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Upcoming events

SAIMM Upcoming Events


New technology and innovation in the Minerals Industry Colloquium

09 June 201612:00 am - 10 June 201612:00 am
Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Johannesburg

New technology and innovation in the Minerals Industry Colloquium

09–10 June 2016 | Mintek, Randburg

The South African minerals industry finds itself at a crossroad where current levels of productivity and safety, which are driven by current mining and processing methods, will no longer be either socially or economically acceptable.

The future competitiveness of the Southern African minerals industry depends on the application of appropriate and workable technologies, as well as innovative mining and processing methods, that improve safety and productivity. These will be based on process based organisations that are enabled and empowered by increasing levels of real time data and information integrated across the value chain.

This event is aimed at presenting examples of how technology can improve the costs and competiveness of the SA minerals industry, within the next 10 years and technology that is in use now. Not only will it draw on case studies and examples of technology development, but it will also explore innovative ways of applying state of the art technologies from other sectors, to the mining environment.


The 2nd School on Manganese Ferroalloy Production

27 June 201612:00 am - 28 June 201612:00 am
Mintek Conference Centre, Randburg

2nd School on Manganese Ferroalloy Production
27–28 June 2016, Mintek, Randburg

South Africa has the largest, land-based, Mn-ore reserves, exploited by a number of mining companies. Although the country is primarily an exporter of manganese-bearing ores, it has four smelter complexes beneficiating ore by producing high carbon ferromanganese, medium carbon ferromanganese, and silico-manganese.

In South Africa, four smelter complexes are operated by Metalloys and Assmang (ferromanganese producers), and Transalloys and Mogale Alloys (silicomanganese producers).

In order to support the smelters, and foster collaboration between researchers in the field, the SAIMM hosted in 2012, a School on Manganese Ferroalloy Production. The school was presented by Prof. Merete Tangstad, and co-workers.

The 2nd School on Manganese Ferroalloy Production will build on the collaboration between South Africa and Norway, and between role players within the South African manganese industry, by including a larger number of local participants. The focus of the event will be the identification of techno economic challenges faced by role players in the South African manganese industry, and finding ways to address these challenges.


Innovations in Mining Conference 2016

19 July 201612:00 am - 20 July 201612:00 am

The SAIMM Zimbabwe Branch are proud to host the

‘Redesigning the Mining and Mineral Processing Cost Structure’

19–20 July 2016
Holiday Inn Bulawayo

Mineral commodity prices have experienced unpredictable and huge fluctuations, resulting in severe cost cutting measures and mine closures. This has affected mining companies of all sizes.

It is critical that sustainable mineral production levels are maintained during all phases of the commodity price cycles through use of appropriate technology and methods. Investor confidence in the mining sector has been shaken.

There is need for sustainable mining policies to support the new mining models and a corporate governance environment that will maximize value for all stakeholders


Production of Clean Steel

25 July 201612:00 am - 26 July 201612:00 am
Mintek Conference Centre, Randburg



Mintek, Johannesburg

25-26 July 2016

South Africa has a proud history in the production of both mild steel and stainless steel with production facilities in Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the Eastern and Western Cape provinces. At these facilities steel is produced from scrap or from ore via ironmaking facilities. The Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA has a proud history on iron and steelmaking. Collaboration between CMU and the South African iron and steel industry includes a school on steelmaking presented by Prof. Richard Fruehan in Vanderbijlpark in 1996.


Hydrometallurgy 2016 Conference

31 July 201612:00 am - 03 August 201612:00 am
Belmont Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town



10th Heavy Minerals Conference 2016

16 August 201612:00 am - 18 August 201612:00 am
Sun City, North West, South Africa

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"Expanding the horizon"

16–18 August 2016—Conference | 19 August 2016—Technical Visit
Sun City, South Africa

The series of heavy minerals conferences has traditionally focused on the industries associated with ilmenite, rutile and zircon. There are many other economic minerals which have specific gravities such that they may also be classed as ‘heavy minerals’.

The physical and chemical properties of these other minerals results in them being processed by similar technologies and sharing similar markets to the more traditional heavy minerals. In this conference we continue to examine the mining, processing and usage of the traditional heavy minerals but also ‘expand our horizons’ to include other valuable minerals.


