|Event Date||08 July 2018|
|Event End Date||11 July 2018|
|Location||Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia|
|Downloads||Copper Cobalt 2018 Announcement 200317.pdf|
Copper Cobalt Africa
In association with the
Southern African Base Metals Conference
08-11 July 2018
Avani Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls Livingstone, Zambia
SAIMM is proud to host the Second Copper Cobalt Africa Conference in the heart of Africa.
To be held in Livingstone, Zambia, this anticipated and prestigious event provides a unique forum for discussion, sharing of experience and knowledge, and networking for all those interested in the processing of copper and cobalt in an African context, in one of the world’s most spectacular settings - the Victoria Falls.
The African Copper Belt is again experiencing a resurgence of activity following the commodity downturn of recent years. A significant proportion of capital spending, project development, operational expansions, and metal value production in the Southern African mining industry take place in this region. The geology and mineralogy of the ores are significantly different to those in other major copper-producing regions of the world, often having very high grades as well as the presence of cobalt.
Both mining and metallurgy present some unique challenges, not only in the technical arena, but also with respect to logistics and supply chain, human capital, community engagement, and legislative issues. This conference provides a platform for discussion of a range of topics, spanning the value chain from exploration, projects, through mining and processing, to recycling and secondary value addition.
For international participants, this conference offers an ideal opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of and exposure to the African copper and cobalt industries, and to better understand the various facets of mining and processing in this part of the world.
Jointly hosted by the Mining and Metallurgy Technical Programme Committees of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), this conference aims to:
- Promote dialogue between the mining and metallurgical disciplines on common challenges facing the industry
- Enhance understanding of new and existing technologies that can lead to safe and optimal resource utilization
- Encourage participation and build capacity amongst young and emerging professionals from the Copper Belt region.
The organizing committee looks forward to your participation.
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact:
Raymond van der Berg
Head of Conferencing
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Papers are invited that integrate the following topics:
- Exploration and new projects
- Open-cast mining
- Underground mining
- Rock engineering
- Mine planning
- Mineral resource management
- Minerals processing
- Current operational practices and improvements
- Project development and execution
- Novel technologies for this industry
- Socio-economic challenges
- Waste treatment and minimization
- Environmental issues
Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts for this conference. Abstracts of no longer than 150 words should be submitted by no later than 1 December 2017.
Please email abstracts and requests to be added to the conference mailing list to Raymond van der Berg: Head of Conferencing SAIMM at Raymond@saimm.co.za.
LinkedIn: Copper Cobalt Africa
Facebook: Copper Cobalt Africa
1) All accepted papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings.
2) Selected papers will be published in the Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
01 December 2017 Submission of abstracts
15 December 2017 Acceptance of abstracts
16 March 2018 Submission of papers for peer review
30 April 2018 Completion of peer-review process
01 June 2018 Submission of final camera-ready papers
07-08 July 2018 Short courses (TBC)
09-11 July 2018 Conference
12-13 July 2018 Technical tours (TBC)
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2019, for attending this event
1) Registration fee does not include accommodation
2) Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the event.
3) Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event
Just a few minutes’ walk away from the dramatic Victoria Falls, the conference will be held at the Avani Victoria Falls Hotel, situated in 46 hectares of the Mosi-Oa-Tunya (“The Smoke that Thunders”) National Wildlife Park.
The conference centre is located at the Avani Victoria Falls Hotel. Guests also have the option of staying at the sister Royal Livingstone hotel, which is a few minutes’ walk away. Shuttles also run on demand between the two hotels.
Avani Victoria Falls Hotel
This hotel offers a distinctly African feel, both in the rooms and the public areas. From the traditional greeting that you receive on your arrival until your reluctant departure, you will enjoy friendly Zambian hospitality. Double, twin, and family rooms are available.
Royal Livingstone Hotel
This hotel rivals any hotel in its class worldwide, with tastefully appointed décor, outstanding service, and unparallelled views. You can relax and enjoy a massage overlooking the falls, sip a gin and tonic or enjoy high tea on the colonial patio while watching the zebras wander by, and enjoy fabulous dining.
Conference delegates are required to make their own accommodation arrangements. Early booking confirmations quality for discounted rates, negotiated especially for SAIMM delegates.
1. Cultural Richness
Considered the gateway between Southern and Central Africa, Livingstone is a lively city, brimming with carts and locals chatting away in Tongo, Bemba, Nyanja or one of 73 other languages spoken in Zambia. In contrast to the northern Copper Belt region, there is a much more Western feel to Livingstone; you see businessmen in suits, there's cold beer sold by vendors, and it's easy to get a nice, warm shower. The infrastructure of the city is sound, and is a wonderful place for travellers to relax and share exciting stories, before venturing back into the unknown reaches of Zambia.
