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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.

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.

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

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


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
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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.

Benefits of joining the SAIMM


  • 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 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.

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Richard Peter Mohring (1947-2016)

RickMohringWe 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.

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.

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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.

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

Professor R.E. "Robbie" Robinson


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.

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