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Article by Bruce Fordyce which commends SAIMM Honorary Life Fellow Peter Knottenbelt on His Courage and Recovery After the Crocodile Attack

Peter Knottenbelt2Until the beginning of this year, Peter Knottenbelt was an ordinary Ebotse parkrunner with 14 parkrun finishes to his name. (Well not so ordinary; running in the VM 70-74 age category Peter had a recent PB of 26;33 and a 67% age grading, run at altitude on the tough Ebotse course).

All this changed while Peter was on holiday in the lowveld near Hoedspruit at a lodge on the Olifants River. Peter and friends and family were having fun in the river and decided to wade across to the far bank. They had been assured that there “are no crocodiles in the river and none have ever been seen in this stretch of the Olifants” At the far side of the river Peter trod on the bony head of a 3 metre long Nile crocodile which promptly seized him by the leg and tried to drag Peter off to drown in deeper water. There followed a harrowing battle in which Peter was severely wounded and tried desperately to thrust his thumbs into the crocodile’s eyes. So hard was he pushing that he also broke his wrists with the effort. It must have been a terrifying experience to realise the blood in the water was his own.

SAIMM President 2018/2019 – Alastair Stuart Macfarlane

On the 16th of August 2018 Alastair Macfarlane was inducted as the SAIMM President for 2018/2019. The students and members attending the AGM welcomed him as president with applause. We look forward to the impact that Alastair Macfarlane will make during his year in office.

Towards the future: African Mining Vision, Mining Phakisa and the SAIMM

Recent winds of political change blowing through the African continent have created the hope of a new dawn for the mining industry, and for renewed impetus to support the African Mining Vision.

Conference Review: Copper Cobalt Africa

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CuCoAfrica Dignitaries: L-R:
Mooya Lumamba (Director of Mines and Minerals, Zambia), Jackson Sikamo (Chairperson and Country Manager at Chibuluma Mines Plc, Zambia), Sehliselo Ndlovu (President: SAIMM), Paul Chanda (Permanent Secretary: Zambia Ministry of Mines and Mineral Development), Sokwani Chilembo (CEO Zambian Chamber of Mines), Darius Muma (Zambian Branch Chair: SAIMM), Kathy Sole (Conference Chair: Copper Cobalt Africa 2018).

Copper Cobalt Africa, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), took place from 10 to 12 July 2018. The conference was held in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the mighty Victoria Falls. Recent strong rises in the prices of copper and cobalt, coupled with increasing international interest in developments in the African Copperbelt, attracted over 300 delegates, representing 22 countries.

Obituary - Emeritus Professor Dee Bradshaw

Dee Bradshaw
22 Sept 1958 to 7 June 2018

Emeritus Professor Dee Bradshaw passed away on 7th June 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer, just a few months short of her 60th Birthday. Throughout her illness, Dee remained a leading light and inspiration to students, colleagues and professionals across the globe. A major highlight for her in 2018 was the launch of her book “Green Mining: Beyond the Myth” at the Two Ocean’s Aquarium ahead of the Annual Mining Indaba - attended by senior representatives of the Minister of the Presidency, AngloGold Ashanti and the University of Cape Town (UCT) as well as colleagues, students, friends and family. The book culminates a career of thought leadership, a passion for people and minerals in collectively addressing complex, intractable problems in society.

Open Journal System

DOAJThe SAIMM has adopted the Open Journal System (OJS) with the objective of optimizing the management of the paper reviewing process for the Journal.

Paper submissions will no longer be accepted via the SAIMM Journal submission form on the SAIMM website. Only papers that are currently in the system will follow the existing reviewing process.

You can now submit manuscripts and peer reviews online. The OJS assists you with every step of the reviewing process. Authors can also check the status of their papers online and referees will receive automated reminders for their reviews.

Promoting the SAMCODES Way in Kazakhstan

minexSAMCODES Standards Committee (SSC) Chair Matt Mullins attended the Minex Central Asia Forum which took place in Astana, Kazakhstan. On Wednesday 18th April 2018 he delivered a presentation on Global Mineral Resource and Valuation Reporting Standards.

With Kazakhstan being the newest member of the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO), Matt discussed the Evolution, Convergence, and Effectiveness of reporting codes both in South Africa and globally. There was particular focus on the current organisation and effectiveness of the SSC.

Saving Metals for our Future Generations - Sehliselo Ndlovu | City Press - Sunday 15th April

Sehliselo Ndlovu is the first black woman president of the SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and is associate professor in the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Wits University, writes Sue Grant-Marshall

Please call me Selo,” says the engaging associate professor, Sehliselo Ndlovu, who has come full circle with the SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), for it used to send mining books and magazines to the BSc engineering student in metallurgy at the University of Zimbabwe.

Later on it paid for her air ticket to Imperial College London. There she obtained her PhD in Minerals and Mining Engineering with a Biohydrometallurgy specialisation, in 2003.

Joburgtv Interview at the Women in Mining Breakfast

Joburgtv for captured some of the highlights of the Women in Mining Breakfast which was hosted by Women in Mining South Africa and SAIMM at WorleyParsonsTWP on 13 February 2018. View the video to see what Prof Selo Ndlovu, Petro Du Pisani, Zelmia Botha, Anniekie Mpherwane, Tshepiso Ndlovu, Refentse Fensi Molehe and Marinda Hawthorn had to say about the event.

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
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    Attorneys from the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) plan to, on Tuesday, tell Members of Parliament (MPs) that an Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) that provides for expensive new coal-fired power, at a time when South Africa needs to be urgently transitioning away from "harmful" coal, would be in conflict with the Constitution. "This means that an IRP that irrationally includes expensive new coal could be held up by court challenges for years to come," the CER said in a statement published on Monday.
  • Galileo hits high zinc mineralisation in Phase 2 drilling programme
    Aim-listed Galileo Resources has completed its Phase 2 diamond drilling programme and reported positive assay results so far for the first eight holes analysed, at its 80.75%-owned Star Zinc project, in Zambia. Phase 2 comprised 24 holes totalling about 1 000 m to depths, from surface, of between 25 m and 105 m downhole.
  • Consultants confirm at least 1Moz potential at Cora Gold’s Mali prospect
    A report compiled by SRK Consulting has confirmed that gold explorer Cora Gold’s Sanankoro project, in Mali, has the potential to delineate between one-million and two-million ounces of gold to a depth of 100 m, also indicating the potential for significant further upside at depth. SRK derived an initial exploration target of between 30-million and 50-million tonnes of gold ore at a grade of between 1 g/t and 1.3 g/t gold.