|Event Start Date||October 14, 2018, 12:00 pm|
|Event End Date||October 17, 2018, 8:00 pm|
Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Skukuza, 1350, South Africa
Accompanying Persons Programme 26042018.pdf
Furnace Tapping Abstract List 26042018.pdf
Furnace Tapping Conference Announcement 12042018.pdf
Furnace Tapping Reg form 12042018.pdf
Sponsorship Opportunities Furnace Tapping 2018 190418.pdf
Furnace Tapping 2014 was a first of its kind event. It focused on the challenges associated with the tapping of furnaces and on finding ways to address these challenges. South Africa, which produced 18 commodities at more than 75 sites applying smelter technology, was an ideal breeding ground for such an event. People gathered to share creative solutions to a problem shared by many, for which no miracle one-size-fits-all solution exists.
The SAIMM takes pride in announcing a follow-up conference, Furnace Tapping 2018, will be hosted in South Africa in October 2018. The high standard of technical papers compiled in the peer-reviewed proceedings of Furnace Tapping 2014 will be maintained.
The SAIMM envisage for Furnace Tapping 2018 further documentation of tapping practices by existing operators, more reviews of current operations, and descriptive case studies in which technologies available for tap-hole design, monitoring, closure, and maintenance were applied. Of special interest is, feedback on research conducted in the field.
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact
Head of Conferencing
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
To provide an international forum for transfer of new knowledge on the design, maintenance, and operating practices surrounding the tapping of pyrometallurgical smelters, and to discuss methods and results of research in the field.
For Furnace Tapping 2018, we would like to highlight the importance of safety during tapping and to that extent one of the keynote speakers, Dr Mark Kennedy, will talk about alternative cooling technologies in furnace tap-hole designs. As the importance of tap-hole life-cycle management was highlighted during Furnace Tapping 2014, Kobus Sutherland, in his keynote address will discuss how the tap-hole life-cycle is managed at the five submerged arc furnaces (SAFs) producing silicomanganese at Transalloys. With his background in operation of SAFs for ferrochrome production and his current research interest in Söderberg electrodes, Prof Paul Beukes will discuss the influence furnace tapping has on the management of Söderberg electrodes. Lastly, Prof Chris Pistorius will look at the downstream effect of tapping practices on product quality when he discuss the effect of slag carry-over on the production of clean steel.
Prof. P.C. Pistorius
Prof. J.P Beukes
Dr. M.W. Kennedy
Topics could include the following, all focused on the tapping of furnaces:
The conference is aimed at delegates from the pyrometallurgical industry operating smelters or those who support them, and includes:
Submitted papers will be considered for journal publication. Journal acceptance is subject to peer-review by the Conference Committee and SAIMM Publications Committee.
A selection of papers from the proceedings of Furnace Tapping 2018 will be published in a special edition of the Journal of the SAIMM in February 2019
Anglo American Polokwane Smelter, Polokwane – R1 000
Polokwane Smelter is one of three primary PGM concentrate smelting sites within the Anglo American Platinum Process flowsheet. The main asset at the smelter is the six-in-line electrode, rectangular electric furnace which operates at up to 68MW, and is the world’s largest PGM smelting furnace. Smelting of the nickel-copper-PGM concentrate in the furnace yields a base metal and PGM rich matte phase and a barren slag phase. The matte is tapped from one of the endwalls of the furnace through one of three specially designed matte tapholes on a batchwise basis into ladles. The matte is then cast and crushed and trucked to the converting plant in Rustenburg for further processing. Slag is tapped out the opposite endwall of the furnace through three slag tapholes on a near continuous basis. The slag is water granulated and conveyed to a slag stockpile. Drilling machines and clayguns are utilised on both the slag and matte sides.
Neven Matthews Steel, Witbank – R1 000
Neven Matthews (Pty) Ltd. is a steel tube producer serving the Pyro-metallurgical, power generation and the structural steel markets in South and Southern Africa.
A family business, founded by Neven Matthews in 1972, the company has grown to such an extent that it is now a major player in the hot rolled steel tube industry in South and Southern Africa
The following specialised products are manufactured by our company at our works located in the Mpumalanga Province.
Oxylance®, used in the production process of ferroalloys, steel, copper and platinum, and for opening tap holes and scrap cutting, this product is available in sizes ranging from 08NB (13.6mm OD) to 20NB (26.9mm OD)and in standard lengths of between 2.3 and 9 meters.
Wirepak®, thermic lances are also available. These are used for cutting aluminium, copper, concrete, slag, ferrous and non ferrous metals and for underwater cutting. Sizes available are from 08NB (13.6mm OD) to15NB (21.4mm OD) Standard lengths are 2; 3; and 4 meters.
A range of brass couplings, seals, connectors and other ancillary equipment is available to suit all our products.
