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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:


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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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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