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Spotlight - ZrTa2011 New Metals Development Network Conference

12–14 October 2011 • Mount Grace Country House & Spa • Magaliesburg

T he Advanced Metals Initiative (AMI) of the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) facilitates research, development, and innovation across the whole value chain in the field of advanced metals. The goal is to achieve sustainable local mineral beneficiation and to increase the downstream value-addition of local advanced metals in a sustainable manner through industry-relevant research and development, technology transfer, and ultimately, commercialization.

MineSAFE 2012 Industry Awards Day

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Industry Awards Day
03 August 2012

The organising committee and all delegates in attendance at the MineSAFE 2012 Industry Awards Day held on 03 August 2012 at the Emperors Palace, Hotel Casino Convention Resort in Johannesburg would like to congratulate the following award winners on their achievement.

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Prof. N van der Merwe (SAIMM President),
Hon. Min. S Shabangu (Minister of Mineral Resources), Ms J Matsobane (Women in Mining Award Winner)
  

 JTRyan Award
Mr R Opperman (JT Ryan Award Winner Lonmin Platinum 4B/1B Shaft), Mr D Msiza (Chief Inspector of Mines, DMR),Mr G Du Plessis (Solidarity)

Annual General Meeting and Cocktail Party

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND COCKTAIL PARTY

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 AT 16:30

The Annual General Meeting of the Institute is to be held
at The Johannesburg Country Club, Napier Road, Auckland Park on Wednesday,
15 August 2012 at 16:30

when Dr Gordon Smith will deliver his Presidential Address entitled:
'Strategic long-term planning in mining'

A cocktail party will be held after the meeting from 18:00 to 20:00
Download Dr Smith synopsis and resume, agenda and map

Outotec "Sustainability in the Minerals Industry" prize

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The SAIMM Western Cape Branch

Outotec "Sustainability in the Minerals Industry" prize

The Western Cape Branch of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy are pleased to announce the Outotec "Sustainability in the Minerals Industry" prize.

This prize will be given for papers, accompanied by a poster, presented by students registered at a South African tertiary institution at the Branch's annual conference.

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Southern African Mineral Beneficiation and Metallurgy Conference
2-3 August 2012, Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town

The award of prizes will be adjudicated by a panel of judges appointed by the SAIMM, Western Cape Branch, whose decision will be final.

The main consideration for the prize will be the value of the idea (technologically, economically, socially, and environmentally) and its potential to improve sustainability. Credit will be given for the quality, innovation and excellence of the project, design or engineering of the idea. Thus contributions can come from any level of student as long as the abstract, presentation and poster clearly presents the merit dictated by this criteria.

Prizes of 1st R10 000, 2nd R6 000 and 3rd R4 000 will be awarded at the discretion of the Judges.

Update of the South African Mineral Asset Valuation Code (SAMVAL)

                        Update of the South African Mineral Asset Valuation Code
                                                                   (SAMVAL)

The Institute has reconvened the SAMVAL Working Group, in order to conduct a review and update of the SAMVAL Code.

This work has been initiated as a result of certain inconsistencies in the current Code, but also as a result of a number of external activities and events that have created the need for the update.

Mine Planning and Design Qualifications

                                              Mine Planning and Design Qualifications

For several years now, the Institute has supported the development of qualifications in the Mine Planning and Design area, through the establishment of a Mine Planning and Design Industry Forum.

This Forum was convened with membership invited from the major mining companies and technical software suppliers, as well as the providers of learning.

The need to develop these qualifications arose from the realisation that, apart from undergraduate mining engineering qualification, no such qualifications exist. Furthermore, mine planning was seen as an area of "scarce skills", particularly in the tabular mining environment, and that the creation of a legitimate and attractive career path was essential, to attract and retain competent planners.

JORC REVIEW

JORC REVIEW

Kindly note that the JORC website: http://www.jorc.org/index.asp  was recently amended.

The JORC Executive decided to extend the deadline for submissions as a result of agreement between JORC and ASX to provide mutual briefings of the outcomes of the consultation processes prior to any public release of information.

The date for submissions to JORC and ASX is now 27 January 2012.

Russia's minerals took another step towards better access to global capital markets ...

19 October 2010: Russia's minerals industry took another step towards better access to global capital markets last month when it signed a protocol to bring its resource reporting systems in line with the CRIRSCO template recognised in most established capital markets.

 

Working in collaboration with the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO) – an industry group that promotes best practice in mineral reporting standards – Russia's State Commission on Mineral Reserves (GKZ) plans to make it easier for prospective investors and financiers to evaluate mining projects in that country.

OneMine - Top 25 SAIMM Downloaded Papers

OneMine

Top 25 Downloaded SAIMM Papers

During the course of 2011 the SAIMM arranged access for all SAIMM members to the OneMine.org website that contains a large database of technical papers to be downloaded.

The list below shows the top 25 most downloaded SAIMM papers across the world for the period of 3 January 2010 until the 31st of August 2011.

A Proud Monument For Central Johannesburg's South Western Improvement District

 

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                     A PROUD MONUMENT FOR CENTRAL JOHANNESBURG'S
                               SOUTH WESTERN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

Last weekend saw the exciting culmination of 18 months of planning with the arrival of an enormous 125 ton truck, all the way from Sishen Mine in the Northern Cape, to the city centre.

Eighteen months ago, a simple question sparked the imagination of the South Western Improvement District (SWID) board, "Why isn't there any street furniture in the SWID that speaks to mining in the present?"

With that the wheels were set in motion to source a piece of mining equipment that could become part of the SWID's mining theme. The result has been a massive donation by Anglo American and The Chamber of Mines of the 125 ton workhorse, known as a Unit Rig Mark 36 payload haul truck.

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
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    Gold bug Mickey Fulp does not expect the gold price to break out this year, bar any substantial geopolitical event that upsets the state of the global economy. During a recent mining conference held in Vancouver, the ‘Mercenary Geologist’ told Mining Weekly Online that he expects gold to test new lows over the coming summer months, which has traditionally been a soft market for the precious metal.
  • D1 Mint buys 1 500 investment-grade diamonds for new diamond-backed crypto coin
    The emergence of blockchain technology is helping to turn diamonds into a new investment asset class that in turn, could drive future demand for natural diamonds, the creator of a new diamond backed crypto coin said on Friday. Singapore-based D1 Mint Limited, the creator of the diamond-backed D1 Coin, announced on Friday that it has signed a purchase order with diamond cutting and polishing company KGK Diamonds to start its diamond reserve with 1 500 investment-grade diamonds delivered by Russian diamond producer Alrosa.
  • Endeavour discovers new mineralised zones at Houndé
    TSX-listed Endeavour Mining has discovered two new large mineralised zones – Kari Centre and Kari West – at its Houndé mine, in Burkina Faso. Following the Kari Pump discovery in December last year, exploration efforts were prioritised on the wider Kari area, which hosts a large gold-in-soil geochemical anomaly covering a 6-km-long by 2.5-km-wide area.