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Benefits of joining the SAIMM

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  • The SAIMM is a founding member of the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA). Other members are: AusIMM; CIM; IOM3; SME; IIMP. Through this collaboration we offer our members ‘visiting’ status if they are resident in any of the countries where we have a base.
  • As a member you will be granted access to the OneMine.org website and all its publications. We are also a member of the Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group (GMSG), who facilitate global mining collaborations on solutions to common industry problems.
  • We also subscribe to the Technical Library and members can take advantage of all services they have on offer by registering on the site.
  • If you are registered with the Engineering Council of SA (ECSA) as a SAIMM Member you will qualify for a discount on your ECSA fees.
  • You will be able to attend the SAIMM Conferences at discounted rates.
  • Attending SAIMM conferences and Branch Events will allow you to collect Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.
  • Membership includes the SAIMM Journal on a monthly basis.
  • You will have the chance to network with a wide cross-section of professional people in the Mining and Metallurgy Industry.
  • Active participation in the Institute will result in higher peer recognition.
  • Members of the Institute are able to contribute to the development of young talent through our mentoring programme.

After 120 years the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) continues to serve its members. The Institute started in 1894, a few years after the invention of the cyanide process had saved the gold mining industry in South Africa. The previously used technology of gravity separation could not economically recover gold from the fine grained ores of the Transvaal gold fields. The Institute's Journal recorded this process and major developments in the industry and has disseminated knowledge ever since.

The SAIMM is a professional institute with local and international links aimed at assisting members source news and views about technological developments in the mining, metallurgical and related sectors.

 

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For more information contact: Kea Shumba, SAIMM · Tel: 011 834-1273 · E-mail: Kea@saimm.co.za

Richard Peter Mohring (1947-2016)

RickMohringWe are sad to announce that Rick Mohring passed away on 14 March 2016, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Rick will be well remembered for his pivotal role in the transformation of the South African coal industry. He was widely respected and renowned for his expertise in coal mining, and was known as someone who worked with enthusiasm, energy, and enjoyment.

Rick joined the SAIMM in 1971, and served on the Council since 1988. He was President of SAIMM in 1997-1998, and was awarded an Honorary Life Fellowship in 2000, and the Brigadier Stokes Memorial Award (SAIMM's highest award) in 2012. He also served on numerous committees over the years, including his most recent involvements as a Trustee of the SAIMM Scholarship Fund, and Chair of the Complaints Committee.

SAIMM Annual Banquet 2016

The SAIMM Annual Banquet was held on Saturday, 5th March 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Approximately 360 VIPs, members and guests attended. The guest speaker was Johnny Clegg, a South African icon who spoke about crossing the cultural divide. Johnny’s talk was inspirational, interspersed with a couple of songs and interesting dance moves.

Fellowships of the Institute were awarded to Paul den Hoed, Carel Roode, and Simon Tose.

The evening was a great success and we wish to thank our sponsors, without whom the event would not have been possible.

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SAIMM 5 Star Incentive Programme

The SAIMM are proud to welcome you to our Incentive programme where we have negotiated to provide you with more benefits.

These benefits include:

1. Top 5 Proposers for the current financial year are to be given a free ticket to the SAIMM Annual Banquet with mention at the Annual General Meeting.
2. Top 5 Referees for the financial year are to be given a free ticket to the SAIMM Annual Banquet with mention at the Annual General Meeting.
3. Access to discounts offered by the top 5 Service providers that have negotiated a discounted rates and special offers for you our valued member.
4. Conference attendance within a 2 year period and applies to events that are paid for. If you attend 3 events you get the next conference that you register for, at no cost.
5. The most number of papers published in the SAIMM Journal. Authors with the most published papers in the SAIMM Journal would be recognized at the Annual General Meetingand - would receive a free ticket to the SAIMM Annual Banquet.

Public Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves and SAMCODE STANDARDS COMMITTEE (SSC)

Attracting finance for exploration and mining ventures is a critical part of the resource business environment today, and there are a number of finance options available, including accessing private equity.
With the increase in the number of non-listed (private) companies and individuals seeking to obtain financial assistance, it is important to appreciate that issues of public reporting are not confined to listed companies only.  Under all circumstances, if Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and/or Mineral Reserves are reported publically (as defined in the SAMREC Code of 2016), and if said report is claimed to have been compiled in accordance with any of the SAMREC, SAMVAL or SAMOG Codes, then the report and the author are subject to the minimum standards and requirements of the relevant Code as well as the complaints procedure of the SAMCODE Standards Committee (SSC). Please see http://www.samcode.co.za/

Professor R.E. "Robbie" Robinson

(1929-2016)

We are sad to announce that Professor Robbie Robinson passed away on the 21st of January 2016, after a battle with cancer.

Robbie Robinson had a distinguished involvement with minerals beneficiation in South Africa for about 65 years. He was an innovative chemical engineer and a visionary leader and research commentator.

2015 list of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining

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The 2015 list of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining was recently released and included several South Africans and a Botswanan on the list. We are very proud that three of these South Africans are members of the SAIMM. Our congratulations to them on this accomplishment.

Obituary David Lawrence - 1948 to 2015

There are few who live life to the full in their work as well as their private lives. One such person was David Lawrence. David managed to fulfill a career in engineering that contributed to the civil development of major mining projects in his home country, South Africa, as well as several landmark infrastructure projects, including the Drakensburg Pumped Storage Scheme, where his connection with the international tunnelling fraternity began.

Obituary James McKelvey - 1954 to 2015

James McKelvey, a respected and internationally-recognized tunnel design, construction, and risk management expert, passed away suddenly on 20 July 2015, at the age of 60.

Born in South Africa on 15 September 1954, Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Natal in 1976, and that same year, joined Murray & Roberts Roads and Earthworks and began work on what would become numerous South African tunnelling projects.

Northern Cape Branch Chairperson - Cedrick van Wyk

C.A. van Wyk (known as Cedrick) - Process Development Manager

Cedrick Van Wyk was born and grew up in Luderitz, Namibia. He completed schooling at the Concordia College in Windhoek, Namibia.

Cedrick joined JCI in 1989 as a learner official and completed the Higher National Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy from the University of Johannesburg (Wits Technikon) in 1993. He completed the Anglo American MDP with the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2005.

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The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
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