• 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

SANIRE NEWSLETTER Volume 2, Issue 3 (2016)

Friday, 29 July 2016
coverDear 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: SANIRE Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 3 July 2016 (3.95 MB)(13)
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President’s Corner - Monkey see monkey do

Friday, 29 July 2016
pres1My son Lihan has just turned 2 and every day I am astonished at how he is able to absorb and adapt to his surroundings. Although he is entering the “terrible twos” and verbally expresses his frustration with life, we need to understand that he is struggling between his reliance on us as parents and the desire for independence. At this stage, he absorbs everything said and done around him, and a...(7)
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SANIRE News: Gauteng Branch

Friday, 29 July 2016
gauteng337th Technical Evening, 30 JuneWITS School of MiningNew Concept Mining A very successful technical evening was held by SANIRE’s Gauteng Branch on 30 June 2016 at WITS University’s Digital Mine facility, in conjunction with New Concept Mining. Prof Fred Cawood and his team of postgraduate students facilitated the event in the superb mine design laboratory, which was put together through sponsors...(5)
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SANIRE Free State Branch Mini Symposium 2016

Friday, 29 July 2016
freestateA Strata Control Mini Symposium was organised and held by the SANIRE Free State Branch at Diggers Inn in Welkom on the 9th June 2016. The day was opened with a keynote address from the SANIRE President, Mr Michael Du Plessis. The following presentations were presented on the day during two sessions which were led by Dr Jaco Le Roux and Mr Paul Couto: Thinking Beyond Set Installation – JC Bann (...(8)
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Personality of the Quarter - Riaan Carstens

Friday, 29 July 2016
carstens1Full Name: Riaan Carstens Position: Manager Rock Engineering Company/Organisations: Anglo Platinum Date and Place of Birth: 31 August 1968, Kroonstad Education: BSc and MSc in Mining Engineering First Job: Stated in production as a graduate in training. Personal Best Achievement/s: Obtaining my MSc, getting a million fatal free shifts at Mponeng Mine, surviving parenthood so far. Philosophy of ...(11)
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Rock Star of the Quarter - Jacques Dewald Gerber

Friday, 29 July 2016
gerberFull Name: Jacques Dewald Gerber Position: Head of Seismological Services (Africa) Company/Organisations: Institute of Mine Seismology (IMS) Date and Place of Birth: 7 March 1988, Port Elizabeth Education: MSc (Physics) First Job: Seismologist at IMS Personal Best Achievement: Completing my MSc Philosophy of Life: Vivite Fortes (live courageously) Favourite Food/Drink: Pizza Favourite Sport: So...(12)
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Rock Engineering History

Friday, 29 July 2016
hist5A change so unexpected, and a development never known before, followed from the discovery in 1886 of the greatest gold mines of all history, ancient and modern. From 1886 (until 1940), the story of South Africa is the story of gold – C.W. de Kiewiet, 1941. The discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1886 was a turning point in South African history. Far more than diamonds, this led South Afri...(26)
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SANIRE NEWSLETTER Volume 2, Issue 2 (2016)

Saturday, 30 April 2016
aprilnewsDear 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: SANIRE Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 2 April 2016 (5.41 MB)(445)
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Journal President’s Corner - The weakest link

Friday, 29 April 2016
presc My wife, Angelique, and I do tandem road racing as a means to keep fit and spend time together. However, for us to compete, we need to make sure that we can operate as a functional team. As it is difficult to communicate with one another when racing, it is important to know each other’s strengths, weaknesses and limits. For 2016, the industry has thus far suffered 21 fatalities, of which 9 wer...(319)
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AfriRock 2017

Friday, 29 April 2016
afrirock2017 ISRM International Symposium ‘Rock Mechanics for Africa’ See event page: http://www.saimm.co.za/saimm-events/upcoming-events/afrirock-2017 Dates: 02-07 October 2017 Venue: Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa The 2017 ISRM International Rock Mechanics Symposium is to be held in Cape Town. The conference theme is “Rock Mechanics for Africa”. Prior to the conference, the ISRM Boa...(360)
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SANIRE Gauteng Branch Year End Function -3 December 2015.

Friday, 29 April 2016
gau1 Gauteng Branch Teaches the Ropes! SANIRE Gauteng Bench’s 2015 year end function taught about 20 SANIRE members “the ropes” at the CSIR’s Rope Testing facility, located in Sunnyside, Johannesburg. The function started at the Groundwork Consulting offices with the usual jovial banter amongst peers, while sipping on cold drinks and dreaming of the snacks (that the Branch Treasurer forgot to organ...(249)
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GREEN STORY - How not to get too hot.

Thursday, 28 April 2016
Globally, 2015 was the warmest year on record, with world temperatures exceeding the long-term average based on documented measurements taken since 1880. The previous record year was 2014, and 2010 before that. Tree planting demonstration by Sammy Mashaba from Food and Trees for Africa (Oct. 2011) green1 Tree planting demonstration by Sammy Mashaba from Food and Trees for Africa (Oct. 2011) Supported...(218)
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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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 Sancot - programme

 SANCOT Sponsor Opportunities Conference 2015(1)

 SANCOT-Second Announcement

Upcoming Events

Sat Aug 27
35th International Geological Congress
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Mon Aug 29
EUROCK 2016
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Wed Aug 31
MineSAFE 2016
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Fri Sep 09 @08:30 -
SANIRE Annual General Meeting 2016
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Mon Sep 12
SAIMM: Mining for the Future 2016
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Tue Oct 18
ARMS 9 - the 9th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium
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Road Trip from Pretoria to Cape Town

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

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