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7th Base Metals Conference 2013

Date 02 July 2013
- 04 July 2013
Location Ingwenyama Conference & Sport Resort, White River, Mpumalanga
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Southern African
Base Metals Conference 2013

2-3 September 2013-Conference |4 September 2013-Site Visits
Ingwenyama Conference & Sport Resort, Mpumalanga

The Seventh Southern African Base Metals conference, is to be held in Mpumalanga on 2 - 4 September 2013. 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
- 6th Base Metals Conference, Phalaborwa, South Africa, 2011

The Base Metals market is gaining momentum and Africa must build on this progress in order for its new and existing operations to play an integral role in the international Base Metals community. To harness the opportunities that Africa has to offer for the minerals and mining industry, companies have to overcome a number of challenges, which may include political instability, changes in regulation and infrastructure

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, energy saving innovations in the base metals industry and overcoming the challenges mentioned above.

For international participants, this conference presents an ideal opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of and exposure to the Southern African Base Metals industry.

Hosted jointly by the metallurgical and mining technical sub-committees of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, this forum will endeavour to:

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


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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:

The organising committee would like to thank the authors for submitting the following abstract

Andritz Solid Bowl Decanter Centrifuge Technology helps to boost zinc concentrate production
Thore Perlitz, Andritz Delkor (Pty) Ltd

Development of the iron focused laterite (ARFe) process
C.A. Biley, M. Pelser, P. den Hoed, M. Hove, Anglo American

The Impact Of Technology Changes From 1990 To 2010 On Copper Production And Financial Performance Of Konkola Copper Mines Plc (KCM) Zambia Assets Before And After Privatisation
Mukaya G Simubali and Peter R K Chileshe, Copperbelt University

Outotec® Cooling Towers provide higher efficiency and decreased emissions in gypsum removal
Tuomas Hirsi, Piritta Salonen, Jussi Vaarno, Outotec

Flowsheet Development for Producing High Purity Cobalt for Metorex's Ruashi Refinery
A.J. du Toit , S.J. Archer and L. Bradford,DRA Mineral Projects (Pty) Ltd

From Base Metals and Back - IsaMills and their advantages to African Base Metal Operations
Hans de Waal, Xstrata

The Origin of the Central African Copperbelt: In a Nutshell.
Salomon Theron, Exxaro

Minimising Valuable Metal Losses in a Copper-Cobalt Circuit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Jaco Scheepers, Andre Lubbe, Sidney Archer, Lloyd Bradford, DRA Mineral Projects (Pty) Ltd

Nkomati Nickel JV exploits the MMZ and PCMZ ores of the Uitkomst Complex near Machadodorp in the Waterval Boven district, Mpumalanga.
Grant Cockburn, Nkomati Nickel

Environmental improvements for P/S converters with Outotec's Converter Hood Technology
Per Brannstrom and Lennart Hedlund, Outotec

Geochemical Vectoring for Skorpion (Sulphide) and Rosh Pinah Targets in the Gariep Belt, Namibia.
Salomon Theron, Exxaro

Mineralogical factors affecting the dense medium separation of nickel ores
K. Pillay, M. Becker, A. Mainza and D. Chetty, Mintek

Challenges in production of Black Copper from Submerged Arc Furnace
Shashi Bhushan, Rubamin SPRL

Analysis on the Effect of Changing Operating Conditions on the Agitated Leaching of Copper
Ayesha Osman, Demetria Nezungai, Justin Lloyd, Frank Crundwell, CM Solutions

Milling and flotation advanced process control systems at a base metals concentrator
Sydney Mantsho and Peter Moswate, Mintek

The Geological, Geotechnical and Mining Challenges associated with the 'Trial Mining' of the Nchanga Mine 'Upper Ore body'
Laston Mbiri, Konkola Copper Mines plc

The recovery of nickel and cobalt from a sulphate bioleach solution using Dow M4195
C.J. Liebenberg, C. Dorfling, S.M. Bradshaw, G.A. Akdogan, J.J. Eksteen, Stellenbosch University

Development and evaluation of polarization parameters as quality predictors for zinc electroplated from acid sulphate electrolytes.
Ellen Chiyangwa and Roelf Sandenbergh, University of Pretoria

Polarization parameters as predictor of the morphology of nickel electrodeposits produced from sulfate electrolytes
Liezl Schoeman and Roelf Sandenbergh, University of Pretoria

Mine and support design of the upper ore body (Nchanga underground mine)-Zambia
Moudline Mulilo, Konkola Copper Mines plc

Direct cobalt electrowinning as an alternative to intermediate cobalt mixed hydroxide product
Ndinanwi Mulaudzi, Mintek

Evaluation of the mechanical strength of ion exchange resins for Resin-in-pulp applications
TR Thulare and V Yahorava, Mintek

Application of Atmospheric Pressure Acid Leaching on low-grade copper and nickel ores
R.K.K. Mbaya, M.M. Ramakokovhu, C.K. Thubakgale, Tshwane University of Technology

Evaluation of a Versatic 10 acid/Nicksyn„¢ synergistic system for the recovery of nickel and cobalt from a typical lateritic leach liquor
A C du Preez, Mintek

Investigating the effect of equipment availability on the design and optimisation of a copper processing facility, using process simulations
Sean Scott and Zita Harber, TWP

Reclamation and recycle of Mg(OH)2 within base metal recovery circuits
S. Pillay and M.Kotze, Mintek

Who should attend
The Conference will be of value to:
- Account Managers
- Business Development Manager
- Business Managers
- Chemical Engineers
- Chief Engineers
- Commercial Marketing Managers
- Consulting Metallurgists
- Engineers
- Engineering Physicists
- General Managers
- Improvement Specialists
- Managers
- Metallurgists
- Mineralogists
- Process Engineers
- Production Specialists
- Project Managers
- Project Metallurgists
- Research Scientists
- Smelter Operations Managers
- Technical Development Managers
- Technical Managers
- Underground Managers

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.

Registration Fees

Registration Fee - SAIMM Members               R 9 300
Registration Fee - Authors R 8 500
Registration Fee - Non SAIMM Members R 9 999
Registration Fee - Student / Retired Members    R 2 500

Please note:
- Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2014, 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


The conference will be hosted in the Mpumalanga Province.

More details on the conference venue will be made available

Please Note: Registration fee does not includes accommodation

Key Dates

30 March 2013                 Submission of abstracts
05 April 2013                   Acceptance of abstracts
05 May 2013                   Submission of papers
2- 3 September 2013      Conference
4 September 2013          Possible technical visits

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 6112
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Technical Visit Programme


06:00-06:30      Technical Visit Registration
06:30                  Depart from Ingwenyama Sport Resort
08:45                  Estimated time of Arrival at Nkomati Nickel
08:45-09:00       Arrival Coffee & Tea
09:00-10:30       Safety Induction & Formal Presentation
10:30-13:00       Nkomati Nickel Site Visit
13:00-14:00       Lunch 
14:10                  Depart from Nkomati Nickel
16:30                  Estimated time of Arrival at Ingwenyama Sports Resort

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: