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SAIMM President Isabel Geldenhuys talks to Mining Weekly

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president
17th August 2021
By Martin Creamer

Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery will have the opportunity to move away from diesel and switch to a hydrogen-based fuel system because of the contained ecosystem. While the use of green hydrogen is always first prize, Geldenhuys pointed out that many processes have grey hydrogen as a byproduct and expressed the view that where grey hydrogen is at the ready, it should be used as an imperfect solution rather than being left to go to waste.

She said that South Africa had the required hydrogen know-how as a consequence of the Department of Science and Innovation having supported the hydrogen economy concept for nearly 20 years. “What really excites me is the focus on being greener and more efficient," Geldenhuys said. On the multidisciplinary front, she said: "There are many opportunities for us to work together and bring interesting, transdisciplinary thinking into metallurgy to solve our big problems.” Under her leadership, the SAIMM plans to strengthen its online presence so that it can communicate optimally with the rest of the mining and metallurgy world at a time of rising mining fortunes. South Africa’s mining and metallurgy history extends across more than a century, which has resulted in a wealth of knowledge being accessible from SAIMM’s databases.

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SAIMM awards its most prestigious prize to Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater

Known for his skills as an ace dealmaker, mining giant Neal Froneman has been honoured with the 2021 Brigadier Stokes award by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), considered the highest distinction to be bestowed by the South African mining and metallurgical sector.

Having taken over duties as executive director and CEO on 1 January 2013, Froneman has spent the past eight years transforming Sibanye-Stillwater from a 1.5Moz South Africa-based gold producer into a leading precious metals miner with an international operating footprint ranking among the world’s top three PGM producers.

OBITUARY: NAVIN SINGH

Navin Singh 2107202114 November 1971 – 12 July 2021

Navin Singh was born on 14 November 1971 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

He started his career at South Deep Gold Mine in 1996 as Strata Control Officer, progressing to the position of Chief Rock Engineer (Operations). In 2000 he relocated to Australia, and joined Western Mining Corporation as Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia. He returned to South Africa in 2001 to take up the position of Research Manager for Rock Engineering at the CSIR, and subsequently that of Programme Manager for Mining. He served for a time as New Technology Manager at Gold Fields Ltd, then moved to the Mine Health & Safety Council as Chief Research and Operations Officer, remaining in that position for the next 6 years. Navin returned to the CSIR in 2015 as Manager for Mining R&D. He was involved in establishing the Mandela Mining Precinct in partnership with the DST and the then Chamber of Mines and became the Co-Director of the Precinct for the period 2016–2020. He held the position of Head of Technology, Kumba Iron Ore (Anglo American) when he passed on.

Annual General Meeting Thursday, 12 August 2021 at 12:00, via Zoom

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AGENDA:

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. Announcement of student prizes
8. SAIMM 5 Star Incentive Programme and Top Advertiser in the Journal
9. Annual report of the Council and accounts for the year ended 30 June 2021
10. Declaration of election of Office Bearers, members of Council and other positions for the year 2021/2022
11. Election of auditors and honorary legal advisors for the year 2020/2021
12. Outgoing Presidential Award
13. Induction of President—I.J. Geldenhuys
14. Presidential address
15. Vote of thanks

OBITUARY: DENNIS LAUBSCHER

OBITUARY: DENNIS LAUBSCHER
PIONEER OF BLOCK CAVING


A legend in the mining industry, Dennis Laubscher, South Africa’s and the world’s foremost authority on block caving techniques, died 3 February at the age of 91 at Bushman’s River Mouth, Eastern Cape. He is survived by four grown-up children (Susan Stampanoni, Dionne, Tessa, and Robert Laubscher) from his first marriage to Patricia May (nee Binnie) who died on 29 August, 2002; their elder son Carl having also passed away. On 27 February 2004, Dennis married Michelle (nee Broster).

Born in Tulbagh, Western Cape, on 1 October 1929, Dennis Laubscher earned a BSc (Eng.) in mining geology in 1952, and a PhD in 1964, both from the University of the Witwatersrand. His career was highlighted by numerous awards: the South Africa Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) Gold Medal in 1995; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the South African Institute of Rock Engineering in 1998; the De Beers Mass Mining Award at Massmin 2000; and the Brigadier Stokes Platinum Medal from SAIMM in 2007.

POSTPONEMENT OF NORTHERN CAPE BRANCH STUDENT EVENT

During this difficult and uncertain time, we know that the health and safety of you, your families and the wider community is of the utmost importance. We as an organisation share both your individual and organisational concerns on the virus’ expanding global reach. SAIMM has been closely monitoring the spread of the disease, especially related to our conference registrants and their travelling. As always, your safety is our highest priority. Due to the increasing urgency of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Northern Cape Branch has decided to postpone the Student event that was due to take place on the 20th of January 2021 at the Kalahari Country Club. This event will be postponed until further notice.

Obituary - Dr Ferdi Camisani


Ferdi Camisan10122020Dr Ferdi Camisani,
July 1939 – November 2020.

Ferdi Camisani was born outside Parma, Italy just a few weeks after the declaration of World War II
He was a student of the father of geostatistics, Georges Matheron, in Fontainebleau, France and together with Danie Krige, wrote some of the first papers on the application of geostatistics in South Africa.
During his long career in South Africa he worked with De Beers, Anglo American, the Atomic Energy Corporation, and Anglovaal.
Ferdi was a member of the Geostatistical Association of Southern Africa (GASA) and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). On his retirement from SAIMM activities in 2012 the President, Gordon Smith, acknowledged his contribution as follows.

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Member Notice

SAIMM Annual General Meeting

Thursday, 13 August 2020 at 12:00, via Zoom

  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. Announcement of student prizes
  8. SAIMM 5 Star Incentive Programme and Top Advertiser in the Journal
  9. Annual report of the Council and accounts for the year ended 30 June 2020
  10. Declaration of election of Office Bearers, members of Council and other positions for the year 2020/2021
  11. Election of auditors and honorary legal advisors for the year 2020/2021
  12. Outgoing Presidential Award
  13. Induction of President—V.G. Duke
  14. Presidential address
  15. Vote of thanks
Presidential Address:

Ethics, Morals, and Leadership

Members of the SAIMM are facing a rapidly changing global environment and uncertain times at home.

The world is being increasingly challenged by climate change, shortages of arable land and potable water, sustainable energy needs, food security, and a huge growth in urban populations.

Closer to home, South Africa finds itself entrenched in a climate of continual political and economic uncertainty. South Africans are experiencing unemployment, corruption, civil unrest, xenophobia, polarization, increasing debt, and poverty. The reputations of numerous businesses, including Steinhoff, EOH, Tongaat Hulett, KPMG and McKinsey, have been compromised over allegations of corruption.

These dynamics, together with a growing digital economy, are changing the way we communicate, absorb information, and interact with one other. This in turn creates new challenges for the SAIMM, including increasing competition for our members’ attention with respect to attendance at conferences, meetings, and working groups.

So, to remain relevant, the SAIMM needs to transform itself. A suitable strategy has been developed and the code of ethics updated to provide ethical guidance to members as they face today’s challenges and issues. This update entailed a move away from a more rules-based code to a less prescriptive, values-based code of ethics that is more suited to today’s world, and which emphasises the SAIMM’s principles and values.

Effective leadership is clearly needed, now more than ever. The SAIMM can and should contribute to the enormous challenges facing South Africa, and this can be achieved by urging members to act ethically and lead effectively when needed.

In this address, on Ethics, Morals, and Leadership I will expand on the above, clarify the differences between ethics and morals, and discuss the essence of leadership and how an appreciation of the difference between ethics and morals can impact our performance as professionals and leaders.

Hopefully, these insights will contribute positively to members as they continue to influence and impact developments across Southern Africa by leading ethically, whenever and wherever required.

