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Upcoming events

SAIMM Upcoming Events


31 July 2016 - 03 August 2016
Belmont Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town



16 August 2016 - 18 August 2016
Sun City, North West, South Africa

10 th
"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.


31 August 2016 - 01 September 2016
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


12 September 2016 - 13 September 2016
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.


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.