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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 https://sacoronavirus.co.za/

    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.

  • 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.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=za.co.easyappcreator.android5a72bad2ac009

    The IOS/Apple version will be available soon.

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  • Post-mining use of rehabilitated land – an opportunity for the South African mining industry for sustainable development

    Post-mining use of rehabilitated land – an opportunity for the South African mining industry for sustainable development

    PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS
    By M.I. Mthenjane

    Background
    The paper discusses post-mining land use however, the essence of the topic is the emotional motivation behind the decisions related to mining investment and development. Therefore this is not a typical SAIMM technical paper about the science and techniques of post-mining land use. There are already numerous papers written and conferences held on this aspect of post-mine land use; the science is well understood, but the evidence of the practical application of the (environmental, social, and economic) science is sparse. At a recent conference held in November 2017 on the theme of ‘Science, Business, Society Dialogue – linking science, society, business and policy for the sustainable use of abandoned mines in the SADC region’, it was demonstrated through the delivery of several papers on the possible viable options of post-mine land use. The conference was structured in nine sessions, covering the following relevant topics:

    • Sessions 1 and 2: Nature and magnitude of the problem: raising awareness
    • Sessions 3 and 4: International experiences in remediation: case studies
    • Sessions 5, 6 and, 7: Technological solutions: converting liabilities into assets
    • Session 8: Implementing solutions: social and legal aspects
    • Session 9: Wrap up, lessons learned: conference resolution.

    DOWNLOAD THE FULL ADDRESS HERE (PDF 4.7MB)

     

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From the President's Corner

  • 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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  • A great start to the year end

    Seems like a contradiction, but it’s not. It’s been a great start for me as President of the SAIMM, since mid-August 2019. However, the rest of the year has passed at a dizzy-speed to December but I’ve been able to maintain my ‘wits about me’. Some key insights from these first four months of my Presidency include the financial status

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From the Journal Comments

  • 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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  • The Ninth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining (Deep Mining 2019)

    The Ninth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining (Deep Mining 2019) was held at the Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg from 24 to 26 June 2019. Conferences in this series have previously been hosted in Australia, South Africa, Canada, and Chile. This event, jointly organized by the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE), the Australian

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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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