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  • The Crucible Podcast continues!

    Since its launch in 2023, The Crucible Podcast has released a succession of compelling episodes, each hosted by industry experts and covering a wide array of topics.

    Check out the latest episodes:

    Range vs Specialisation and the Significance of Interdisciplinary Approaches, Especially in the Raw Materials Industry by Dr. Frank Crundwell.
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    The Value and Importance of Mentoring in a Connected Economy presented by Simone Naicker.
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  • SAIMM Mining Exhibition at the Sci-bono Discovery Centre

    In July 2014 the SAIMM mining exhibition was opened at the Sci-bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. The exhibition presents the opportunity to showcase the industry, provide information and encourage visitors to Sci-bono and learners to consider careers in the minerals industry.

    It has been over 9 years since the official opening of the exhibition. The SAIMM is in conversation with the Sci-bono team regarding upgrading of the facility. Should you or your organisation be interested in supporting this project, through expertise or financial support, please contact or to pledge your support.

    We look forward to your support in revitalizing the exhibition.

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From the committees

  • What Diversity and Inclusion Means to Me

    Zohreh Fakhraei 01062022Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.
    – Verna Myers

    When I was a child and someone would ask me what I wanted to be in future, I could not answer their question. You see, I wanted to be a pilot and, in my country, women were not allowed to be pilots. As a teenager, I remember crying because I was born a girl and I would never have the chance to be a soccer player in our national team.

    Yet, I was lucky to be one of the first female mining engineers to graduate 20 years after the Islamic Revolution in Iran. I had finally been ‘invited to the party’, but I still needed to fight for the opportunity to dance.

    My journey as a female mining engineer was exciting but I have had to constantly stand up for my rights, position, and a fair income. I needed to prove that my ability is no different from that of any other mining engineer. I wanted to succeed, not only for myself but also for future female mining engineers.

    For me the concept of Diversity and Inclusion is important for all people regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion, and age. They should be able to dream and be allowed the opportunity to follow it. No one should encounter prejudice or have to fight for their basic rights. Everyone should be equally heard, seen, and respected.

    I believe, that every single one of us in the mining industry has the responsibility to make this happen. We need to strive for a diverse and inclusive working environment which will result in an industry that is more innovative and productive when it comes to the business of mining.

    Zohreh Fakhraei
    Principal Consultant: Mining

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From the President's Corner

  • The SAIMM Tailings Working Group leads the way

    I thought that I would use this month’s President’s Corner to tell you about the Tailings Working Group (, which was established in March 2020 to address critical issues in tailings storage facilities (TSF) management and design. This initiative, in collaboration with the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE), aims to meet the specific requirements of the Southern African

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  • Quest for zero harm in South African deep gold mines

    On 5 April, 2024, I had the privilege of attending the Fall-of-Ground Action Plan (FOGAP) Day of Learning — an event that marked a significant milestone in the pursuit of mine safety. Hosted by the Minerals Council - South Africa (MCSA) in partnership with the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa (AMMSA), the South African Colliery Managers’ Association (SACMA), and the

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    In February, I had the pleasure of participating in two notable events organized by the SAIMM and SANCOT: the Herrenknecht Seminar, which focused on ‘New Developments in Mechanized Tunnelling and Shaft Sinking for the Civil and Mining Industries’ held in Johannesburg, and the SANCOT-ITA Workshop that delved into ‘Technical and Legal Aspects of Underground Construction, Operational and Mine Accident and

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From the Journal Comments

  • Unrecognized - potential wealth where least expected

    There has been a lot of talk lately about the just energy transition and critical minerals. Southern Africa is richly endowed with critical minerals and as such should play an important role in the journey towards renewable energy. And then there is coal. Inevitably, decarbonization will entail the phasing out of coal as an energy source. However, a just energy

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  • From the Desktop to the Coal Face

    I thought to write this note as a researcher, author, and collaborator, and who, over a few decades has seen and participated in the development of several new equations, procedures, and processes on a number of topics: in my case, obviously in the field of rock engineering. These are invariably published in established journals or presented at conferences of some

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