Vaughn Glenn Duke

VaugnVaughn was born in 1962 in Boksburg, where his father worked as a geologist on ERPM for Rand Mines. He grew up with two younger sisters and a brother. Geologists move around a lot and so, although Vaughn started his schooling at Christian Brothers College in Boksburg, he completed grade 7 at Princess Primary in Krugersdorp before attending Krugersdorp High to grade 11. Circumstances changed again and he ended up matriculating at Glenwood High School in Durban, where he made a wise choice to stop playing rugby and instead achieved a university exemption. Vaughn was accepted by the University of the Witwatersrand to sit for a BSc (Hons) Mining Engineering and graduated in 1986.

He then worked for COMRO for six months before moving to Zimbabwe to work for his father in a small business that researched, ’pegged’, and packaged small mining prospects for lease and/or sale to larger companies. Geologists and mining engineers traditionally disagree, so Vaughn accepted a job with the Cementation Company (Zimbabwe) Ltd to work on a shaft sinking contract at Dalny Mine, which was Zimbabwe’s deepest mine at the time. He was 25 years old and had to learn quickly because it was a 6 m diameter shaft that was being sunk without the help of a ’boesman’ or a cactus grab. He did learn fast and was soon appointed to run the site as a Site Manager, after which he was transferred to a large civil tunnelling contract at Darwendale near Harare.

Vaughn’s marriage to his university sweetheart Lynne in 1988 was followed by his return to South Africa in 1989, where he joined AngloVaal Pty Ltd to work at its Hartebeesfontein Gold Mine. He was moved to Loraine Gold Mines in 1992 to work as a Section Manager at the No 1 Shaft and for AngloVaal’s new Target Project. He returned to Harties on promotion in 1995, and was transferred to head office in 1997. He worked as the Group Mining Engineer, General Manager: Technical Services, and Project Manager for the Northern Free State Expansion Project until AngloVaal was absorbed by African Rainbow Minerals in 2004. Vaughn also completed an MBA with distinction at the Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria during this period.

Vaughn established Sound Mining Solution (Pty) Ltd in 2004, and after working out of rented offices in Marshalltown, purchased a building in Rivonia in 2008. Sound Mining is now well established and Vaughn is privileged and blessed to be working with a fantastic group of colleagues who have chosen to remain with Sound Mining. They have been successfully working together for many years.

Vaughn has been associated with the Southern African Institution of Mining and Metallurgy since his university days. He is now a Fellow and has contributed to numerous committees and working groups. Vaughn is a recognised Project Management Professional and a registered professional with the Engineering Council of South Africa.

Vaughn has been married to Lynne for 32 years. Their eldest son Michael is studying chemistry at Wits, their daughter is currently completing her degree at Lisof (London Institute of Fashion), and the youngest, Daniel, is in his second year at the University of Pretoria studying mechanical engineering. Lynne and Vaughn cherish and prioritize their time together and are often found cycling in the Cradle.

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Other mining news

Mining Weekly | Africa

29 June 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
  • Ironveld shareholder asks board to remove chairperson, CEO as directors
    Aim-listed Ironveld has informed shareholders that it has received a requisition notice from a significant shareholder, requesting the board of directors to arrange a general meeting and to consider the removal of chairperson Giles Clarke and CEO Martin Eales as directors of Ironveld. The Ironveld board says it believes the timing of the requisition notice is inappropriate and that the resolutions proposed "are vexatious" and linked to a number of commercial proposals the shareholder has put to the company.
  • Nimba to list on the LSE towards the end of the year, BFS to follow
    West Africa-focused miner Nimba Development Company (NDC) has started with a preliminary technical information exchange process with the government of Guinea, as part of the Nimba iron-ore mine’s development. Particularly, NDC has shared with the Guinean Ministry of Mines and Geology its high-level plans, prepared in conjunction with NDC’s technical partners, which include DRA Senet, Vecturis and Sea Invest.
  • Hummingbird chairperson retires
    Russell King has stepped down as chairperson of Hummingbird Resources. He had been chairperson since November 2014.