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Manganese Ferroalloy Production

The School on the Production of Manganese Ferroalloys was held at Misty Hills, Muldersdrift on 12 and 13 June 2012. The main attraction was lectures presented by Professor Merete Tangstad from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her fields of research at NTNU include manganese ferroalloy production, and she co-authored the definitive textbook, Production of Manganese Ferroalloys, with Sverre Olsen and Tor Lindstand in 2007.

New engineering library to boost mining skills

Johannesburg, 7 November 2012 - Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) and the University of the Witwatersrand officially opened the Gold Fields Engineering Library at the Wits Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment on 7 November 2012.

The Gold Fields Engineering Library, located in the Chamber of Mines building on Wits’ Braamfontein campus, provides modern and innovative facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students, academics, and researchers. As part of the refurbishment of the Chamber of Mines building, the library was relocated to the ground floor to make it more accessible to students.

Mining Indaba™ invests in the future of South Africa’s education

In line with its agenda of aligning with the transformative policies of the South African government and of contributing to the advancement of the country’s mining industry, Investing in African Mining Indaba™ has offered bursaries to two deserving third-year mining engineering students. The bursaries are valued at US$10 000 each, and have been offered to Lindiwe Nyalunga at the University of the Witwatersrand and Hlulisani Mabege at the University of Pretoria.

Meeting of International Mining and Metallurgical Societies

A meeting of several leading international mining and metallurgical societies was held in conjunction with the MINExpo International exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada on 23 September 2012. The meeting was attended by representatives of AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum), SAIMM (Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), and SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration).

Spotlight - International Percolation Leaching Conference and Short Course

The on heap leaching, dealing firstly with the geomechanics and hydrodynamics of crushed ore beds, criteria for satisfactory operation, and in-heap measurements, led by Amado Guzman, an internationally recognized authority in hydrology. The second theme for the day was reaction and mass transport and mathematical modelling, led by Jochen Petersen, associate professor at the University of Cape Town.

Outotec and Western Cape Branch

Outotec is seeking to promote sustainable minerals processing in southern Africa. As a company, selling technology, sophisticated equipment, and plant solutions for minerals, metals, and water processing as well as energy recovery, the company also wishes to inspire the abundant young South African talent to innovate. With this in mind, Outotec has committed funds to the Western Cape Branch as a prize and travel grant. They believe this will showcase the importance of expertise in sustainability, an area that Outotec is passionate about, reflected in their mission statement: ‘Sustainable use of Earth’s natural resources’. Outotec has recognized the value derived from the Western Cape Branch’s focus on tertiary education, and asked the Branch to handle these awards.

Pretoria Branch SAIMM Technical Evening

26 September 2012, University of Pretoria. The SAIMM Pretoria Branch’s monthly technical evening was hosted by ESCO at the University of Pretoria. The evening was well supported with some 55 delegates attending. The topic of the presentation by Terry Briscoe was the evolution of the ESCO Dragline Bucket. Terry, Senior Engineer Technology Development, has been with ESCO for 42 years and will be retiring towards the end of the year. Norman Murison, the Services Manager South Africa, first gave a short overview of the ESCO company, then Terry covered the models applied in the design of dragline buckets and case studies were discussed.

Spotlight - Paste 2012

The fifteenth seminar on paste and thickened tailings technology, Paste 2012, was held at Sun City from 17 to 19 April 2012. This event is the premier international forum for the development of technologies associated with the disposal of high-density waste tailings, and deals with developments in dewatering technologies, such as thickening and flocculation, advances in pump and pipeline technology, and surface and mine backfill.

Dr Ferdi Camisani - Retirement from SAIMM Activities

Dr Ferdi Camisani - Retirement from SAIMM Activities

On behalf of all the members of the SAIMM, the President, Dr Gordon Smith wishes to acknowledge Dr Ferdi Camisani's enormous contribution to the standing of the Institute and South Africa in the global minerals industry over many years. Dr Camisani's contributions include:

• Attendance of the CMMI meeting in 1997 which established a set of standard reporting definitions which became known as the Denver Accord and which still remain today the backbone of international reporting standards.

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