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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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Theodore Henry Christian PEGRAM

Pegram THCPosition
Owner/Director—Theo Pegram & Associations (Pty) Ltd a mining consultancy providing Outsourced Geological and Mine Technical Services

Date and place of birth
19 May 1965, Prieska — Northern Cape, South Africa

Qualifications
BSc (Hons) (Geology) — University of the Witwatersrand
BSc (Geology) — University of the Western Cape
GDE (Mining Engineering) — University of the Witwatersrand
Advanced Management Programme (AMP) — Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria

What contribution do you see yourself making to the SAIMM and Council?:
I have decided to avail myself to be of service and ‘plough back’. While I have no specific area in mind, I would be happy to add value where I can. I have past experience in participating on SAIMM conference organising committees, specifically the International Platinum Conference and would readily avail myself to similar functions, or in representing the SAIMM as a fellow on any Governance structures such as Ethics Committee for instance, where adjudication may be required in respect of compliance to Reporting Codes, or Oversight Committee for technical reviews to dispute resolution, etc.

Interactions/activities that you currently participate in within the SAIMM (if applicable):
I have no active involvement in the matters of the SAIMM or other professional bodies presently,
as a result of a conscious decision to withdraw from participation on industry Bodies three
years ago in order to focus on growing the Business

Brief career history:
I started my career as a Mine Geologist at Randfontein Estates Gold Mine (JCI) in 1988, progressed through the ranks and transferred as Senior Geologist to South Deep Project in 1994, where I later promoted into sequential roles as Chief Geologist, Manager Geology and Technical Services Superintendent until retrenchment in 2004. I then joined Goldfields Limited as Mineral Resources Manager at Kloof Gold Mine and resigned in 2005 to join Anglo Platinum at their Head Office as Head of Mine Geological Services and a short stint as Head of MRM Integration & Systems before taking a voluntary separation in 2009, after which I started TP&A and we have grown to Company as a multi-commodity technical services provider locally in South Africa, but also in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Turkey, Iran and Mauritania, in the process creating employment for an employee base of 50 people, as at May 2014.