The SAIMM is a professional institute with local and international links aimed at assisting members source information about technological developments in the mining, metallurgical and related sectors.
twitter1 facebook1 linkedin logo
 

News

Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA)

On the 3rd of February 2017 the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA), which is made up of the AusIMM, CIM, IOM3, SME, IIMP and the SAIMM met in Somerset West, Western Cape for their annual meeting. During the meeting the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed.The MoU can be viewed here.

The GMPA member institutes take a leadership role in the pursuit and continuing development of best practice professionalism in the minerals industries. Areas of focus include science, engineering, mineral processing, environmental stewardship, community engagement and mineral economics and finance. For more information regarding the GMPA visit http://www.saimm.co.za/other-organisations/gmpa

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) selects a photograph taken by Isabel J. Geldenhuys as the cover photo for the February 2017 JOM Journal: JOM, Vol. 69, Issue 2

Geldenhuyspic2‘I joined Mintek in 1996 as a recent chemical engineering graduate and started a journey of amazing discovery, namely the world of pyrometallurgy. While watching my first pilot furnace being tapped in 1996, a spark was ignited and I fell in love with the bubbling cauldron we call furnaces. In the February issue of JOM, I was privileged that my review paper on practical perspectives of DC smelting was accepted for publication. The paper reflects on the lessons learnt during my 20 years of operating DC furnaces. In my paper I featured a favourite photograph I took in 2004 during a large demonstration project. JOM’s editorial team spotted the photograph during production and subsequently requested permission to use the photograph on the cover of the current issue. This picture truly captures the passion and spark that ignited a love for smelting and continues to inspire me in my field of interest, and I hope it will inspire others in the future.’ – Isabel Geldenhuys, SAIMM Fellow and Manager of the Pyrometallurgy Division at MINTEK

Furnace Photography by SAIMM Fellow Joalet Steenkamp Selected for the JOM December Cover

furnace photographyStarting Fire, a photograph by Joalet Steenkamp, chief engineer of MINTEK’s Pyrometallurgy Division in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been chosen as the cover image for the December 2016 issue of JOM, the flagship technical journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). The image presents the lancing of the tap-hole of the 1 MW furnace at MINTEK, South Africa on February 16th, 2016 (© Joalet Steenkamp).
Steenkamp, an avid photographer, specializes in close-up images of pyrometallurgical operations. The story of how she has developed as a photographic artist in capturing the drama and visually stunning beauty of the furnace is shared in the December 2016 JOM article, “Joalet Steenkamp Takes the Heat for Furnace Photography.”

‘I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to share with the international professional community my passion for pyrometallurgy and the beauty I see when I’m close to a furnace.’ – Joalet Steenkamp

New book release: Theoretical Rock Mechanics for Professional Practice by Matthew Handley

HANDLEYBOOKThe planned rock mechanics textbook is a synthesis of 22 classic texts on rock mechanics, solid mechanics, the author’s 15 years’ experience in rock mechanics in the gold mining industry, and 10 years as a professor at the University of Pretoria (1984-2009). Throughout this period, the author noted that all the introductory texts on stress and strain were incomplete in one way or another, and that this, together with the watereddown introductions to stress and strain currently accepted in the mining rock mechanics fraternity, forms a barrier to the rest of rock mechanics.

Read more ...

Obituary - Johannes Paulus Hoffman the Technical Father of 3CR12

J.P2Hannes Hoffman, a past President of the Institute, passed away on 16 August 2016 in hospital in George after a short illness.

Hannes Hoffman was born on 9 of March 1933. He obtained a BSc in iron and steel technology, a BSc (Hons) and MSc in metallurgy, as well as an MBA. After working at Iscor, the University of Pretoria and O’okiep Copper Co., he moved to Southern Cross Steel in 1973 to take up the position of head of Metallurgy, later called the manager of Materials Science. In 1988 he was transferred to New Process Development as manager and in 1995 he became the manager of Research and Development. From 1992 to 1993 he was the President of the South (now Southern) African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). He retired in 1996.

Read more ...

Annual General Meeting, Thursday, 11 August 2016, Country Club Johannesburg

C. MusingwiniPRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: Optimization in underground mine planning — developments and opportunities

CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI

The President and Council of the Institute invite members, their guests, and members of other constituent societies to attend the Annual General Meeting 2016.

Thursday, 11 August 2016
The Country Club, Johannesburg, Napier Road, Auckland Park, 2006
at 16:30
See map at the bottom of the page

Read more ...

