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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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  • Promoting the SAMCODES Way in Kazakhstan

    minexSAMCODES Standards Committee (SSC) Chair Matt Mullins attended the Minex Central Asia Forum which took place in Astana, Kazakhstan. On Wednesday 18th April 2018 he delivered a presentation on Global Mineral Resource and Valuation Reporting Standards.

    With Kazakhstan being the newest member of the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO), Matt discussed the Evolution, Convergence, and Effectiveness of reporting codes both in South Africa and globally. There was particular focus on the current organisation and effectiveness of the SSC.

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From the President's Corner

  • 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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  • Education for careers that do not yet exist

    Universities have opened their doors for the new academic year, welcoming both the old and the new students. Every year there is an increase in demand for university places as young people look into acquiring a tertiary education as a means of securing and empowering their future. Following the newly announced free education dispensation by the South African government, university

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From the Journal Comments

  • 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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  • AfriRock 2017

    This edition of the Journal is dedicated to AfriRock 2017, the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) International Symposium for 2017, which was held at the International Convention Centre in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa from 3 to 5 October 2017. This is the first conference of that name and the first African-hosted ISRM International Symposium since

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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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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