Contreras
Gold Medal 2015/2016 Sonic injection into a PGM Peirce-Smith converter: CFD modelling and industrial trials
DK Chibwe, G Akdogan, GA Bezuidenhout, JPT Kapusta,
S Bradshaw, JJ Eksteen
Gold Medal 2015/2016 Modelling of fluid flow phenomena in Peirce-Smith copper converters and analysis of combined blowing concept
DK Chibwe, G Akdogan, P Taskinen, JJ Eksteen
Silver Medal 2015/2016 Stochastic simulation for budget prediction for large surface mines in the South African mining industry
J. Hager, VSS Yadavalli, R Webber-Youngman
Silver Medal 2015/2016 Determination of mineral matter and elemental composition of individual macerals in coals from Highveld mines
RH Matjie, Z Li, CR Ward, JR Bunt, CA Strydom
Silver Medal 2015/2016 Interaction of dust with the DC plasma arc - a computational modelling investigation QG Reynolds
Silver Medal 2015/2016 Chemical wear analysis of a tap-hole on a SiMn production furnace JD Steenkamp, PC Pistorius, M Tangstad
Silver Medal 2015/2016 Insights into the potential for reduced refractory wear in silicomanganese smelters JD Steenkamp, PC Pistorius, J Muller
Silver Medal 2014/2015 Evaluation of the spatial variation of bvalue J Wesseloo
Silver Medal 2014/2015 Extending empirical evidence through numerical modelling in rock engineering design GS Esterhuizen
Silver Medal 2014/2015 Evaluation of different adsorbents for copper removal from cobalt electrolyte V Yahorava, M Kotze, D Auerswald
Gold Medal 2013/2014 Metal accounting and corporate governance PG Gaylard, NG Randolph, CMG Wortley
Gold Medal 2013/2014 Metal accounting in the platinum industry: How effective is it? PG Gaylard, NG Randolph, CMG Wortley
Silver Medal 2013/2014 Pre-mining stress model for subsurface excavations in southern Africa MF Handley
Silver Medal 2013/2014 The allocation of gold production from multiple shafts feeding a common treatment plant using run-of-mine sampling of ore deliveries HE Bartlett, L Korff, RCA Minnitt
Silver Medal 2012/2013 Simulation of time-dependent crush pillar behaviour in tabular platinum mines JAL Napier,DF Malan
Silver Medal 2012/2013 The dual-electrode DC arc furnace - modelling brush arc conditions QG Reynolds
Gold Medal 2011/2012 A risk evaluation model for support design in Bushveld Complex underground mines: Part I
WC Joughin, A Jager, E Nezomba, L Rwodzi
Gold Medal 2011/2012 A risk evaluation model for support design in Bushveld Complex underground mines:Part II WC Joughin, A Jager, E Nezomba, L Rwodzi
Silver Medal 2011/2012 Numerical computation of average pillar stress and implications for pillar design JAL Napier, DF Malan
Silver Medal 2010/2011 A comparison of limit equilibrium and numerical modelling approaches to risk analysis for open pit mining HT Chiwaye, TR Stacey
Silver Medal 2010/2011 Design of Merensky Reef crush pillars BP Watson, JS Kuijpers, TR Stacey
Gold Medal 2009/2010 A heat transfer model for high titania slag blocks H Kotz
Silver Medal 2009/2010 A Mintek perspective of the past 25 years in minerals bioleaching M Gericke, JW Neale, PJ van Staden

 

 

Guidelines for a Literature Review in a Scientific or Technical Paper

Every scientific or technical paper should contain a literature review, since a literature review makes a positive contribution to the solution of the problem. As part of the paper, written to communicate the solution of the problem, a literature review provides the researchers with guidelines for the research, while at the same time it lends credibility to the work done.

There are at least twelve good reasons - and probably many more - why a literature review should appear in a scientific or technical paper:

  1. To communicate what has been done and what has not been done in the field of interest;
  2. If the work has been done, how it was done, and the validity of the outcomes of the work;
  3. If the work has never been done, the reasons why it has never been done (e.g. impossible, lack of funding, undeveloped technologies, etc.);
  4. The literature review expands and hones the researcher’s knowledge and understanding of the field in which the research is to be done;
  5. The literature review can be used to plan the research, focus it, and determine which research methods will be viable, and which unviable;
  6. Writing up the literature survey gives the researcher an opportunity to organise his/her thoughts about the research, and including it in the final paper helps the reader to understand why the research was undertaken;
  7. The literature review can be used to convey to the reader exactly what is to be undertaken in the project, with its findings providing the appropriate justifications and framework for the planned research;
  8. A good literature review will add authoritative backing to the research;
  9. Without guidelines provided by the literature review, researchers may drift toward preconceived conclusions;
  10. A literature review will help to dispel preconceived ideas and perceptions, widely held opinions, or myths;
  11. A literature review will often provide case studies that can be used to either guide or support findings;
  12. The literature survey indicates to the reader that the author or authors are well informed on the research topic, which will lend credence to their research and conclusions.

Every literature review should contain some or all of the following, not necessarily in the order given here:

  1. Problem identification;
  2. Broad description of papers or work that has been done on this or similar problems. This is an introductory “survey of the scene as a whole”, to help the reader understand exactly what the author or authors are aiming to do, and it should only be written once the literature review is almost complete;
  3. Specific references to relevant papers and comment on their contents that proved to be of assistance to the research;
  4. Collation of all ideas expressed by the authors of the selected papers considered to be relevant to the problem;
  5. Selection of idea/methodology that shows the greatest potential to help resolve the problem;
  6. If a method exists, then the framework for solving the problem at hand is automatically outlined, and should be set out in some detail in the literature review with appropriate references to the research work in which the methodology had been previously employed;
  7. If no method exists, then select, giving reasons, one or more methodologies that may be applicable to the problem, and then use these to develop a framework for the proposed project;
  8. Conclude with a brief description of the project design and methodology derived from the literature review.

Although not the purpose of a literature review, it can be critical of work that has already been done and communicated, and it can be used to identify and discuss areas of controversy. In summary, the ultimate goal of a literature review is to identify areas that need further research.

 

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