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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: http://saimmjournal.co.za/

     

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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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Sulphuric Acid 2017

In this video Johan Potgieter (MECS) and Loren Pearson (DuPont) tell us more about the companies they are representing at the 6th Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid 2017 Conference and how they are involved in the sulphur and sulphuric acid industry.
#SAIMM #SSA2017 #MECS #DuPont
 

Randall Stanfill from Weir Group tells us more about Lewis Pumps - the world standard for vertical pumps, acid valves and alloys used in sulphuric acid applications.
#SAIMM #SSA2017
 

AWS Corporation, based in Northern Italy, distribute high quality solutions for a wide range of application in the Sulfuric Acid industry. Click on the video for more information.
#SAIMM #SSA2017 #AWS #Sulphur #SulphuricAcid
 

This is the first year Clark Solutions is at the Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid Conference. In this video Victor Sturm, Process Engineer for the company, tells us more about #ClarkSolutions and what they do.
#SAIMM #SSA2017
 

Outotec makes sustainable use of Earth's natural resources. At the 6th Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid 2017 Conference they are presenting their sulphuric acid technology. Angie Voges tells us more.
#SAIMM #SSA2017 #Sulphur #SulphuricAcid #SulphuricTechnology #Outotec
 

BASF is the global leader in catalysis. Here to represent them at the 6th Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid 2017 Conference is Saul Colley and Dirk Hensel. Click on the video for more information.
#SAIMM #SSA2017 #Sulphur #SulphuricAcid#Catalysts #BASF
 

Freda Gordon, co-founder of Acuity Commodities, is very excited to be at her first Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid Conference! Click on the video to found out more about her and her company. #SAIMM #SSA2017 #SulphurConference#SulphurMarkets #AcuityCommodities
 

This is Casper Frandsen's fourth conference! Today he delivered a workshop on 'Cost-efficient catalyst solutions - real-life case stories' at the 6th Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid 2017 Conference. This workshop was sponsored by Haldor Topsøe Group.
#SAIMM #SulphurConference #HaldorTopsoe#Catalyst
 
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3rd Young Professionals Conference 2017

Selo Ndlovu, President elect of SAIMM, tells us more about the Young Professionals Conference that took place on 9 and 10 March at the The Innovation Hub.

She discusses the importance of empowering young professionals, the mining industry as a whole and provides us with a summary of the research discussed.

 

Mosima Matlhwana is a student at Wits - University of the Witwatersrand. We checked in with her at the recent #YPC2017 where she told us more about her research, the importance of conferencing and networking with other young professionals.

 

SAMCODES is the institution for professional reporting practices. Ms Marshall from Explorations Limited stopped by for a discussion on the influence of social media in reporting practices. She highlights both the advantages and the dangers - have a look below!

 

Attending the #YPC2017, is Foibe Uahengo from the Namibia University of Science and Technology - NUST. In the video below she shares some of her expectations of the conference, the importance of conferencing and why young entrepreneurs should contribute to events such as this.

 

Thabile Makgala is the Head of Technical Services at South Deep Gold Mine. She is in attendance at the SAIM #YPC2017. In the video she elaborates on being a female in the mining industry and the importance of conferencing.

 

Martin Sitefane from #Mintek talking to us about the #SAIMM #YoungProfessionals conference.

 

Sihe Nhleko, chairperson of the committee of the #YoungProfessionals conference, gives an overview of the #YPC2017 turn out and the diverse material presented by all the speakers. #SAIMM #mining

 

Brandon Okhuis shares how he experienced the #YoungProfessionals conference and how he benefitted from it. "I believe a conference like the #YPC2017 is a necessity, because you are exposed to what other universities are doing in terms of student output."

 

Graham Roberts from Redpath mining talks about Redpath's role in the #SAIMM #YoungProfessionals conference. He emphasizes the importance to remain up to date with technological progress within their business. "We at Redpath, look for the right people for us, those who are enthusiastic and full of energy." #YPC #Redpath

 

Prof. C. Musingwini, President SAIMM
Professor C. Musingwini, president of SAIMM, gives an overview of the #SAIMM #YoungProfessionals conference and its objective for young professionals and people in the mining sector. #YPC #Redpath #leaders #mining

 

Davis Cook on the #SAIMM #YoungProfessionals conference. "It's important for the leader generation within mining to build a relationship wih each other, and I think this gives them the opportunity to start creating that network as they take on a new career in mining." #YPC #redpath #mining

 

UJ lecturer, Mbali Mpanza talks about the #YoungProfessionals conference as an opportunity and platform for young professionals to showcase their work.

 

Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane talks about the #SAIMM #YoungProfessionals conference as an opportunity for learning and networking.

 

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New technology and innovation in the Minerals Industry Colloquium 2016

Alan Fenelon from Minetec talks safety in mining, the industry at large, and Minetec's product offering. By tracking assets in real-time, Fenelon's product offers the industry a competitive advantage.

 

We caught up with Alistair MacFarlane from Tomahee at the SAIMM2016 New technology and Innovation Colloquium.

As the conference was drawing to a close, Alistair shared his satisfaction with the proceeding as a whole. The conference was well attended with several thought leaders presenting some innovative research

 

We checked in with Lorrance Ngwenyama, from University of Pretoria. Overall, he was impressed by the groundbreaking innovation discussed in today's proceedings. He will also be presenting tomorrow and looks forward to sharing his research with the rest of the delegation.

 

Wrapping up the final session at #SAIMM2016, we had a chat with Katlego M Letsoalo from the Chamber of Mines South Africa.

He shares his thoughts on the day's activities and gives us the low down on the Phakisa project that is currently underway.

 

Frik Fourie, the head of business improvement for Anglo American Platinum, spoke to us about the mining industry and the importance of innovation in this sector.

 

Dr Gargi Mishra from Mining Innovation(www.mininginnovation.co.za) shares her thoughts on the #SAIMM2016 conference, the future of mining and innovation in general.

 

New Concept Mining is a roof support supplying company, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. We had a chat with Brendan Crompton, their marketing director, about their participation at #SAIMM2016 and the company's dedication to developing new and innovative products.

 

Ian Palmer from AARD Mining talking about his 100% South African company and the innovations they're bringing to fruition.

 

Bongi Ntsoelengoe, from Sishen Iron Ore Company Pty. Ltd., talks technology strategy, company strategy and the role of communication in the industry.

 

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Hydrometallurgy 2016 Conference

View the manager of the hydrometallurgy section at Outotec, Marc Nicolle, discussing their company and its role in the sector.

 

Alejandro Lillo from Metalex shares his company's passion for #sustainable innovation.

 

Professor Bhargava, from RMIT University, captivated delegates at #SAIMM2016 this morning with his talk on how we can get more from less for more in this ongoing crisis of the mining sector around the globe.

He explains his passion for education, elaborates on his own research and also tells us about his visit to South Africa and the guest lecture that he will be presenting at the University of Cape Town.

 

#SAIMM2016 features a wide range of exhibitors. One of these are the mineral processing company, #Cidra.

Applications Technician, Travis Felix, explains the company's activities and discusses their participation at SAIMM's conference on #hydrometallurgy.

 

Doris Oke from Wits - University of the Witwatersrand presented her Masters degree research yesterday at the SAIMM Hydrometallurgy 2016.

She discusses her presentation, her new #research and the importance of conferencing.

 

In attendance at SAIMM Hydrometallurgy 2016 Conference is Dr Bazhko from Mintek. She is a specialist in the hydrometallurgy field.

In the clip, she discusses her attendance at the conference and the nature of her research.

 

John Robinson from Total discussing his company's involvement at the Hydrometallurgy 2016 Conference and the industry as a whole.

 

Ricardo Lasnibat is a masters student from Universidad Católica del Norte. He presented his research this morning at the SAIMM Hydrometallurgy 2016 Conference.

 

Xolisa Camagu Goso delivered a presentation on his research this morning. Employed in #pyrometallurgy, he is attending his third #SAIMM conference this year.

He discusses his industry, his attendance at the conference and the importance of conferencing.

 

In our first keynote address of the day, K. Osseo-Asare from Penn State University in the USA delivered his presentation on the fundamentals of hydrometallurgy. This included talks on the sector on all levels: solids, solutions and #nanoscience.

 

We checked in with F Crundwell from CM Solutions after his keynote address at the SAIMM Hydrometallurgy 2016 Conference.

He elaborates on the conference and his own research.

 

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