Electric Resistance Welded structural steel tube is also manufactured in sizes ranging from 15.88 mm to 95 mm round and 15.88 mm to 75 mm square. Structural sizes can be rolled to lengths of 6.0, 6.4 or the standard 7.2 meters fencing lengths. Special lengths can be rolled on request.
Our management systems are SABS / ISO 9001 (2008) certified.
Delegates can choose from the following Tours
Skyway Trails (Hazyview) R495.00 per person + Elephant Sanctuary R625.00 per person
Sudwala Caves R95.00 per person + Chimp Eden R200.00 per person
Blyde River Boat Ride R150.00 per person + Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre R155.00 per person
Panorama Route Tour
Other Activities to do at the Kruger National Park
Full Day Game Drive
Visit AM Spar
IMPORTANT: It is important to bring comfortable walking shoes, sun block, hat, binoculars, camera, light clothing with light rain protection in case needed.
Early registration fees (Before 20 July 2018)
Author – R4 400
SAIMM Members – R7 040
Non Members – R9 680
Students/Retired Members – R4 400
Registration fees (after 20 July 2018)
Author – R4 400
SAIMM Members – R8 800
Non Members – R11 000
Students/Retired Members – R4 400
Anglo American Polokwane Smelter, Polokwane – R1 000
Neven Matthews Steel, Witbank – R1 000
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 before the date of the event.
3) Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event.
Did you know?
The surface area of Kruger National Park is 7,580 miles²
Kruger is in a summer rainfall area. Such precipitation is usually convectional and can result in heavy downpours.
The summer months (October to April) are hot and often balmy. Winters are warm and mild, although visitors going on night-drives will require warm clothing.
As of late September 2017 we have noticed an increase in the amount of Malaria diagnoses in Kruger National Park. We therefore advise all travellers to cover themselves by taking chemoprophylaxis whilst visiting the Park. Your family physician will be able to advise you on the most suitable medication.
The risk of contracting malaria is often a concern when visiting the Kruger National Park. The Kruger is one of the two South African National Parks that are situated in malaria risk areas. The other park is Mapungubwe National Park. It is important to note that the risk of malaria in both of these parks is usually low, even in the summer months.
Malaria is mosquito borne disease transmitted exclusively through the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. The highest risk period is between November and April - the end of the summer rainy season. Following the bite of an infected mosquito, an individual may remain asymptomatic for 12 – 35 days, depending on the species of malaria. This is known as the incubation period.
Malaria should be suspected in patients with any unexplained fever after visiting an area where malaria is endemic. The symptoms of malaria include:
When malaria becomes severe, it can cause symptoms such as:
Most types of mosquito that are encountered will not carry the malaria parasite and if an individual is bitten it does not mean that they will contract malaria.
The risk of malaria can be reduced by preventing mosquito bites. Mosquitoes most often bite between dusk and dawn. People are advised to stay indoors during this period, or cover exposed skin with light clothing or insect repellents. Remember to spray one’s ankles. Burning anti-mosquito coils and ensuring netted screens are kept closed will significantly reduce your risk for contracting insect bites. All of the accommodation available in Kruger is fitted with netted screens.
Malaria prophylactic drugs can be taken that will further decrease the chances of contracting malaria. It is a difficult decision whether or not to take malaria prophylactics when visiting the Kruger National Park. The risk of contracting malaria needs to be weighed up against the side effects of the malaria prophylactic medication, and all the drugs available have various side effects. The choice of the appropriate drug that an individual should use is a decision that should be made in consultation with a medical doctor. There are three types of malaria prophylactic medications available for the strains of malaria occurring in South Africa, namely Doxycycline, Atovaquone/Proguanil and Mefloquine.
It is also important to know that taking malaria prophylaxis does not guarantee that an individual will not contract malaria, it decreases the risk of contracting the disease. Malaria should be excluded in anyone who presents with unexplained fever within 12 to 35 days after entering a malaria area. A blood test is the most accurate, although rapid tests are available that are also very accurate.
DELEGATES ARE STRONGLY ADVISED NOT TO BRING CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF TWO YEARS.
Delegates can book accommodation at the Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park. For booking, please quote booking code: R5917456
Delegates should not book accommodation through the San Parks website
Skukuza Camp is the capital of Kruger National Park. It is the biggest camp and includes facilities such as a shop, ATM, internet cafe, restaurant, library, fuel station and more.
A magnificent 9 hole (18-tee), Par 72 golf course
Riverside walks, wilderness hikes and game drives
Accommodation and lodging ranges from luxury to standard
Activities, attractions and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within Skukuza Rest Camp and the surrounding area. Skukuza Camp is an excellent rest camp from which to pursue the Big Five and birds in the vicinity.
