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Pretoria Branch Chair - Pierre Bredell

Pierre Bredell, Pr.Eng. - B.Eng.(Mining)

Pierre has been an active Mining Engineer since 1995. His early years were with Randfontein Estates Gold Mines and Centrocen Projects. In 2000, Pierre co-founded and developed LQS International, a geological and mining engineering consultancy with offices in Johannesburg, Perth, Vancouver, Santiago, and London.

Presidential Address 2015: Truth and Error in Scientific Publishing

Scientific progress relies on the publication of ideas and experimental results that can be replicated, tested,and improved over time.

The first printed book on metallurgy to have been published in Europe is considered to be De la Pirotechnia, written in Italian by Vannoccio Biringuccio, and published in Venice in 1540. Together with De Re Metallica, written by Georgius Agricola and published in Latin in 1556, this can be considered to mark the start of scientific and technical literature in this field. Scientific publishing of journal papers has been in existence for 350 years, since the world's oldest and longest-running scientific journal, the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, was first published in London in 1665.

SAIMM-YPC 2015 - Career Development in the Minerals Industry Dayevent

On 31 July 2015, the SAIMM Young Professionals Council (YPC) hosted the Career Development in the Minerals Industry event for final-year university students in mining and metallurgy, at Mintek in Randburg. The event was attended by students from the universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, and South Africa.

The first Career Development in the Minerals Industry event, organized by the former Career Guidance and Education Committee of the SAIMM, took place in August 2013. This event was not held in 2014. The YPC, having taken over the mandate of promoting the interests of young people in the minerals industry (formerly assigned to the Career Guidance and Education Committee), took on the task of convening the event in 2015, as they considered it valuable for final-year university students.

The SAIMM Young Professionals Council (SAIMM-YPC)

The SAIMM recognizes the value that young professionals can contribute towards the Institute. On 12 September 2014, the Career Guidance and Education (CGE) committee held a workshop with the primary objective of convening an interim council of young professionals to:

REPORT BACK ON THE ITA 2015 GENERAL ASSEMBLY FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL MEETING HELD IN DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

The International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) held its forty-first annual meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 22 to 28 May 2015, in conjunction with the World Tunnel Congress 2015 ’Promoting Tunnelling in South East European Region’ organized by the ITA and the Croatian Association for Tunnelling and Underground Space.

Data Metallogenica

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AMIRA International is building Data Metallogenica (www.dmgeode.com) as a web-based not-for-profit global encyclopaedia of ore deposits for the mining industry and associated institutions. While it is still growing at a rapid rate, DM already contains quality technical information on over 5,000 mineral deposits of all kinds from around the world. It has been supported by over 150 mining & exploration companies, many geological surveys and many professional societies/associations.

ELECTRA MINING BOTSWANA - Industry and government support for Electra Mining Botswana

Leading local and international suppliers to the industrial and mining sectors will gain valuable exposure to the southern African mining market at Electra Mining Botswana 2015. Exhibitors at the show will have the opportunity to network with key decision-makers from Botswana’s growing industrial and mining sectors, position their company brand, grow their client base, and launch new products and services directly to their target market.

Obituary Joseph Lurie, 1929 to 2015

Jos Lurie, an honorary life Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy passed away on Monday 27 April 2015 at the age of 86 after his fight with cancer.

New Head of Wits Mining School Announced

9 March 2015 – Johannesburg: Professor Cuthbert Musingwini has been appointed head of the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Mining Engineering.

Having lectured at Wits since 2004, Professor Musingwini has over 20 years of experience in the mining sector – including mine production management and planning, consulting, and academia. He began his career in the Zimbabwean gold mining industry as a research fellow – and later a lecturer – at the University of Zimbabwe.

He is Senior Vice-President and Honorary Treasurer of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), a Fellow of the SAIMM, a registered professional mining engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), and holds a PhD in Mining Engineering from Wits. He is a Managing Editor of the International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment published by the Taylor and Francis Group (UK). He was awarded a National Research Foundation (NRF) C3 rating in 2014, and has published and presented extensively both locally and abroad.

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
  • Diesel switch sends rocketing rhodium market to new heights
    Rhodium and ruthenium are having a banner week. Rhodium, mainly used in autocatalysts to curb harmful emissions, is benefiting as more European consumers choose gasoline-powered cars and trucks over diesel, said Jonathan Butler, a precious metals strategist at Mitsubishi Corp. in London. Drivers for ruthenium include demand for applications such as organic light-emitting diodes and water purification purposes, he said.
  • Bushveld shareholders approve tin asset demerger
    Shareholders of Aim-listed diversified mineral development company Bushveld Minerals have approved the demerger of the company’s tin assets. Bushveld earlier this month revealed its plans to demerge its tin assets, comprising the Mokopane tin and Zaaiplaats tin tailings projects in South Africa, and the Uis tin project, in Namibia, and to list AfriTin Mining, which will house the assets, on the Aim.
  • New AfDB, OpenOil report shows gaps in extractive resources management
    The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Berlin-based financial analysis firm OpenOil are hoping to trigger a new debate within Africa’s oil and gas and mining sectors with the publication of a jointly produced report on how African governments use financial models to manage projects. In an effort to support African countries in realising the full potential of their natural resources and contribute to countries getting more out of their mining projects, the report, ‘Running the numbers: How African governments model extractive projects’, analyses the capacity of 19 African resource-rich countries to use financial models.