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5th Platinum Conference 2012

Date 18 September 2012
- 21 September 2012
Location Sun City, North West, South Africa
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

5th International

Platinum Conference

'A Catalyst for Change'
Sun City, South Africa

18-20 September, 2012

21 September, 2012
Technical visits

A catalyst is a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change, or a person or thing that precipitates an event or causes a change.

PGMs, and particularly platinum, are well known for their chemical catalytic behaviour, their role in minimising harmful motor vehicle exhaust gases, and their ability to increase the effectiveness of fuel cells to create a greener world. Less well known is the catalytic effect that the platinum industry has had in transforming South Africa and promoting change.

Central to the social transformation of the South African mining industry has been the Mining Charter, with many platinum mining companies meeting or exceeding requirements and so setting new benchmarks. However, the platinum mining industry has also led the way in safety performance improvement across the mining industry, with significant reductions in injuries and deaths in recent years.

Similarly, many of the recent technological innovations  that will shape the mining industry of the future have been developed and tested in the platinum industry. This is Platinum as a Catalyst for Change.

The 2012 conference 'Platinum - A Catalyst for Change' is the fifth time that this international event has been convened since 2004 and through it the SAIMM is looking to further promote change. The 2012 conference is more inclusive, with a comprehensive approach encompassing all aspects of the industry. Through facilitating learning and knowledge in this evolving environment, we must continue to build astrong, viable platinum industry that will benefit all stakeholders for decades to come.

This prestigious event attracts more than 400 key role players through:

• Stimulating discussion
• Facilitating industry networking
• Large, knowledgeable audiences
• Comprehensive industry support from all role players.

On behalf of the organinsing committee and SAIMM we would like to thank the following sponsors for their invaluable contribution:

Platinum Sponsorship:

 sandvikzim          Atlas Copco    





Corporate Sponsorship:

  Anglo American_Angl10C8B1F   




Palladium Sponsorship:

   Murray and_Robert_cementation    oUTOTEC2  
GE 2




Exhibition Sponsorshop:

 Derrick Corporation         TWP Projects_RGB  
Minopex Aveng Duraset2
FLSnew2 Cyest Analytics_logo

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IMP Logo Tranter
Maclean DMM logo

Lanyard Sponsorship:


Pens and Pad Sponsorship:

 Aveng Duraset2    

Bag Sponsorship:



Sponsorship Opportunities

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:


Papers are invited that integrate the following topics:

• Community and social impact
• Risk management and safety initiatives
• Environment and sustainability
• Impact of increasing cost of utilities
• Exploration and orebody delineation
• Project valuation and funding
• Current and future mine design and layout
• Current and future mining operations
• Mineral processing, smelting and refining
• New technologies for mining and processing
• Mining Charter and legislation
• Platinum marketing, uses and applications
• Research and development

Registration Fees

SAIMM Members / Authors       R 9 400-00     
Non SAIMM Members R 9 999-00
Student Members R 2 500-00
Retired Members R 2 500-00

Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2013 for attending this event

Registration Fees:
- Registration fee does not include accommodation
- Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the event.

Kindly note the Programme may be downloaded from the
"Available Downloads" section which is situated at the top of this event page

Call for papers

The Conference is being organised by The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 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:

Technical Visits
The following technical visit is planned for 21 September 2012.Please note that all tours are subject to a maximum of twenty and a minimum number of ten participants. Should this number not be achieved, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the tour. Cost R850 per person (including transportation)

1:Bakubung Platinum Mine - Surface Visit
Wesizwe Platinum's Bakubung Project is located on the Western Bushveld Complex about 30km from the Rustenburg town near Sun City. The project feasibility study was completed in 2008 but due to lack of capital funding there was a 3 years delay to start of development. Wesizwe officially launched the project in July 2011 after a successful funding transaction with a Chinese consortium. The mine design is a deep level PGM's mine with the average depth of the reef at (600-800) below surface. The access method will be via an independent twin vertical shaft system to depths of 930m & 1000m below surface respectively. The mine production rate will be 230 000tpm made up of 180 000 tpm from the Merensky Reef and 50 000tpm from the UG2. The mine complex will also include a process plant with a nameplate capacity of 240 000 tpm . The work that has been done to date is mainly site establishment in preparation for start of Pre-Sink comprising of amongst others: Fencing and access routes around the property, Pollution control dams, Box Cuts and collar foundations on both shafts, Winder house foundations, Kibble and stage winders foundations, Eskom substation, High tension cable ducting, Temporary site offices for the project team and contractors, Transformer station, commissioning of temporary services(power & water). Wesizwe has appointed Aveng-GLTA to do the shaft sinking and the scope will cost R 1.64 bn (real money terms) and will take 64 months to shaft commissioning. We are also busy discussing a full scope EPCM contract with TWP who are completing a 12 months scope that was awarded last year. The visiting team will be given a short project presentation and a SHE induction followed by a site visit of the surface works to get close views of the shaft foundations, winder house, pollution control dams to name the least 

Key Dates & Publication

2 March 2012                     Submission of abstracts
27 March 2012                   Provisional acceptance of abstracts
29 May 2012                      Submission of papers
18€“20 September 2012     Conference
21 September 2012           Technical visit

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.


The conference will be hosted at Sun City, which is located in the Pilansberg located in the North West Province of South Africa

For more information visit: 

Please Note:
1) Registration fee does not includes accommodation
2) Kindly note accommodation booking form may be downlaoded in section above



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: