• 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

Preliminary SANIRE Symposium 2014 Programme

Thursday, 14 August 2014
The SANIRE Coalfields Branch have the pleasure of hosting the annual SANIRE Symposium on the 11th September 2014 at Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift. This symposium has been ECSA approved for one (1) CPD credit. Click Here for programme(107)

SANIRE SYMPOSIUM 2014 - 2nd Call for papers

Monday, 21 July 2014
SANIRE 2014 SYMPOSIUM 2nd The Contribution of Rock Engineering to the Future of Mining "Rock Engineering to the Rescue" The SANIRE Coalfields Branch have the pleasure of hosting the annual SANIRE Symposium on the 11th September 2014 at Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift. We would like to encourage the contribution of technical papers and presentations from all mining commodities for the Symposium. Abstracts should not exceed...(300)

Strata Control Practical for July 2014

Tuesday, 24 June 2014
As a result of numerous problems with the administration of this exam it was decided that the Chamber of mines will administrate this exam as of the 1st of July 2014. Please assist and inform your members of the new process: Organiser of the exam needs to inform the COM of the date and location of the exam (Colin Anderson) Candidates can then register for this specific exam through the COM webs...(747)


Tuesday, 17 June 2014
SANIRE 2014 SYMPOSIUM See Brochure COALFIELDS BRANCH THE CONTRIBUTION OF ROCK ENGINEERING TO THE FUTURE OF MINING "ROCK ENGINEERING TO THE RESCUE" 11 th SEPTEMBER 2014 GLENBURN LODGE, MULDERSDRIFT The SANIRE Coalfields Branch have the pleasure of hosting the annual SANIRE Symposium on the 11 th September 2014 at Glenburn Lodge. The theme is "The Contribution of Rock Engineering to the Future of Mining: Rock Enginee...(465)

Strata Control Practical - July 2014

Tuesday, 27 May 2014
From the 1st of July 2014 the Chamber of mines will be managing the registration for the Strata Control Practical exams. Examiners to inform Colin Anderson at the Chamber of the planned practical exam date. Registration forms will be available on the website www.comcert.co.za for the candidates to register. ONLY candidates that register through the Chamber of mines will be allowed to participat...(628)

SARES 2014

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Image Placeholder "Creating value through innovative rock engineering" 12–14 May 2014 Misty Hills Country Hotel and Conference Centre, Cradle of Humankind GROUP DISCOUNT - Register THREE delegates and the FOURTH delegate is free BACKGROUND Recent developments in the global mining industry have led to the conclusion that it is time for significant change. Mining needs to become yet safer and more efficient while...(518)

Rock engineers are raising their voice in Zimbabwe

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
21 March 2014 marked a landmark in Zimbabwe’s mining history – the resuscitation of the Rock Mechanics Society in the form of the Zimbabwe National Institute of Rock Engineering (ZINIRE). ZINIRE President Omberai Mandingaisa reports: Prior to its launch, the Zimbabwe National Institute of Rock Engineering (ZINIRE) held its first stakeholder engagement workshop at the Fairmile Motel in the Midla...(578)

A fascination with rocks shaped Michael’s career

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
MichaelDuPlessisHard work and excellent mentorship have brought SANIRE Vice-President Michael du Plessis thus far, as he pointed out in a chat with RockTalk. We hope you enjoy reading it. 1. How did your career in the mining industry begin and where are you now? I am currently the group rock engineering manager for Lonmin. My career in mining started in 2002, when I was recruited by Anglo Platinum as a rock en...(704)

Obed spells opportunity: R.O.C.K.E.N.G.I.N.E.E.R.I.N.G

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
ObedRockTalk had a chat to Obed Masinge, who started his career in mining and rock engineering in June 2006 and is the chairman of SANIRE’s recently launched Nothern Cape branch. Read on to find out what he had to say. 1. What is your educational background? I studied geology and obtained a National Diploma and BTech, for which I majored in engineering geology and hydrogeology. 2. How did your care...(693)

Ben has been a rock engineer since before there were electronic calculators

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
benIn recognition of his concerted effort in service of and contribution to the discipline of rock engineering, Ben Kotze recently received the SANIRE Honorary Life Fellow award from SANIRE. This a fitting way to celebrate the impact made by a man who has dedicated his life to the discipline. Les Gardner’s citation stated clearly what brought him to the point of achieving this accolade. Read more ...(514)

Serendipity made Trevor a rock engineer

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Trevor Rangasamy, one of the founders of Middindi Consulting, spoke to RockTalk about himself and his career thus far. Get to know him a little by reading on. 1.When and how did your career within the mining industry begin? What got you into rock engineering? After graduating in Applied Geology, I did odd jobs to keep the pennies flowing. At that time, around 1991, there was a surplus of mining...(630)

The 8th South African Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
"Cultivating the Future of Geotechnics" is intended to establish a network forum and opportunity for young geotechnical engineers to better acquaint themselves with the industry and products available. This takes place in a young environment where all presenters and most of the delegates are under the age of 35. The conference is held every three years and aims to provide delegates with the op...(597)

Upcoming Events

Tue Aug 26 @08:00 -
Open Pit Geotechnical Analysis and Design Training Course, Perth
Mon Sep 15 @08:00 -
Ground Support Subjected to Dynamic Loading Workshop, Sudbury, Canada
Tue Sep 16 @08:00 -
Seventh International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining, Sudbury, Canada
Mon Sep 22 @08:00 -
Open Pit Slope Stability Seminar and Anisotropic Workshop, Johannesburg
Mon Dec 01 @08:00 -
Unsaturated Soil Mechanics for Mining Seminar (TBC), Perth

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ISRM communication

How do you recommend the ISRM increase member communication in South Africa

Face book or other social networking forms - 11.5%
Forums - 12.6%
More regular newsletters - 26.4%
Personal emails - 49.4%

Total votes: 87

How should ISRM improve benefits?

What do you think the ISRM should do to improve membership benefits

More electronic newsletters - 15.6%
More focus on marketing Rock Mechanics as a career - 24%
More local seminars and conferences - 25%
Sponsorship of young rock engineers - 35.4%

Total votes: 96

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%
Don’t know - 22%
Exploring synergies with other fields of Rock Engineering - 16.9%

Total votes: 118
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