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Conference Review: Copper Cobalt Africa

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.

Writing NI 43-101 Technical Reports for the TSX

It has come to our attention that Members of the SAIMM and both Members and Fellows of the GSSA are not on the current list of Acceptable Foreign Associations and Membership Designations in Appendix A of Companion Policy 43-101CP which is part of NI 43-101.

This means that no Member of SAIMM and no Member/Fellow of GSSA can use their SAIMM/GSSA registration to compile NI 43-101 documents for the Toronto Stock Exchange.  This does not affect any geoscientist who is registered with SACNASP.  Neither does it affect engineers registered with ECSA or who are Fellows of SAIMM.  This will, primarily, affect GSSA members living/working outside of South Africa, who are not registered with SACNASP.

GMSG Corporate Member Report January 2018

future mining 2018The Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG) January 2018 Corporate Member Report has been published. It contains an overview of projects which are defining the future of mining and helping to create solutions to industry challenges. This year’s Corporate Member Report features important GMSG news, highlights and an overview of GMSG’s guideline work, and outlines GMSG’s new 2018 strategy. The report is available here.

World Leader in New Steel Research Visits the University of Pretoria

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Photo: Prof Roelf Mostert, Sir Prof Harry Bhadeshia, Prof Charles Siyasiya, Prof Pieter Pistorius and Dr Johan Westraad

Next-generation bainitic steel with remarkable properties was the central theme of a colloquium hosted by the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Pretoria on the 4th of December 2017. Sir Harry Bhadeshia, a global leader in metallurgy and the Tata Steel Professor at Cambridge University, was the main speaker. Sir Prof Bhadeshia was on a visit to South Africa as a result of an application made by the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa and the trip was funded through a NRF instrument.

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
  • South Africa's new coal-fired plants must have emissions technology
    South Africa's first privately built coal-fired power plants must have the latest technology to reduce harmful emissions, the energy minister said on Tuesday, as a wave of court challenges threaten to derail the projects. Environmental activists have taken legal action against the new Thabametsi and Khanyisa coal-fired projects and are also lobbying banks and developers against investing in them.
  • Seriti’s Teke awarded Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award
    The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy has awarded coal producer Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke with a Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award for his contribution to the mining industry and his leadership role in society. The platinum medal presented to Teke last week by Seriti’s outgoing president Professor Sehliselo Ndlovu is considered the highest honour to be bestowed by the mining and metallurgical sector.
  • Rapid Moab integration boosts Harmony Gold’s cash flow
    The rapid integration of the Moab Khotsong gold mine into the Harmony Gold group has boosted the company’s overall underground gold grade, lifted production, driven down all-in sustaining unit costs and doubled free cash flow. Harmony acquired the deep-level Moab Khotsong mine from AngloGold Ashanti for $300-million on March 1, with the acquisition including the Great Noligwa mine, which presents a opportunity for Harmony to mine shaft pillars, and the Zaaiplaats resource.