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WorldGold Conference 2015

Date 29 September 2015
- 01 October 2015
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
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28 September 2015 · Workshop | 29 September-1 October 2015 · Conference
02 October 2015 · Technical Visits
Misty Hills, Gauteng, South Africa

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) will jointly convene a World Gold Conference every two years. In 2015 it will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa and hosted under the auspices of the SAIMM. Some important aspects of the current mining environment will provide opportunities and threats for the industry in the foreseeable future, which include:
All-time high gold metal prices
Economic slow down on opportunities for By- and Co-products from gold operations
Minimal exploration success for the last 10 years and little immediate prospect for
    revolutionary success is leading to revisiting known 'old' (sub-marginal) deposits
Lower precious metal content
Increasing refractoriness
More energy efficient mining and processing

On behalf of the organising committee we would like to thank the following sponsors for their contribution:

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Gold Sponsorship

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 Gold Sponsor


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Silver Sponsor





Mintrex logoDinner Sponsor 


Sponsorship Opportunities
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator
Camielah Jardine
Conference Coordinator
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

World Gold 2015 will reflect on these key issues with greater focus on improved efficiency and the latest technology in:
• geological mapping
• gold mining
• mineral processing, and
• extraction and refining
• human resources
• financial resources
• computer assisted targeting in gold exploration
• application of partial extraction methods in gold exploration
• geochemical and/or mineralogical haloes as indicator for gold targets
• 'Black Smokers' as exploration targets for gold
• are there still mega gold deposits waiting to be discovered?
• Brownfields gold exploration, as success story.Thus, we are focusing on more
    environmentally friendly, resource efficient and energy efficient mining and
    recovery methods.

Conference Themes
Environmental Efficiency
• Environmental opportunities and issues
• Social and political challenges
• Cleaner wastes & storage
• Alternative waste storage and management systems
• Community opportunities arising from improved metal contributions 

Resource and Energy Efficiency
• Water
• Electricity
• Waste Utilization

Mining Efficiency
• Technological developments to reduce mining costs and health and safety
• Effect of reserves and grades on mining and processing strategies
• Current health and safety issues
• Activities in various aspects of mining: rock mechanics, ventilation, back filling
• Fuel cells in mining practice
• Geological Mapping Technical Efficiency
• Exploration and feasibility studies for improved performance, geological
• Applied mineralogy and surface analysis to assist in improving processing
• Sampling techniques and accounting
• Reduction of comminution costs and improvement in classification efficiency
• Advantages in using recovery of gold by gravity prior to leaching
• Selection of gravity recovery technologies
• Efforts in the development of alternative lixiviants
• Use of ion exchange resins in cyanidation plants
• Impact of preg-robbing in cyanidation practice
• New operations and new applications in the treatments of refractory gold ores
• Improvements of cyanidation to increase metal recovery, reduce reagents
    addition and toxicity of effluents, agitation
• Plant automation and control strategies
• Practical applications of modelling to reduce processing costs and to improve
• Improvements in activated carbon/zinc cementation and refining practices
• Improvement in leaching of refractory gold minerals and silver minerals
• Developments and applications in effluent treatment

Human and Financial Resources
• Training requirements
• State of academic institutions
• Health considerations for the gold mining industry
• Financing of projects in difficult market conditions

Pre- Conference Workshops
The following Pre-conference workshops will be organised in conjunction with World Gold 2015:
1) Geometallurgy Workshop
2) Gold Processing Workshop

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

Key Dates & Publication
15 January 2015                                 Submission of abstracts
20 January 2015                                 Acceptance of abstracts
24 April 2015                                      Submission of final papers

28 September 2015-2 October 2015    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:
1) Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June
    2016, for attending this event
2) Registration fee does not include accommodation
3) Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the
4) Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event

Camielah Jardine
Conference Coordinator
Head of Conferencing
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923