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32nd Technical Evening
The SANIRE Gauteng Branch is hosting an evening lecture with a technical talk on Current and Future Mass Mining Methods and Options - Challenges and Opportunities
Professor Gideon Chitombo – University of Queensland, Australia
Drinks and snacks will be provided
Sponsors: AEL Mining Services.
Venue: CSIR, Johannesburg
Time: 17H00 for 17H30
Date: 5th December 2013
RSVP to Amma Boaduo before the 3rd December 2013 by clicking on one of the boxes or by e-mail directly to email@example.com
SANIRE says goodbye to Charlotte van der Westhuizen, who cheerfully and competently kept the institute on track for almost four years.
Having studied Financial Accounting, Charlotte van der Westhuizen has moved on from being SANIRE's Administrator to an accounting job at Wilmed Private Hospital in Klerksdorp.
She started with SANIRE almost four years ago, having been told about the position by her husband, Vlam, who is a rock engineer and a SANIRE member.
Interacting with members at AGMs and meeting important role-players like Prof Nielen van der Merwe, Dr John Napier, Dr Oscar Steffen, Pro...
Meet Joma van der Merwe, SANIRE's new Administrator.
Joma van der Merwe is planning to run the SANIRE national office very professionally. She says: "I want this office to be very smooth running, a place members and non-members alike can turn to for answers and great service."
Having completed a three-year payroll diploma in 2012, Joma previously worked as a payroll administrator at Consolidated Murchison Mine.
Her passion in life is rescuing and rehabilitating abused parrots, and she is also the owner of De-Omas, a small-scale specialist clothing import business.
Joma is married to Deon an...
SANIRE's movers and shakers were recognised at the institute's annual general meeting held at The Village Club at Western Deep Levels on 22 November 2013. Read more about it here.
|Ben Kotze receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award|
|Peter Terbrugge receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award|
|Alan Naismith receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award|
|Mathew Handley receiving the Salamon Award|
The SANIRE Lifetime Achievement Award winners were Peter Terbrugge, Alan Naismith and Ben Kotze. This award is given to long-serving senior rock engineering practitioners who have made si...
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Mbulelo Ngwenya, a younger rock engineer, chatted to Rock Talk about his career thus far. Read on to find out more about him and his ideas.
RockTalk: How did your career in the mining industry begin?
Mbulelo: My career in the mining industry began through a training scheme referred to as Management In Training (MIT) by AngloGold Ashanti in 2006. A year and few months later, I joined Goldfields, where I continued with my rock engineering training until I obtained a Chamber of Mines Rock Engineering Certificate.
RockTalk: What got you into rock engineering?
Mbulelo: The desire to take up challe...
A few questions elicited a wealth of information from Dr Michael Roberts, whose definitive doctoral research yielded the the 95% fallout height criteria. Find out what he had to say about this and other issues.
RockTalk: What is your educational background?
Mike: BSc (Hons) Geology, Wits. 1974.
MSc in Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics. Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. 1977.
COMREC Number 63.1981
PhD in Mining Engineering, Wits. 1999.
RockTalk: How did your career within the mining industry begin? What got you into Rock Engineering?
Mike: In my second year at Wits, 1971, I was...
Koos Bosman co-founded Open House Management Solutions thirteen years ago. RockTalk caught up with him recently. Join our chat.
RockTalk: When and how did your career within the mining industry begin? What got you into rock engineering?
Koos: I started as a Learner Official, Mining, on 1 January 1987, at Hartebeestfontein Gold Mine. At the instigation of Roger Dixon, I changed career paths in March 1990, and I've never looked back. I jumped fence for nine months to work for Anglogold, but went back to Harties. I started Open House Management Solutions with Andy Brown in January 2000.
Experienced surface mining practitioners have an opportunity to gain recognition for their expertise through a grandfathering process. Hurry if you need this recognition, but haven't started the process yet. The window for completing it closes at the end of March 2014.
The South African National Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE) and the Chamber of Mines (CoM) have approved a process of grandfathering experienced surface mining practitioners in the Chamber of Mines Rock Engineering Certificate (COMREC) for Surface Mining.
Some surface mining practitioners were active in the field of surf...
SANIRE branches will soon be asked to nominate a young member to represent the branch on the envisaged South African Young Rock Engineers' Forum (Sayref). Read on to find out what it is all about.
The South African National Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE) and the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) are collaborating to better address the needs of young rock engineers. Good progress is being made towards this and soon it will be over to each SANIRE branch to make this initiative work for its members.
Thus far, the ISRM has commissioned a task group to increase the participa...
|Best speaker Naomi Ayres at the SANIRE Symposium 2013|
|Guest Speaker Koos talks about support design|
|Delegates at the 2013 Symposium|
|Young practitioners at the 2013 Symposium|
A broad-ranging 2013 SANIRE Symposium emphasised the importance of data and closed with news of a new award aimed specifically at young rock engineering practitioners. Read on to find out more.
Delegates from diverse backgrounds - rock engineers, seismologists, scientists and product suppliers from all over South Africa – gathered at the Meropa Conference Centre in Polokwane, Limpopo, for the 20...
Keeping up the good work and making SANIRE even better – that's what William Joughin, SANIRE's new President, hopes to achieve in his two years in office.
As a strong team player, William Joughin is looking to his fellow SANIRE Council members to help him achieve great things for SANIRE while he is in office.
He says: "As SANIRE President, I intend to steer our council to maintain and improve the current functions our institute provides."
Several components will come together to achieve this:
The South African National Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE) hereby invites applications for the Institute's administrator position. The post becomes vacant in mid August 2013.
The successful candidate must have bookkeeping skills and administrative experience. Computer skills, MS Office and English & Afrikaans language skills are essential. Due to the confidential nature of the financial and other information related to the institute's member base, the highest level of integrity and work ethics are expected.
The position is considered part-time, with a net salary of R4 500 - R5 000 per month plus bonus. SANIRE is currently in the process of securing office space in the Klerksdorp / Potchefstroom area.
To be considered, please send a 1-page CV to Friedemann Essrich, SANIRE (Treasurer), email@example.com