8th International PGM Conference

Date 02 November 2022
- 03 November 2022
Location Sun City, North West, South Africa
Resources PGM - Abstracts Received-13042022.pdf
PGM Announcement & CFP-2 29102021.pdf
PGM Conference 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities-18032020.pdf
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The Platinum conference series has covered a range of themes since its inception in 2004, and traditionally addresses the opportunities and challenges facing the platinum industry. This prestigious event attracts key role players and industry leaders through:
• High quality technical papers and presentations
• Facilitating industry networking
• Having large, knowledgeable audiences
• Global participation, and
• Comprehensive support from industry role players.

The 8th International PGM Conference will, under the guidance of the organising committee, structure a programme which covers critical aspects of this continually evolving and exciting industry. The success and relevance of this event to the industry really depends on your participation and support.
You can participate in this event as an organising committee member, author/




At this point in time, the event is planned as a full contact conference with international participation through web links. It is also planned to hold technical visits to nearby facilities.
However, as we are still in Stage 2 lockdown as a result of COVID-19, this will be constantly reviewed, and if it appears that the effects of the pandemic are still such as to pose a threat to the health and safety of delegates, this will be changed to a digital event.





• Academics
• Business development managers
• Concentrator managers
• Consultants
• Engineers
• Exploration managers
• Explosives engineers
• Fund managers
• Geologists
• Hydrogeologists
• Innovation managers
• Investment managers
• Market researchers and surveyors
• Marketing managers
• Mechanical engineers
• Metallurgical managers
• Metallurgical consultants Metallurgists
• Mine managers
• Mining engineers
• New business development managers
• Planning managers
• Process engineers
• Product developers
• Production managers
• Project managers
• Pyrometallurgists
• Researchers
• Rock engineers
• Scientists
• Strategy analysts
• Ventilation managers




The Sun City resort lies in a tranquil basin of an extinct volcano in the Pilanesberg adjacent to South Africa's rich platinum belt. It boasts four hotels, an award-winning golf course and many other attractions.

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Pilanesberg, one of South Africa’s most scenic locations, Sun City is a world unto itself and has earned its reputation as Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure.

Finally re-discovered and now part of Sun City, the Lost City and the Valley of Waves, fabled to be the Ruins of a glorious ancient civilisation,celebrate and bring to life the legends of this mystical city.




The conference aims to cover but is not limited to the
following topics:
• A re-organised corporate landscape for PGMs
• Applications for PGMs
• Fuel cells
• Recycling
• Solar power and Renewable energy
• New Projects (including Zimbabwe)
• Mining value chain i.e. geology, mining, processing, smelting, marketing
• Mine Planning and Design, Operational issues
• Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve topics and Valuations
• Environmental, Social, Governance issues
• 4th Industrial Revolution, New technology and Innovation aspects




Topics for inclusion:
The Conference is being organised by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and individuals are invited to submit papers or presentations for the Conference. Titles and short abstracts (no more than 500 words) on any relevant subject should be submitted in English to:
Head of Conferencing,
Camielah Jardine
Enquiries may be made at:
Tel: +27 11 834-1273/7
E-mail: camielah@saimm.co.za
Website: http://www.saimm.co.za




25 March 2022 Submission of abstracts
1 April 2022 Acceptance of abstracts
2 May 2022 Submission of papers
2-3 November 2022 Conference
4 November 2022 Technical Visit



SAIMM 2022
01 – 04 November 2022


How to make your reservation:
Option 1 Fax the form on the reverse of this page to Group Reservations on +27 (0) 11 780 7596.
Option 2 Email the form on the reverse of this page to grpresv@suninternational.com
Option 3 Contact our call centre on 011 780 7800.

You will receive written confirmation of your booking within 24 hours.

How to pay for your reservation:
Please note that FULL PREPAYMENT for any accommodation booked is required within 10 days of making your booking, alternatively your booking will be released.



Camielah Jardine,
Head of Conferencing
E-mail: camielah@saimm.co.za

Registration Fees


  • Early SAIMM/SAGA/GSSA Member - R 8 700,00
  • Early Non SAIMM/SAGA/GSSA Member - R 9 400,00
  • SAIMM/SAGA/GSSA Member - R 9 400,00
  • Non SAIMM/SAGA/GSSA Member - R 10 000,00
  • Author Registration - R 5 000,00
  • Students - R 1 500,00
  • Retired Member - R 1 500,00


  • Early SAIMM/SAGA/GSSA Member - R 4 350,00
  • Early Non SAIMM/SAGA/GSSA Member - R 4 700,00
  • SAIMM/SAGA/GSSA Member - R 4 700,00
  • Non SAIMM/SAGA/GSSA Member - R 5 000,00
  • Author Registration -  
  • Students - R 750,00
  • Retired Member - R 750,00

Keynote speakers

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Implats (Impala Platinum Holdings Limited), Executive: Sustainable Development at Implats

Dr Tsakani Mthombeni is Executive: Sustainable Development at Implats, a PGMs mining company based in South Africa with operations in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Canada, where he is responsible for developing and implementing the Group’s Sustainable Development strategy. Prior to this role he was Vice President: Group Head of Carbon and Energy at Gold Fields, leading Gold Fields’s energy management and climate change strategy and supporting its execution across eight (8) gold mining operations in four (4) countries – South Africa, Ghana, Australia and Peru. Prior to this role, Dr Mthombeni spent five (5) years sourcing and funding pre-commercial new energy technologies in South Africa as the General Manager: Energy, at the Technology Innovation Agency. Mthombeni was also with Anglo American as group Senior Energy Engineer, developing standards and guidelines for energy management initiatives across the diamonds, platinum, coal, iron ore and platinum assets. Mthombeni also worked at South Africa’s power utility, Eskom as a technical specialist, following a research officer stint at the University of Cape Town.

Dr Mthombeni studied BSc at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), then Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, USA for MSc and PhD, both in electrical engineering. He serves as an external examiner at the University of Pretoria, Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. He was the current Chair of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) of South Africa, whose membership contributes just over 20% to the GDP and employs nearly 700 000 people in South Africa. He also served on the Presidential Task Team on Eskom Sustainability (under President Ramaphosa, 2018/2019) and was a co-ordinator of the Eskom Ministerial Technical Review Team (under Minister Pravin Gordhan, 2019). An avid runner who completed five iconic Comrades marathons (annual 90 km single day road running race in South Africa).

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Gordon Smith

Lead Investment Assurance (post-retirement)

Gordon is a registered Professional Engineer, an Honorary Life Fellow and Past President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and holds a range of industry technical and managerial qualifications. Gordon has extensive experience in the field of business leadership, strategic planning, operational management, business start-ups, feasibility studies, mineral property valuation, prospect evaluation, mine planning/design/scheduling, rock mechanics, mine economics, risk management and techno-economic evaluation, with an emphasis on systems analyses and optimization, in a variety of precious metal, base metal, ferrous metals, chrome, diamond and semi-precious stone, coal operations. Following retirement from the Technical, Safety and Sustainability Executive role at Anglo American Platinum Ltd in late 2020 he has been conducting investment assurance reviews for major capital projects across Anglo American operations globally.