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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.

Zambian Branch Chairperson - Darius Muma

Darius was born and grew up in the Luanshya district of Zambia’s Copperbelt Province. He graduated from the University of Zambia (UNZA) in Lusaka in 2004 with a BSc in chemistry, and worked as an Environmental Project Assistant with the Advocacy for Environmental Restoration Zambia (AREZ) group at UNZA School of Mines.

Zululand Branch Chairperson - Christo Mienie

Christo was born on 18 November 1963 in Vereeniging and matriculated in 1981.

He obtained his Dip Tech (T5) in Metallurgical Engineering from the Vaal Triangle Technikon. He worked at Iscor Vanderbijlpark in Blast Furnaces Production for a year, then moved to Iscor Research and Development in Pretoria, where he worked in the Process Metallurgy Department for four years. His area of focus was iron manufacturing, with particular interest in the evaluation and characterization of iron ore, coal, and coke for the blast furnace, direct reduction, and the newly developed Corex-process.

Johannesburg Branch Chairperson - Ian Ashmole

Ian has been a member of the SAIMM Johannesburg Branch committee since 2009. He was elected Vice Chairperson in 2011, and has been Chairperson since 2012. He also represents the SAIMM as an observer on the Council of the Geological Society of South Africa.

Ian started in the mining industry as a learner official with Rand Mines in 1985, and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering in 1989. He worked at Durban Roodepoort Deep, Douglas Colliery, and Harmony Gold Mine before leaving Rand Mines in 1993 to take up the position of mine manager of a small gold mine on the East Rand.

Pretoria Branch Chair - Pierre Bredell

Pierre Bredell, Pr.Eng. - B.Eng.(Mining)

Pierre has been an active Mining Engineer since 1995. His early years were with Randfontein Estates Gold Mines and Centrocen Projects. In 2000, Pierre co-founded and developed LQS International, a geological and mining engineering consultancy with offices in Johannesburg, Perth, Vancouver, Santiago, and London.

Presidential Address 2015: Truth and Error in Scientific Publishing

Scientific progress relies on the publication of ideas and experimental results that can be replicated, tested,and improved over time.

The first printed book on metallurgy to have been published in Europe is considered to be De la Pirotechnia, written in Italian by Vannoccio Biringuccio, and published in Venice in 1540. Together with De Re Metallica, written by Georgius Agricola and published in Latin in 1556, this can be considered to mark the start of scientific and technical literature in this field. Scientific publishing of journal papers has been in existence for 350 years, since the world's oldest and longest-running scientific journal, the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, was first published in London in 1665.

SAIMM-YPC 2015 - Career Development in the Minerals Industry Dayevent

On 31 July 2015, the SAIMM Young Professionals Council (YPC) hosted the Career Development in the Minerals Industry event for final-year university students in mining and metallurgy, at Mintek in Randburg. The event was attended by students from the universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, and South Africa.

The first Career Development in the Minerals Industry event, organized by the former Career Guidance and Education Committee of the SAIMM, took place in August 2013. This event was not held in 2014. The YPC, having taken over the mandate of promoting the interests of young people in the minerals industry (formerly assigned to the Career Guidance and Education Committee), took on the task of convening the event in 2015, as they considered it valuable for final-year university students.

The SAIMM Young Professionals Council (SAIMM-YPC)

The SAIMM recognizes the value that young professionals can contribute towards the Institute. On 12 September 2014, the Career Guidance and Education (CGE) committee held a workshop with the primary objective of convening an interim council of young professionals to:

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Mining Weekly | Africa

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
  • Shanta records solid quarterly performance
    Aim-listed Shanta Gold remains committed to enhancing its robust fundamentals to protect long-term sustainable returns, following the announcement of its maiden dividend earlier this year, CEO Eric Zurrin says. The company announced a maiden dividend of 0.10p apiece for payment in April and a commitment to ongoing sustainable returns.
  • Pensana looking to establish rare earths supply for green economy
    London-listed Pensana has announced a business plan to help it establish, subject to funding, an independent and sustainable supply chain of the rare earth metals vital for electric vehicles, wind turbines and other strategic industries. This includes plans to establish the world’s first sustainable rare earth separation facility at the “plug and play” Saltend Chemicals Park (SCP) in Humber, in the UK; and with a target production of about 12 500 annualised tonnes of rare earth oxides, including 4 500 t of magnet metal rare earth oxides, which would represent about 5% of projected global demand by 2025.
  • RBPlat increases first-quarter hoisted tonnes, net cash
    Mid-tier platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) increased its mine production by 4.6% year-on-year for the first quarter of this year, with 998 000 t hoisted from the Bafokeng Rasimone platinum mine (BRPM). Tonnes hoisted from the Styldrift mine increased by 7.8%, to 468 000 t, while total tonnes milled for the reporting period increased by 22.1% year-on-year, to 1.02-million tonnes, with Merensky contributing 769 000 t and upper group two (UG2) 260 000 t – 25% of total tonnes milled.
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