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  • Please join the SAIMM Technical Programme (TP) Webinar


    Date: Thursday the 26th of November
    Time: 17h00-18h00

    Dear Members,
    We invite you to be part of the first ever Technical Programme (TP) webinar.
    This webinar aims to share with you how the SAIMM TP is actively contributing to collaboration and thought leadership in the industry and how we are and will be adapting the SAIMM Technical Programme for the future.
    We are very excited to engage with you to find out how the SAIMM TP can contribute to your success and show you how you can use this platform to contribute to the minerals industry, network with your peers and connect with industry leaders.
    We look forward to meeting with you.

    17h00-17h05 Welcome and Opening
    17h05-17h10 TP Mining Welcome
    17h10-17h15 TP Metallurgy Welcome
    17h15-17h20 The New TP Structure
    17h20-17h25 2020 TP Highlights and Update
    17h25-17h40 Beyond 2020 – The New Normal for the TP
    17h40-18h00 Open discussion and feedback
    18h00 Closing

    For more information please contact:
    Camielah Jardine, Head of Conferencing , Telephone: +27 11 834 1273
    E-mail: l Website:

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  • Dear Member

    The membership database is currently disabled.

    We are excited to announce that on the 1st of September 2020, the SAIMM will launch a new digital membership experience. We are leveraging on technology to bring more of our services and offerings closer to members. As a member of the Institute, you will soon be able to access a self-serve portal from where you can apply for or transfer to a new membership grade, register for events and receive your CPD certificate immediately after the event, view exclusive member-only content on-demand, transact securely online and much more.

    This initiative is the latest in our shift towards being a digital enabled, member focussed Institute. We will communicate more information about this initiative over the following few weeks.

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From the President's Corner

  • Looking to the future

    Mining contributed almost 16% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 1994, but this has since declined to about half that amount. The country has not benefitted enough from our industry, which has huge potential even when having to compete in an increasingly efficient global environment. There are many reasons for this, but I am now seeing encouraging changes

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  • The last article

    Indeed, this is my last President Corner’s article as I prepare to hand over the baton to my successor and incoming President of the SAIMM, Mr Vaughn Duke. Twelve months has passed since I assumed the role – how quickly time has gone by. However, it is pleasing to point to a few meaningful activities during my tenure, viz., The progress

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  • The rise of the institution

    As I write this second-to-last letter as President of the SAIMM, we are midway through the year and more than 100 days since the first lockdown was announced on 26 March 2020 in South Africa. It’s early July and the coldest winter in ten years, and I chose one of the coldest days of the month, on a Saturday morning,

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From the Journal Comments

  • Diamonds: Source-to-Use, 2020

    The Diamonds: Source-to-Use 2020 conference was to have been held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre during 9–11 June 2020. It was to have comprised 1½ days of presentations/exhibitions and two technical site visits, to Multotech and Epiroc, as well as a beer tasting event at Mad Giant Craft Beers. By early March, we had 21 confirmed papers, including

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  • Meeting industry challenges

    As we find ourselves in a world dominated by COVID-19, it is clear that the mining industry is not exempted from the impact of the pandemic. The industry will change in ways we cannot yet quite appreciate. This comes on top of the other challenges that mining (and indeed the wider world) is faced with, such as climate change, uncertain

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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.