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Upcoming events

SAIMM Upcoming Events


09 March 2017 - 10 March 2017
Innovation Hub, Pretoria



It is recognised that we live in an era characterised by accelerated change, overwhelming complexities and tremendous competition, all of which result in considerable uncertainty about the future. The challenge for young professionals in this time is to create a vision for mining in Africa that will inspire confidence for the future. Young professionals must create a roadmap that describes the steps neccessary to realise the vision.

In setting the strategic direction to achieve the vision, these are a few of the questions that must be answered:

  • What are the policies that should be developed and implemented to transform the status quo to the envisioned mining environment?
  • What are the technical solutions that need to be pursued?
  • What are the human capital needs that must be satisfied?
  • What are the economic conditions required?

This conference will provide a platform for young professionals to interact with peers and industry thought leaders to drive the dialogue towards unlocking the future of the African minerals industry.


20 April 2017
Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Considerable attention is being focused through the Department of Mineral Resources, the Mine Health and Safety Council, the mining companies and the original equipment manufacturers on the development and implementation of Proximity Detection Systems (PDSs) and Collision Avoidance Systems for underground and surface mobile machinery and underground track bound machinery. These initiatives are all in support of the quest by all stakeholders for reaching “zero harm”.

Systems have been developed and trialled for vehicle to person detection and warning, vehicle to beacon, and vehicle to vehicle detection.

Technical challenges have been encountered in terms of the various system reliability and pedestrian/operator acceptance, as well as the application on diesel powered and electric powered machinery, respectively.

Whilst it is the intention to regulate this area in the near future, it is important that the various issues that could be problematic to implementation be aired and solutions found.


03 May 2017 - 04 May 2017
Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Advanced Workshop

3–4 May 2017
Emperors Palace, Hotel Casino Convention Resort, Johannesburg

The object of the Course is to address the more complex application of the codes through case studies. It will be assumed that the participants are fully conversant with the codes and are able to discuss their perspective on aspects of the case studies. The emphasis will be on being able to face one’s peers and include both compliance and best practice aspects of the codes.

The course will take the form of group discussions of various case studies to facilitate discussion. The four topics selected are Precious Metals, Coal, Diamonds and Valuation covering Exploration Results, Mineral Resources, Mineral Reserves and Valuations.

Participants will be supplied with material to review prior to the workshop. They will be placed in groups to discuss and dissect the material – 2 or 3 groups will be asked to present their findings at the end of each session. Each case study is designed for a 3-hour morning or afternoon session.

The workshop is intended to allow mining industry professionals to improve their knowledge and application of the advanced aspects of the SAMREC and SAMVAL Codes.


09 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
Southern Sun, Cape Sun, Cape Town

6th Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid 2017 Conference

9 May 2017—WORKSHOP
10–11 May 2017—CONFERENCE

Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

The production of SO2 and Sulphuric acid remains a pertinent topic in the Southern African mining, minerals and metallurgical industry. Due to significant growth in acid and SO2 production as a fatal product, as well as increased requirement for acid and SO2 to process Copper, Cobalt and Uranium, the Sub Saharan region has seen a dramatic increase in the number of new plants. The design capacity of each of the new plants are in excess of 1000 tons per day. In light of the current state of the industry and the global metal commodity prices the optimisation of sulphuric acid plants, new technologies and recapture and recycle of streams are even more of a priority and focus. The 2017 Sulphuric Acid Conference will create an opportunity to be exposed to industry thought leaders and peers, international suppliers, other producers and experts. To ensure that you stay abreast of developments in the industry, The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, invites you to participate in a conference on the production, utilization and conversion of sulphur, sulphuric acid and SO2 abatement in metallurgical and other processes to be held in May 2017 in Cape Town.


22 May 2017 - 23 May 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa

Goods and services are exchanged at every stage of the mine value chain. This provides an excellent opportunity for the enterprising individual to do business within the mining industry. However, entrepreneurs and professionals that want to do business in mining perceive the South African mining industry as difficult one to enter.

