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  • Obituary - Emeritus Professor Dee Bradshaw

    Obituary - Emeritus Professor Dee Bradshaw

    Dee Bradshaw
    22 Sept 1958 to 7 June 2018

    Emeritus Professor Dee Bradshaw passed away on 7th June 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer, just a few months short of her 60th Birthday. Throughout her illness, Dee remained a leading light and inspiration to students, colleagues and professionals across the globe. A major highlight for her in 2018 was the launch of her book “Green Mining: Beyond the Myth” at the Two Ocean’s Aquarium ahead of the Annual Mining Indaba - attended by senior representatives of the Minister of the Presidency, AngloGold Ashanti and the University of Cape Town (UCT) as well as colleagues, students, friends and family. The book culminates a career of thought leadership, a passion for people and minerals in collectively addressing complex, intractable problems in society.

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  • South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

    South Africa’s ‘Samcodes way’ a world-beater – Mullins

    SAMCODES Chairperson Matt Mullins was recently at the Junior Indaba, speaking to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly.

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  • Open Journal System

    DOAJThe SAIMM has adopted the Open Journal System (OJS) with the objective of optimizing the management of the paper reviewing process for the Journal.

    Paper submissions will no longer be accepted via the SAIMM Journal submission form on the SAIMM website. Only papers that are currently in the system will follow the existing reviewing process.

    You can now submit manuscripts and peer reviews online. The OJS assists you with every step of the reviewing process. Authors can also check the status of their papers online and referees will receive automated reminders for their reviews.

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From the President's Corner

  • Upskilling the heroes of the mining industry

    I recently had the pleasure and opportunity to listen to one of the most well-known and admired person in South Africa; the former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela. She gave keynote addresses at the International Women’s Day celebration hosted by the Motsepe Foundation and at the pre-AGM dinner for the Chamber of Mines (now known as the Minerals Council South

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  • The future of Africa is not so dark

    This month’s Journal edition celebrates the impressive research achievements of some of the 2017 graduates in the mining and metallurgical sector. However, of the eight papers that were selected from the Student Colloquium in October last year, only four were submitted for the reviewing process. Two papers were subsequently accepted for publication and two are being reworked. This is a

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  • Climate change: the impact on the mining sector

    There has recently been a lot of talk about global warming and its impact on weather patterns, i.e. climate change. A keynote address at the recent Infacon conference in Cape Town focused on climate change. Some people believe that this is all a lot of hype. Others (myself included), like the keynote speaker, believe that there is some evidence pointing

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From the Journal Comments

  • Infacon XV

    The Fifteenth International Ferro-Alloys Congress (Infacon XV) was held in Cape Town from 25 to 28 February 2018, and was attended by 450 delegates from 32 countries. After a cycle of four congresses in the northern hemisphere (New Delhi, India, 2007; Helsinki, Finland, 2010; Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2013; and Kyiv, Ukraine, 2015), it was appropriate that Infacon should return to South

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  • Where will our future metallurgists come from?

    The 14th Annual SAIMM Student Colloquium 2017 was held at Mintek on 25 October 2017. This is a prestigious annual event where mining and metallurgy students at tertiary institutions can showcase results of their projects to an audience from the greater Southern Africa mining community. The top students are invited to publish their papers in a special issue of the

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Market News

  • KSB Pumps for University of Pretoria laboratory

    Professor Josua Meyer, Chairman of the School of Engineering and Head of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering of the University of Pretoria KSB Pumps and Valves has assisted the University of Pretoria in the construction of a large controlled-temperature test unit, which will form the backbone of ongoing research into heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. The impressive unit will allow

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  • Roadmap to interoperability

    How can the mining industry meet the challenges of interoperability? GMSG is building a path forward. Monday, April 9, 2018. Interoperability is a large, intricate, and complex issue that can inhibit technological advances in the international mining industry. Players hold widely different views and interpretations as to scope, content, application, and end state. Indeed, GMSG has identified interoperability as a

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SAIMM Privacy Policy


The purpose of this privacy policy is to explain to you the manner in which the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (“SAIMM”) is committed to protecting your privacy as well as the manner in which the SAIMM manages data collection and use. By accessing the SAIMM website, you are deemed to have accepted and agreed to the information collection and use practices set out in this privacy policy.


When you use the SAIMM website you may be asked to provide the SAIMM with certain personal identifiable information (“PII”) that allows us to identify you. PII is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. This may include your name, email address, as well as other facts about yourself and/or your business and/or your profession and/or your product preferences. Furthermore, you may be asked for certain information when registering for or accessing a particular product or service provided by the SAIMM. The SAIMM may also automatically collect certain usage information resulting from your use of the SAIMM website which will in turn allow the SAIMM to determine how visitors and the users of the SAIMM website use the website, how long such visitors and users spend on the website as well as the origin of their IP addresses.

The SAIMM does not sell, trade or otherwise transfer to third parties your information. While the SAIMM does not share your information with any third parties, where it is necessary to disclose the information in terms of any law or in connection with any legal proceedings, the SAIMM reserves its rights to disclose this information.


