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10th Heavy Minerals Conference 2015

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10 th
"Expanding the horizon"

11–13 August 2015—Conference | 14 August 2015—Technical Visit
Sun City, South Africa

The series of heavy minerals conferences has traditionally focused on the industries associated with ilmenite, rutile and zircon. There are many other economic minerals which have specific gravities such that they may also be classed as ‘heavy minerals’.

The physical and chemical properties of these other minerals results in them being processed by similar technologies and sharing similar markets to the more traditional heavy minerals. In this conference we continue to examine the mining, processing and usage of the traditional heavy minerals but also ‘expand our horizons’ to include other valuable minerals.

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On behalf of the organising committee the SAIMM would like to thank the following sponsors for their invaluable contribution:

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Exhibition Sponsor    




Sponsorship Opportunities::
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact:
Camielah Jardine
Conference Coordinator
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923


Conference Objective::
This Conference series was started in 1997 and has run every second year since that date. The Conference alternates between South Africa and other heavy mineral producing countries. It will provide a forum for an exchange of knowledge in all aspects from exploration through processing and product applications.

This is a strictly technical conference and efforts by the organizing committee are aimed at preserving this technical nature. The benefit of this focus is that it allows the operators of businesses within this sector to discuss topics not normally covered in such forums. The focus on heavy minerals includes the more obvious minerals such as ilmenite, rutile and zircon; and in addition also covers other heavy minerals such as garnet, andalucite, sillimanite, and chromite.

Papers are invited on any aspect relating to the Conference, and the following categories will be given preference:

• Geophysics
• Drilling techniques
• New deposits

Mining and Minerals processing
• Alternative mining methods
• Slime handling systems
• Marine mining
• Digging of hard materials
• Design of digging systems
• Unusual mineralogy

Downstream beneficiation
• QA in manufacture of mineral separators
• Fundamentals of rutile-zircon separation
• High TiO2 slag versus synthetic rutile
• AC or DC for smelting furnaces
• Reaction rates in ilmenite smelters
• Ferrochrome

Product Applications
• Substitution of zircon in ceramics
• Lack of price increase in pigments
• Beneficiation of ultra fine chrome
• Chrome refractories
• Rare earths

Other issues
• Energy costs
• Radiation risk
• Supply of skills
• Mine closure


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:
Camielah Jardine
Conference Coordinator
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

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

23 February 2015                        Submission of abstracts

02 March 2015                            Acceptance of abstracts

30 April 2015                              Submission of papers

11–13 August 2015                     Conference

14 August 2015                          Technical Visit


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



Nestled in the rolling hills of the Pilanesberg, one of South Africa’s most scenic locations, Sun City is a world unto itself and has earned its reputation as Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure.

Finally re-discovered and now part of Sun City, the Lost City and the Valley of Waves, fabled to be the Ruins of a glorious ancient civilisation, celebrate and bring to life the legends of this mystical city. The Lost City is internationally applauded for its wonderfully imaginative theme and exquisite landscaping whilst the fantastic Valley of Waves is one of the world’s most exciting waterparks

For more information on accommodation visit:


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Camielah Jardine
Conference Coordinator
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923