Most small businesses (SMME’s) and start-ups usually struggle to sustain their business beyond the first 18 months of starting a business. There are challenges related to regulatory compliance, access to funding and access to markets.

The aim of the conference is to #OpenUpTheIndustry by providing a platform for:

  • the entrepreneur or small start-up to gain a practical understanding of how a new business can penetrate the mining space
  • the small business owner or business development manager looking for new business to build networks and get exposed to opportunities for growing a successful enterprise
  • big business looking to procure goods and services to interact with new business partners who meet regulatory compliance requirements.

06 June 2017 - 07 June 2017
Mintek Conference Centre, Randburg

Mine Planning Colloquium
6–7 June 2017

The SAIMM’s Mine Planning Forum has previously clearly highlighted the limitations currently available for mine planning skills. The 2012 and 2014 Planning Schools was well received and there seems to be sufficient support for it to be successfully repeated in 2017.


19 June 2017 - 20 June 2017
Mintek Conference Centre, Randburg

Chrome beneficiation has been at the core of driving South Africa’s ferroalloy industry in the last ~ 40 years. Various technical, economic, environmental and social issues have seen an industry transform over decades. Interaction between industrial partners (mines, ferrochrome producers, and engineering houses), research institutions and science councils has always been key to drive South Africa forward.

Following a successful School in Manganese Ferroalloy Production held at Mintek in 2016 and in preparation for Infacon XV (to be held in South Africa in 2018), a colloquium on Chrome is being organised.


27 June 2017 - 29 June 2017
The University of the Witwatersrand

4th Mineral Project
Valuation Colloquium
27–29 June 2017
The University of the Witwatersrand

The SAIMM announces the 4th Mineral Project Valuation Colloquium following three previous successful schools in 2011, 2012, and 2014 that were fully subscribed. The audience included international delegates from the United Kingdom, Australia, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

This colloquium will provide you with insights into these and other developments that will affect the way you conduct mineral project valuations and equip you with relevant techniques for undertaking Mineral Asset Valuation. Seats are limited so book your seats early as the next SAIMM Mineral Asset Valuation Colloquium will only be run in 2019.


10 July 2017 - 11 July 2017
Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Johannesburg

SAIMM and MMMA are hosting …

WATER 2017

“lifeblood of the mining industry”

10–11 July 2017
Emperors Palace, Hotel Casino | Convention Resort Johannesburg

A water conference considering the challenges faced by the mining industry. This includes the latest legislation pertaining to the application for water use licences. Understanding the governments strategy to supply water.

The conferencer will be an opportunity for companies to share the application of new technology and strategies for management of water in the mine and on the metallurgical plants.

The topic of recent changes in the legislation has made it more onerous to apply for a water use licence and the scarcity of water is becoming a critical aspect in project feasibility and operation of metallurgical operations which will be aimed to be addressed.


03 August 2017 - 04 August 2017
Mandel Training Centre, Marlborough, Harare

The SAIMM Zimbabwe Branch are proud to host


Driving under prolonged low commodity price environment

3–4 August 2017
Mandel Training Centre | Marlborough, Harare

Mineral products remain pivotal to the development of the global economy, despite experiencing prolonged periods of low mineral commodity prices in recent times. Stakeholders in the industry have responded with innovative practices and technologies that continue to build a robust industry that not only survives but thrives under ‘the new normal’ commodity price environment.


07 August 2017 - 09 August 2017
Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Johannesburg


7–8 August 2017—CONFERENCE | 9 August 2017—TECHNICAL VISIT

This conference is in response to the industry being under immense pressure to sink shafts and develop tunnels in safer and more efficient ways. The global call for no harm has been taken very seriously.

The advance rates and daily production has come under immense pressure to improve and shorten the entire project period to make it financially viable. We can sink shafts and develop tunnels without hurting people, however to repeatedly achieve this while achieving the productivity targets has proven to be a challenge. We need to critically examine all aspects related to the sinking process. The way in which we conduct the entire project, right from mine concept study through to commissioning and handover all needs to be considered. Shaft sinking and tunnelling is not only about the sinking cycle.

