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PRESS RELEASE: SAIMM honours former Anglo American chief executive Mark Cutifani

Mark Cutifani 12082022Credited with transforming one of the world’s biggest mining companies, mining veteran Mark Cutifani was awarded the Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). The Award is considered to be the highest honour to be bestowed by the South African mining and metallurgical sector in recognition of meritorious service to the industry.

Mining veteran, Cutifani received the platinum medal during the online annual general meeting of the Institute on Thursday, 11 August 2022. The award was presented to Cutifani for his substantial contribution to the South African minerals industry.

SAIMM Annual General Meeting

Thursday, 11 August 2022 at 12:00,
via Zoom

To join us click here


1. Welcome
2. Confirmation of minutes
3. Obituaries
4. Honorary Life Fellowship
5. Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award
6. Announcement of awards, medals and certificates
7. Annual financial report for the year ended 30 June 2022
8. Declaration of election of Office Bearers and Members of Council for the year 2022/2023
9. Election of auditors and legal advisors for the year 2022/2023
10. Corporate Partnerships
11. SAIMM new offices
12. Outgoing Presidential Award
13. Induction of President—Z. Botha
14. Presidential address
15. Vote of thanks

Presidential Address

Collaboration and Diversity in STEM

Why do mega projects so often fail? If one of the reasons for failure is bad relationships, is there value in diversity and inclusion to foster collaboration during project execution? When we talk about diversity and inclusion, how do we foster involvement of our young would-be STEM engineers, to pursue a career in the STEM arena? How do we encourage women to sit at the STEM table and to participated in the conversation? According to neuroscience, when functioning in a group, the masculine brain tends to rank in order, where the feminine brain tends to side together (Dr Etienne van der Walt, MD Neurozone). Translated into working within a team, it seems like the masculine brain inspires goal setting and competition, whereas the feminine brain inspires collaboration and empathy. Could the merging of these two leadership styles foster collaboration and innovation? And what would be the role of the team leader in creating the space for a team to show up and do this work together?

Invitation to submit papers for the Data Science Journal edition

 The Journal of the SAIMM has the pleasure of inviting papers for a special edition that would fit into the theme:

Data Science – Enabling and Enhancing Future Intelligent Mining and Metallurgy’.

Authors can submit a paper here: Please select the Data Science section.
The deadline date for paper submissions: 31 August 2022

A Future Beyond Bricks and Mortar

A future 01042022 1The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world of work forever, as it catalyzed and brought forward changes to work arrangements for all companies. The Minerals Council as a progressive and agile organization also adapted to the ‘new For the last 132 years the Minerals Council (previously known as the Chamber of Mines) has had a leading presence in the inner city anchored in the Minerals Council building, which was constructed in 1921. It was a six-storey building, constructed in the Renaissance style with the Minerals Council taking occupancy at the end of 1921 and holding its first AGM in the building on 27 March 1922.

Passing of Professor Emeritus Huw Phillips

Passing of Professor Emeritus Huw Phillips
10 July 1947 – 26 January 2022

Dear Colleagues and Members

Prof Huw Phillips 27012022We learnt recently of the passing of Professor Emeritus Huw Phillips, a Wits stalwart renowned for his teaching, research, and leadership in mining engineering the world over. An integral part of the Wits community, Professor Phillips left an indelible mark in his field, and a legacy which will undoubtedly influence future generations of scholars. 

Professor Phillips served for over 27 years as a Full Professor in the School of Mining Engineering at Wits, during which time he supervised more than 20 PhDs and over 40 Masters students. A formidable administrator and leader, he served as the Head of Mining Engineering from 1986 for a period spanning over 25 years. He also served as the Chair of Mining Engineering until his retirement in 2012. He was appointed as an Emeritus Professor in 2013 and continued to supervise postgraduate students and to serve the University in various roles.  

In 2013, Professor Phillips was announced as the winner of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s prestigious Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award. He was also a Retired Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He was lauded by the mining industry for his unique input and was honoured by the Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa, the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa, and the International Society of Mining Professors.

Memorial service to mourn the loss of Professor Emeritus Huw Phillips who passed away after a short illness on January 26th.
The service will be held at 9:00am on Friday 04 February 2022.
The family, in recognising how many people, both here and around the world, knew and respected Professor Phillips, have arranged for the memorial service to be live-streamed HERE...

