• 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

Disclaimer

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

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...(61)
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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...(86)
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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...(96)
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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...(102)
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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 ...(62)
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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...(101)
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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...(71)
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Gregory sojourns in South America

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Gregory More O’Ferrall’s news from Western Canada takes a detour through South America in this issue. Enjoy finding out a bit more about the Cerro Lindo Mine, which both William Joughin and Gerrie van Aswegen have apparently also visited. Cerro Lindo Mine is situated in the Inca region of Peru, as shown in Figure 1. The mine currently exploits zinc and copper, making use of an openstoping minin...(40)
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Benefit from SANIRE’s affiliation with the ISRM

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
SANIRE offers you access to global rock engineering excellence through the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM). Find out more about it here. There are several benefits to being a member of SANIRE. All such benefits are in line with SANIRE’s mission statement, which reads: Encouraging interest and advancement of Rock Eng. through education Maintaining professional practice and high s...(27)
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Take up the publishing challenge

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
There’s no need to wait until you are “experienced enough” to publish a paper. Thapelo Kolokoto and Halil Yilmaz proved this beyond doubt. Lawrence Rwodzi tells you more about what they did and the David Ortlepp award. Why not give yourself a challenge: to publish one paper a year, or even one paper, one year? Every year, SANIRE awards its members for their concerted efforts in publishing techn...(50)
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Eastern Bushveld Branch elects Youth Development Representative

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
youthrepAs the focus on young members increases across the SANIRE, the Eastern Bushveld Branch has elected a Youth Development Representative (YDR), to join their Branch committee. Adam Cooper was the winning candidate of three nominees. Adam says “My main objective as YDR is to assist the junior SANIRE members with their studies such that they can become competent Rock Engineers. I would like to utili...(69)
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SANIRE Symposium 2014 First Announcement

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
sanire Coalfields Branch The SANIRE Coalfields Branch will have the pleasure of hosting the annual SANIRE Symposium on the 11th of September 2014 at the Maccauvlei on Vaal. Additional details will follow shortly. Chairman: Sandor Pethö Vice Chairman: Steve PoczikSecretary: Duncan Lees Student Members: Olwethu Swakamisa & Marc HendersonSupplier Representatives: Danie Blom & Frikkie Kaap Treasurer: Man...(47)
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Upcoming Events

Mon Apr 28 @08:00 -
Preparation for the advanced MAP3D course
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Mon May 05 @08:45 -
IMS - 24th Seminar & Courses
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Wed May 07
ROCKMEC’2014, XIth Regional Rock Mechanics Symposium
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Wed May 07 @08:00 -
Advanced MAP3D and modelling course
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Mon May 12
SARES 2014 - 6th South African Rock Engineering Symposium
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Mon May 19 @08:00 -
Best Practices in Mine Backfill Technologies Workshop, Perth
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Latest Discussions

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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