2. Natural Wonderland
Though famous for its National Park, river, and the mighty Victoria Falls, in and of itself Livingstone is an essential stop on any itinerary. The National Park is home to Zambia's only five rare white rhinos, and the majestic Zambezi rushes through its boundaries. There are a number of adrenalin-packed adventures available to experience the beautiful natural wonders of Zambia, and thrills that will last a lifetime. This is a place to ﬁnd the perfect blend of natural African wonder and accommodating, enriching city-life; all rolled into one. White water rafting is just another popular pastime amongst adventurous travellers.
Even with all the wonderful activities that are on offer in the area, Livingstone is also a fabulous place to sit around, relax, and enjoy a beer. Those who are on business in Africa ﬁnd this city to be a wonderful place to loosen their ties and kick back for a while. With a number of local restaurants and cafes, it's easy to slow down and enjoy the wonderful climate and beautiful natural surroundings. Bring your book, sit by the pool, and have a little rest before you tackle the more exciting outings that abound.
4. Victoria Falls
No trip to Livingstone is complete without beholding the majesty of Victoria Falls, certiﬁed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. During high season from February to June, the Falls are a veritable ball of smoke and spray. The energy-charged waters are a wonder, and it seems as though you could visit the falls for a full day and simply drink in the dramatic splendour. It gives one the sense of how powerful Mother Nature is, and what she's truly capable of.
5. Lunar Rainbow
The lunar rainbow is a natural phenomenon that all travellers look forward to seeing in Livingstone's night sky. When it is clear out, and Victoria Falls is running at its peak capacity, there are enormous rainbows emitted through the mysterious mist of the night. Some great ways to see it are to be table-side at a restaurant that overlooks the falls, or enjoy a backpacking trip that has a special night expedition, allowing you to soak in the beauty of the majestic night rainbow. Oddly enough, the lunar rainbow photographs quite well, and travellers scramble to capture the beauty on ﬁlm.
6. Zambian Sunsets
Zambia is known for its tranquil, colourful sunsets, and there are several great spots in Livingstone to see the impressive lights of dusk. A great place for a viewing is atop the Batoka Gorge, where it's possible to see as far as Zimbabwe, and also take in a glimpse of the Zambezi and the spray of the distant Victoria Falls. Pop open a cold beer, bring a lawn chair, and just drink it all in. It's the perfect ﬁnish to a long day of sightseeing and adventure.
7. Crocodile and Snake Park
If you want to see some amazing reptiles, the Crocodile Park is not to be missed. There is also a nice selection of poisonous snakes on display. What better way to view these terrifying and fascinating creatures up-close and personal? If you really want to see something amazing, go Saturday or Sunday, when the animals are fed. That's a sight that will not soon be forgotten.
8. Mukuni Village
Just outside of Livingstone is where the Toka-Leya people have their charming village open for display. You really get to see the day-to-day life and traditions of these lively people. With a population of just about 8000, it's possible to walk amongst the visitors, and be a ﬂy on the wall. It's best to ask before taking photographs, and remember to always be kind and courteous to the locals.
9. Maramba Market
Maramba Market is the place to ﬁnd pretty much everything under the sun for purchase. The rows of endless stalls are brimming with vintage clothing, fresh produce and dried beans, as well as bikes, backpacks, and other goods. The people here are quite friendly, but it is always suggested that you should dress modestly in these areas of town. Pick up some snacks from street vendors, and ﬁnd some souvenirs as well. This is a wonderful place to simply stroll and take it all in.
10. Exciting Museums
There are a number of fabulous museums in Livingstone, and in particular, the Livingstone Museum is perhaps the most popular. See the displays highlighting Zambia's independence, witchcraft, crafts, and David Livingstone memorabilia. The Victoria Falls Field Museum is also a nice spot, focusing on the local people surrounding the Falls, as well as the unique geology of the area.
(Courtesy of South African Airways)
Whether your preference is for an adrenalin rush (white-water rafting, jet-boating, helicopter rides and microlighting) or for more sedate activities (elephant back riding, walking with lions, or dining on an old rail coach), you are sure to find plenty to do in Livingstone. Prices, details, and bookings are available at the hotel reception.
