• Mission
    SANIRE promotes advancement of the discipline of rock engineering through the following objectives: Mission
  • Mission (a)
    Encouraging interest and the advancement of education in rock engineering; Mission (a)
  • Mission (b)
    Maintaining professional practice and high standard of ethics; Mission (b)
  • Mission (c)
    Encouraging networking, collaboration and information exchange; Mission (c)
  • Mission (d)
    Identifying, promoting and facilitating rock engineering related research; Mission (d)
  • Mission (e)
    Providing access to the global rock engineering fraternity through the ISRM. Mission (e)
  • Vision
    To promote the interests of a vibrant Southern African rock engineering fraternity Vision


The events listed below are purely intended as information for SANIRE members or persons visiting the site. SANIRE, its Executive Council and Secretariat in no way approve, sponsor, or support the individual events UNLESS SPECIFICALLY STATED.

News and updates


Monday, 08 February 2016
The Strata Control Practical Assessment will be hosted at Northam Platinum Mine (Zondereinde Division) on 18 February 2016. Only twenty candidates will be allowed due to safety precautions. For further information, please contact Sifuso Mashile at Sifiso.Mashile@norplats.co.za VENUE AND DATES DETAILS Venue: Northam Platinum Mine Zondereinde Division Date: 18 February 2016 Time: 06:00 am R.S.V.P...(14280)

SANIRE NEWSLETTER Volume 2, Issue 1 (2016)

Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Dear Members Please follow the link to the latest quarterly newsletter. Stories and articles are always welcome. Please email Paul Couto at Paul.couto@norplats.co.za for enquiries. Download the PDF version: icon SANIRE Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 1 January 2016 (3.95 MB)(142)

Chamber of Mines Certificates

Monday, 25 January 2016
The Chamber of Mines certificates will be phased out on 31 December 2018. These certificates will be replaced by new certificates that will be issued by the QCTO and/or other educational institution. The last entry for new candidates into the system would have been 31 August 2015, but because the assessment tools of the QCTO are not ready this date was postponed until 31 March 2016 for the May ...(237)


Friday, 22 January 2016
The SANIRE AGM was held on the 27th November 2015 at the Ruimsig Country Club. The new format of the AGM comprised of the formalities in the morning followed by lunch and ended off with a round of golf. The AGM provided an overview of the SANIRE strategy for the next 2-5 years. Recognition to outstanding commitment, contribution and achievement through the various award categories was also pres...(134)

Presidents corner - Share the knowledge and create a caring culture

Thursday, 21 January 2016
pc1At the AGM held in November 2015, we recognised some of our members for their extraordinary achievements and contributions to our fraternity through the grants of awards in various categories. As Rock Engineers, just doing our jobs, we do not always realise the influence we have on those around us. Through mentoring, we develop the skills of our colleagues and we instil a culture of caring, sel...(125)

Ebenezer Gordon Holder

Thursday, 21 January 2016
ebenezerEbenezer Gordon Holder24 May 1956 - 07 December 2015 I have known Gordon for many years, and worked with him between 1996 and 2002, when I was a member of the Rock Engineering Department at Anglo Platinum at that time. He was the Chief Rock Mechanics Officer. Gordon spent most of his career at Anglo Platinum, and because in the early years there were only a few Rock Engineers employed, he had a...(152)

Paul Kruger van der Heever

Thursday, 21 January 2016
krugerPaul Kruger van der Heever. 25 April 1947 – 22 December 2015 It is with great personal sadness that I informed you that our friend, colleague and associate of Groundwork passed away peacefully this morning after a long and stoic battle against cancer. Paul worked on dozens of projects for us after we were fortunately enough to secure the services of this immensely capable man in September 2006....(127)

Slope Stability Conference

Thursday, 21 January 2016
International Symposium on Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering slope Dr Loren Lorig presenting his keynote (Photo curtesy of S Coetsee) The Sixth Slope Stability Symposium was held in Cape Town from the 12th to the 14th of October 2015, hosted by SANIRE in conjunction with SAIMM. The symposium was originally held in Cape Town in 2006 and has subsequently been to Perth (2007), Sa...(115)


Thursday, 21 January 2016
Commissions A recent report on the 2015–2019 commissions was submitted by Prof Doug Stead. While the report was very positive, the lack of participation by the African region was highlighted. South Africa has made significant contributions to the ISRM commissions in the past and SANIRE would like to return to this tradition. Members of the commissions meet at the ISRM International Symposium ea...(80)

Personality of the Quarter - Deon Louw

Thursday, 21 January 2016
deonInterview questions Full Name: Deon Louw Position: Unit Manager – Rock Engineering Beatrix 3# Company/Organisations: Sibanye Gold Date and Place of Birth: Born in Bellville, Cape Town, on 4 March 1960 Education: Matriculated at Bothashof, Salisbury (now Harare) First Job: Learner Official Mining, Buffelsfontein Gold Mine, Genmin Personal Best Achievement/s: The design and actual early extractio...(131)

Rock Star of the Quarter - Darryl Slawson

Thursday, 21 January 2016
darrylInterview questions Full Name: Darryl James Slawson Position: Senior Rock Engineer Company/Organisations: Northam Platinum: Booysendal Division Date and Place of Birth: 13 October 1987, Morningside, Johannesburg Education: BSc Geology; BSc Hons Environmental Management First Job: Pharmacy Assistant Personal Best Achievement/s: Obtaining my Rock Mechanics Ticket Philosophy of Life: Everything ha...(154)

Rock Engineering History

Thursday, 21 January 2016
histSouth Africa is without doubt one of the best places in the world to study the entire history of the planet. Because of its particular, and perhaps unique, geological environment, situated as it is on one of the oldest and most stable cratons in the whole world, it has exposures of the earliest rocks on the planet, dating back almost to the very first quarter of the Earth’s existence, once the ...(123)
Apr 21 2015

23–24 April, 2015 - Conference

Elangeni Maharani Hotel, Durban

25 April 2015 - Half Day Technical Visit

Harbour Entrance Tunnel Site Visit and Harbour Boat Cruise


This conference is in response to the Civil and Mining industry being under immense pressure to deliver projects fast, efficiently and as safely as possible. Mechanised underground excavation and support installation is proving to be an invaluable and cost effective tool in the execution of a project. Technology exists for mechanised excavation where tunnels can be excavated from as small as 300mm to in excess of 18 metres in order to access ore bodies, build road or railway tunnels, facilitate the installation of utilities, construct storage caverns for gas and oil, etc.

It is recommended that delegates interested in the mining application of tunnel boring attend both days.

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Upcoming Events

Thu Feb 18 @06:00 -
Strata Control Practical Assessment
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Would you like to join a 1 week road trip from Pretoria to Cape Town visiting various mines and there after attending the ISRM conference AFRIROCK 2017 in Cape Town?

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Benefits of ISRM through SANIRE

What benefits do you as a member see in ISRM membership through SANIRE

Cheaper conferences - 6.8%
Continued learning in Rock Engineering through article/paper downloads - 54.2%
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Exploring synergies with other fields of Rock Engineering - 16.9%

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