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Upcoming Webinars

Presenter: Brent Hilscher
Topic: Making Tailings Coarse Again - "Mining technologies that coarsen the size and reduce the quantity of tailing"
Date: 03 June 2020
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
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Presenter: Laurens Tijsseling
Topic: Towards a sustainable supply of metals and minerals: using Life Cycle Analysis for mining project Impact Assessment
Date: 11 June 2020
Time: 12:00 - 13:00 pm
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Presenter: Matthias Neuenschwander
Topic: A short walk through the Emerald Book: brief on the new FIDIC/ITA Form of Contracts for Underground Works
Date: 22 June 2020
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
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  • Uncertain about submitting an abstract or paper?

    We understand your concern. The SAIMM is well aware of the current uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and the future of events and public gatherings. We have postponed all 2020 events to 2021 and have scheduled several online conferences as well as free webinars for the remainder of the year.

    We are moving forward with our plans for all 2021 events. The submission dates for abstracts and papers remain the same for all events, and the peer review processes will continue as planned. We are monitoring the current COVID-19 situation and will continue to do so throughout the year. Events will be changed and modified to adapt to the situation we are faced within 2021.

    We will be working closely with our venues and will monitor event planning best practices for the safety of our attendees. If there are any changes with the planned events, authors and attendees will be informed timeously. If your ability to present or submit an abstract or paper changes closer to the event date, let us know so that we can update the programme before it is finalised.

    Continue to submit your work for the 2021 planned conferences. We look forward to your submissions.

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  • COVID-19 statement

    Following the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), SAIMM is adhering to the request by the national government and the World Health Organisation. The welfare of everyone remains our top priority. Please visit

    Before the announcement of the national 21-day lockdown, the SAIMM Council debated the way forward at length and we will continue monitoring the situation closely and communicate with our members to keep them informed on how this will impact the Institute going forward.

    We have postponed all conferences and other events that were scheduled up to the end of July and instead plan to deliver some of them later in the year or via virtual conferencing platforms. We will share more information on this in the coming weeks. The various Organising Committees are deliberating options for the affected events and participants will be contacted directly with more information on how these events will be rolled out.

    We urge all our local members to follow the rules as laid down by our national government, and our international members to follow those implemented by their respective governments.

  • Webinar Series

    Webinar Series

    To continue engaging and sharing knowledge with our members, the SAIMM has launched a webinar platform where members and industry leaders will have an opportunity to showcase and present interesting and topical presentations, on a wide range of topics that relate to the industry.

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  • SAMCODES APP Launched

    SAMCODES APP Launched

    SAMCODES have launched an App that allows one to access and search the SAMREC, SAMVAL and SAMOG Codes, the JSE Section 12 listing rules as well as SAMESG and the Diamond Guidelines for reporting.

    It is now possible to have the SAMREC, SAMVAL and SAMOG Codes in your pocket so that it can be available at any time and you don’t have to search through a PDF to find the detail you need.

    Go to the Google Play store and download it now.
    You are now able to download the app via the Android Store or you can follow the below URL from your Android device.

    The IOS/Apple version will be available soon.

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From the President's Corner

  • COVID-19 and the National Lockdown

    I ’ll remember the month of March 2020 for two events that happened in tandem – the first one was my birthday on the 26th when I turned 50 years (half-century) old. Turning 50 years is significant in anyone’s life and mine was no different. However, I did not expect it to be as dramatic as it turned out to be,

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  • Focus on environmental, social and governance

    The beginning of February marks the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba Conference, which takes place in our beautiful Cape Town. This was the 26th event and remains Africa’s largest mining investment event. It brings together investors, government, junior miners, mid-caps, and the world’s largest companies – all under one roof. I was privileged to attend the event this year, which

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  • 2020, a year ringing of hope

    I have a positive outlook on 2020, also referred to as 20Plenty. And so let me wish all SAIMM members and readers in this corner a blessed, safe, and prosperous New Year; may you find plenty of joy and happiness in your relationships and all that you do. It’s a fortunate position that I find myself in – writing the first

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From the Journal Comments

  • Ethical research and scholarly publication in the mining and metallurgical community – A new era dawns

    This commentary provides an overview of an important meeting between the SAIMM, ASSAf, and SciELO held during February 2020. The meeting arose as a result of new initiatives to ensure integrity in ‘research and scholarly publication’, which have been agreed globally and have now been adopted by the departments of Science and Innovation and Higher Education, the National Foundation for

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  • Heavy Minerals Conference 2019

    Heavy minerals is a small and often neglected field of mining and metallurgy. However, this industry produces some of the most important minerals and metals of the modern world. Where would we be without titanium for its multitude of uses, zirconium for its ultra-hard properties in zirconia, or the rare earth elements for their plethora of uses in modern technology?

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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.