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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 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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  • Singing the praises of our SAIMM members

    I would like to welcome you all to the new 2017/2018 term of the SAIMM. I hope you are all as excited as I am about what lies ahead. I am greatly looking forward to spending the next twelve months with you as we discuss and delve into different topics that interest us as members of this marvellous Institute. As

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From the Journal Comments

  • 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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  • The 6th Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid Conference

    The 6th biennial Sulphuric Acid Conference and Workshop was held in Cape Town between 9 and 11 May 2017. Approximately 90 delegates attended with regional representation from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and the DRC and from further afield with delegates from Germany, the USA, UK, The Netherlands, Canada, and Denmark. Delegates representing plant operations management, technical experts, traders, transporters, and

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Market News

  • Preventative maintenance: key to productivity and sustainability

    Operations within the mining, petrochemical, construction, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries that use compressed air equipment are confronted with numerous hazards daily, often resulting in varying degrees of injuries and in some cases fatalities. Although there are a number of underlying causes of these accidents - improper maintained air compressors is one of the common causes of equipment-related injuries. In

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The Symposium Series

S1   Mathematical Statistics and Computer Applications in Ole Valuation (1966)

S2   Planning Open Pit Mines (1970) (4th imp ) Edited by P W J van Rensburg

S3   Application of Computer Methods in the Mineral Industry (APCOM 1973) Edited by M D G Salamon

S4   Infacon 1974 Edited by H W Glen

S5   Proceedings of the 12th CMMI Congress 2 volumes (1982) Edited by HW Glen

S6   Rockbursts and Seismicity in Mines (1984) Edited by N C Gay and E H Wainwright

S7   The Planning and Operation of Open Pit and Strip Mines (1986) Edited by I P Deetlefs

S8   GOLD 100: Proceedings of the International Conference on Gold (1986)
Volume 1: Gold Mining Technology Edited by H Wagnei and R P King
Volume 2: Extractive Metallurgy of Gold Edited by C E Fivaz and R P King
Volume 3: Industrial Uses of Gold Edited by G Gafner and R P King

S9   APCOM 87: Proceedings of the Twentieth International Symposium on the
Application of Computers and Mathematics in the Mineral Industries (1987)

Volume 1: Mining Edited by L Wade, R W 0 Keisten and I R Culland
Volume 2: Metallurgy Edited by R P King and I J Barkci
Volume 3: Geostatistics Edited by I C Lemmer H Schaum and F A G M Camisani-Calzolaii

S 10  International Deep Mining Conference (1990)
Volume 1: Innovations in Metallurgical Plant Edited by G A Brown and P Smith and Application of Materials Engineering in                        the Mining Industly Edited by B Metcaife
Volume 2; Technical Challenges in Deep Level Mining Edited by D A I Ross-Watt and P D K Robinson

S11  Infacon 6 (Incorporating Incsac) (1992) EditedbyHW Glen

S12  Massmin 92 Edited by H W Glen (out of pliat)

S13  Mineflll 93 Edited by H W Glen

S14  XVth CMMI Congress Publications (1994)
Volume 1: Mining Edited by H W Glen
Volume 2: Metals Technology and Extractive Metallurgy (1994) Edited by H W Glen

S15 Sur face Mining 1996 Edited by H W Glen

S16 Hidden Wealth (1996) EditedbyHW GJen

S17 Heavy Minerals 1997 Edited by R E Robinson

S18 The 8th International Platinum Symposium (1998)

S19 Mining in Africa'98

S20  Extraction Metallurgy Africa '98

S21  Sixth International Symposium for Rock Fragmentation by Blasting (1999)

S22  Metallurgy Africa '99

S23   Heavy Minerals 1999 Edited by R G Stimson

S24   Tunnels under Pressure Technical Edited by I R Stacey

S25    Mine Hoisting 2000

S26    Coal -The Future (2000)

S27    The Fifth International Symposium on Rockburst and Seismicity in Mines (RaSiin 5) (2001)

S28    6th International Symposium on Mine Mechanization and Automation (2001)

S29     XIV International Coal Preparation Congress and Exhibition

S30     Surface Mining 2002—Modern Developments for the New Millennium

S31     IFSA 2002, Industrial Fluidization South Africa

S31A   APCOM 2003—Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Minerals Industries

S32     ISSA/Chamber of Mines Conference—Mines and Quarries: Prevention of Occupational Injury and Disease

S33     ISRM— Technology Roadmap for Rock Mechanics

S34     Heavy Minerals Conference 2003

S35     Safety in Mines Research Institutes (2003)

S36    VII International Conference on Molten Slags, Fluxes & Salts (2004)
Tenth International Ferroalloys Congress INFACONX 2004


S37    Deep and high stress mining 2004

S38    'Platinum adding value' 2004

S39    Base Metals—Southern Africa's response to changing global base metals market dynamics 2005

S40    Strategic versus Tactical approaches in mining 2005

S41    Best practices in rock engineering SARES 2005

S42    IFSA 2005 (Mintek)

S43    Southern African Pyrometallurgy 2006 International Conference

S44    Stability of rock slopes in open pit mining and civil engineering situations

S45    'Platinum Surges Ahead' 2006

S46    Hydraulic Transport of Solids - Hydrotransport 17 (2007)

S47    Fourth Southern Afr ican Base Metals Conference 'Africa's base metals resurgence'

S48    Heavy Minerals Conference, 2007

S49    Cave Mining Conference, 2007

S50    International Symposium on Lead and Zinc processing - Lead & Zinc 2008

The Monograph Series

MI   Lognormal-De Wrjsian Geostatistics for Ore Evaluation
(2nd ed 1981) DGKiige

M2  An Introduction to Geostatistical Methods of Mineral Evaluation
(2nd ed 1981)1-MM Rendu

M3  Principles of Flotation
(1982) (3rd imp 1986) Edited by R P. King

M4  Increased Under ground Extr action of Coal
(1982) Edited by C I. Fauconrnei and R W 0 Kersten

M5  Rock Mechanics in Mining Practice
(1983)(3idimp 1986) Edited by S Budavaii

M6  Assay and Analytical Practice in the South African Mining Industry
(1986) WC LenahanandR de L Murray-Smith

M7  The Extractive Metallurgy of Gold in South Africa,
2 volumes (1987) Edited by G G Stanley

M8  Mineral and Metal Extraction — An Overview
(1994) LC Woollacott and R H Eiic

M9  Rock Fracture and Rockbursts—an illustrative study
(1997) Edited by WD Oitlepp