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  • Diamonds – Source to Use Hybrid Conference 2021

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    The Diamonds – Source to Use conference series targets the full spectrum of the diamond pipeline, from exploration through to sales and marketing. The 2021 conference, the eighth in the series, will focus on advances in the mining and metallurgical aspects as well as many of the downstream and related industries.

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  • Renewable Solutions for Energy Intensive Industry 2021

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    The Colloquium on Renewable Solutions for an Energy Intensive Industry will provide an overview of renewable technologies for electricity and process heat commercially available and currently under development. The workshop will host presentations from universities, research institutes and energy supply companies. Presentations from industry on renewable energy applications are also invited.






    A legend in the mining industry, Dennis Laubscher, South Africa’s and the world’s foremost authority on block caving techniques, died 3 February at the age of 91 at Bushman’s River Mouth, Eastern Cape. He is survived by four grown-up children (Susan Stampanoni, Dionne, Tessa, and Robert Laubscher) from his first marriage to Patricia May (nee Binnie) who died on 29 August, 2002; their elder son Carl having also passed away. On 27 February 2004, Dennis married Michelle (nee Broster).

    Born in Tulbagh, Western Cape, on 1 October 1929, Dennis Laubscher earned a BSc (Eng.) in mining geology in 1952, and a PhD in 1964, both from the University of the Witwatersrand. His career was highlighted by numerous awards: the South Africa Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) Gold Medal in 1995; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the South African Institute of Rock Engineering in 1998; the De Beers Mass Mining Award at Massmin 2000; and the Brigadier Stokes Platinum Medal from SAIMM in 2007.

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    During this difficult and uncertain time, we know that the health and safety of you, your families and the wider community is of the utmost importance. We as an organisation share both your individual and organisational concerns on the virus’ expanding global reach. SAIMM has been closely monitoring the spread of the disease, especially related to our conference registrants and their travelling. As always, your safety is our highest priority. Due to the increasing urgency of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Northern Cape Branch has decided to postpone the Student event that was due to take place on the 20th of January 2021 at the Kalahari Country Club. This event will be postponed until further notice.

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  • Obituary - Dr Ferdi Camisani

    Ferdi Camisan10122020Dr Ferdi Camisani,
    July 1939 – November 2020.

    Ferdi Camisani was born outside Parma, Italy just a few weeks after the declaration of World War II
    He was a student of the father of geostatistics, Georges Matheron, in Fontainebleau, France and together with Danie Krige, wrote some of the first papers on the application of geostatistics in South Africa.
    During his long career in South Africa he worked with De Beers, Anglo American, the Atomic Energy Corporation, and Anglovaal.
    Ferdi was a member of the Geostatistical Association of Southern Africa (GASA) and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). On his retirement from SAIMM activities in 2012 the President, Gordon Smith, acknowledged his contribution as follows.

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From the President's Corner

  • Cleaning Up

    ‘It is the worst of times, but it is also the best of times because we still have a chance.’ – Sylvia Earl We have all heard of the term ‘pollution’, but what does it really mean? How do we impact it and how does it impact us? And how do we solve a problem that we aren’t even fully aware

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  • A Vision: Cooperative Support Centres for Rural Communities

    ‘Licence to operate remains the top risk in mining and metals for 2021’ EY – Top 10 business risks and opportunities for mining and metals in 2021 Environmental, social, and governance issues, at both the local and national level, are not only important to our industry, but for our country as a whole. The minerals industry is aware of this and

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  • Disruption

    ‘An interruption in the usual way that a system, process, or event works’ (the Cambridge Business English Dictionary (© Cambridge University Press) Covid-19 has done exactly this. We all had to innovate, creatively adapt, and behave differently as the pandemic disrupted our lives and our livelihoods. Our usual routines and mindsets changed as we witnessed the various ups and downs of

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From the Journal Comments

  • A selection of diverse papers

    The five papers in this edition cover a wide range of topics from computationally effective stope layouts to the bulk chemistry of critical elements in a waste product. The papers have been submitted by authors from South Africa (2), Canada, Kenya and Germany and I have tried to summarize them here. The paper by Lohmeier, which examines the potential of

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  • Communication in the Modern Mine

    When asked to pen a commentary for the Journal, I felt it important to address the needs and forms of communication in the modern mine. Such communication, in principle, includes the topics of digitalization and personnel communication – both are vital for mine operational efficiency and for mine health and safety purposes. I will connect the two topics rather than comment

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Market News

  • The revitalization of mining research, development and innovation in South Africa

    The Mandela Mining Precinct is working towards the revitalization of mining research, development and innovation in South Africa, to ensure the sustainability of the industry.

    Meet the two co-directors: Navin Singh and Alastair Macfarlane in the video below. The Mandela Mining precinct is a public-private collaboration between the Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation (DHESI); and the Minerals Council

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  • UJ’s Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) facility to be the first in Africa

    For the first time in history, a pathway for ALD-enhanced materials to be rapidly developed and transitioned in a UJ laboratory will be available for nearly any application. The laboratory construction is a natural next step in implementing the strategy to establish national nanotechnology in South Africa.

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  • Research Officers (Comminution & Flotation)

    The Centre for Minerals Research is a multi-disciplinary research centre based in the Department of Chemical Engineering with close associate activities in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Physics. It enjoys an excellent international reputation for its world-class research in minerals processing. The Centre works closely with all of the major global mining companies and is supported in its research

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Mintek logo JpegThe Centre for Minerals Research is a multi-disciplinary research centre based in the Department of Chemical Engineering with close associate activities in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Physics. It enjoys an excellent international reputation for its world-class research in minerals processing. The Centre works closely with all of the major global mining companies and is supported in its research by over thirty companies worldwide. It also collaborates closely with a number of Universities and Research Organisations in Australia, China, Brazil, England, Germany, Sweden and Turkey. The main research activities in the Centre are in comminution, classification and flotation. The Centre is looking for candidates with outstanding ability and potential to appoint to the position of research officer (comminution) and research officer (flotation).

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified persons for appointment to the position of:

Research Officers (Comminution & Flotation)

Minimum requirements:
Research Officer Comminution*

  • Master’s degree in STEM Field (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics).
  • 3 years experience in a comminution research environment, with particular focus on tumbling mills, stirred mills and hydrocyclones.
  • 3 years experience in particle tracking research such as positron emission particle tracking with particular focus on tumbling mills, hydrocyclones and stirred milling.
  • 3 years’ experience in computational modelling and simulation research of granular systems.

Research Officer Flotation*

  • Master’s degree in Chemical or Metallurgical Engineering.
  • 3 years industrial experience in mineral processing.
  • 3 years experience in a flotation research environment.
  • Ability to conduct circuit surveys of mineral processing flotation concentrators.
  • Ability to mass balance survey data, model-fit and simulate flotation circuits using JKSimFloat and the Integrated Extraction Simulator (IES).

* The number of years of experience listed under the minimum requirements may be obtained concurrently.
Applicants who do not meet minimum requirements will be rejected.

Responsibilities include:

  • To lead research within the above competency areas in the Centre for Minerals Research.
  • To supervise postgraduate students.
  • To deliver technical solutions to industry.

The annual cost of employment, including benefits is R730 510.

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Abigail Dixon at

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. Please indicate whether you are applying for the post of Research Officer Comminution or Research Officer Flotation.

An application which does not comply the above requirements will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency test.

Telephone: 021 650 1673
Reference number: E200199
Closing date: 29 May 2020

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.