Any information collected from you as well as any website usage information or any information from other sources may be stored on any server presently operated by the SAIMM and may be used by the SAIMM to improve your experience on the website, to develop new products and services from time to time, and to offer you new products and services both from the SAIMM and its affiliates. By using the website you consent to the SAIMM storing the information on its server and to the SAIMM providing you with its own new products and services as well as those of third parties from time to time. You also consent to the SAIMM sharing statistical information with third parties in relation to your usage of the website.


Cookies are small files stored by your browser on your computer when you visit our website. Most browsers accept cookies unless you change your browser options to refuse the acceptance of cookies by your browser. If you set your browser to refuse cookies, you may not be able to experience all of the features of the SAIMM website. Cookies allow us to recognise you as a repeat user of the SAIMM website and to facilitate your ongoing access to and use of the website as well as to track your usage of the website.


When you connect to the Internet, an address (which may be a fixed or variable address) will be used to identify your computer. This is known as an IP address. Your IP address will be automatically collected and identified every time you use the SAIMM website. The SAIMM will also collect and store any other IP address/es which you may use when accessing the SAIMM website.


We may send you e-mails from time to time which may include news, updates, special offers as well as other information relating to the SAIMM and its affiliates. You may unsubscribe from these e-mails by amending your preferences on the SAIMM website. The SAIMM reserves its rights to send you e-mails relating to the operation of the website as well as your continued use of the website.


Should you wish to change any information which you provide to the SAIMM, you may do so by changing your preferences in relation to your account on the SAIMM website.


The SAIMM website may contain certain links to websites operated by third parties. The SAIMM is not responsible for the content provided in respect of such websites and/or the privacy policies of such websites. Before navigating to any website from a link on the SAIMM website, you acknowledge that the SAIMM has no responsibility for the content thereof and the SAIMM advises you to check both the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policy of any third party website.


The SAIMM’s services are intended solely for persons 13 years of age and older. If you are under the age of 13, you may not access or use the SAIMM website. By using the SAIMM website you represent and warrant to the SAIMM that you are 13 years of age or older.


The SAIMM may amend this privacy policy from time to time and post any such changes on the SAIMM website.


If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below:
5 Hollard Street, Cnr Sauer & Marshall Street
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2107
South Africa

SAIMM member access to the Technical Library

As part of our ongoing value-add to members the SAIMM Council agreed to renew the agreement with the Technical Library, which would give members free access to a number of services, as well as discounted rates for others. The services and costs, where applicable, are listed in the table below.

Please note that if you registered in 2017 you are required to complete a new Client Agreement Form for 2018.

Once the form has been completed and submitted it will automatically be returned to Debbie Lievaart at the Technical Library, who will contact you with regard to your requirements.

If you have any further questions you may contact Debbie on 011 498 7648 or e-mail her at

Access to catalogue (on request) Free
Monthly bulletin Free

Items supplied from library collection
Bulletin Articles
Journal Articles
Conference Papers
Chapter Books

10 items per month free, thereafter R56.00 per item to a maximum of 20 items per month

In-depth enquiries

R335.00 per half hour
Books on loan R112.00 per book
Inter-library loans – National R112.00 per book

Please fill in the form below to submit your application



1. This agreement is entered into between the TECHNICAL LIBRARY and the undersigned Institute Member.
2. The Institute Member hereby indemnifies the Technical Library and/or the appointed legal representatives and/or its owners, employees and/or Agents against any claim whatsoever which may be made in respect of any loss, damages, death or other injury arising out of any activity carried out by the Technical Library, save where such loss, damages, death or injury arises as a result of the negligence and/or wilful misconduct of such persons.
3. The Institute Member is liable for payment of the Technical Library’s account directly to the Technical Library.
4. The Technical Library charges for any and all services according to the following table:

Access to catalogue (on request) Free
Monthly bulletin Free

Items supplied from library collection
Bulletin Articles
Journal Articles
Conference Papers
Chapter Books

10 items per month free, thereafter R56.00 per item to a maximum of 20 items per month

In-depth enquiries

R335.00 per half hour
Books on loan R112.00 per book
Inter-library loans – National R112.00 per book

5. ADDITIONAL SERVICES The Technical Library provides additional discounted service, for a fee of R275.00 per month.
The additional services include:

One free in-depth enquiry per month
R50.00 per book on loan

6. The Technical Library is a VAT Vendor. All fees listed above are exclusive of VAT. The Technical Library shall charge VAT on all fees.

7. The fees listed above shall increase each year, according to the Consumer Price Index.

8 The account to be paid at the offices of the Technical Library upon receipt of invoice,

9. Any notice which may or must be given to the Institute Member may be addressed to the Institute Member at the home address mentioned above, which address is selected as the Institute Member’s domicilium citandi et executandi, for all notices and processes served in terms of this document.