Lions are frequently spotted along this route. At night, look for the Fruit Bat that hangs under the eaves of the shop, and the Thick-tailed Bush Baby climbing the trees in search of gum.
Skukuza Accommodation and lodging:
Skukuza Camp Overview:
Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park is a popular rest camp situated in the heart of Big Five territory and is easily accessed by road and by air. Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park features a variety of accommodation options such as camp sites, 21 furnished safari tents, semi luxury bungalows, cottages and 4 guesthouses.
The myriad of birds and wild game in the area is easily spotted by going on bush walks and game drives. Wildlife documentaries are shown in an outdoor amphitheater. There is a magnificent 9 hole (18-tee), Par 72 golf course available for golf enthusiasts on their Kruger Park safari holiday. Read more about Golfing in Kruger at Skukuza Golf Course.
Disabled Visitor facilities:
The reception area is accessible with drop curves providing access from the parking area to the buildings, which include the reception office, a bank, a post office and public toilets (including a barrier free toilet) amongst others. The auto-bank is up a step and is thus inaccessible for wheelchair users. The camp's shop, restaurant and cafeteria are all designed to be all easily accessed in a wheelchair, as is movement along the camp's perimeter fence adjacent to and overlooking the Sabie River.
Skukuza Rest Camp has several attractions such as a museum hut, the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library, an information centre and an auditorium. Only the library is inaccessible. Wheelchair users will need to be pulled up the stairs to access this facility. The camp has 8, 2-bed huts with barrier free facilities (6 with showers and 2 with baths). There is an accessible 6-bedded cottage with bath and shower facilities.
Skukuza Rest Camp has 2 restaurants including the Selati Station Grillhouse. Selati offers a full a la carte breakfast everyday from 7:30am to 10:30am.
Restaurant trading hours:
Weekdays: 6:00am - 22:30pm
Weekends: 12 - 3pm and 6pm- 22:30pm
Selati Station Grillhouse
Tel: +27 (0)13 735 5658
Fax: +27 (0)13 735 6002
The airport is a rudimentary one. The airport staff assists passengers off the plane via airline wheelchairs and down a mobile ramp. No barrier free toilets existed at the time of writing although access to the toilets is easily managed.
Stevenson Hamilton Memorial:
This is a get-out point with a path to a memorial plaque. The path passes over and between boulders and is not accessible to a person in a wheelchair.
Nkuhlu is a picnic site where a ramp has been specially constructed to allow wheelchair users the opportunity to descend from the parking lot down to the pathway adjacent the river's edge. There has been no adaptation of any of the other facilities and no barrier free toilets exist at the time of writing.
Another get-out point where a memorial plaque has been embedded in rock. Reaching the plaque in a wheelchair requires assistance and such visitors are better off reading the plaque through binoculars.
Skukuza Rest Camp Facilities:
A Brief History of Skukuza
The camp was originally known as Sabie Bridge or simply Reserve, the name was changed in 1936. Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park is named after the Tsonga name for James Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park. Literally translated it means 'he who sweeps clean', a reference to his removal of all the local people to make way for the establishment of the Park.
The Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum houses many interesting artifacts - very well-known is the knife ranger Harry Wolhuter used to single-handedly slay a Lion and save his own life. Skukuza is the Kruger National Park's largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River and is home to some interesting birds and amazing plant life.
Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
Portia Shabangu Road, Kruger National Park
+27 (0) 13 735 5671
Directions to Protea Hotel Kruger Gate
Directions from Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport
Follow N4 from Witbank straight to Nelspruit.
Follow R40 to White River and then on to Hazyview.
At Hazyview, turn right at the second 4-way stop, into Paul Kruger Road.
Follow the road for 43km, the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate will be on the left hand side, Kruger Gate entrance directly in front.
For other alternative accommodation – please refer to the link below:
Delegates are advised to book alternative accommodation (as recommended on the SAIMM website) way in advance as places get fully booked around the summer time.
Although the tap water is safe to drink, delegates are advised to have plenty of bottled water for safety reasons and also because of the heat. Bottled water is provided in all rooms and available to purchase at all shops in the Kruger National Park
Many visitors to Kruger are self-drive visitors. At the same time however many people (particularly internationals) chose to fly to the park’s periphery and then hire a vehicle.
There are daily flights to the Kruger Park operating from Johannesburg to the recently reopened Skukuza Airport, Phalaborwa Airport, Hoedspruit Airport and the Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) located between Nelspruit and White River. Daily flights also operate to Skukuza from Cape Town. KMIA also receives daily flights from Durban and Cape Town, and there is also a flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit.
No private aircraft may land at Skukuza Airport without prior permission from the Skukuza Airport Management Company acting on behalf of the Park Director. To obtain this, a Skukuza landing permission and indemnification form must be sent via email to email@example.com.
