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Meeting of International Mining and Metallurgical Societies

A meeting of several leading international mining and metallurgical societies was held in conjunction with the MINExpo International exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada on 23 September 2012. The meeting was attended by representatives of AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum), SAIMM (Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), and SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration).

Spotlight - International Percolation Leaching Conference and Short Course

The on heap leaching, dealing firstly with the geomechanics and hydrodynamics of crushed ore beds, criteria for satisfactory operation, and in-heap measurements, led by Amado Guzman, an internationally recognized authority in hydrology. The second theme for the day was reaction and mass transport and mathematical modelling, led by Jochen Petersen, associate professor at the University of Cape Town.

Outotec and Western Cape Branch

Outotec is seeking to promote sustainable minerals processing in southern Africa. As a company, selling technology, sophisticated equipment, and plant solutions for minerals, metals, and water processing as well as energy recovery, the company also wishes to inspire the abundant young South African talent to innovate. With this in mind, Outotec has committed funds to the Western Cape Branch as a prize and travel grant. They believe this will showcase the importance of expertise in sustainability, an area that Outotec is passionate about, reflected in their mission statement: ‘Sustainable use of Earth’s natural resources’. Outotec has recognized the value derived from the Western Cape Branch’s focus on tertiary education, and asked the Branch to handle these awards.

Pretoria Branch SAIMM Technical Evening

26 September 2012, University of Pretoria. The SAIMM Pretoria Branch’s monthly technical evening was hosted by ESCO at the University of Pretoria. The evening was well supported with some 55 delegates attending. The topic of the presentation by Terry Briscoe was the evolution of the ESCO Dragline Bucket. Terry, Senior Engineer Technology Development, has been with ESCO for 42 years and will be retiring towards the end of the year. Norman Murison, the Services Manager South Africa, first gave a short overview of the ESCO company, then Terry covered the models applied in the design of dragline buckets and case studies were discussed.

Spotlight - Paste 2012

The fifteenth seminar on paste and thickened tailings technology, Paste 2012, was held at Sun City from 17 to 19 April 2012. This event is the premier international forum for the development of technologies associated with the disposal of high-density waste tailings, and deals with developments in dewatering technologies, such as thickening and flocculation, advances in pump and pipeline technology, and surface and mine backfill.

Dr Ferdi Camisani - Retirement from SAIMM Activities

Dr Ferdi Camisani - Retirement from SAIMM Activities

On behalf of all the members of the SAIMM, the President, Dr Gordon Smith wishes to acknowledge Dr Ferdi Camisani's enormous contribution to the standing of the Institute and South Africa in the global minerals industry over many years. Dr Camisani's contributions include:

• Attendance of the CMMI meeting in 1997 which established a set of standard reporting definitions which became known as the Denver Accord and which still remain today the backbone of international reporting standards.

Special Article

Mike Deats graduated from Wits in 1954 with a degree in mining engineering and began his career with De Beers. A move to Iscor saw him rise to a position where he was responsible for all of Iscorʼs mining activities. He joined BP Southern Africa as Managing Director, BP Coal SA, in 1981 before moving to Eskom in 1988, where he reached the position of Executive Director, Generation, prior to his retirement in 2000.

Spotlight - Southern Hemisphere International Rock Mechanics Symposium SHIRMS 2012

SHIRMS 2012 (Southern Hemisphere International Rock Mechanics Symposium) was held at Sun City from May 14 to 17. This is the second in a series, which was started by the Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) in Perth in October 2008. The purpose of the Symposium was to provide an international forum to present and discuss the latest developments in rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering. The Symposium was attended by 165 delegates, of whom 24 were international, hailing from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Japan, Mozambique, Namibia, Norway, Switzerland, Thailand, and USA.

Spotlight - Partnership puts SA’s research on global stage

ANEW partnership between academic publishers would make South African academic research more visible in the global research sphere, the Academy of Science of SA (Assaf) said this week.

Thomson Reuters, one of the main academic research databases in the world, has partnered with the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO), an open-source database, Assaf announced. This partnership will be implemented in January next year.

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