Dr. David Livingstone was paddled in a dugout canoe through swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist above a cliff over which the whole of the Zambezi River plunged. The Makololo paddlers skilfully landed him on Goat Island (now Livingstone Island), right on the lip of the chasm.
Today, visitors can re-trace Livingstone’s approach to the island to witness the very best view of the Falls there is. A superb meal is served on the island and afterwards a guided walk is conducted along the edge of the Falls. Probably the most unique venue for a meal in the world, this is an ideal concept for a company wishing to treat their clients to something special.
The Royal Livingstone Express
The Royal Livingstone Express is a unique dinner experience combining the luxury of Sun International’s Royal Livingstone hotel with the charm of rail travel. The train is an all-inclusive luxury rail experience rooted in the nostalgia of a bygone era where passengers travel leisurely as the sun sets. This is a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance, where the natural splendour will stir your imagination and the luxurious comfort soothes your soul.
Jet Boat Extreme
Feel the wind in your hair and the cooling spray as you hurtle along at over 80 km/h towards a series of spine-chilling rapids, buzzing rocks and jet spinning on the mighty Zambezi River in the spectacular Batoka Gorge below the Victoria Falls.
Discover the magnificence of the Victoria Falls on a helicopter flight, an adventure and exciting ride you will never forget.
Microlighting combines the thrill of flight and the opportunity to experience the beauty of Africa in the open cockpit of the microlight with the wind in your face.
Livingstone is served by daily flights from Johannesburg by South African Airways.
All visitors to Zambia must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from their date of departure. Citizens of South Africa and Zimbabwe can obtain Zambian visas upon arrival for free. All other foreign passport holders are required to pay for their visas on arrival. A single entry visa fee of USD 50 in cash can be paid on arrival in Livingstone. For updated information, please visit www.zambiaimmigration.gov.com.
Yellow Fever Certificates
As of January 2015, Yellow Fever Certificates are no longer required for entry into Zambia.
Zambia is a malaria area. Although the conference is taking place in the winter months and the Livingstone area has low a mosquito risk, precautions are advised. Malaria-carrying mosquitoes only bite after dark. Personal prevention is the best protection:
- Always wear long sleeves and trousers in the late afternoon and at night.
- Spray mosquito repellent onto exposed skin areas after dark.
- Sleep in an air-conditioned room or under a fan or mosquito net.
- Keep all windows and doors closed after dark.
- Take preventative daily medication on the advice of your doctor or travel clinic.
July is the start of the main dry season, traditionally the best time to visit Livingstone and for viewing the falls. There should be virtually no rainfall. The mean maximum daily temperature is 26oC, while night-time temperatures drop to about 6oC.
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Power sockets: type C / D / G
There is no consistency in what type of plug sockets you may find at different locations, so be prepared for all of those illustrated below.
Internet access can be patchy and intermittent in Zambia, but is improving all the time. The conference venue should have adequate internet access, but be aware that this may not always be 100% reliable.
Zambia’s unit of currency is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMW). Payments within Zambia can be made in Kwachas only, by law, even if the price is quoted in USD. Foreign currency will not be accepted once you have cleared immigration at the airport.
To find out the current exchange rate, please visit www.xe.com.
ATMs are available within Lusaka, Livingstone and other major towns in Zambia. The bigger banks have ATMs which accept Visa (but not MasterCard) for cash.
Most hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and the bigger shops will take credit cards. Most of the bigger banks will advance local currency against a credit card. Visa is more readily accepted than MasterCard or American Express. If you plan on paying by credit card, be advised that high commissions are sometimes charged.
It is best to come into the country with either US Dollars or Pounds, which can be exchanged at any of the many Bureaux de Change in the main towns. If you are offered an exchange on the black market at the borders, exercise extreme caution as they are notorious for cheating you without you even realizing it.
Tipping in Zambia is entirely at your discretion but, as a guideline, 10% is standard for meals and services.
It is generally ill-advised to drink tap water anywhere in Zambia. You can buy bottled water at most shops, both in larger towns and at roadside markets, and it’s not expensive.
Safety and Security
Zambians are generally very friendly and helpful, but, as in any tourist destination the world over, petty theft can be problematic. Risks to personal safety are very low.
It is recommended that you don’t walk around carrying anything of value like your passport or airline tickets. Carry minimum amounts of cash and keep it hidden or in a money belt. Never change money on the streets. Use the safe deposit boxes in the hotel rooms.
To add your name to the mailing list and to receive further information, please e-mail your contact details to:
Raymond van der Berg
Head of Conferencing
SAIMM, P O Box 61127
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923