Airlink's scheduled air services to Skukuza airport:
|OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)||Skukuza Airport||10:00|
|Cape Town International Airport||Skukuza Airport||10:35|
|Skukuza Airport||Cape Town International Airport||11:20|
|Skukuza Airport||OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)||13:20|
Visit www.skukuzaairport.com for additional information.
Private Connections (a private company) operates this shuttle service between Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) to Kruger National Park. The contact details are:
Office Tel.: 00 27 (0) 13 750 2435
Cell: 00 27 (0) 72 245 4677
The trip takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. It is recommended that the shuttle should be booked with Heather.
Car hire at KMIA, Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa airports and at Skukuza Camp itself or from all major towns in South Africa. South African National Parks endorses Avis Car Rental. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of coach tours are available of varying degrees of luxury. Transport companies, often in conjunction with tour operators/travel agents, facilitate these.
There are nine entrance gates to Kruger, delegates for Furnace Tapping Conference kindly please note to use the Paul Kruger Gate, accessible through Skukuza Road
Latecomers at entrance gates will be refused entry, whilst offenders at rest camps will be warned and fined if they are repeat offenders.
Late entry escorts (at a fee) are available at the following gates for the camp in brackets only. This is only available until 21:00. Escorts depart every half hour until this time:
Gate Security will phone camp duty phone when there are guests and transport is arranged. If guests advise in advance, then trips can be better planned. Fee is currently R500,00 per vehicle.
Internal Road Network
Tourist roads in the park are either tarred, or good gravel roads; speed limit: 50 km/h on tarred roads, 40 km/h on gravel roads and 20 km/h in restcamps. An average speed of 30 km/h on tourist roads is recommended for maximum safety and game-viewing enjoyment.
Motorcycles and vehicles with an axle load exceeding 8000 kg are not permitted. Caravan and trailers as well as coaches and buses are restricted to the tar roads. Open vehicles are permitted only if the driver is in possession of a valid permit and such vehicles have a covered canopy so that human shapes do not break the shape of the vehicle. Such permits are available at Skukuza on 013 735 4000 and inquire after open vehicle permits.
Gate Registration & Indemnity Form
Kruger National Park Gate Registration & Indemnity Form (PDF)
Visitors’ visas are for international travellers (citizens of other countries) who have permanent residence outside South Africa and who wish to visit the country on a temporary basis for tourism or business purposes for a period of 90 days or less.
A visa simply indicates that your application has been reviewed at a South African embassy, mission or consulate and that the consular officer has determined you are eligible to enter the country for a specific purpose.
The visa will allow you to travel to a South African port of entry where an immigration official will then determine if you are allowed to enter South Africa and for how long you can stay for that particular visit. Visitors are restricted to the activity or reason for which their visas were issued.
On entry to South Africa, a visa is considered to be a visitor's permit. The permit’s period of validity is calculated from the date of entry into the country and will be set out under the heading "conditions" on the visa label. You must ensure that you apply for the correct visa/permit. Entry in the country may be refused if the purpose of visit was not correctly stated.
Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country (click here to see which countries are currently exempt), and the requirements are subject to change. As each application is treated as an individual case and you should make enquiries with your nearest South African mission or consulate abroad or any office of the Department of Home Affairs to see whether or not you are required to apply for a visa.
Remember that there is a fee charged for issuing a visa, and you should check the cost with the office as well as this is updated annually. The fee is payable in different currencies in different countries.
Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials are obliged to put you onto a flight back to your home country.
Foreigners with long term status (work permits/permit residence) in the neighbouring countries who transit the Republic to return to their employment or residence are not subject to the transit visa, provided they are in possession of proof of their status.
South African visitors’ visas may be granted for:
Documents required to apply for a visa
Requirements for entering South Africa
You will need the following if you wish to visit South Africa:
Don't forget that there are certain goods that you cannot bring into South Africa and other goods on which duties need to be paid.
For Customs requirements, click here: http://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Travellers/Pages/Arrival-in-SA.aspx
For Agricultural requirements, click here: http://www.daff.gov.za/daffweb3/Services/Imports
ORDINARY PASSPORT / TRAVEL DOCUMENT HOLDERS WHO ARE SUBJECT TO SOUTH AFRICAN VISA FEES
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
Fees for the issuance of a visitor’s visa in terms of section 11(1) of the Immigration Act shall be collected in respect of passport / travel document holders of the following foreign countries when travelling on an ordinary passport (visa fees are not levied for diplomatic and official/service passport holders). Please note that countries marked with an asterisk are only subject to visa fees if the intended visit exceeds thirty (30) days:
updated - 2016-07-20
Please note that children travelling to the Republic of South Africa require additional documentation as stipulated by the Department of Home Affairs. Details can be found in the following PDF Downloadable documents issued by the Department of Home Affairs.
Head of Conferencing
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923