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MineSafe 2011

Date 15 August 2011
- 19 August 2011
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

SAIMM, AMMSA and SACMA are hosting the

MineSAFE 2011

Technical Conference and Industry day

15-18 August 2011- Conference

19 August 2011- Industry celebration day

This conference is designed to help bring South African mines to Zero Harm. All parties involved in safety on the mines participate in an endeavour to bring about meaningful change.

The conference is a combined effort between the SAIMM, AMMSA and SACMA. With valued input from the DMR, Chamber of Mines, NUM, Solidarity and UASA The Union. It will also be a platform for the annual hard rock safety awards. Safety in the South African hard rock mines remains a critical focus area. As a world leader in hard rock mining the risks remain a challenge. It will be an opportunity for mines to share and learn from operations that have shown specific advances and improvements.

The conference will present best practice from South Africas safe hard rock leaders. Best practice operations will share how they have managed to change peoples attitudes and behaviour. We will also see how they have applied technological improvements and systems to reduce risks and reduce LTIFR and fatalities. Portions of the conference will deal with improving the health of mineworkers and reduce the negative impacts on the environment surrounding mine areas.


Conference Supported by

The conference organising committee would like to thank the following institutions for their invaluable support:

Cha                   DMR1                                     
NUM Solidarity

Official Media Partner:




The conference organising committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their invaluable support:

Partnership Sponsorship:

Minova                                                                                                  Geobrugg                                              
Cha MSA2

Premium Exhibitor Sponsorship:



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Delegate Bag Sponsorship:

Murray__Roberts      Aveng_Duraset2      

Pens & Pads Sponsorship:


Lanyards Sponsorship


Authors Gift Sponsor:


Industry Day Lunch Sponsor:



Sponsorship Opportunities

The following sponsorship opportunities are available:

  1. Partnership Sponsorship
  2. Premium Exhibition Sponsorship
  3. Banner Exhibition Sponsorship
  4. Cocktail Sponsorship
  5. Conference Bag Sponsorship
  6. Pens and Pads Sponsorship
  7. Author Gift Sponsorship
  8. Lanyard Sponsorship

Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator

Raymond van der Berg
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Co-ordinator Email:

Sponsorship Package details can be downloaded in download section below



This conference aims to bring together management, DMR, Unions, Chamber of Mines and health and safety practitioners at all levels from the
industry to share best practice and successful strategies for zero harm and a valuebased approach to health and safety. It will address the main challenges
in mining such as logistics, energy and safety of employees, The conference will focus on improving health and safety in the mining industry and highlight
actions to be taken. It will act as a platform for learning and allow people to share ideas on safety.

Who should attend

The conference should be of value to:

- Head office personnel
- Mine management
- Mine health and safety officials
- Minerals and energy department
- Underground production supervisors
- Surface production supervisors
- Contractors (mining)
- Mining consultants
- Mining suppliers
- Mining manufacturers
- Unions
- Academics & Students


Papers are invited that integrate the following topics:

- Behaviour management of employees
- Welness of employees
- Occupational Health Issues and Solutions
- Corporate Social Investment
- Sustainable developmet
- 'Safety off the Job'
- Environmental issues and solutions
- Geological issues and solutions
- Engineering issues and solutions
- Planning issues and solutions
- Rock Engineering issues and solutions
- Ventilation issues and solutions
- Mine design issues and solutions
- Workplace issues and solutions
- Security / Illegal Mining
- Geotechnical concerns on safety
- Operation of transport & machinery
- Fall Of Ground Management
- Safety Manager leading practices


Call for papers

The conference is a combined effort between the SAIMM, AMMSA and SACMA. With valued input from the DMR, Chamber of Mines, NUM,
Solidarity and UASA The Union and papers are invited for the Conference.