There are many diverse factors that influence the sinking process including: business drivers in the concept phase, mining methodologies and technology alternatives in the pre-feasibility stages, cost and timing parameters in the feasibility as well as partner selection, technical criteria and management systems during the execution phase. Mechanisation attempts to remove people from the hazards of sinking and to provide a continuous consistent advance rate has made great strides in the past five years.


27 August 2017 - 30 August 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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30 August 2017 - 01 September 2017
Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Johannesburg



11 September 2017 - 13 September 2017
Swakopmund, Namibia

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM in collaboration with the Canadian Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) is proud to host …

Extraction and Applications of Uranium — Present and Future
11 – 13 September 2017
Swakopmund, Namibia

Namibia is currently ranked the fifth-largest producer of uranium in the world and is set to become the world’s second-largest producer once Swakop Uranium’s Husab Mine is fully operational. This will undoubtedly position Namibia as a major uranium mining hub and will see the industry playing a more significant role in the national and regional economies.

Uranium as a material, and its applications, are often controversial. Yet, nuclear reactors are still being built despite the growth in energy generation through renewable sources and despite highly publicised nuclear accidents. Several countries are pursuing uranium enrichment programmes. Although prices are currently subdued, it is highly likely that there will be continued and sustained demand for uranium for the foreseeable future.

This conference aims to bring together professionals in the uranium industry. A broad range of topics will be discussed, ranging from mining to some of the applications of uranium, and including safety, and post-operations closure and remediation issues. Innovations in the extraction and applications of uranium are constantly being made, and this conference provides a platform for the discussion of advances and for generating new ideas.

It is fitting that the conference takes place in Swakopmund, Namibia. Not only do Namibia and this town have much to offer in scenic beauty, but Swakopmund (apart from being a favourite seaside resort) may also be said to be the centre of uranium extraction in the country. Most mines are located in the Namib Desert, within easy driving distance of the conference venue. Uranium mining is a very important sector in the Namibian economy, and has been for many years. The oldest uranium mine, Rössing Uranium, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, having commenced operations in 1976.

Post-conference visits to local operations are planned.

The Uranium 2017 Conference will bring together internationally and locally recognized experts, operating personnel, engineering providers, policy makers, R&D establishments, academia, as well as students, to explore how future uranium extraction technologies can:

  • Assist in sustainable uranium extraction
  • Lower energy costs
  • Minimise the impact on the environment
  • Play an enhanced role in the medical field



18 October 2017 - 20 October 2017

7th International Platinum Conference

‘Platinum— A Changing Industry

In Association with AMI Precious Metals 2017

18–19 October 2017 — Conference
20 October — Technical Tours

The 7th International Platinum Conference is to be held in Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa in October 2017.

The Platinum conference series has covered a range of themes since inception in 2004, and traditionally addresses the opportunities and challenges facing the platinum Industry.

This prestigious event attracts key role players and industry leaders through:

  • High quality technical papers and presentations
  • Facilitating industry networking
  • Having large, knowledgeable audiences
  • Global participation, and
  • Comprehensive support from industry role players.

The Platinum 2017 Conference will be held in association with the Precious Metals Development Network (PMDN) of the DST’s Advanced Metals initiative (AMI Conference 2017)

The AMI conference presents a forum where scientists and technologists can come together to learn and discuss the latest advances in precious metals (platinum group metals and gold) science and technology.

The 2017 event will, under the guidance of the organising committee, structure a programme which covers critical aspects of this continually evolving and exciting industry.

However the success and relevance of this event to the industry really depends on your participation and support. You can participate in this event as an organising committee

member, author/presenter, delegate or sponsor.

We look forward to your support and engagement in the 7th International Platinum Conference.

Thank you.

Dr Gordon Smith.


01 July 2018
Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia



01 October 2018

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.