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  • SAIMM Pretoria Branch Relaunch

    Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy(SAIMM) calls on its Members to converge for the re-launch of the SAIMM Pretoria Branch taking place on 25 July at Engineering 1, Exhibition Space at the University of Pretoria from 17:00 - 20:00. This engagement aims to cultivate and reignite engagements knowledge sharing between professionals in Mining, Metallurgical and related fields.

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  • SAIMM Annual General Meeting 2024

    Thursday, 22 August 2024 at 16:30,
    at the Country Club Johannesburg, 1 Napier Road, Auckland Park

    To join us click here


    1. Welcome
    2. Confirmation of minutes Obituaries
    3. Obituaries

    Financial and Administrative Matters

    4. Annual financial report for the year ended 30 June 2024.
    5. Declaration of election of the Office Bearers and Members of Council for the year 2024/2025.
    6. Election of auditors and legal advisors for the year 2024/2025.
    7. Corporate Partnerships

    YPC Matters

    8. Declaration of election of the Young Professionals Council for the year 2024/2025.
    9. Outgoing YPC Chairperson Award.

    Awards and Recognition

    10. 50 Year Membership Award
    11. Presentation of awards, medals, and certificates for Transactions published in the Journal.
    12. Top Advertiser in the Journal.
    13. Presentation of student prizes.
    14. Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award

    Presidential Matters

    15. Outgoing Presidential Award.
    16. Induction of President-E Matinde
    17. Presidential address - Metallurgical slags: A drive to circularity and search for new research agenda

    Closing Session

    18. Vote of Thanks.


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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


    In April 2024, SAIMM began providing secretarial services to the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE), following approval by the council in February 2024. These services encompass membership management through the MYMEMBERSHIP platform, coordination of branch meetings and annual conferences, administrative support, and accounting services. Prudence Ntumelang has been re-employed by SAIMM as the SANIRE administrator. This

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  • 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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From the Journal Comments

  • Wonders of New Age Technology

    If you’re bored, it’s probably your own fault. When I was a first-year student in 2002, I was exceptionally shy and introverted, like many of my engineering student friends. I grew up with technology and was one of the first among my peers to sacrifice a bit of hard-earned internet-café job money (intended for a few on-campus treats at Steers)

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  • 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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