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  • New Technology Conference and Trade Show

    Alastair Macfarlane, SAIMM President 2018/2019, introduces the New Technology Conference and Trade Show to take place this year. Find out more about this exciting event that will focus on "Embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Minerals Industry".

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  • SAIMM Banquet 2019

  • Alan George Cameron Merson Receives 50-year Membership Award

    Alan George Cameron Merson Receives 50-year Membership Award

    SAIMM members who achieve 50 years of membership are awarded a 9ct gold lapel badge at the Annual General Meeting. A few years ago an additional presentation process was instituted, where an Office Bearer or Past President would present the badge to members at their homes, if they were unable to attend the AGM. This year, Mr Patrick Willis, a Past President who lives in the UK, agreed to present the badge to Mr Alan Merson, a member who lives in Scotland.

    Mr Merson joined the SAIMM on 20 May 1968. He transferred to the grade of Member on 18 February 1971 and then became a Fellow of the SAIMM on 14 April 1986. He was a Mine Manager at Bank Colliery and became a Retired Fellow on 17 January 1992.

    This photograph displays SAIMM President 2006/2007 Patrick (Pat) Willis presenting the badge to Mr and Mrs Merson, at a lunch arranged at the Dome Restaurant in Edinburgh.

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From the President's Corner

  • Of sun, shells, sand, and sea …

    I recently visited the Eastern Cape for the occasion of my eldest son’s wedding. It is the first time I had visited beautiful Morgan Bay, and we ventured up the coast into the former Transkei for some sightseeing. At one point we deviated onto a very small dirt track (fortunately we had a 4x4 vehicle) and arrived at a small

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  • Local is lekker: building a global mining supply chain from South Africa

    Oh my goodness, it’s nearly Christmas! How the time flies when you are enjoying yourself. It’s year end and time to reflect, as well as to look forward to the New Year. 2018 has been a tumultuous year for the mining industry in South Africa, what with the appointment of a new President of South Africa, a new Minister of

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  • A new dawn for the mining industry?

    As I sit here writing this President’s Corner, today’s dawn has brought with it the first real rains of the summer. I am reminded that the rain represents a blessing showered down upon us, and our country. Is this a blessing for our industry? Much has changed for the mining industry over the last few months, or has it? First,

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From the Journal Comments

  • Journal Accreditation and Standards

    Here is some useful information to get 2019 and our Journal off to a good start. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) published Research Output Policy (2015) in the Government Gazette (vol. 597 of 11 March 2015, no. 38552), to be implemented from 1 January 2016, which was a revised version of the Policy and Procedures for Measurement

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  • Adding sustainable value to our two natural resources from Mother Earth

    As we approach the end of another eventful year, it’s good to reflect on where our mining industry and the contributions it makes belongs in the local and global picture. When often asked during my travels ‘what do you do?’ I normally respond, as do the politicians, by saying ‘before I answer your question may I pose one question to

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Market News

  • 2019 is a seminal year for investor confidence in South Africa’s mining sector

    2019 is a seminal year for investor confidence in South Africa’s mining sector, and international investors will be closely watching a variety of important issues as they seek the clarity they will need to commit to investments in the country. With crucial national elections due in May, a debt crisis at state electricity utility Eskom and the country’s new mining

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  • Mining Charter III: Piling the pressure on small miners

    By Manus Booysen and Rita Spalding, Partners and mining sector experts at Webber Wentzel Achieving Mining Charter III’s requirements for structuring broad-based ownership, local procurement and social and labour plans is likely to present serious challenges for small scale miners in particular. It may be time to move away from a “one size fits all” approach in setting charter targets.

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