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Physical Beneficiation 2013

Date 19 November 2013
- 21 November 2013
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
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Physical Beneficiation 2013 Conference

19-21 November 2013 | Misty Hills Conference Centre, Cradle of Humankind

This conference is a follow up to the SAIMM Physical Beneficiation conference held in
2010. Physical Beneficiation not only covers the mineral processing areas of dense
medium separation (DMS) and gravity concentration but also magnetic separation
and electrostatic separation. These processes are widely used in the Southern African
mining industry.

Dense medium separation (DMS) is critical to the operation of coal and diamond
beneficiation plants. It is also utilised in iron ore, manganese, chromite and andalusite
beneficiation as well as pre-concentration for PGM-bearing UG2 ore.

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.

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


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Technical Visit

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Technical Visit 

Sponsorship Opportunities
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Head of Conferencing
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:

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.

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


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)

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

DMS, jigs, ferrosilicon recovery, dry and wet recovery with magnetic separation and X-ray sorting

Magnetic separation for magnetite recovery, spirals for baddeleyite recovery

DMS, spirals, ferrosilicon recovery, jigs

Centrifugal concentrators, shaking tables

Industrial minerals
High intensity magnetic separation (fluorspar, andalusite), DMS (andalusite).

Technical Visits

The following technical visits are planned for 21 November 2013

South Export Plant
South Export Plant is a wholly owned BECSA Coal processing plant located approximately 25km east of Witbank in Mpumalanga province. The plant was established to succeed the now extinct, less efficient Douglas plant and to enable BHP Billiton to maintain energy coal exports from the combined Douglas colliery and the MMS colliery while simultaneously fulfilling domestic contractual commitments.

The plant was designed in partnership with DRA and commissioned in July 2010. The design of the plant is very contemporary, consisting entirely of a complex of cyclones as the main beneficiation units. The plant comprises a significant annual design capacity of 14mta throughput, rated at 2000t per hour. This is a two modular coal processing plant consisting of a double stage beneficiation process.

The plant primarily produces export product and further process the arising discard through a secondary stage to produce a middlings product for the inland market. The nominal ROM top size into the plant is 50mm which is a crushed product from a three stage crushing process consisting of Mineral Sizers and a rotary breaker as a secondary crusher. The plant is fed by a common rotary distributor which evenly distributes the feed between the two modules. Dense Medium Separation cyclones beneficiate the relatively coarse and small's material (50mm - 0.5mm) and spirals separators used for fine materials (0.5mm- 0.150mm) separation. Ultrafine material recovered from the plant is sent to slurry cells for temporary storage and water recovery. This material is later reclaimed and dumped in designated pits.

A unique future of the plant is the usage of large sized equipment resulting in smaller foot print area and both lower capital and operational costs. The large sized washing units include but are not limited to large diameter cyclones (1150mm), 4.2 x 8.5 m Banana screens and 320l pumps.

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 in Johannesburg, further details will be made available sortly

Please Note: Registration fee does not includes accommodation

Key Dates

31 April 2013                     Submission of abstracts & cceptance of abstracts
30 June 2013                     Submission of final paper
19-20 November 2013        Conference
21 November 2013             Technical visit

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
Email :

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
Email :