SAMCODES

The SAMCODES, the South African Mineral Reporting Codes, set out the minimum standards, recommendations and guidelines for the Public Reporting of mineral related issues in South Africa. They currently comprise three Codes, two Guideline documents and an affiliated National Standard:

a. SAMREC: The South African Code for the Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves
b. SAMVAL: The South African Code for the Reporting of Mineral Asset Valuation
c. SAMOG: The South African Code for the Reporting of Oil and Gas Resources
d. Commodity, or subject, specific guidelines/standards:

i. SAMESG Guideline: The South African Guideline for the Reporting of Environmental, Social and Governance parameters within the mining and oil and gas industries
ii. SAMREC Diamond Guidelines: SAMREC Guideline Document for the Reporting of Diamond Exploration Results, Diamond Resources and Diamond Reserves (and other Gemstones, where Relevant)
iii. SANS 10320:2004: South African guide to the systematic evaluation of coal resources and coal reserves (currently under review). This document is a South African National Standard, published by the South African Bureau of Standards.

Read more ...

Benefits of joining the SAIMM

memben

  • The SAIMM is a founding member of the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA). Other members are: AusIMM; CIM; IOM3; SME; IIMP. Through this collaboration we offer our members ‘visiting’ status if they are resident in any of the countries where we have a base.
  • As a member you will be granted access to the OneMine.org website and all its publications. We are also a member of the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG), who facilitate global mining collaborations on solutions to common industry problems.
  • We also subscribe to the Technical Library and members can take advantage of all services they have on offer by registering on the site.
  • If you are registered with the Engineering Council of SA (ECSA) as a SAIMM Member you will qualify for a discount on your ECSA fees.
  • You will be able to attend the SAIMM Conferences at discounted rates.
  • Attending SAIMM conferences and Branch Events will allow you to collect Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.
  • Membership includes the SAIMM Journal on a monthly basis.
  • You will have the chance to network with a wide cross-section of professional people in the Mining and Metallurgy Industry.
  • Active participation in the Institute will result in higher peer recognition.
  • Members of the Institute are able to contribute to the development of young talent through our mentoring programme.

After 120 years the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) continues to serve its members. The Institute started in 1894, a few years after the invention of the cyanide process had saved the gold mining industry in South Africa. The previously used technology of gravity separation could not economically recover gold from the fine grained ores of the Transvaal gold fields. The Institute's Journal recorded this process and major developments in the industry and has disseminated knowledge ever since.

The SAIMM is a professional institute with local and international links aimed at assisting members source news and views about technological developments in the mining, metallurgical and related sectors.

 

Follow us on...

twitter1 facebook1 linkedin logo


For more information contact: Jacqui E’Silva, SAIMM · Tel: 011 834-1273 · E-mail: jacqui@saimm.co.za

Richard Peter Mohring (1947-2016)

We are sad to announce that Rick Mohring passed away on 14 March 2016, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Rick will be well remembered for his pivotal role in the transformation of the South African coal industry. He was widely respected and renowned for his expertise in coal mining, and was known as someone who worked with enthusiasm, energy, and enjoyment.

Rick joined the SAIMM in 1971, and served on the Council since 1988. He was President of SAIMM in 1997-1998, and was awarded an Honorary Life Fellowship in 2000, and the Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award (SAIMM's highest award) in 2012. He also served on numerous committees over the years, including his most recent involvements as a Trustee of the SAIMM Scholarship Fund, and Chair of the Complaints Committee.

Read more ...

SAIMM Annual Banquet 2016

The SAIMM Annual Banquet was held on Saturday, 5th March 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Approximately 360 VIPs, members and guests attended. The guest speaker was Johnny Clegg, a South African icon who spoke about crossing the cultural divide. Johnny’s talk was inspirational, interspersed with a couple of songs and interesting dance moves.

Fellowships of the Institute were awarded to Paul den Hoed, Carel Roode, and Simon Tose.

The evening was a great success and we wish to thank our sponsors, without whom the event would not have been possible.

See image gallery

Read more ...

SAIMM 5 Star Incentive Programme

The SAIMM are proud to welcome you to our Incentive programme where we have negotiated to provide you with more benefits.

These benefits include:

1. Top 5 Proposers for the current financial year are to be given a free ticket to the SAIMM Annual Banquet with mention at the Annual General Meeting.
2. Top 5 Referees for the financial year are to be given a free ticket to the SAIMM Annual Banquet with mention at the Annual General Meeting.
3. Access to discounts offered by the top 5 Service providers that have negotiated a discounted rates and special offers for you our valued member.
4. Conference attendance within a 2 year period and applies to events that are paid for. If you attend 3 events you get the next conference that you register for, at no cost.
5. The most number of papers published in the SAIMM Journal. Authors with the most published papers in the SAIMM Journal would be recognized at the Annual General Meetingand - would receive a free ticket to the SAIMM Annual Banquet.

Read more ...

