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  • Diamonds – Source to Use Hybrid Conference 2021

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    The Diamonds – Source to Use conference series targets the full spectrum of the diamond pipeline, from exploration through to sales and marketing. The 2021 conference, the eighth in the series, will focus on advances in the mining and metallurgical aspects as well as many of the downstream and related industries.

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  • Renewable Solutions for Energy Intensive Industry 2021

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    The Colloquium on Renewable Solutions for an Energy Intensive Industry will provide an overview of renewable technologies for electricity and process heat commercially available and currently under development. The workshop will host presentations from universities, research institutes and energy supply companies. Presentations from industry on renewable energy applications are also invited.

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  • POSTPONEMENT OF NORTHERN CAPE BRANCH STUDENT EVENT

    During this difficult and uncertain time, we know that the health and safety of you, your families and the wider community is of the utmost importance. We as an organisation share both your individual and organisational concerns on the virus’ expanding global reach. SAIMM has been closely monitoring the spread of the disease, especially related to our conference registrants and their travelling. As always, your safety is our highest priority. Due to the increasing urgency of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Northern Cape Branch has decided to postpone the Student event that was due to take place on the 20th of January 2021 at the Kalahari Country Club. This event will be postponed until further notice.

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  • Obituary - Dr Ferdi Camisani


    Ferdi Camisan10122020Dr Ferdi Camisani,
    July 1939 – November 2020.

    Ferdi Camisani was born outside Parma, Italy just a few weeks after the declaration of World War II
    He was a student of the father of geostatistics, Georges Matheron, in Fontainebleau, France and together with Danie Krige, wrote some of the first papers on the application of geostatistics in South Africa.
    During his long career in South Africa he worked with De Beers, Anglo American, the Atomic Energy Corporation, and Anglovaal.
    Ferdi was a member of the Geostatistical Association of Southern Africa (GASA) and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). On his retirement from SAIMM activities in 2012 the President, Gordon Smith, acknowledged his contribution as follows.

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  • Dear member, kindly update your details

    There is a high likelihood that your profile information was last entered into our database when you applied for membership. Your records on our database continued to be static. However, your career has been dynamic. You have most likely acquired further professional qualifications, changed jobs or climbed up the corporate ladder.

    Wherever your path has led you, we want to thank you for your ongoing membership and support. Moreover, we would like to be your professional resources partner in reaching your next career milestone.

    Therefore, if you have not already done so, we kindly ask that you update your details so that they accurately reflect your biographical, education and employment profile. This information will enable us to:

    - develop and offer products and services that are relevant to your current and future career goals; and
    - segment our membership so that we can communicate with you more effectively.

    Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need assistance with accessing the member self-serve portal or updating your details. Contact kea@saimm.co.za.

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From the President's Corner

  • Cleaning Up

    ‘It is the worst of times, but it is also the best of times because we still have a chance.’ – Sylvia Earl We have all heard of the term ‘pollution’, but what does it really mean? How do we impact it and how does it impact us? And how do we solve a problem that we aren’t even fully aware

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  • A Vision: Cooperative Support Centres for Rural Communities

    ‘Licence to operate remains the top risk in mining and metals for 2021’ EY – Top 10 business risks and opportunities for mining and metals in 2021 Environmental, social, and governance issues, at both the local and national level, are not only important to our industry, but for our country as a whole. The minerals industry is aware of this and

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  • Disruption

    ‘An interruption in the usual way that a system, process, or event works’ (the Cambridge Business English Dictionary (© Cambridge University Press) Covid-19 has done exactly this. We all had to innovate, creatively adapt, and behave differently as the pandemic disrupted our lives and our livelihoods. Our usual routines and mindsets changed as we witnessed the various ups and downs of

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From the Journal Comments

  • A selection of diverse papers

    The five papers in this edition cover a wide range of topics from computationally effective stope layouts to the bulk chemistry of critical elements in a waste product. The papers have been submitted by authors from South Africa (2), Canada, Kenya and Germany and I have tried to summarize them here. The paper by Lohmeier, which examines the potential of

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  • Communication in the Modern Mine

    When asked to pen a commentary for the Journal, I felt it important to address the needs and forms of communication in the modern mine. Such communication, in principle, includes the topics of digitalization and personnel communication – both are vital for mine operational efficiency and for mine health and safety purposes. I will connect the two topics rather than comment

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Market News

  • The revitalization of mining research, development and innovation in South Africa

    The Mandela Mining Precinct is working towards the revitalization of mining research, development and innovation in South Africa, to ensure the sustainability of the industry.

    Meet the two co-directors: Navin Singh and Alastair Macfarlane in the video below. The Mandela Mining precinct is a public-private collaboration between the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation (DHESI); and the Minerals Council

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  • UJ’s Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) facility to be the first in Africa

    For the first time in history, a pathway for ALD-enhanced materials to be rapidly developed and transitioned in a UJ laboratory will be available for nearly any application. The laboratory construction is a natural next step in implementing the strategy to establish national nanotechnology in South Africa.

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Jobs

  • Research Officers (Comminution & Flotation)

    The Centre for Minerals Research is a multi-disciplinary research centre based in the Department of Chemical Engineering with close associate activities in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Physics. It enjoys an excellent international reputation for its world-class research in minerals processing. The Centre works closely with all of the major global mining companies and is supported in its research

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