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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.

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    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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The Global Mining Standards & Guidelines Group

gmsg 2018The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group facilitates global mining collaboration on solutions to common industry problems, needs and technology through standards, guidelines and best practices. GMSG operates on the five principles of inclusivity, collaboration, innovation, optimisation and technology.

For more information visit the GMSG website: http://www.globalminingstandards.org/

MMEPG

The Mass Mining Experienced Persons Group (MMEPG) were established as an independent advisory grouping. Our team of veteran industry professionals offers highly customized services to existing and emerging resource companies. Our members have proven themselves in industry and served as Discipline Leads, Project Directors, General Managers, Executives and COO over the past three decades. Each MMEPG member is therefore appreciative of the challenges faced in today’s regulatory environment while firmly understanding the technical, operational and financial interplay facing companies. The MMEPG aim is therefore to become the leading forum to share best practices, research and technology advancements in the Southern Africa environment for companies wanting the invest or operating in commodities best mined using caving methods such as block, panel, sublevel caving or any of their variants. Our MMEPG and their links to the industry remains the core mechanism for identifying short term and strategic opportunities for the industry.
 
The committee and it members aim to gather on a quarterly basis, similarly we host quarterly forum session where topics, issues of interest and  presentation are shared with a larger forum. With the increasing use and application of the mass mining methods we  anticipate the forum and committee working to increase.

The Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA)

SAIMM is proud to be one of the founding partners in the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA), a collaboration of leading professional organisations for minerals professionals around the world.

The GMPA member institutes take a leadership role in the pursuit and continuing development of best practice professionalism in the minerals industries. Areas of focus include science, engineering, mineral processing, environmental stewardship, community engagement and mineral economics and finance.

Current GMPA members are:

AusIMM  http://www.ausimm.com.au http://www.ausimm.com.au/sections/viewevent.aspx#events
CIM https://www.cim.org https://www.cim.org/en/News-and-Events/Events.aspx
IIMP http://www.iimp.org.pe http://www.iimp.org.pe/#
IOM3 http://www.iom3.org http://www.iom3.org/events
SAIMM http://www.saimm.co.za http://www.saimm.co.za/saimm-events/upcoming-events
SME http://www.smenet.org http://www.smenet.org/full-calendar

Benefits for SAIMM members

The GMPA collaboration brings many benefits to SAIMM members. The GMPA enables SAIMM and its partners to pool resources and effort to bring excellent professional development opportunities for members, including through conferences which are delivered collaboratively (many on a rotating basis between partner institutes) and we are actively exploring opportunities to develop publications and online learning resources for members as collaborative effort between the partner institutes.

The OneMine global mining database is a key product that GMPA member institutes have a shared role in developing and promoting. For more information on OneMine and how to access it as an SAIMM member, please see the OneMine link on the home page of the SAIMM website.

Visiting members’ recognition amongst GMPA partners

GMPA partners offer members of the other institutes the ability to be recognised as a ‘visiting member’ when living and working away from their normal home base for a period of up to twelve months.

For example, under this agreement, SAIMM members working in Australia will be recognised by AusIMM as visiting members. A member recognised under this arrangement will be given access to all AusIMM member benefits for up to 12 months without having to separately join as a member of AusIMM. The SAIMM will in turn offer visiting member rights to a member of the AusIMM living in South Africa for up to 12 months.

For more information about visiting memberships, please contact Membership@saimm.co.za

GMPA’s Memorandum of Understanding and membership

The GMPA operates under a Memorandum of Understanding. An initial MoU was signed in Brisbane, Australia in 2013, and can be viewed here. The MoU is kept under regular review and will be updated to reflect continuing developments in GMPA activities and membership.

As the GMPA develops, it is envisaged that further professional institutes may be welcomed into the partnership. The membership of GMPA is a matter that will be determined by the current members. GMPA members are required to:

  • Work together to identify and deliver collaborative projects that are of mutual benefit.
  • Share knowledge and resources regarding effective ways to support the professional development of institute members.
  • Be a partner of – or commit to joining – the OneMine global mining database.

Candidates for membership of GMPA will generally be the principal organisation representing mining professionals of its nation (or multi-nation region), will typically comprise members who practise, represent, and promote the multiple technical disciplines inherent in mining activities, have “not-for-profit” status, and must have an enforceable Code of Ethics. In limited circumstances it may be appropriate for two organizations from a nation or multi-national region to join the GMPA where no single organisation represents the breadth of minerals professions and where the two organizations complement (rather than compete with) each other.