MineSAFE 2016

31 August 201612:00 am - 01 September 201612:00 am
Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Johannesburg

SAIMM, AMMSA, MMMA and SACMA are hosting …

MineSAFE 2016
31 August 2016 – 01 September 2016—Conference | 02 September 2016—Industry day

The conference will focus on improving health, safety and the environmental impact in the mining and metallurgy industry and highlight actions to be taken.

It will act as a platform for learning and allow people to share ideas on safety, health and the environment.

This conference aims to bring together management, DMR, Chamber of Mines, Unions and health and safety practitioners at all levels from the industry to share best practice and successful strategies for zero harm and a value-based approach to health and safety.

It will address the main challenges in the mining industry such as logistics, energy and safety of employees, contractors and the communities


Mining for the Future 2016

12 September 201612:00 am - 13 September 201612:00 am
Nasrec, Johannesburg

Mining for the Future 2016
12–13 September 2016, Electra Mining, Nasrec, Johannesburg

Globally the mining industry is in a crisis with declining productivity and many mining operations are no longer sustainable at the current commodity prices. The mining organisation as we know it will have to change and become agile to adapt to uncertainty relating to commodity prices, more difficult ore bodies, skills shortages and growing expectations from all stakeholders. New technologies, mining methods, organisational design philosophies, scenario planning, big data and the digital revolution are all opportunities for the mining industry to reinvent itself.

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy brings you two days of high impact Forums with top industry Keynote speakers talking about the concept of Mining for the Future. Panel discussions, case studies and networking opportunities will bring the future of mining to you now. Join the Forums to interact and network with industry thought leaders and experts who will discuss topical issues and solutions that work now.


Ferrous 2016

19 October 201612:00 am - 21 October 201612:00 am
Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel, Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal
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AMI in association with the SAIMM are hosting the

Ferrous 2016
Ferrous 2016
19-21 October 2016 · Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani,Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal

Through its Advanced metals Initiative (AmI) the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) promotes research, development and innovation across the entire value chain of the advanced metals field.

The goal of this initiative is to achieve sustainable local mineral beneficiation and to increase the downstream value addition of advanced metals in a sustainable manner. The achievement of this is envisioned to be through human capital development on post-graduate and post-doctoral level, technology transfer, localization and ultimately,

The AMI comprises four networks, each focussing on a different group of metals. These are Light metals, Precious metals, Nuclear materials and Ferrous and Base metals (i.e. iron, steel, stainless steels, superalloys, copper, brass, etc.).

The AMI FMDN 2016 Conference aims to bring together stakeholders from the mineral sector, academia, steel industry, international research institutions and government in order to share and debate the latest trends, research and innovations, specifically in the areas of energy, petrochemical, corrosion, materials for extreme environments and transport, local mineral beneficiation and advanced manufacturing related to these materials.

Keynote speakers to be invited include international specialists in the fields of ferrous metals, computational materials science, high temperature corrosion and mineral beneficiation.

The Ferrous and Base metals Development Network (FMDN) of the DST's Advanced metals Initiative (AMI) programme will host the AMI's annual conference in 2016. The conference seeks to share insight into the state of R&D under the AMI-FMDN programmes and explore and debate the following broad themes:

  • Development of high performance ferrous and base metal alloys for application in the energy and petrochemical industries
  • Development of corrosion resistant ferrous and base metal alloys
  • Development of lightweight and/or durable steels for cost-effective transportation and infrastructure, and
  • Panel discussions on possible future value-adding R&D programmes under FMDN within the South African National Imperatives.





Student Colloquium 2016

25 October 201612:00 am -12:00 am

14th Annual Southern African Student Colloquium
25 October 2016, Mintek, Randburg

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy has been organising and presenting an annual Student Colloquium since 2002, to give the best final year mining and metallurgical students an opportunity to present their final year projects to a mining and metallurgical audience.

Our students today, are our young professionals tomorrow and will have a fundamental impact on the way we work. We have to support and assist our young professionals of the future! ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’ Nelson Mandela

The SAIMM cordially invites our experts in the field to meet the fine calibre of young professionals about to embark on their careers in the industry. There will be 11 mining and 11 metallurgical presentations planned for the day, which will include a lunch and at the end of the day and a prize giving function. The top five winners of each discipline will stand a chance to be published in the prestigious SAIMM Journal in April 2015.

Our strategy is the following:
To contribute to the creation of prosperous and empowered young professionals.


AfriRock 2017

02 October 201712:00 am - 07 October 201712:00 am
Cape Town Convention Centre , Cape Town, South Africa