Copper Cobalt Africa

Date 13 July 2021
- 15 July 2021
Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Victoria Falls Livingstone, Zambia
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia
Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Victoria Falls Livingstone, Zambia
Resources COPPER-COBALT-2021-Announcement-v6-07042020.pdf




SAIMM is proud to host the Third Copper Cobalt Africa Conference.

To be held in Livingstone, Zambia, this anticipated and prestigious event provides a unique forum for discussion, sharing of experience and knowledge, and networking for all those interested in the processing of copper and cobalt in an African context, in one of the world’s most spectacular settings - the Victoria Falls.

The African Copper Belt has experienced a period of significant difficulties since the last conference, held in 2018. Owing to a global slowdown in commodity demand, many operations have scaled down production or been placed on care and maintenance. For those continuing in business, this has resulted in considerable focus on process and operating cost optimisation, productivity improvements, product quality enhancements, skills development and capacity building, and consolidation of best practice within the industry. Ongoing projects are required to be well-defined and -motivated, and subject to greater technical and financial scrutiny, to ensure that they are able to rapidly ramp up and deliver immediate value.

In contrast, the burgeoning global lithium-ion battery market has opened up several new opportunities in the region for the production of high-purity base-metal salts for cathode material applications as well as consideration of recycling efforts for end-of-life products. This conference provides a platform for discussion of new and more agile ways of operating and remaining relevant and innovative in a world that has changed considerably since the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Technical topics span the value chain from geometallurgy, project development, operations and processing, to high-purity value-added products, recycling, and sustainability issues. Industry operators will be able to share technical experience and practices, meet vendors, and learn about new technologies and processes that can add value to their operations. World-class plenary speakers will offer a unique opportunity to hear first-hand opinions on the status and overview of the industry.

A Continuing Professional Development short course, focusing on technology developments in the copper and cobalt industries, will be presented by leading engineers and accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa.

For international participants, this conference offers an ideal opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of and exposure to the African copper and cobalt industries, and to better understand the various facets of minerals processing and extraction in this part of the world.

Hosted by the Metallurgy Technical Programme Committee of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), this conference aims to:

  • Promote dialogue between operators, vendors and service providers on common metallurgical challenges facing the industry;
  • Enhance understanding of new and existing technologies that can lead to safe and optimal resource utilization;
  • Encourage participation and build capacity amongst young and emerging professionals from the Copper Belt region.

The Organizing Committee looks forward to your participation.

Call for Papers


Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts for this conference. Abstracts of no longer than 150 words should be submitted by 25 January 2021. Please include the names and affiliations of all authors and an email address for the corresponding author.

All accepted abstracts will require a full paper (maximum of 8 single-spaced pages) to be submitted by no later than 15 March 2021. This will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to double-blind peer review and acceptance by the technical committee.

Please email abstracts and requests to be added to the conference mailing list to

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Key Dates


25 January 2021 ––– Submission of abstracts
1 February 2021 ––– Acceptance of abstracts
15 March 2021 ––– Submission of papers for peer review
30 April 2021 ––– Completion of peer-review process
31 May 2021 ––– Camera-ready papers due
12 July 2021 ––– Short course (TBC)
13–15 July 2021 ––– Conference
16 July 2021 ––– Technical tour (TBC)



  • Mineralogy
  • Geometallurgy
  • Minerals processing
  • Pyrometallurgy and roasting
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Operational practices and improvements
  • Project development and execution
  • Novel technologies
  • Recycling and urban mining
  • Waste treatment and minimization
  • Environmental issues

Exhibition and Sponsorship


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Co-ordinator.



Camielah Jardine, Head of Conferencing
SAIMM, P.O. Box 61127, Marshalltown 2107
South Africa.

Tel: 27 (11) 834-1273/7
Facsimile: 27 (11) 838-5923 or