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be
submitted to:

Raymond van der Berg
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Co-ordinator Email:

Key Dates & Publication

2 April 2011 Submission of abstracts
20 April 2011 Acceptance of abstracts
20 June 2011 Submission of final paper
15-18 August 2011 Conference
19 August 2011 Industry Awards Day

Please note:
All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Selected papers will be
published in the Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


Preliminary Programme

Preliminary Programme: Mine Safe2011

                                                                                        Day 1
                                                                                 15 August 2011

 07:30 - 09:00                Registration and Coffee

09:00- 09:10                 Welcome - Conference Chairman

Session 1:
                   Session Chairmen: F Egerton

08:30 -08:55                 Keynote Speaker

08:55 - 09:20                Predictive mining safety performance model based on statistical and behavioural science methods
                                      Johann Wannenburg; Anglo American      

09:20 - 09:45                Accident reduction at the Cut 8 Project using Behaviour Based Safety Principles at the
                                      Work Crew Level.
                                       Scott L.P. Coulter and Geoff Jones, Debswana projects

09:45 - 10:10                How to effectively select candidates and interpret assessment data for safety in leading mines.
                                      Alex Pires, Jamey Hey, Paul Vorster, and Pieter de Klerk, Jopie van Rooyen and Partners

10:10 - 10:20                Sponsor Presentation - Chamber of Mines

10:20 - 11:00                Morning Tea

Session 2:
                   Session Chairmen: L McMaster

11:00 - 11:35                Union Presentation: UASA The Union
                                       F. Stehring, UASA The Union                

11:35 - 12:00                Review of current status with regards to silicosis in the South African Mining Industry
                                      HES Moorcroft, M de Koker, GJ Pienaar, Chamber of Mines of South Africa

12:00- 12:25                 MOSH Noise Adoption - Training and awareness
                                      Dries Labuschagne, Des Wrigley & Dickie Coutts, Chamber of Mines of South Africa

12:25 -12:50                 Silicosis and silico tuberculosis in the South African mining industry: strategies for elimination
                                      and control
                                      M Nhlapho, De Beers Finsch Mine

12:50 - 14:00                Lunch

Session 3:
                   Session Chairmen:  D Shorthouse

14:00 - 14:25                Family Safety Journey
                                       P. Korff, Anglo American

14:25 - 14:50                A Best Practice Approach for Managing Operator Fatigue
                                      Oliver Keys, The Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems

14:50 - 15:15                The NIHL milestones: Past and Future
                                      A Edwards, D Kritzinger,  CSIR, Rand Mutual Assurance

15:15 - 15:40                Safety in mining developing strategic resilience
                                      A Greeff, Annie Greeff and Associates

15:40 - 16:00                Day Closure - Conference Chairman

16:00 - 16:25                Afternoon Tea


Day 2:
16 August 2011

 07:30 - 09:00                Registration and Coffee

09:00- 09:10                 Welcome  Chairman

Session 4:
                   Session Chairmen: A Fulton

08:30 -08:55                 Keynote Speaker

08:55 - 09:20                Riski Diski Health and Safety Program - Challenging the conventional training
                                       methodologies to impact the learners on a subconscious level to create a shift in the 
                                      organisational safety culture.
                                       Ian Edwards, KBCSA

09:20 - 09:45                Premature blast detonations caused by blasting in reactive ground
                                      Gerhard Stenzel, Xstrata Coal South Africa

09:45 - 10:10                Accident reconstruction simulations - its potential impact on the prevention of future
                                      mine accidents
                                      R C W Webber-Youngman and  E van Wyk, University of Pretoria

10:10 - 10:20                Sponsor Presentation Geobrugg AG
                                      Bart Schoevaerts, Manager Africa

10:20 - 11:00                Morning Tea

Session 5:
                   Session Chairmen:  G Stenzel

11:00 - 11:25                Union Presentation: Adopting a Zero Harm approach to improve health & safety
                                      L McMaster, Solidarity

11:25 - 11:50                Anglo American Tripartite Health & Safety Initiative
                                      M Nhlapo

11:50- 12:15                 Automate the way to safety - single loader automation
                                      Sara C. Thorley, Alfred Marek, Gerald A. Elliott; Sandvik

12:15 - 12:40                Optimum coal mine: striving towards a "zero effluent" mine"
                                      V E Cogho; Optimum Coal Mine

12:40 - 13:40                Lunch

Session 6:
                   Session Chairmen: S Malatji

13:40 - 14:05                The MOSH process for the Eager Adoption of Leading practices Lessons Learned
                                      Andre van Zyl,