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Mining, Environment & Society Conference

Date 27 November 2013
- 28 November 2013
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
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Mining, Environment and Society Conference
'Issues and responses'

27-28 November 2013 |Misty Hills Country Hotel and Conference Centre Cradle of Humankind, Muldersdrift

There are increasing expectations by society of mining companies to operate in a
manner that contributes to social development and limits environmental impacts. As
such, mining companies the world over have been subjected to new forms of mining
practices. Issues such as 'Sustainable Development', 'Mining for the Future' and
'Integrated Reporting' have become part of the lingua franca of a mining company.
However, due to the diverse nature of these, and similar practices, and differing
contexts within which mining companies operate, the nature of the new practices differ
from one mining company to the next and one commodity to the next. Further, this has
also resulted in a plethora of concepts that also differ as regards the impact and
implementation thereof; such as 'Green Mining' and 'Community-based Mining'. Clarity on the various concepts and practices would be desirous.

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

    Atlas CopcoPens & Pads Sponsor
KP logo_colour_-_largeExhibition Sponsor

Sponsorship Opportunities
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator
Cameron Nagel
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Co-ordinator Email:

This Conference is aimed at developing a better understanding of issues faced by
society as a consequence of mining, exploring current practices of mining companies and enabling mining companies to share their experiences and innovations with others in the sector.

Secondary objectives are to:
• Clarify the nature of new mining practices
• Expore the interactions of the various stakeholders in a mining transaction
• Consider the way forward for all stakeholders
• Understand mining's role in society
• Highlight leading-edge innovations
• Understand the various perspectives relating to the above, and
• Share information.

Who should attend
The conference should be of interest to the following people:
• Mine management
• Mining company legal personnel
• Legal practitioners dealing with mining, environment and social issues
• Mine environmental managers and officials
• Officials from the Departments of Mineral Resources, Environmental and Water Affairs
• Non Government Organisation
• Mining consultants and contractors
• Unions
• Academics
• Local Community advisers and representatives.

Contributions are invited on topics such as:
• Social issues and expectations
• Responsibility of mining companies
• Local vs. international practices
• Global change
• Mining and biodiversity
• Social and Labour Plan issues
• Mine closure and rehabilitation
• Mining in context:
• Developing vs developed countries
• Local conditions vs investor expectations
• Legal uncertainty
• Incremental vs Radical change in practice
• Competition for resources
• The impact of Marikana
• The role of the National Planning Commission document for SA mining
• Strategic planning.

Registration Fees
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 at the Misty Hills Conference Centre, which is located in
the Cradle of Humankind in Muldersdrift.

For more information visit:

Please Note: Registration fee does not includes accommodation

Key Dates
31 July 2013                        Submission of abstracts
15 August 2013                   Acceptance of abstracts
15 September 2013             Submission of papers
27 - 28 November 2013       Conference

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:
Cameron Nagel
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156

Cameron Nagel
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Co-ordinator Email: