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SANCOT News - Advancement in Vertical Tunnelling in Mining

Design and construction of vertical tunnels, more commonly referred to as shaft sinking, continues to rely on particular methodologies that are selected in response to a combination of site requirements, cost models, and available technology. Industry best practice in horizontal tunnelling is well researched and documented; however, changing demands for efficient, quick, and correctly risk-managed shaft sinking projects have revealed the need for similar documented best practice in vertical tunnelling.

Are Efforts to Mechanise SA Mines too Focused on Machinery Rather than Technology?

Presidential Address: SAIMM AGM
Date: 13th August 2014
By: Prof Jim Porter

Introduction: Challenge and Oportunity

  • According to Statistics South Africa (SA) the current unemployment rate is 25.5% of the workforce
  • This includes 10 million people subject to high levels of poverty
  • SA is currently number two on the world's Geni index that measures the disparity between high and low income earners.

BUT

  • The Chamber of Mines' South African Year Book, 2012/13: The value of SA's total metal and mineral reserves "remain some of the world's most valuable, with an estimated worth of R20.5 trillion ($2.5 trillion)".

Download the full Presidential address here (PDF, 1.2MB)

SANCOT News - Report back on the ITA 2014 General Assembly Fortieth Annual Meeting held at Iguassu Falls, Brazil

The International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) held its fortieth annual meeting in Iguassu Falls, Brazil, from 9 to 14 May 2014, in conjunction with the World Tunnel Congress 2014 ‘Tunnels for a Better Life’, organized by the ITA and the Brazilian Tunnelling Committee. More than 1500 persons participated in the conference. The Association registered 12 new Affiliate Members in the preceding year, which resulted in a total of 71 Member Nations and 285 Affiliate Members (taking into account some resignations). Fifty-two of the 71 Member Nations either participated or were represented in the General Assembly. Ron Tluczek, Chairperson of SANCOT, represented South Africa on behalf of the SANCOT Committee.

Professional registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)

Grow your business by getting more of your engineering staff professionally registered
The wheels of service delivery and the broader economy demand not just more engineering graduates, but more registered engineering professionals, able to take responsibility and make decisions independently, while ensuring the highest level of quality and safety. It is for this reason that organizations need to work towards developing all engineering staff towards professional registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

Obituary - Lynne Wilson Pearson van den Bosch

Lynne van den Bosch, one of this country’s most distinguished mining engineers, lived a full, productive and happy life. He died peacefully at his home in the retirement village of Highbrook, Lonehill on 3 June 2014 at the fine age of 93.

Lynne was the third of four children and the only son. He was born in Senekal in the Free State in 1921 to Eelco and Kate (nee Spilsbury) van den Bosch. His father was a bank manager in various towns, including Kestell and Frankfort, finishing his career in Heidelburg where Lynne completed his schooling. He was justifiably proud of being the first member of his immediate family to attend university. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1942 with a degree in mining engineering.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND COCKTAIL PARTY – WEDNESDAY – 13 AUGUST 2014

The SAIMM’s Annual General Meeting and cocktail party, to which all members and their partners are invited, will take place on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 at 16h30 at The Country Club Johannesburg, Napier Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

The cocktail party will be held from 18h00 to 20h00. To facilitate catering arrangements, those wishing to attend are requested to complete the attached reply slip and return it to the SAIMM by no later than Friday, 8August 2014.

Yours faithfully
Sam Moolla

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The Danie Krige Memorial Lecture

ClipThe first Memorial Lecture was presented by Dr Winfred Assibey-Bonsu at the WITS Professional Development Hub on 15th May. The event was organized by Prof Dick Minnitt and the attendance of 82 people included Ansie Krige and a number of Krige family members.

 

 

 

The Joburg Indaba

Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American joins an esteemed group of mining andinvestor heavyweights as the keynote speaker at the 2014
Joburg Indaba in October.

Cutifani, with more than 38 years in the mining industry, has working experience in 25 operating environments and with 20 commodities and is widely recognized as an industry innovator.

SANCOT and the International Tunnelling Association (ITA)

On the resignation of Andrew Wilson as the outgoing Chairperson of SANCOT, Ron Tluczek was elected as the new SANCOT Chairperson on 9 April 2014.

Ron is a Professional (Geotechnical) Engineer with more than 36 years’ experience, primarily in consulting engineering. He has experience in all aspects of project management and administration of civil and geotechnical related projects, including investigation, field and laboratory testing, analysis, risk assessment, reporting, contract documentation, monitoring, quality assurance, supervision, and budget control. He has acted as an expert witness, as review consultant, and is involved with claims evaluation. He is currently an executive with AECOM SA (Pty) Ltd and is responsible for all tunnelling and geotechnical work in Africa.

Opening of Mining exhibition at Sci-Bono

Speaking at the official opening of a permanent mining exhibition at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, in April, Marek Dworzanowski, President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) said that ‘the mining industry in South Africa still has a bright future ahead of it’, and pointed out that part of the SAIMM’s role was to encourage learners to consider a career in the mining industry.

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Mining Weekly | Africa

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa.
  • Eskom tells senior managers unit separation to take 3 to 5 years
    Eskom Holdings, the South African power utility struggling with almost $30-billion in debt, said it will take as long as three to five years to comply with the government’s plan to split the company into three separate units. President Cyril Ramaphosa said in February that the company would be divided into generation, transmission and distribution units to make it more manageable. The split is part of a rescue plan that also committed the government to pay $8.4 billion over three years in bailouts.
  • South African court rules in favour of Vedanta in dispute with Zambian State
    Mumbai-listed diversified miner Vedanta Resources on Friday provided an update in its pursuit of international arbitration, amid a court matter between the miner and State-owned Zambian miner ZCCM, in Zambia, related to their jointly owned Konkola Copper Mines. Justice LR Adams of the High Court in Gauteng, South Africa, on Friday denied ZCCM leave to appeal his July 23 judgment dismissing the application with costs.
  • Kodal lodges Esia for Bougouni project
    Kodal Minerals has completed and lodged an environmental- and social-impact assessment (Esia) for the proposed openpit mining and processing operation at its Bougouni lithium project, in southern Mali. “The submission of the Esia signals the achievement of another significant milestone for Kodal as we continue to focus on the development of the Bougouni lithium project,” CEO Bernard Aylward said in a statement issued on Friday.