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GMSG Corporate Member Report January 2018

future mining 2018The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) January 2018 Corporate Member Report has been published. It contains an overview of projects which are defining the future of mining and helping to create solutions to industry challenges. This year’s Corporate Member Report features important GMSG news, highlights and an overview of GMSG’s guideline work, and outlines GMSG’s new 2018 strategy. The report is available here.

World Leader in New Steel Research Visits the University of Pretoria

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Photo: Prof Roelf Mostert, Sir Prof Harry Bhadeshia, Prof Charles Siyasiya, Prof Pieter Pistorius and Dr Johan Westraad

Next-generation bainitic steel with remarkable properties was the central theme of a colloquium hosted by the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Pretoria on the 4th of December 2017. Sir Harry Bhadeshia, a global leader in metallurgy and the Tata Steel Professor at Cambridge University, was the main speaker. Sir Prof Bhadeshia was on a visit to South Africa as a result of an application made by the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa and the trip was funded through a NRF instrument.

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

Image result for gmsgUser Interviews and Analysis Highlight Common Challenges

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.

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.

The Reliability Working Group (RWG) of the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group is an operator focused group whose purpose is to promote knowledge and best practices sharing related to reliability in a mining context.

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/

 

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.

WIM UJ Young Women in Mining Conference

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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.

SAIMM President 2017/2018 – Prof Selo Ndlovu

Selo Ndlovu 2017On the 17th of August 2017 Prof Ndlovu was inducted as the SAIMM President for 2017/2018. The students and members attending the AGM welcomed her as president with applause. Prof Ndlovu is the second female president in SAIMM history.

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Industry-Academic Collaborations: An Opportunity for the Minerals Industry during the Economic Downturn

Although collaborative partnerships between universities and the minerals industry have been ongoing for ages, the potential benefits that can be realized through such partnerships have become increasingly important and are more relevant now than ever. This is because the growing complexity of problems such as the depletion of rich and easy-to-treat ore deposits, rising production costs, water issues, and stringent environmental regulations, coupled with increasing economic pressure and hence budget cuts, has made it more difficult for companies to do all the necessary research in-house in order to remain globally competitive. Similarly, universities are continually faced with challenges such as a lack of steady financial support for their research and training programmes, as well as the need to have their research commercialized or applied to solve existing industry problems so as to enhance their reputations.

The SAIMM Young Professionals Council welcomes Sihe Nhleko as YPC Chairperson 2017/2018

ypc Sihe NhlekoAfter serving as YPC Chairperson since the establishment of the YPC two years ago, Tshepo Mmola (right) hands over to the YPC Chairperson 2017/2018 Sihe Nhleko (left).

Many impactful projects and events have successfully been implemented by the YPC in the past two years including a Graduate Employment Database, the Mentoring Programme, Soft Skills Workshops, an annual Career and Leadership Day and highly successful conferences such as the Entrepreneurship in Mining Forum and the Young Professionals Conference.

View more information regarding the YPC: http://www.saimm.co.za/young-professionals-council

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
  • Volumes, dollar prices keep rand at bay for divi-hoisting Assore
    Improved volumes and better dollar prices proved sufficient for mining holding company Assore to keep rand strength at bay in posting strong headline earnings growth and a sharp interim dividend increase. The company's half-year results were highlighted by a 12% rise in headline earnings, a sizeable 67% dividend boost and an outstanding safety performance in the six months to December 31.
  • Glencore shoots lights out, mulls divi top-up, reaffirms South Africa
    Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore shot the lights out with a superlative set of 2017 results that coincided with a leap in its share price in Johannesburg, the reaffirmation of South Africa as an even more positive investment destination, and the mulling of a dividend "top up" later in the year. The benefit of higher commodity prices and cost containment pushed up mining margins within the London- and Johannesburg-listed company's metals and energy operations, pushing up cash flow from operations to $11.6-billion on net debt of $10.7-billion.
  • Govt to fast-track finalisation of outstanding mining policy
    To take advantage of the cyclical upturn in the mining sector and improved investor sentiment to boost economic growth, government needs to finalise outstanding policy and administrative reforms. The proposed implementation of the revised Mining Charter, contested by industry and the Chamber of Mines (CoM), had caused investor confidence to plummet in recent years, as it was felt that the charter and the outstanding Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act Amendment Bill left mining and oil and gas companies unable to accurately assess the expected return on their investments.