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  • SAIMM President 2018/2019 – Alastair Stuart Macfarlane

    SAIMM President 2018/2019 – Alastair Stuart Macfarlane

    On the 16th of August 2018 Alastair Macfarlane was inducted as the SAIMM President for 2018/2019. The students and members attending the AGM welcomed him as president with applause. We look forward to the impact that Alastair Macfarlane will make during his year in office.

    Towards the future: African Mining Vision, Mining Phakisa and the SAIMM

    Recent winds of political change blowing through the African continent have created the hope of a new dawn for the mining industry, and for renewed impetus to support the African Mining Vision.

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  • Conference Review: Copper Cobalt Africa

    Copper Cobalt Africa, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), took place from 10 to 12 July 2018. The conference was held in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the mighty Victoria Falls. Recent strong rises in the prices of copper and cobalt, coupled with increasing international interest in developments in the African Copperbelt, attracted over 300 delegates, representing 22 countries.

    CuCoAfrica Dignitaries: L-R:
    Mooya Lumamba (Director of Mines and Minerals, Zambia), Jackson Sikamo (Chairperson and Country Manager at Chibuluma Mines Plc, Zambia), Sehliselo Ndlovu (President: SAIMM), Paul Chanda (Permanent Secretary: Zambia Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development), Sokwani Chilembo (CEO Zambian Chamber of Mines), Darius Muma (Zambian Branch Chair: SAIMM), Kathy Sole (Conference Chair: Copper Cobalt Africa 2018).

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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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From the President's Corner

  • Seeing the value of the SAIMM

    Being the President of a professional organization like the SAIMM can be quite demanding. However, it’s not always stressful because there are quite a few pleasures and privileges that accompany the job. One of the significant pleasures is the interaction with members at all the numerous events that are organized by the Institute. Here you get to talk and listen

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  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Minerals Industry

    A number of studies have confirmed that there is a positive relationship between diversity and business performance, and that diversity in leadership roles is what tends to define the success of a business. This is because knowledge creation and application is enriched by a variety of skills, experience, and cultural diversity. The more diverse a team, the more perspectives, the

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  • 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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From the Journal Comments

  • SOMP Regional Conference

    This edition of the Journal is dedicated to the Society of Mining Professors 6th Regional Conference 2018, which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 12 to 14 March. This Conference was hosted by Mining Engineering Education South Africa (MEESA) and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). MEESA is comprised of the School of Mining Engineering at

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  • From the Editorʼs desk

    The range of topics and the locations of the authors in this month’s edition is an indication of the international nature of the Journal, which is confirmed by the fact that of the 141 papers that were published in the Journal in 2017/2018, 58 were from outside South Africa. This is one of the criteria that ensures that the Journal

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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 Scholarship Trust Fund

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy established a Scholarship Trust Fund for students registered for Mining and Metallurgy at South African tertiary educational Institutions in 2003. The goal of the Fund is ʻto ensure that no deserving, prospective student or student with potential is denied the opportunity to have a career in the minerals and metals industry as a technically qualified graduate in mining, metallurgy or minerals processing, because of a shortage of financeʼ. The Fund does not endeavour to fully support a small number of students but rather to provide some assistance to a greater number of needy students who depend on personal or family funds for their educational needs. This hopefully assists in attracting and retaining promising students in mining and metallurgy and not losing them to less costly educational options.

The Fund is dependent on contributions from individual members, corporate members and to a large extent the SAIMM itself. I appeal to you to encourage fellow members, colleagues, friends, family, and your employers to generously support the Scholarship Trust Fund.

The Scholarship Trust Fund is a registered Public Benefit Organisation and all donations are fully tax deductible. The Fund operates as a Trust fund under the administration of the SAIMM. The distributed funds are used for the specific benefit of deserving students in their early years (1st or 2nd year) of Mining and/or Metallurgical study. Thus these funds reward good study habits and assist young students to spend more of their efforts at study rather than at attempting to earn money to make ends meet and make it possible for the financially stretched students to remain in their chosen discipline of study even though they have not yet been awarded a company bursary.

Company bursaries are seldom awarded until at least the second year of study and then not all students will receive a bursary. The SAIMMʼs Scholarship Trust Fund supports the following institutions; UCT Chemical Engineering (Minerals Processing Option), Stellenbosch Chemical Engineering (MPO), Pretoria University Mining and Metallurgical Depts., Witwatersrand University Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Depts., and the University of Johannesburg Mining and Metallurgy Depts. Each department submits an annual report that details the use of the disbursed funds to the Trustees for their perusal and feedback.

I appeal to you to make an annual donation to such a worthy cause.

