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CSMI boosts research plans for 2014

3 December 2013 – Johannesburg. South Africa needs to keep an eye on whether policy, laws, and practice are supporting its aim of sustainable development in mining and industry – and this is going to need more applied research across disciplines. Such research is already underway at the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI), part of the School of Mining Engineering at Wits University, and is being expanded as part of its new research focus in 2014.

Mobile Technology in Mining Saves Lives: Report

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Technology in mining is not just helpful from a cost efficiency and production point of view, according to a new report released by the Economists' Intelligence Unit. The report, entitled "The New Canary in the Mine" shows that 74 percent of mining company executives believe that
technology has saved lives.

The report looks at the role that mobile technology has played in transforming the mining industry. According to the report, 84 percent of mining executives report an improvement in health and safety hazard detection, through the adoption and use of mobile technology.

To read the full report please go to this link:
www.globalminingstandards.org/mobile-technology-mining-saves-lives-report/

120th Anniversary SAIMM Banquet 2014 Invitation

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World Gold 2013

Following the very successful World Gold Conferences – held bi-annually since 2005 in Calgary, Cairns, Johannesburg and Montreal—the fifth World Gold conference, jointly organised by The AusIMM, the Canadian Institute of Mining and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), was held in Brisbane, Queensland on 26-29 September 2013.

SANCOT and the International Tunnelling Association (ITA)

The South African National Committee on Tunnelling (SANCOT) was formed in 1973 during a phase of extensive infrastructure development in South Africa, in particular the construction of the Orange-Fish tunnel. This followed the success of the 1970
TUNCON conference in Durban, after which it was decided that it would be useful to form a body covering the interests of owners, designers, contractors, researchers, and suppliers in the underground construction industry. SANCOT has been active since this time, promoting the use of underground space, exchanging information, and arranging conferences and seminars.

2013 END OF THE YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT

We have come to the end of another year, and it is the time to slow down and take stock of the 12 months that have passed and to look forward to the year ahead. In the South African mining industry a very traumatic 2012 has been followed by an uncertain 2013. I would like to think that 2014 will be more positive. There are many positive indications, and we should dwell on these since the negatives have a tendency to obscure the positives.

MineSAFE 2013 Conference looks beyond the 2013 milestones

altThe annual MineSAFE Conference – now in its fifth consecutive year - was once again a major success, drawing more than 400 delegates over the two-day Technical Conference and over 780 guests for the Industry Awards Day.

Held from 22 to 24 October 2013 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, this year's conference focused primarily on the industry's progress towards the 2013 Milestones as agreed to at the 2003 Mine Health and Safety Summit.

International Honours for two Wits Engineers

Hu Hanrahan, Professor Emeritus in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand has been reappointed as Chairperson of the Washington Accord for the term June 2013 to June 2015. He has served as Chairperson since 2011.

SAIMM Career Development Day - 13 August 2013

T he Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) acknowledges the need to focus on our youth in South Africa. SAIMM’s subcommittee on Career Guidance and Education, arranged a student career development day at the Sci-Bono Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. The event, which took place on 13 August 2013, was sponsored by the SAIMM, Sound Mining and the University of Johannesburg.

SANCOT and the International Tunnelling Association (ITA)

The South African National Committee on Tunnelling (SANCOT) was formed in 1973 during a phase of extensive infrastructure development in South Africa, in particular the construction of the km long Orange- Fish tunnel. This followed the success of the 1970 TUNCON conference in Durban, after which it was decided that it would be useful to form a body covering the interests of owners, designers, contractors, researchers, and suppliers in the underground construction industry. SANCOT has been active since this time, promoting the use of underground space, exchanging information, and arranging conferences and seminars.

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  • Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller
    An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) , Miller pointed out in a Zoom interview with Mining Weekly that stock markets become successful as venues for primary capital raising when the small end of the market is incentivised. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.)
  • UBS raises copper premium forecast
    Investment banking company UBS says physical premiums for copper have spiked across regions, alongside falling exchange inventories globally, particularly in China. Copper was up 18% in October and, given the risk power curbs present to refined copper supply, UBS is raising its copper price forecast to $12 000/t for the coming quarters, followed by some levelling off.
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