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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

  • 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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  • Safety, health, and the environment through the eyes of MineSafe

    It is an honour for the President of the Institute to write the President’s Corner note for the Journal, especially so when it is the first one after inauguration as President. It was indeed a great pleasure to present the story of research and development in the mining industry in South Africa in my Presidential Address at the AGM, and

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From the Journal Comments

  • 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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  • Copper Cobalt Africa 10–12 July 2018

    The second Copper Cobalt Africa conference was held in the Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls) National Park, Zambia. Recent strong rises in the prices of copper and particularly of cobalt, coupled with increasing international interest in developments in the African Copperbelt, attracted over 300 delegates, representing 22 countries.

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Market News

  • Phase II striding ahead …

    Implementing large scale infrastructure projects combines ‘maths and music’: the maths of delivering multiple highly technical engineering components within a specific timeframe and budget, and the music of the softer skills of diplomacy, communication, social, environmental and community protection, while considering the interests and expectations of multiple, diverse stakeholders. The Lesotho Highlands Water Project is no exception to this and

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  • New Functional Safety for Autonomous Mining Equipment Project

    Global Mining Guidelines Group’s (GMG) Autonomous Mining Working Group is creating a new guideline to clarify functional safety requirements for autonomous equipment.The mining industry is embracing automation, but mobile automation technologies are still in the early stages of technology development. As a result, there lacks clear guidance and industry alignment on requirements for managing functional safety. When it comes to

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