10 Any notice which may or must be given to the Technical Library may be addressed to the Technical Library at Chamber of Mines Building, 7th Floor, 5 Hollard Street Johannesburg, which address is selected as the Technical Library’s domicilium citandi et executandi for all notices and processes served in terms of this document.

11. The Institute Member undertakes to advise the Technical Library in writing of any change of contact details. Should the Institute Member fail to notify the Technical Library all notices served at the address mentioned above will be deemed to have been properly served.

12. The Technical Library shall be entitled to charge interest at the rate of 15,5 % per annum on any overdue accounts from the day they become due. Should the Technical Library decide not to charge interest, this decision shall not constitute a waiver of this clause.

13. In the instance of the Institute Member being a Legal Entity, the Representative above hereby binds him/herself jointly and severally in favour of the Technical Library as surety for and co-principal debtor in solidum with the Institute Member for the due payment of every sum of money which may now or at any time hereafter be or become owing by the Debtor to the Creditor from whatsoever cause or causes arising, and for the due performance of every other obligation, howsoever arising, which the Institute Member may now or at any time hereafter be or become bound to perform in favour of the Technical Library and renounce the benefits of the legal exceptions "excussion", "division", "cession of action", "non causa debiti", "no value received", "revision of accounts" and "de duobus vel pluribus reis debendi", with the full meaning and effects whereof I declare myself to be acquainted.

14. In the event that the Technical Library institute legal action against the Institute Member, in the event of an outstanding account, the Institute Member agrees that a statement of the Technical Library shall suffice as proof of the claim and the Institute Member renounce the benefits of having the account taxed. The Institute Member agrees to be liable for costs of proceedings to be calculated on an attorney and client scale.

15. The Institute Member agrees that the whole cause of this agreement and all incidental aspects thereof arose within district’s jurisdiction where this agreement is signed.

16. The Institute Member agrees that the Technical Library, or its representatives, may attend to any necessary ITC and/or Credit checks on the Institute Member and the signing of this document constitutes consent.

17. This Agreement replaces any older agreement between the parties and supersedes any other agreement entered into between the parties on the same date this agreement is entered into, this agreement further constitutes the sole and entire agreement between the parties, and no warranties, representations, guarantees or other terms and conditions of whatsoever nature not contained herein shall be of any force or effect unless a later similar agreement entered into between the parties in writing and signed by both parties.

18. Electronic submission (in the form of a data message) of this agreement confirms that the Institute Member has read, understood and accepts the terms and conditions of this agreement. The Institute Member’s intent to be bound by this agreement can be inferred by the electronic submission of this agreement, in the absence of a signature/electronic signature.

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SAIMM Terms and Conditions


SAIMM is a professional membership institute in the minerals industry that provides a technical and membership service to its members, organises conferences and offers journal subscriptions services to non-members.


Subject to availability and receipt of payment, requests will be processed between 7 and 30 days (depending on thetype of service requested) and delivery confirmed by way email.


The provision of goods and services by SAIMM is subject to availability. In cases of unavailability, SAIMM will refund the client in full within 30 days.

Cancellation of orders by the client will attract a 10% administration fee.


SAIMM shall take all reasonable steps to protect the personal information of users. For the purpose of this clause, "personal information" shall be defined as detailed in the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA). The PAIA may be downloaded from:


Payment may be made via Visa, MasterCard, Diners or American Express credit cards or by bank transfer into the SAIMM bank account, the details of which will be provided on request


Credit card transactions will be acquired for SAIMM via PayGate (Pty) Ltd who are the approved payment gateway for all South African Acquiring Banks.

PayGate uses the strictest form of encryption, namely Secure Socket Layer 3 (SSL3) and no credit card details are stored on the website. Users may go to to view their security certificate and security policy.


Customer details will be stored by SAIMM separately from card details which are entered by the client on PayGate’s secure site. For more detail on PayGate refer to


The merchant outlet country at the time of presenting payment options to the cardholder is South Africa. Transaction currency is South African Rand (ZAR).


SAIMM takes responsibility for all aspects relating to the transaction including sale of goods and services sold on this website, customer service and support, dispute resolution and delivery of goods.


This website is governed by the laws of South Africa and SAIMM chooses as its domicilium citandi et executandi Fifth Floor, Chamber of Mines Building, 5 Hollard Street, Johannesburg, 2001 for all purposes under this agreement, whether in respect of court process, notice, or other documents or communication of whatsoever nature.


SAIMM may, in its sole discretion, change this agreement or any part thereof at any time without notice.


This website is run by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (a non-profit organisation) based in South Africa trading as SAIMM. As an NPO it does not have a company registration number and does not have Directors/Members/Owners.


Email: or
Telephone +27 11 834 1273/4/5/6/7

Proposed changes to the SAIMM Constitution

The Council of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy would like to suggest the following proposed changes to the SAIMM Constitution.

The proposed changes is to be considered at a Special General Meeting to be held prior to the SAIMM AGM on the 15th of August 2012 at 15:30.