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  • Eskom: the road to recovery.

    Eskom: the road to recovery.

    Whether as corporates or as individuals, we have all suffered inconvenience and frustration through this most recent period of load shedding.
    The Minister of Public Enterprises called several meetings with stakeholders to effect a "call to action" to address what he described as a crisis facing the country as a whole. One such meeting was convened through the Engineering Council of South Africa, and included some 18 voluntary associations, related to engineering, of which the SAIMM was one.

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  • The President’s ten principles for the future of the mining industry.

    The President’s ten principles for the future of the mining industry.

    It was the first time that the Head of State, the President addresses the Mining Indaba in Cape Town recently. This emphasized the importance that he and his cabinet place on the future of the industry.

    President Ramaphosa emphasized the need for all stakeholders to come together, to create a common vision of the future, and to work together to achieve it.

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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".

    Click here to find out more...

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From the President's Corner

  • Treating the mineral asset like an asset

    The papers in this edition are all related to Mineral Resource Management, the field in which Professor Richard Minnitt practised for many years in the Chair in Mineral Resources at the University of the Witwatersrand. Professor Minnitt has followed the great luminary, the late Danie Krige, in pioneering many aspects of this field, especially in the areas of geostatistics and

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  • Diamonds are forever

    This edition of the Journal is dedicated to papers covering many aspects of the exploration, mining, processing, and beneficiation of diamonds: a commodity of great significance to the economy of South Africa for more than a hundred years.  Diamonds provide a unique source of interesting history in South Africa, and learnings from the early days of diamond mining are still

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  • 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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From the Journal Comments

  • Recognizing the immense contribution of Professor Dick Minnitt

    This volume of the Journal recognizes the immense contribution of Professor Dick Minnitt, of the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), where he is one of their four NRF-rated academics and one of only three Professor Emeritus appointments in the School. He spent most of his career at Wits, supervising not only postgraduate (MSc/PhD) candidates

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  • Diamonds: Source-to-Use, 2018

    This edition of the Journal is dedicated to the Diamonds: Source-to-Use conference held during June 2018 at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Johannesburg. It was attended by 107 delegates, some of whom came from as far away as Botswana, Namibia, Canada, the UK, and Belgium. It was the seventh conference in the series, which targets the full spectrum of the diamond pipeline from exploration

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