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SAIMM Upcoming Events


27 September 2016
Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Johannesburg

GMSG – SAIMM Forum 2016

Underground Mining Forum
Underground Communications Infrastructure & Battery Electric Vehicles Underground

Date: 27 September 2016
Location: Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Co-Organizing Institutions: Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group and SAIMM
Registration: Free
More Information: Jennifer Curran at

The GMSG will be hosting a forum on September 27, 2016 for the Underground Mining Working Group, taking place at the Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

The targeted participants include underground mine operators, mine planners, mine IT workers, engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractors and related vendors.

The workshop will be an opportunity to review the work by the Underground Communications Infrastructure subcommittee and to continue the development of a guideline.

This is an opportunity to ensure any regional priorities are considered in the work. This guideline will be a formal set of documents to be used by the mining industry as a reference for the frameworks, standards, processes and procedures supporting

digital communications in an underground mine environment.

The second focus of the workshop will be a roundtable discussion about one of GMSG’s newest projects, the Electric Mine: Battery Electric Vehicles Underground. It will include a review of work-to-date, from workshops in Toronto, Brisbane and Sudbury as well as the project plan focused on the aggressive target of a draft guideline by year-end. The session will be an ongoing discussion to examine how to determine the tools, processes, and standards required to enable electric mobile mine equipment in the underground mine with the goals of eliminating diesel particulates and driving down the soaring costs associated with ventilation and cooling.

For more information contact Jennifer Curran at


01 October 2016 9:00 am
Worley Parsons Conference Room, Melrose Arch

Lecture Outline

The object of the Lecture is to supply the participants with the basics of the SAMREC and SAMVAL Codes. The purpose of the 3-hour lecture is to supply young professionals with the opportunity to broaden their mining knowledge of general mining issues.

The lecture intends to provide the professional with a better understanding and appreciation of the South African reporting codes. Sufficient detail will also enable the mining engineer to benefit from this lecture as real issue are raised during the course of the 3 hour lecture. The lecture will be broken into four (4) - 30 minute sessions structured to comprise of a basic introduction of the Codes and key definitions and principles. The second and third session will introduce the SAMREC and SAMVAL Codes and their application in Public Reporting. The final session will provide a number of case studies thereby enabling participants to fully benefit from the sessions.


19 October 2016 - 21 October 2016
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.





25 October 2016

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.


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.


09 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
Cape Town, South Africa

6th Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid 2017 Conference

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

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.


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

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

The SAIMM announces the 4th Mineral Project Valuation School 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 School 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 School will only be run in 2019.


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

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