Public Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves and SAMCODE STANDARDS COMMITTEE (SSC)

Attracting finance for exploration and mining ventures is a critical part of the resource business environment today, and there are a number of finance options available, including accessing private equity.
With the increase in the number of non-listed (private) companies and individuals seeking to obtain financial assistance, it is important to appreciate that issues of public reporting are not confined to listed companies only.  Under all circumstances, if Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and/or Mineral Reserves are reported publically (as defined in the SAMREC Code of 2016), and if said report is claimed to have been compiled in accordance with any of the SAMREC, SAMVAL or SAMOG Codes, then the report and the author are subject to the minimum standards and requirements of the relevant Code as well as the complaints procedure of the SAMCODE Standards Committee (SSC). Please see http://www.samcode.co.za/

Professor R.E. "Robbie" Robinson

(1929-2016)

We are sad to announce that Professor Robbie Robinson passed away on the 21st of January 2016, after a battle with cancer.

Robbie Robinson had a distinguished involvement with minerals beneficiation in South Africa for about 65 years. He was an innovative chemical engineer and a visionary leader and research commentator.

Read more ...

2015 list of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining

inspirational

The 2015 list of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining was recently released and included several South Africans and a Botswanan on the list. We are very proud that three of these South Africans are members of the SAIMM. Our congratulations to them on this accomplishment.

Obituary David Lawrence - 1948 to 2015

There are few who live life to the full in their work as well as their private lives. One such person was David Lawrence. David managed to fulfill a career in engineering that contributed to the civil development of major mining projects in his home country, South Africa, as well as several landmark infrastructure projects, including the Drakensburg Pumped Storage Scheme, where his connection with the international tunnelling fraternity began.

Read more ...

Obituary James McKelvey - 1954 to 2015

James McKelvey, a respected and internationally-recognized tunnel design, construction, and risk management expert, passed away suddenly on 20 July 2015, at the age of 60.

Born in South Africa on 15 September 1954, Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Natal in 1976, and that same year, joined Murray & Roberts Roads and Earthworks and began work on what would become numerous South African tunnelling projects.

Read more ...

Northern Cape Branch Chairman - Cedrick van Wyk

C.A. van Wyk (known as Cedrick) - Process Development Manager

Cedrick Van Wyk was born and grew up in Luderitz, Namibia. He completed schooling at the Concordia College in Windhoek, Namibia.

Cedrick joined JCI in 1989 as a learner official and completed the Higher National Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy from the University of Johannesburg (Wits Technikon) in 1993. He completed the Anglo American MDP with the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2005.

Read more ...

Zambian Branch Chairman - Darius Muma

Darius was born and grew up in the Luanshya district of Zambia’s Copperbelt Province. He graduated from the University of Zambia (UNZA) in Lusaka in 2004 with a BSc in chemistry, and worked as an Environmental Project Assistant with the Advocacy for Environmental Restoration Zambia (AREZ) group at UNZA School of Mines.

Read more ...

Zululand Branch Chairman - Christo Mienie

Christo was born on 18 November 1963 in Vereeniging and matriculated in 1981.

He obtained his Dip Tech (T5) in Metallurgical Engineering from the Vaal Triangle Technikon. He worked at Iscor Vanderbijlpark in Blast Furnaces Production for a year, then moved to Iscor Research and Development in Pretoria, where he worked in the Process Metallurgy Department for four years. His area of focus was iron manufacturing, with particular interest in the evaluation and characterization of iron ore, coal, and coke for the blast furnace, direct reduction, and the newly developed Corex-process.

Read more ...

Johannesburg Branch Chairman - Ian Ashmole

Ian has been a member of the SAIMM Johannesburg Branch committee since 2009. He was elected Vice Chairman in 2011, and has been Chairman since 2012. He also represents the SAIMM as an observer on the Council of the Geological Society of South Africa.

Ian started in the mining industry as a learner official with Rand Mines in 1985, and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering in 1989. He worked at Durban Roodepoort Deep, Douglas Colliery, and Harmony Gold Mine before leaving Rand Mines in 1993 to take up the position of mine manager of a small gold mine on the East Rand.

Read more ...

SAIMM on twitter

Other mining news

Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
  • Edenville raises £2m to advance Rukwa project to production
    Aim-listed Edenville Energy has raised £2-million through an oversubscribed subscription of 250-million new ordinary shares at 0.8p apiece. The company also issued 125-million warrants to the subscribers on the basis of one warrant for every two new ordinary shares, exercisable at 1.08p per warrant, at any time over the next 18 months.
  • Metallon reports 40% y/y Ebitda improvement
    Zimbabwe-focused gold producer Metallon Corporation grew its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) by 40% to $18.6-million in 2016, from $13.3-million in 2015.  “2016 was a year of positive progress for Metallon. The business delivered an outstanding Ebitda . . . This was attributable to solid production from operations, especially at How Mine, improved cost efficiencies and a strong gold price,” CEO Ken Mekani said in a statement on Monday.
  • Petmin expects lower interim HEPS; basic earnings to increase by 216%
    JSE-listed Petmin expects its basic earnings a share for the six months ended December 31, to be about 216% higher year-on-year at 8.3c, compared with a loss of 7.15c for the six months ended December 31, 2015. Petmin had incurred a R115-million impairment on the investment in the Veremo project in the six months to December 2015.