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Water in the Southern African Minerals Industry 2011

Date 15 February 2011
- 17 February 2011
Location ngwenyama Conference & Sport Resort, White River, Mphumalanga
Location Ingwenyama Conference & Sport Resort, White River, Mpumalanga
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Water and its relationship with the mining industry is a topical and fiercely debated subject as the sector faces many water related challenges today.

Water-related applications have been the driving force for many innovations in the mining, and these were subsequently adopted and applied in other
sectors such as construction and tunnelling across the globe. Newcomen’s application of the steam engine which helped to dewater the Cornish tin mines, cementation technology which arose from the West Driefontein flood of 1964 and the development of water powered rock drills are just three examples of
such innovations.

Natural resource constraints dominate thinking about water related applications today, and the focus on mining and water now primarily concerns the
impact of mining and processing on the supply and quality of the water resources. Recent headlines such as ‘Johannesburg is facing the poisonous
consequences of gold mining’ and ‘Toxic radioactive drainage is oozing from old mines’ reflect public fears and concerns to which industry must respond appropriately. In addition, in the remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa mines are challenged to secure a sustainable supply of water, develop methods to use
water sustainably and take proper account of the water needs of other stakeholders.

This conference will seek to explore and define water and mining related challenges within the southern African region, propose solutions and possible
funding methodologies. Case studies will also be presented to demonstrate lessons learnt. The organising committee invites you to submit
papers on any aspects of water but hope that the following topics will be covered.

Keynote speakers are currently being identified and expressions of interest for sponsorship already received. This three day conference promises to
be an important forum to express and discuss

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Premium Exhibition Sponsors:






Delegate Bag Sponsor:



Lanyard Sponsor:



Delegate Pack Insert Sponsor:




Sponsorship Opportunities

The following sponsorship opportunities are available:

  1. Premium Exhibitor – R 30 000
  2. Banner Exhibitor- R 15 000
  3. Cocktail Sponsor – R 15 000
  4. Conference Portfolio Holders – R 15 000
  5. Pen & Pad Sponsor –R10 000
  6. Authors Gift Sponsor – R 10 000
  7. Lanyard Sponsor – R 10 000
  8. Delegate Pack Insert Sponsor – R 2 000

Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator

Conference Co-ordinator
Raymond van der berg
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


Organising Committee

Conference Committee Chairman
Mr W van der Merwe

Mr D Rungan Prof. M Hermanus
Mr P van der Plas Dr. R Mbhele
Prof. J Maree Mrs C Baker
Mr F Gibbons Dr A Turton


Who should attend

  • Senior and operational management of mines
  • Engineers responsible for mine water management
  • Regional and national officials from DoE, DMR, DWA, and DEA
  • Companies and individuals offering water related solutions
  • Researchers
  • Environmentalists and NGO’s
  • Agricultural sector




This conference will seek to explore and define water and mining related challenges, propose solutions and possible funding

The organising committee invites you to submit papers on any aspects of water but hope that the following topics will be covered.


  • Acid mine drainage in the Olifants River basin and the Witbank area
  • The flooding of the Central Rand basin
  • Water management in the Far West Rand and other mining regions
  • Regulatory issues
  • The impact of mineralogy on mine water quality
  • Who pays for water management in defunct mines?
  • Sustainable water treatment solutions and the impact of mine water on communities
  • Achieving and maintaining a truly zero discharge mine
  • Water challenges for mining in desert and semi-desert areas and other remote areas
  • Water management and conversation in metallurgical processing plants
  • Case studies on the control of water ingress in mines
  • Innovative uses of water in mining
  • Future strategies in mine water management and conservation



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:

Conference Co-ordinator,
Raymond van der berg
SAIMM, PO Box 61127,
Marshalltown 2107
South Africa.

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

Key Dates & Publication

01 September 2010 Submission of abstracts

15 September 2010 Acceptance of abstracts

27 October 2010 Submission of papers

17 November 2010 Final review of papers

15- 16 February 2011 Conference

17 February 2011 Technical Visit

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.


Preliminary Programme

Final programme may be downloaded from the download section below



Listed below are titles of abstracts that have already been received:

Mine closure planning – an integral component of mine life cycle management
Prof. Kobus de Jager & Prof May Hermanus, CSMI and University of the Witwatersrand

Water, Mining and Challenges, Some unique experiences of Mining under dolomite in the Far West Rand,
Gauteng,South Africa
E J Leslie Stoch and Eric J Stoch,

Removal of arsenic from metallurgical process streams
T. van der Meer and B. Kerstiens, Outotec Research Oy, Finland Outotec Oyj, Finland

Sustainable water treatment solutions in the mining and metals industry
Dharhan Kesavanathan, Hatch

Artificial post-mining lakes: A challenge for the regional development
Brigitte Scholz, Uwe Grünewald, Hagen Koch, Petra Fleischhammel, University of Technology Cottbus