The Fund has its own bank account and it is possible to make contributions via EFTʼs. The details are:

First National Bank: SAIMM Scholarship Trust Fund
Branch number : 251705
Account number: 62227511286

All of us who work in the mining industry benefit from the quality and quantity of graduates in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering. In the future these people will drive the industry and through their innovation keep the industry as a vigorous and productive segment of the South African economy.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Roger Dixon
Chairperson—SAIMM Scholarship Fund

SAIMM Mentoring Programme

What is Mentoring?

What is a Mentor?
The broad definition is this: an experienced person who goes out of his/her way to help a mentee set important life goals and develop the skills to reach them. An informal mentor provides coaching, listening, advice, sounding board reactions, or other help in an unstructured, casual manner. A formal or enhanced informal mentor agrees to an ongoing, planned partnership that focuses on helping the mentee reach specific goals over a designated period.

How do I become a Mentee?

We suggest that you start by reading articles to do with personal vision and development plans. Take an hour or two to work through the exercises there. They'll help you clarify your goals and the kind of help you want.
Here's a brief outline to guide you:

  • Reframe your own role and responsibilities
  • Identify what - then whom - you need
  • Evaluate yourself as a prospective mentee
  • Identify potential mentors
  • Prepare to approach your potential mentors
  • Approach your potential mentors

In a nutshell, make it easy for someone to help you. Know what it is you want and be specific when you make your request. Take responsibility for your development. Have realistic expectations of others and be sure to express your appreciation for any help you receive.

It's unlikely that one person can provide all the help you need, so look for several individuals who might each play a part. Service and professional organizations are full of individuals with varied interests and expertise. They can also be a wonderful source of assistance.

Make sure you're well prepared before you make the contacts (and be thinking of ways you might be able to offer assistance in exchange for the help).

Code of Ethics for Mentors and Mentees

Code of ethics for mentors and mentees. Mentors/mentees must adhere to the following ethical principles:

  • Maintain strict confidentiality on all aspects of the mentor-mentee relationship and will only divulge information pertaining to the mentor/mentee or the relationship if express permission to do so is given by the mentor/mentee.
  • Refrain from discussing the mentor/mentee with any third party.
  • Activities designed to lure a mentee away from the latter's current place of employment or to undertake any related activities are forbidden.
  • All interaction between the mentor and the mentee should be at a professional level and thus, mentor/mentee should not exploit the mentoring relationship for any personal gain to the mentor/mentee.
  • Mentors should be sensitive to racial and gender differences and should, accordingly treat all mentees equitably.
  • Mentors should distance themselves from any possible issues of conflict between companies in relation to mentees.

Mentor Criteria

The overriding criterion is that mentors must want to be mentors (i.e. a genuine interest in “growing” others) and that this desire is primarily for the benefit of the mentee and not for any other ulterior motives. In addition, the mentor must:

  • Be a person of standing in the mining or related industries with demonstrable levels of wisdom, experience, knowledge and expertise to which peers can attest
  • Be prepared to offer up adequate time to the people he/she is mentoring
  • Be trustworthy, reliable and ethical
  • Have sound interpersonal skills
  • Have a broad personal network (of people in the Mining Industry mainly)
  • Be a person who sets high personal standards.

Mentoring Privacy

During the Mentoring programme registration process you will be required to enter contact details and experience information into a brief CV. The Mentor CV information is only visible to Mentees and Mentee's to Mentors. Furthermore it is possible to partake in the Mentoring programme without revealing yourself at all to any other participants. Three options are available to control your participation and visibility in the Mentoring programme:

  • Available: Says to other participants in the Mentoring programme that you are available to start an active Mentoring session. This option could be used by a Mentor to indicate he has a full quota of Mentees, or he is currently involved with another project, or he is on vacation.
  • Contactable: Controls whether or not your contact details, are available from the website. If they are a "direct email" link is available.
  • Viewable: Allows participation in the Mentoring program, but without your name or CV information available to others. In this state you would have to email / fax / post your CV information to a Mentoring partner as it will not be available from the Mentoring site.

How to Register for Mentoring

Please note you must be a registered and logged in as a "SAIMM Web User" to be able to register for the SAIMM Mentoring Programme. Once you have register for the Mentoring Programme, you can proceed directly to step 14 for future Mentoring logins. Please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Quick registration form and press Submit registration.
  2. The administration person will add the successful applicant to the mentor data base and inform the candidate about the login details.
  3. The candidate can login into the data base and should confirm personal details. The candidate can start with the mentoring process.
  4. For any assistance contact the adminstration person, Sam Moolla