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Copper Cobalt Africa - 8th Base Metals Conference 2015

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Copper Cobalt Africa

In association with the

Southern African Base Metals Conference

6–8 July 2015 
Zambezi Sun Hotel, Victoria Falls Livingstone, Zambia

Join us for the inaugural Copper Cobalt Africa Conference in the heart of Africa.

To be held at Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, this prestigious event will provide a unique forum for discussion, sharing of experience and knowledge, and networking for all those interested in the processing of copper and cobalt in an African context, in one of the worldʼs most spectacular settings.

The African Copper Belt has experienced a huge resurgence of activity in recent years following many years of political and economic instability. Today, a significant proportion of capital spending, project development, operational expansions, and metal value production in the Southern African mining industry are occurring in this region. The geology and mineralogy of the ores are significantly different from those in other major copper-producing regions of the world, often having very high grades as well as the presence of cobalt. Both mining and metallurgy present some unique challenges, not only in the technical arena, but also with respect to logistics and supply chain, human capital, community engagement, and legislative issues. This conference provides a platform for discussion of these topics, spanning the value chain from exploration, projects, through mining and processing.

For international participants, this conference offers an ideal opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of and exposure to the Southern African base metals industry, and to better understand the various facets of mining and processing in this part of the world that both excite and frustrate the industry.

Pre-conference Continuing Professional Development short courses in relevant topics will be offered. A limited number of places will also be available for post-conference tours to several of Zambia
ʼs most important commercial operations, including Kansanshi, the largest mine in Zambia, with 340 kt/y copper production (150 kt/y by SXEW) and its soon-to-becompleted 300 kt/y smelter.

Jointly hosted by the mining and metallurgy technical committees of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), this conference aims to:
• Promote dialogue between the mining and metallurgical disciplines on common challenges facing the industry,
• Encourage participation and build capacity amongst young and emerging professionalsfrom the Copper Belt region,
• Improve understanding of new and existing technologies, leading to safe and optimalresource utilisation.

The organising committee looks forward to your participation.

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The conference organising committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:

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 Premium Sponsor  


Premium Sponsor          

Sibelco Australia

Premium Sponsor


Exhibition Sponsor


Premium Sponsor

 IMP Logo

Exhibition Sponsor

Protea Mining logo

Lanyard Sponsor

 Outotec CMYK

Exhibition Sponsor

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Media Partner

Kansanshi Mine Logo

Technical Visit Sponsor


Conference Bag Sponsor

Chambishi Logo

Technical Visit Sponsor


Student Sponsor


Sponsorship Opportunities::
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact:
Raymond van der Berg
Head of Conferencing
SAIMM, P O Box 61127
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Student Sponsorships::
A limited number of sponsorships are available to students who wish to attend the conference. Preference will be given to full-time students at a Southern African university who are presenting a paper at the conference.

Students who wish to be considered for these sponsorships are requested to submit a letter of application to Raymond van der Berg (, providing the following information:

University at which you are registered in 2015 (proof of registration to be
          - Course of study and year
Full-time or part-time
Title of paper to be presented and abstract number
Any other motivating factors

Companies who wish to sponsor a student for attendance at this conference are also requested to contact Raymond for further details.

Papers are invited that integrate the following topics:
> Mineralogy
> Minerals processing
> Pyrometallurgy
> Hydrometallurgy
> Current operational practices and improvements
> Exploration and new projects
> Open-cast mining
> Underground mining
> Grade engineering
> Project development and execution
> Novel technologies relating to this industry
> The current status of research and development
> Socio-economic challenges
> Recycling
> Waste treatment and minimisation
> Environmental issues
> Compliance with legislation and codes of practice
> Vertical integration and value enhancement
All fields of base metals metallurgy


Call for papers::
The Conference is being organised by The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and papers are invited for the Conference.

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to:
Raymond van der Berg
Head of Conferencing
SAIMM, P O Box 61127
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923


Key Dates & Publication::
Please note:
1) All accepted papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings.
2) Selected papers will be published in the Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

23 January 2015         Submission of abstracts
28 January 2015         Acceptance of abstracts
13 March 2015            Submission of papers
20 April 2015              Completion of peer review process
30 May 2015               Submission of final papers
6–8 July 2015             Conference
9–10 July 2015           Technical Tour


Registration Fees::
Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2016, for attending this event

Registration Fees: 
1) Registration fee does not include accommodation
2) Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the event.
3) Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event 


Conference venue & Accommodation::
Just a few minutes’ walk away from the dramatic Victoria Falls, the conference will be held at the magnificent Falls Resort, situated in 46 hectares of the Mosi-Oa-Tunya (“The Smoke that Thunders”) National Wildlife Park. Guests have unlimited access to the falls during their stay.

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The newly renovated conference centre is located at the Zambezi Sun. Guests also have the option of staying at the sister Royal Livingstone hotel, which is a few minutes’ walk away. Shuttles also run on demand between the two hotels.

Zambezi Sun
This four-star hotel offers a distinctly African feel, both in the rooms and the public areas. From the traditional greeting that you receive on your arrival until your reluctant departure, you will enjoy friendly Zambian hospitality. Double, twin, and family rooms are available.      

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Royal Livingstone Hotel