World Gold Conference 2021

Date 18 August 2021
- 20 August 2021
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
Resources Sponsorship Opportunities World Gold 2021-29072020.pdf
WorldGold Online Conference Announcement and Call for Papers 11092020.pdf


Type of Event

At this point in time, the event is planned as a hybrid conference with international participation, which will allow for contact and online attendance and presentation. We are still in Stage 2 Lock down in South Africa as a result of COVID-19. We will monitor the situation, 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, or restrictions are lifted to allow for more contact participation and international travel, the event delivery method will be adjusted accordingly.

Please submit your abstracts and papers as these will be peer reviewed and published for all contact and hybrid/online conferences.



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 2021 the conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa and hosted under the auspices of the SAIMM.

Several important aspects of the current mining environment will institute opportunities and threats for the industry in the foreseeable future. These include:

  • Environmental, safety, and health compliance
  • Social license to operate
  • Gold price volatility
  • Lower grade resources
  • Increasing refractoriness
  • More energy-efficient mining and processing
  • Maximizing long-term optionality

Call for Papers


Submission of Abstracts - 26 October 2020
Acceptance of Abstracts - 23 November 2020
Submission of Papers - 22 March 2021

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts of their paper, extended abstracts or presentations, in English, and to indicate the topic under which the paper should be categorised. The abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted to:
Head of Conferencing,
Camielah Jardine
Tel: 27 (11) 834-1273/7
Facsimile: 27 (11) 838-5923
or e-mail:



World Gold 2021 will reflect on the following key issues:

  • Future gold deposits
  • Brownfield gold exploration successes
  • Gold mining
  • Geometallurgy
  • Sampling
  • Mineral Processing
  • Extraction and refining
  • Overcoming operational challenges, success stories
  • Rapid deployment plants
  • New technology
  • Human resources
  • Financial resources

Thus, be agile, focus on reduced environmental, social and health impacts while improving resource, mining, processing, and energy efficiencies.

Exhibition and Sponsorship


There are a number of sponsorship opportunities 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