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Elected as a SAIMM Member in 2005, SAIMM Council Member in 2011, SAIMM Fellow in 2013, SAIMM Office Bearer in 2013, Honorary Treasurer in 2014 and serving as SAIMM President for the year 2016/2017 Prof Musingwini has been actively contributing to the SAIMM for over 10 years.

Prof Musingwini is a Registered Professional Engineer with ECSA, SOMP Member and rated researcher with the NRF. In 1985 he completed his O-Levels as top student of Murewa High School in Zimbabwe. In 1991 he was the first student to graduate with a first-class honours in mining engineering at the University of Zimbabwe. Prof Musingwini received the Arthur Bensusan Prize for being the top student in his class and was the recipient of the Lonrho Zimbabwe Independence Gold Mining Scholarship.

In 2010 Prof Musingwini was awarded Wits University’s FEBE Most Improved Researcher Award.

2014 marked the year in which Prof Musingwini was elected as the first black SAIMM Honorary Treasurer, first black Full Professor of Mining Engineering in South Africa and the first black NRF-rated researcher in mining engineering in South Africa.

In 2015 Prof Musingwini became the first black Head of School of Mining Engineering at Wits, where to date he is developing, shaping and supporting the future professionals in the Industry.

On 11 August 2016 Prof C Musingwini was inducted as President of the SAIMM at the SAIMM AGM which took place at the Johannesburg Country Club. His presidential address entitled “Optimization in underground mine planning – developments and opportunities” provides examples of the commonly applied optimization techniques and explores emerging trends and opportunities for optimization in underground mine planning, noting the need for integrated stochastic optimization that can be applied on a real-time basis. Visit https://youtu.be/CQnsyvfwNrE to view the presidential address.

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