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6th Southern African Base Metals Conference 2011

Date 18 July 2011
- 21 July 2011
Location The Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa, Phalaborwa, North West Province
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18–20 July 2011
21 July 2011 
Technical Visit: Palabora Mining Company
22 July 2011
Technical Visit: Nkomati Mine

 The Sixth Southern African Base Metals conference, is to be held in Phalaborwa on 18–20 July 2011.

This conference follows on from the previous Base Metals conferences held in the Southern African region.
- 1st Base Metals Conference, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, July 2001
- 2nd Base Metals Conference, Sun City, South Africa, 2002
- 3rd Base Metals Conference, Kitwe, Zambia, June 2005
- 4th Base Metals Conference, Swakopmund, Namibia 2007
- 5th Base Metals Conference, Kasane, Chobe, Botswana 2009

The sixth event is scheduled to take place in Phalaborwa, South Africa, over three days, followed by two days of technical tours. Tours already
include the Palabora Mining Company and may include Nkomati Mine.

The Base Metals market is gaining momentum and Africa must build on this progress in terms of its new operations in order to play an integral
role in the international Base Metals community.

The aim of the conference is to explore what will maintain and contribute to the growth of the base metals’ momentum in Africa in terms of geology,
mining and metallurgy.

The theme will encompass how the base metals industry in Africa has harnessed the potential for growth through research, innovative
thinking, new ways of operating and project implementation. The conference will also focus on the value of mineralogy and energy saving
innovations in the base metals industry.

From a merger and acquisition point of view the transfer of large zinc assets in the Southern African region will be discussed. For international
participants, this conference presents an ideal opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of and exposure into the countries base metals industry.

Hosted jointly by the metallurgical and mining technical sub-committees of the SAIMM, this forum will endeavour to:

-  Promote dialogue between mining and metallurgical disciplines on common challenges facing the base metals industry
-  Encourage synergistic practices
-  Understand respective technologies, all leading towards optimal resource utilization 


Sponsorship Opportunities

1) Patron Sponsorship – R55 000
2) Exhibitor Sponsorship– R30 000
3) Banner Exhibitor – R15 000
4) Advertisement Sponsor– R12 000
5) Cocktail Sponsorship– R35 000
6) Lanyards Sponsor– R10 000
7) Conference Bags Sponsor– R30 000
8) Dinner Sponsorship – R50 000

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



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

Patron Sponsor:


Exhibition Sponosrship:


Advertising Sponsors:


Cocktail Sponsors:



Conference Bag Sponsorship:


Banner Exhibitor:


Lanyard Sponsorship




Organising Committee

Conference Committee Chairman
Mr Paul Fouche


Mr Willem van der Merwe                                      Prof.  Rodney Jones
Mr Thys Vermaak                                                   Mr Pete Ferreira
Mr Jacques van Wyngaard                                      Mr Mark Carlisle   
Mr Graham Fisher                                                  Mr Mark Mulligan
Mr Gerhard Nel                                                      Mr Sandip Naik
Mr Carl Bergmann                                                                            



The technical programme consisting of refereed papers will be made up of joint sessions of common interest to the entire audience.

These sessions will cover:

- The efficiency of capital and operating expenditure
-  Manpower resources and the requirements necessary to run the industry
-  Environmental regulations and their impact on the base metals industry
-  Africa as a prime investment venue
-  Special infrastructure, logistics and energy supply considerations
-  The mining/processing interface—breaking down the traditional barriers
-  The application of mineralogy and surface chemistry in the base metals industry
-  Energy saving initiatives in the base metals industry.

In addition to the special focus topics, papers are also invited in the following areas:

-  New projects
-  Novel technologies relating to this industry
-  The current status of research and development
-  Socio-economic challenges
-  Compliance with legislation and codes of practice
-  Product differentiation
-  Vertical integration and value enhancement
-  All fields of base metals mining
-  All fields of base metals metallurgy
- Conformance to environmental requirements. 


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:

Conference Co-ordinator,
SAIMM, PO Box 61127,
Marshalltown 2107
South Africa.

