The SAIMM is a professional institute with local and international links aimed at assisting members source information about technological developments in the mining, metallurgical and related sectors.
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Committee members
  • Ron Tluczek - Chairman
  • Camielah Jardine - Secretary
  • Gerhard Keyter - Vice‑Chairman
  • Prishalan Naidoo - Treasurer
  • Monique Wainstein - Technical Talks & Year-End Function
  • Fernando Pequenino - Publications
  • Lucky Nene - YPF
  • Vacant - Sponsorship & Marketing
  • Charles Warren‑Codrington - Liaison: SAICE Geotechnical Division
  • Ryan Freese - Liaison: SAIEG
  • Ben Swarts - Liaison: Mining
  • William Joughin - Liaison: SAIMM
  • Robert Armstrong - Liaison: SANIRE
  • Jeanne Walls - Membership & Constitutional Matters


SANCOT was formed in 1973 and is a founding member of the International Tunnelling Association which was itself formed in 1974. The creation of SANCOT came about as a result of the extensive infrastructure development taking place in South Africa in the late 1960's and foreseen in the decades ahead. Schemes such as the Orange River Project, Ruacana Hydropower Scheme and Hex River railway tunnel attracted a number of overseas consultants and stimulated local engineering expertise.

The TUNCON 1970 conference which followed was well supported and the organising committee saw the need to set up an umbrella organisation to cover the interests of tunnel owners, designers, researchers, professional specialists, contractors and equipment suppliers. This culminated in the establishment of SANCOT in 1973 with Alec Wilson as the first Chairperson, who then represented SANCOT at the inaugural meeting of the newly formed International Tunnelling Association in Oslo in 1974. Since then SANCOT has been represented at every ITA General Assembly, except one in Prague.

In 2003 there was a significant decrease in Civil Engineering tunnelling in South Africa and SANCOT was reformed as a committee of the SAIMM. The committee is now an interest group consisting of volunteers who meet regularly to collate information on both Civil and Mining tunnelling in South African and to hold conferences, site visits and colloquia.

If you wish to contribute news on tunnelling please contact the committee on

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