Uranium Contamination In The Wonderfonteinspruit Catchment: Potential Solutions, Government Interference,
And Sorting Genuine Risk From Public Hysteria
Ronald R. Hewitt Cohen, Colorado School of Mines

An effluent free, commercially attractive and sustainable solution to acid mine/rock drainage
Chris Grobler, Darryl Howard, Trisha Mithal, Mike Meiring and Richard Doyle, Earth Metallurgical Solutions

Bio-sorption of lead and cobalt from process waters onto activated grapefruit “resin”
C M Phali, A F Mulaba-Bafubiandi, B B Mamba, University of Johannesburg

Characterisation and Treatment of Inyanda's Acidic Process Water
Christelle Baker, Exxaro

Brine treatment using freeze desalination – the hybridice™ technology
Tabani Mtomben, Jannie P Maree, Caliphs M Zvinowanda, Joseph K O Asante, Frederick Oosthuizen and
Waynand J Louw, Department of Environmental, Water and Earth Sciences University of Technology Ankon Protec GmbH,
Flensburg, Germany Marlow Aquatec (Pty) Ltd

Thermal studies of alkaline metal sulphates in a pilot- scale rotary kiln reactor
Sheila Ruto, Jannie P Maree, Andrei Kolesnikov , Jannie P Maree, Caliphs M Zvinowanda,and
Wynand J Louw, University of Technology Marlow Aquatec (Pty) Ltd

Charting the evolution of access to drinking water and sanitation services in African urban centres
Saidou Baba Oumar and Devi Datt Tewari, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Removal and recovery of heavy metals from multi-components metal effluent by reduction crystallization
Tebogo Phetla, Freeman Ntuli and Edison Muzenda, University of Johannesburg

Water USE licences: the challenge of compliance
Jacky Burke, SRK

Modelling variation in quality of decanting mine water in the longer term
Robert Huberts, University of Johannesburg

Review of Technologies Available for Mine Water Treatment Related to Mine Cooling Systems
Herman Wiechers, BBE Water

Recovery of industrial effluent: Case history -successful treatment of biofouling using an non-oxidising biocide
Martha van Schalkwyk and André Maartens, Buckman Africa

Recovery of industrial effluent: case histories of calcium sulfate scale inhibition on evaporators
Martha van Schalkwyk, André Maartens, Bertus Venter, Buckman Africa

Regulatory challenges relating to water resources in the mining industry
Sayuri Moodliar,Uthlanga Environmental Consultants

An intergrated brine treatment approach using eutectic freeze crystallization
D G Randall, S T Reddy, J Nathoo, A E Lewis, University of Cape Town

Water treatment of radionuclides from Gold mines
Henlo du Preez, Golder Associates Africa (Pty) Ltd

Case studies of sustainable water treatment rechnologies for acid mine drainage
David Kratochvil, Chris Fleming, Brad Marchant, BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc SGS Mineral Services

Importance of the Site Selection Process in Environmental Approval Processes for Tailings Storage Facilities based on
the Chemwes Life of Mine Tailings Facility near Stilfontein
A A van Dyk, GCS (Pty) Ltd

Technical Visits

17 February 2010.

The eMalahleni Mine Water Reclamation Plant was originally established as a R300-million joint initiative between Anglo Coal South Africa and BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa (Becsa). This plant treats polluted mine water from underground workings to deliver potable and process water to the eMalahleni Municipality and surrounding mining operations. The project, which was commissioned in 2007, desalinates rising underground water from Anglo Coal’s Landau, Greenside and Kleinkopie Collieries, as well as from Becsa’s defunct South Witbank Mine. It prevents polluted mine water from decanting into the environment and the local river system, whilst also easing severe operational and safety challenges. The plant produces on average, over 25-million litres/day of potable-quality water, with a 99.4% water recovery.

This plant is a state-of-the-art active mine water treatment plant that incorporates physico-chemical pre-treatment, reverse osmosis desalination with extremely high water recoveries achieved through innovative process design, with the benefit of minimizing the volumes of brines and sludge to be managed and disposed of. The site visit will include an overview of the process design and construction phases, together with a tour through the actual operating plant.

Please note the site visit is subject to suffient interest and will be limited to 20 attendees


Registration Fees


Early Bird Fee on or before 10 December 2010

Registration Fee after 10 December 2010

Registration Fee SAIMM Members

R 7 100 - 00

R 8 000 - 00

Registration Fee – Non SAIMM Members

R 7 500 - 00

R 8 500 - 00

Registration Fee – Student/ Retired Members

R 2 000 - 00

R 2 000 - 00

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

Conference Registration form may be downloaded from the download section below



The conference will be hosted at the Ingwenyama Conference & Sport Resort, which is located in White River in Mpumalanga.

For more information visit:

Please Note:
Registration fee does not includes accommodation
Conference Registration form may be downloaded from download section below


Conference Co-ordinator
Raymond van der berg
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) First Announcement & call for papers
2) Second Announcement & Registration Form
2) Sponsorship Opportunity Form