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

Key Dates & Publication

11 March 2011                       Acceptance of abstracts
15 March 2011                       Submission of papers
18–20 July 2011                    Conference
21 July 2011                          Technical Visit: Palabora Mining Company
22 July 2011                          Technical Visit: Nkomati Mine

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 product development and continuous improvement process for refractories in the base metals industry
—A practical perspective
R.A. Parry, T. Courtney, P. Knupfer, N. McEwan, and D. Brazier, Vereeniging Refractories, South Africa

Leaching kinetics of Cu, Co, Zn, Pb and Fe from copper smelting slags cooled in different ways after tapping
N. Tshiongo, South Africa

Addressing the challenges of sustainability in the mining industry
A. Davis, Nalco Africa (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

10 years of International Zinc Association in Southern Africa
R. White, International Zinc Association Southern Africa, South Africa

The effect of gangue mineralogy on the gravity separation of low grade nickel ore
K. Pillay, ^M. Becker, and *D. Chetty, *Mintek and ^University of Cape Town, South Africa

The application of bioleaching to base metal sulfides in Southern Africa: prospects and opportunities
J.W. Neale, M. Gericke, and K. Ramcharan, Mintek, South Africa

The Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia: Copper and Base Metal hotspots
A. Auchterlonie, Mintek, South Africa

Aligning the water balance of Nkomati Mine with production environmental and legislative requirements
E. Slabbert, Nkomati, South Africa

The mechanisms of the passivation of sulphide minerals in oxidative leaching processes
D. Pugaev, M.J. Nicol, and G. Senanayake, Murdoch University, Australia

Commissioning of the 375 ktpm Autogenous milling circuit at Nkomati nickel
E. Wolmarans, P.J. Morgan, and D.S. Smit, Dowding, Reynard and Associates Mineral Projects,
and Nkomati Nickel (African Rainbow Minerals/Norils Nickel JV), South Africa

Industrial trial of Mintekʼs Xanthoprobe at an industrial platinum concentrator
J.W. Knight and B D H Knights, Mintek, South Africa

An introduction to the rados XRF ore sorter
R. Fickling, D. Silver, H. Snyman, and C. Bergmann, Metanza, South Africa

RIP pilot plant for the recovery of copper and cobalt from tailings
O. Yahorava and M. Kgaria, Mintek, South Africa

Effective use of energy during flotation process
D. Lelinski, D. Govender, B. Dabrowski, and F. Traczyk, FLSmidth, Salt Lake City, USA

The upper ore body, a new dimension to Nchanga underground mining operation
L. Mbiri, Konkola Copper Mines PLC, Zimbabwe

Development of a metallurgical model for a copper concentrator
M. Valenta and B. Mulcahy, Metallicon Process Consulting (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Selective separations of cobalt, uranium, zinc, nickel and associated contaminants from various process streams
S.R. Izatt, N.E. Izatt, and R.L. Bruening, IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc., USA

Cobalt processing developments
K G Fisher, Bateman Engineering Projects, South Africa

Development of effective solvent-extraction process control low cost omplementation value-addition to hydrometallurgical
copper operations
M. Mwale and D.C. Megaw, Kansanshi Mining PLC, First Quantum Mining Ltd & Cognis Corporation (now part of BASF)

Improved flow and flotation monitoring for process efficiency improvements through new technology utilizing
non-invasive passive arrays
J. Felix, C. OʼKeefe, and R. Maron, Felix Project Management and Consulting Services, CiDRA Minerals Processing, Canada

High pressure grinding moving ahead in copper, iron, gold, and diamonds
F.P. van der Meer and W. Maphosa, Humboldt Wedag GmbH, Weir Minerals Africa (Pty) Ltd, Germany

New generation polyester resin capsule support solution to the mining industry
W. Snyman and P. Willemse, Minova, South Africa

The application of GRP and thin spray liner support products in a typical block cave mining method to enhance safety
and productivity
P. Ferreira and A. Piroddi, Minova, South Africa

Blast hole liner application to reduce hole collapse in long hole blast holes
D. O' Connor, Minova, South Africa and R. Hawker, Minova, Australia

Accounting for the metal in the Base Metal Mine.
A. S Macfarlane and W Richards, Tomahee Consulting.

