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  • Report Calls for Open Standard for 3D Applications in Mining Industry

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    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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  • Reliability Best practices and Benchmarking Survey: Please share your views

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    You are invited to participate in a survey focused on prioritizing collaboration around Reliability Best Practices and Benchmarking. If you’re not the correct person within your organization, please pass this invitation to the appropriate person. Survey deadline is October 31.

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From the President's Corner

  • 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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  • 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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From the Journal Comments

  • Advanced Metals Initiative (AMI)

    It is with great pleasure that we once again present the annual conference of the Advanced Metals Initiative (AMI). The AMI was established jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the science councils, namely, Mintek, NECSA and the CSIR and has received generous funding from the DST since 2003. The principal objective of the AMI is to

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  • 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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SAIMM Scholarship Trust Fund

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy established a Scholarship Trust Fund for students registered for Mining and Metallurgy at South African tertiary educational Institutions in 2003. The goal of the Fund is ʻto ensure that no deserving, prospective student or student with potential is denied the opportunity to have a career in the minerals and metals industry as a technically qualified graduate in mining, metallurgy or minerals processing, because of a shortage of financeʼ. The Fund does not endeavour to fully support a small number of students but rather to provide some assistance to a greater number of needy students who depend on personal or family funds for their educational needs. This hopefully assists in attracting and retaining promising students in mining and metallurgy and not losing them to less costly educational options.

The Fund is dependent on contributions from individual members, corporate members and to a large extent the SAIMM itself. I appeal to you to encourage fellow members, colleagues, friends, family, and your employers to generously support the Scholarship Trust Fund.

The Scholarship Trust Fund is a registered Public Benefit Organisation and all donations are fully tax deductible. The Fund operates as a Trust fund under the administration of the SAIMM. The distributed funds are used for the specific benefit of deserving students in their early years (1st or 2nd year) of Mining and/or Metallurgical study. Thus these funds reward good study habits and assist young students to spend more of their efforts at study rather than at attempting to earn money to make ends meet and make it possible for the financially stretched students to
remain in their chosen discipline of study even though they have not yet been awarded a company bursary.

Company bursaries are seldom awarded until at least the second year of study and then not all students will receive a bursary. The SAIMMʼs Scholarship Trust Fund supports the following institutions; UCT Chemical Engineering (Minerals Processing Option), Stellenbosch Chemical Engineering (MPO), Pretoria University Mining and Metallurgical Depts., Witwatersrand University Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Depts., and the University of Johannesburg Mining and Metallurgy Depts. Each department submits an annual report that details the use of the disbursed funds to the Trustees for their perusal and feedback.

I appeal to you to make an annual donation to such a worthy cause.

The Fund has its own bank account and it is possible to make contributions via EFTʼs. The details are:

First National Bank: SAIMM Scholarship Trust Fund
Branch number : 251705
Account number: 62227511286

All of us who work in the mining industry benefit from the quality and quantity of graduates in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering. In the future these people will drive the industry and through their innovation keep the industry as a vigorous and productive segment of the South African economy.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Roger Dixon
Chairperson—SAIMM Scholarship Fund

SAIMM Mentoring Programme

What is Mentoring?

What is a Mentor?
The broad definition is this: an experienced person who goes out of his/her way to help a mentee set important life goals and develop the skills to reach them. An informal mentor provides coaching, listening, advice, sounding board reactions, or other help in an unstructured, casual manner. A formal or enhanced informal mentor agrees to an ongoing, planned partnership that focuses on helping the mentee reach specific goals over a designated period.

How do I become a Mentee?

We suggest that you start by reading articles to do with personal vision and development plans. Take an hour or two to work through the exercises there. They'll help you clarify your goals and the kind of help you want.
Here's a brief outline to guide you:

  • Reframe your own role and responsibilities
  • Identify what - then whom - you need
  • Evaluate yourself as a prospective mentee
  • Identify potential mentors
  • Prepare to approach your potential mentors
  • Approach your potential mentors

In a nutshell, make it easy for someone to help you. Know what it is you want and be specific when you make your request. Take responsibility for your development. Have realistic expectations of others and be sure to express your appreciation for any help you receive.

It's unlikely that one person can provide all the help you need, so look for several individuals who might each play a part. Service and professional organizations are full of individuals with varied interests and expertise. They can also be a wonderful source of assistance.

Make sure you're well prepared before you make the contacts (and be thinking of ways you might be able to offer assistance in exchange for the help).

Code of Ethics for Mentors and Mentees

Code of ethics for mentors and mentees. Mentors/mentees must adhere to the following ethical principles:

  • Maintain strict confidentiality on all aspects of the mentor-mentee relationship and will only divulge information pertaining to the mentor/mentee or the relationship if express permission to do so is given by the mentor/mentee.
  • Refrain from discussing the mentor/mentee with any third party.
  • Activities designed to lure a mentee away from the latter's current place of employment or to undertake any related activities are forbidden.
  • All interaction between the mentor and the mentee should be at a professional level and thus, mentor/mentee should not exploit the mentoring relationship for any personal gain to the mentor/mentee.
  • Mentors should be sensitive to racial and gender differences and should, accordingly treat all mentees equitably.
  • Mentors should distance themselves from any possible issues of conflict between companies in relation to mentees.

Mentor Criteria

The overriding criterion is that mentors must want to be mentors (i.e. a genuine interest in “growing” others) and that this desire is primarily for the benefit of the mentee and not for any other ulterior motives. In addition, the mentor must:

  • Be a person of standing in the mining or related industries with demonstrable levels of wisdom, experience, knowledge and expertise to which peers can attest
  • Be prepared to offer up adequate time to the people he/she is mentoring
  • Be trustworthy, reliable and ethical
  • Have sound interpersonal skills
  • Have a broad personal network (of people in the Mining Industry mainly)
  • Be a person who sets high personal standards.

Mentoring Privacy

During the Mentoring programme registration process you will be required to enter contact details and experience information into a brief CV. The Mentor CV information is only visible to Mentees and Mentee's to Mentors. Furthermore it is possible to partake in the Mentoring programme without revealing yourself at all to any other participants. Three options are available to control your participation and visibility in the Mentoring programme:

  • Available: Says to other participants in the Mentoring programme that you are available to start an active Mentoring session. This option could be used by a Mentor to indicate he has a full quota of Mentees, or he is currently involved with another project, or he is on vacation.
  • Contactable: Controls whether or not your contact details, are available from the website. If they are a "direct email" link is available.
  • Viewable: Allows participation in the Mentoring program, but without your name or CV information available to others. In this state you would have to email / fax / post your CV information to a Mentoring partner as it will not be available from the Mentoring site.

How to Register for Mentoring

Please note you must be a registered and logged in as a "SAIMM Web User" to be able to register for the SAIMM Mentoring Programme. Once you have register for the Mentoring Programme, you can proceed directly to step 14 for future Mentoring logins. Please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Quick registration form and press Submit registration.
  2. The administration person will add the successful applicant to the mentor data base and inform the candidate about the login details.
  3. The candidate can login into the data base and should confirm personal details. The candidate can start with the mentoring process.
  4. For any assistance contact the adminstration person, Sam Moolla