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Surface Mining 2012

Date 11 September 2012
- 12 September 2012
Location The Black Eagle Room, Nasrec Expo Centre
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10-12 September 2012
The Black Eagle Room, Nasrec Expo Centre

Surface Mining 2012 will be held between 10 - 12 September 2012. The main focus of the Conference is to review advances and best practice in surface mining. How do we mine faster, deeper, steeper and cheaper whilst maintaining the highest safety and environmental standards. Industry operators, contractors and suppliers are encouraged to share the challenges being faced, new trends being implemented, tools being used and value adding systems being applied to unlock mineral potential in the current commodity cycle.

The objective of Surface Mining 2012 is to provide a practical forum to showcase the direction in which the industry needs to move in order to unlock current and future mineral potential. Input from those involved in surface mining across the full spectrum of commodity types is actively sought to compliment the Conference agenda. The conference will also place importance in reviewing safety and health topics the key parameters influencing sustainability, social responsibility and the environment.

Supported by:

EMA 2012

Ranked as the second largest mining show in the world and with global recognition for its broad reach across mining, construction, industrial and power generation industry sectors, Electra Mining Africa once again proves its status as a world-class event attracting high numbers of quality exhibitors and visitors, both benefiting from the platform created to showcase the latest in products, services, technologies and trends. Pre-registration is open, register now for free entry - complete the on-line registration form on  

On behalf of the SAIMM and the organising committee we would like to thank the following sponsors for their invaluable contribition:


Premium Sponsor


Premium Sponsor

Atlas Copco

Premium Sponsor


Pens & Pads Sponsor


Lanyard Sponsor


Banner 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:

To showcase the leading edge technology and equipment available to the mining sector in Africa.

Kindly note the programme may be downloaded from the download section situated at the top this page

Who should attend
Business analysts
Drilling and blasting specialists
Equipment manufacturers
Geotechnical engineers
Mine managers
Mine planning engineers
Mineral resource managers
Operations managers
Planning and development engineers
Project engineers
Research engineers.

Papers are invited that integrate the following topics:
- Operations-bulk and selectiveadvances
- Geotechnical slope design andmonitoring (numerical modellingdevelopments)
- Pit optimization advances-keyboard to mine face
- Contractor vs owner, mining, pitfalls and positives
- Equipment selection
- Mine planning and grade control
- Blast optimization
- Corporate responsibility-environmental
- Mine to mill reconciliation-casestudies
- Infrastructure
- Environmental impact.

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 or (011) 838-5923
Co-ordinator Email:

Key Dates & Publication
4 June 2012                         Submission of abstracts
11 June 2012                       Acceptance of abstracts
30 July 2012                        Submission of final paper
10-12 September 2012      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
Please note:
- Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2013, 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.

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: