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Physical Beneficiation 2010

Date 04 May 2010
- 06 May 2010
Location CSIR Pretoria
Location CSIR Pretoria
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Gravity concentration plays an important role in the processing of diamonds, coal, gold, titanium minerals (ilmenite and rutile), zircon, chromite, iron ore and manganese.

Magnetic separation is key to the success of DMS by ensuring efficient recovery and recycle of the dense medium, namely magnetite and ferrosilicon. It features in iron ore recovery circuits and beneficiation of vanadium bearing magnetite. It is an important component in the concentration and separation of ilmenite, rutile and zircon. It is used for removing iron impurities from industrial minerals.

Electrostatic separation is an important component in the concentration and separation of ilmenite, rutile and zircon.

This conference will focus on the operation of DMS, gravity concentration, magnetic separation and electrostatic separation circuits in the Southern African Mining industry. The current status of the technologies and equipment employed will be presented as well as future developments. Operators, equipment and technology suppliers and researchers will participate.


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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Exhibition / Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator

Conference Co-ordinator,
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

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

Co-ordinator Email:


Final Programme:

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

08:00Registration and Coffee

08:50 Opening Address: President SAIMM

09:00 Keynote Address:
Recent developments in gravity concentration equipment and applications, Johan Engelbrecht, Multotec

MAGNETIC SEPARATION, Session Chairman, C Bergmann

09:25 Optimising the performance of wet drum magnetic separators
M Dworzanowski Anglo American

09:50 Overcoming Magnetic Separator Limitations in the Mineral Processing Industry
M Dobbins, P Dunn and I Sherrell, Outotec

10:15 From Dumps to Iron Ore Product: Palabora Mining Company’s Magnetite Beneficiation Story
F Maseko, Palabora Mining Company

10:40 – 11:00 Mid-Morning Refreshments

11:00 Vertical Ring and Pulsation High-Gradient Magnetic Separation (SLon) as Compared to Wet High Intensity Magnetic Separation (WHIMS)
N Roux, Mintek and J van Schoor, Kumba Iron Ore


11:25 Using empirical models for design evaluation and optimization of auxiliary devices
L Kruger and R Reddy, Multotec

11:50 Experiences in the production of metallurgical and chemical grade UG2 chromite concentrates from PGM tailings streams
N Dawson, Xstrata

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 Case study: High capacity spiral concentrators
P Ramsaywok, MKG Vermaak, and R Viljoen Exxaro

13:40 Spiral concentrator modeling using Qemscan®
JD Grobler and JB Bosman, Exxaro


14:05 The influence of control and mechanical condition of certain parameters on Jigging
HA Myburgh, Kumba Iron Ore

14:30 Investigating the FeSi cone as a means of doing high density washability of iron ore
D van Wyk and J van Schoor, Kumba Iron Ore

14:55 -15:15 Mid-Afternoon Refreshments

15:15 High density fractionation technique for lumpy iron ore
RA Green, JD Grobler, MKG Vermaak and PAP Fouché, Exxaro

15:40 Dry Processing Research for Kumba Iron Ore materials
S Shamaila, Anglo Research and C Masango, Kumba Iron Ore

16:05 -16:10 End of Day Summary

16: 10 Cocktail Ceremony: Hosted by SAIMM
Don’t miss this first class opportunity to network with your peers at this prestigious event whilst enjoying refreshments.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

08:00Registration and Coffee

09:00 Keynote Address:
Dry processing of coal,
Johan de Korte, Coaltech

DENSE MEDIUM SEPARATION OF COAL, Session Chairman, I du Plessis

09:25 The economic evaluation of the 5 seam plant efficiency at Greenside
V van Schalkwyk, Anglo Thermal Coal

09:50 Efficiency of Wemco drums at the Kleinkopje plant over the past 30 years
T Matuludi, Anglo Thermal Coal

10:15 Leeuwpan fine coal dense medium plant
M Lundt,Exxaro

10:40 – 11:00Mid-Morning Refreshments


11:00 Dual energy x-ray transmission sorting of coal
L von Ketelhodt and C Bergmann, Mintek

11:25 Processing strategy for different coal types
I du Plessis, Multotec

11:50 Teetered Bed Separator Installation at Kleinkopje Colliery
TJ Letsapa, Anglo Thermal Coal

12:15 De-stoning coal with the FGX dry pneumatic table separator to produce an Eskom product
WS Hefer, and PAP Fouchè, Exxaro and GJ de Korte, Coaltech

12:40 – 13:40 Lunch


13:40 The Future of Ore Sorting in the Mineral Processing Industry
S Shamaila and M Buxton, Anglo American

14:05 Dense Medium Separation (DMS) of UG2 Ores
C Bergmann, A Singh and N Ramlall, Mintek

14:30 Understanding Inlet Pressure in Cyclone Operation and Process Design
K Petersen, Metal Dog Minerals

14:55 – 15:15 Mid-Afternoon Refreshments

15:15 Business Process Modeling at Exxaro Namakwa Sands
K Petersen, Metal Dog Minerals, W Breytenbach and P van der Westhuyzen, Exxaro

15:40 Improved flow and entrained air monitoring for process efficiency improvements through new technology
utilizing non-invasive passive arrays
CVO’Keefe, R Maron, P Rothman and J Felix, CIDRA Minerals Processing

16:05 – 16:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks – End of Conference


Thursday, 6 May 2010

Technical Visit Day


Registration Fees


Early BirdRegistration
before or on
23 March 2010

Registration Fee
23 March 2010

Members/ Authors

R 8 800

R 9 300

Non Members

R 9 700

R 10 200

Students / Retired Members

R 2 700

R 2 700

Please note:

Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2010, for attending this event

Registration Fees:

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

Call for Papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English, and to indicate the topic under which the paper should be categorised.

The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to the Conference Co-ordinator

Conference Co-ordinator,
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

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

Co-ordinator Email:


Who should attend
The conference should be of value to:

- Plant managers and metallurgists
- Mining company technical personnel
- Equipment suppliers
- Technology development companies
- Industry consultants
- Industry contractors
- Research and academic personnel
- Dense media suppliers


  • Papers are invited that integrate the following topics:
  • Coal: DMS, spirals, hindered settling classifiers, magnetite recovery, jigs.
  • Iron ore: DMS, spirals, jigs, hindered settling classifiers, ferrosilicon recovery, magnetic separation (low intensity for magnetite and high intensity for hematite)
  • Vanadium: Magnetic separation for magnetite recovery
  • Heavy Mineral Sands: Spirals, shaking tables, wet low and high intensity magnetic separation, high intensity dry magnetic separation, electrostatic separation
  • Diamonds: DMS, jigs, ferrosilicon recovery, dry and wet recovery with magnetic separation and X-ray sorting
  • Copper/phosphate: Magnetic separation for magnetite recovery, spirals forbaddeleyite recovery
  • Chromium / Manganese: DMS, spirals, ferrosilicon recovery, jigs
  • Gold: Centrifugal concentrators, shaking tables
  • Industrial minerals: High intensity magnetic separation (fluorspar, andalusite), DMS (andalusite)

Key Dates

Submission of abstracts: 30 September 2009

Acceptance of abstracts: 16 October 2009

Submission of final paper: 30 November 2009

Conference: 4-6 May 2010


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 visits is available:

1) Multotec Facility or
2) Mafube Colliery


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

1) First Announcement & Call for papers
2) Conference Program & Registration Form