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Southern African Pyrometallurgy 2011 International Conference

Date 06 March 2011
- 09 March 2011
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Cradle Of Humankind, Gauteng
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
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The SAIMM Pyro 2011 conference is envisaged as an international conference on pyrometallurgy with a Southern African flavour. The event will provide a showcase for Southern African pyrometallurgical operations and will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between people from various types of smelters.Building on the successful Pyro 2006 conference, papers have been obtained from a number of Southern African pyrometallurgical plants.

These papers will include a description and some history of the operations, and include some highlights of current work. These descriptions of plant operations will be published as a reference that will provide very useful information for metallurgists entering the field. These papers will also be published on the Pyrometallurgy in Southern Africa website where they can be updated as and when required.

The conference covers a wide spectrum of activities within the field of pyrometallurgy. Some contributions are also included from universities, research organisations, and engineering companies, so that the full spectrum of pyrometallurgical activities can be covered.

International participation is strongly encouraged, with some broad overview papers dealing with international trends to be presented by experts in various topical technologies and commodities.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The following sponsorship opportunities are available:

  1. Premium Sponsorship
  2. Exhibitor Sponsorship
  3. Cocktail Sponsorship
  4. Advertiser Sponsorship
  5. Conference Bags Sponsorship
  6. Pen & Pad Sponsorship
  7. Lanyard Sponsorship
  8. Author Gift Sponsorship
  9. Technical Visit Sponsorship

Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator

Jacqui van der Westhuizen
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 confernece committee we would like to thank the following sponsors for their invaluable contribution to the conference:

Exhibitor Sponsors:


Lanyard Sponsors:


Pens & Pads Sponsor:



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:

Jacqui van der Westhuizen
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

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

Key Dates & Publication

May 2010 First announcement

15 December 2010 Submission of papers

15 January 2011 Return of referees' comments to authors

31 January 2011 Corrected papers to be sent for printing

6-9 March 2011 Conference

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.


Registration Fees



Registration Fee SAIMM Members

R 8 000

Registration Fee – Non SAIMM Members

R 8 700

Registration Fee – Student/ Retired Members

R 2 000


Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2011, for attending this event

Registration Fees:

Please Note:
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 take place in the 'Cradle of Humankind' world heritage area, about 40 km from Johannesburg.

This keeps the conference within easy reach of the city and yet far enough out into the countryside to allow people to focus on the conference. It is also within easy reach of many of the pyrometallurgical plants for those people who would like to participate in post-conference visits.

There is a particular significance to the choice of location, in that the Swartkrans area close to the Sterkfontein Caves is the site of the earliest evidence of the deliberate controlled use of fire by humans (about 1.3 million years ago), and this is obviously a necessary precursor to pyrometallurgy.

The area also lends itself to a very wide range of outdoor, social, and cultural activities to supplement the technical content of the programme

The conference will be hosted at the Misty Hills Conference Centre, which is located in the Cradle of Humankind in Muldersdrift.

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Please Note:
Registration fee does not includes accommodation


Jacqui van der Westhuizen
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) Registration Form

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