SAIMM Advertising Opportunities – Rate Card 2022

journals 20012022The SAIMM offers businesses wanting to reach decision makers, thought-leaders and key opinion-formers in the mining environment different opportunities and essential platforms to do so. Include the SAIMM in your marketing plan if you want to get noticed, grow your market share and assure your existing client base that they are dealing with the right service provider. The SAIMM’s monthly, highly regarded Journal, website and monthly Journal mailer are distinctly differentiated from other available commercial mining publications, and online digital avenues.

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SAIMM Value proposition brochure

SAIMM brochure08122021SAIMM is focused on nurturing the future leaders of Southern Africa’s minerals industry. We provide a collaborative multistakeholder platform that connects minerals professionals throughout the region and across the globe. We also facilitate access to world-class knowledge, innovative practices and technical excellence for our corporate and individual members.

Another year

Another year, filled with unprecedented challenges and changes, is rapidly drawing to an end. Inevitably, it is that time of year when we reflect on what has been, and what the last year means to us. Some days it still seems as though what we’ve been through over the past two years belongs in a Hollywood movie, not in our backyards. The SAIMM as a living institute has not been untouched by the impact of the global pandemic either. Since March 2020, no face-to-face conferences have been hosted, and major events have been cancelled or postponed. In response, we embarked on embracing digital content, including regular webinars and digital technical events across many themes. In October and November alone, over 600 delegates logged into SAIMM events to participate in technical workshops, conferences, and webinars across a broad range of themes. The SAIMM continues to develop its digital platform, and forthcoming hybrid, offerings to reach its membership as well as the broader mining and metals community. Via the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA) the Institute collaborates with like-minded member associations around the world, and the future of such associations increasingly relies on closer collaboration as digital content removes geographical boundaries.

SAIMM Book Sale

Anyone who’s ever moved after staying in one home or office for an extended time knows that in the inevitable packing process you realize you have excess stuff, especially if you downsize. Over many years of publishing, the SAIMM has accumulated a great number of high-quality books and conference proceedings. As part of our downsizing efforts, a book sale is being held.

Some of the titles may be sold out.
Please contact Sam Moolla @ to confirm availability.

View the full list below:

Obituary: Darius Muma

26 September 1976 - 20th October 2021

Darius Muma graduated from the University of Zambia (UNZA) in 2004 with a BSc Chemistry degree. He worked as an Environmental Project Assistant at UNZA School of Mines with the Advocacy for Environmental Restoration Zambia (AREZ), before joining Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) Nchanga Mine in Chingola as a Graduate Chemist. He remained with KCM for 8½ years, progressing through the ranks to Senior Chemist, Sectional Chemist, and Acting Head of Analytical Services. During this time, he gained a Diploma in Business Management (Association of Business Executives, UK). In February 2014 Darius moved to Mopani Copper Mines Mufulira Mine to take up a position of Assistant Superintendent: Analytical Services the position he held when he passed on.

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Other mining news

Mining Weekly | Africa

20 August 2022

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa. providing updates on the progress of future, new and existing projects. Developments in mining legislation, policies, investments and infrastructure will be highlighted
  • Barrick Lumwana launches Zambia business accelerator programme
    Zambian miner Barrick Lumwana, in collaboration with the Accelerated Growth for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Zambia (AGS) programme and the Women's Entrepreneurship Access Center (WEAC), has launched the 10X Business Accelerator Programme to build business capacity for local contractors in Barrick’s mining supply chain. The programme will be implemented by WEAC to build local contractor capacity and to support contractors in effecting their growth plans, diversifying their markets to become sustainable beyond the mine’s operations.
  • BME says more greenfield projects are needed
    Bulk emulsion explosives manufacturer BME says although mining profits have been bolstered in the last two years, more exploration and mine development are needed if the industry is to keep up with future demand, particularly for battery minerals. The commodity pipeline in South Africa will fall short should greenfield projects not become more commonplace, says BME MD Ralf Hennecke.
  • Buffalo records R17.6m interim loss
    South Africa-focused Buffalo Coal has narrowed its loss R17.6-million in the six months ended June 30, from R54.6-million in the same period last year, with revenue increasing by 7.5% year-on-year to R187.3-million. The company owns an interest in two coal mines in KwaZulu-Natal – Aviemore East anthracite mine and Magdalena bituminous mine, as well as an interest in two future coal mining projects, the Balgray anthracite project, which is an extension of the Aviemore East reserve, and the Aviemore North Adit anthracite project.