A Comparison of Large Bead Ion Exchange Resins for Recovery of Base Metals in a Resin-in-Pulp (RIP) Circuit
B McKevitt, P Abbasi and D Dreisinger, The University of British Columbia

Investigation of Factors Influencing the Determination of Discount Rate and the Application of Quantitative Methods for Discount
Rate using Risk Factors in the Minerals Industry
S Park and I Matunhire  , University of Pretoria and TWP

The use of sulphuric acid in the mineral sands industry as a chemical mechanism for iron and calcium removal
Pieter Van Der Westhuyzen, Jonathan Ledgerwood, Exxaro

Investigtion of  sorting technology to remove hard pebbles and recover copper from an autogenous milling circuit
P Condori$, G Rech, B Songo, J Winnett and E Katsande, Technology and Innovation, Rio Tinto,
Australia Palabora Mining Copper, Rio Tinto  Commodas Ultrasort, Sydney, Australia

Future considerations for further processing of cobalt allot at Nchanga Smelter
H M Chikashi and C Ng’uni, Konkola Copper Mones PLC

Preliminary Programme

Information will be made available at a later date

Social Programme

17 July 2011
Welcome-Cocktail Function
Delegates will have the opportunity to register for the conference from 17:00 to 19:00.
This will be followed by a cocktail party. Those delegates unable to register on Sunday, can register on
Monday 18 July 2011 from 07:30 onwards

18 July 2011
Game Drive & Bush Braai

Delegates will have the opportunity to interact with each other a
nd experience the wonders of the African night sky.
Time: 19:00
Cost: Included in the conference registration fee. Cash bar will be available.
Dress: Casual.

19 July 2011
Gala Dinner
Delegates will have the opportunity to interact with each other at the conference Gala Dinner

Time: 19:00
Cost: Included in the conference registration fee. Cash bar will be available.
Dress: Casual.

20 July 2011
Conference presentations will begin and continue throughout the day. The evening will be
free with a standard dinner served in the restaurant

Technical Visits

21 July 2011
Palabora Mining Company

For more information on the Palabora Mining Company please feel free to visit

22 July 2011
Nkomati Mine

For more information on Nkomati Mine please feel free to visit

Registration Fees


Early Registration Fees Before
1 June 2011

    Registration Fees After
1 June 2011

Registration Fee  SAIMM Members

R 8 999

 R 9 300

Registration Fee – Non SAIMM Members

R 9 500

 R 9 999

Registration Fee – Student/ Retired Members

R 2 500

 R 2 500


Please note:
*Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2012, for attending this event
*Registration fee does not include accommodation
*Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the event.
*Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event 


Accommodation & Conference Venue

The conference will be hosted at the Hans Merensky Hotel, Phalaborwa.

The Hans Merensky Hotel and Spa is situated on the border of the Kruger National Park. The hotel offers a unique golf and game
experience to visitors and has a world famous golf course that hosts a variety of wild game and over 200 species of birds

Come experience the sound of nature by waking up to the twitter of birds and discover the sound of the African sunrise
and greeting a visiting impala at your doorstep.

Contact number:                  015 781 3931 or  015 781  3933                

Email address:

Website address:

SAIMM reservation number:

Acommodation Rates:   
Single Hotel Room B&B:          R960.00
Double Hotel Room B&B:        R1225.00                   
Single Chalet B&B:                    R1085.00
Double Chalet B&B:                  R1270.00
Contact Person:      Ronica Stadler
Banqueting / Reservations 
Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa
3 Copper Road

Please Note:
Registration fee does not includes accommodation


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:


The following items may be downloaded from the download section below:

1- Conference Announcement & Call for Papers
2- Sponsorship Opportunities
3- Conference Registration Form