|Careen Madzore||Zimbabwe||Anglo American - Unki||Impact of footwall fault on grade dilution, and ground stability at Unki Mines|
|Tonny Kabaso||Zambia||Metorex-Kinsenda||Rock engineering considerations for the mining method at Kinsenda Mine|
|Tafadzwa Chindedza||Zimbabwe||Wits/SRK||Jointed pillar numerical analysis|
|Buntu Tati||South Africa||Impala||Pillar design back analysis on 14# Merensky bord & pillar mining|
|Edeshni Munsamy||South Africa||Lonmin||Support strategies to safely and effectively develop through the Elandsdrift fault zone|
|Maemu Mariba||South Africa||Glencore Coal||The influence of pillar shape on pillar design and rock strength structural control|
|Xavier Lottering||South Africa||Lonmin||An investigation into a stress induced large scale hangingwall instability at shallow mining depth on the Merensky Reef|
|Avhasei Mudau||South Africa||Wits||The sacrificial support concept – an alternative method to enhance safety in rockbursting environments|
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I recently completed my third 4th Musketeer, Extreme Character Challenge in the Drakensberg with a bunch of great men. During those 72 hours, more than 220 men were challenged to bridge the 250mm gap between their hearts and their heads. What I took out of this round is different than from the previous two, and that is that every face has a pool of tears, and that every man (and woman) has a story that makes them unique, if we just take time to engage. The larger population grew up believing that personal problems are to be sorted out privately and men in general are ashamed to ask for assistance. “I'm the man, I don't need help! I have this sorted!” We believe that asking for assistance show signs of weakness, allowing others to step on and walk over us.
Good day ISRM Members,
On behalf of the South African Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE), we would like to invite you to attend AfriRock 2017, hosted in Cape Town, South Africa. The event will commence on the 30th September 2017 and conclude on the 6th October 2017.
SANIRE has also arranged, in conjunction with the Southern African Institute and Metallurgy (SAIMM), other short courses and tours in order to showcase South Africa and its Mining History. A brief description of the events is included below:
The European Rock Mechanics Symposium - Eurock 2018 was held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, from 22-26 May
A new ISRM Suggested Method for Determining Stress–Strain Curves for Rocks under True Triaxial Compression has been approved.
Two ISRM Online Lectures are available for viewing or downloading on the ISRM website:
17th Online lecture: Prof Charles Fairhurst: Why Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering?
18th Online lecture: Prof Marc Panet: The deformations in the vicinity of the face of a deep tunnel.
The following ISRM Conferences are scheduled:
|Event title||Start date||End date||Country||City|
|AfriRock 2017 – 2017 ISRM International Symposium||2017-10-02||2017-10-07||South Africa||Cape Town|
|3rd Nordic Rock Mechanics Symposium - NRMS 2017||2017-10-11||2017-10-12||Finland||Helsinki|
|Shaoxing lnternational Forum on Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology - an ISRM Specialised Conference||2017-10-27||2017-10-28||China||Shaoxing|
|1st International Conference on Advances in Rock Mechanics||2018-03-29||2018-03-31||Tunisia||Hammamet|
|EUROCK 2018 - the ISRM European Rock Mechanics Symposium||2018-05-22||2018-05-26||Russia||Saint Petersburg|
|RockDyn-3 - 3rd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications - an ISRM Specialised||2018-06-26||2018-06-27||Norway||Trondheim|
|ARMS10 - the ISRM 10th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium||2018-10-29||2018-11-03||Singapore||Singapore|
|ISRM 14th International Congress on Rock Mechanics||2019-09-20||2019-09-27||Brazil||Foz do Iguaçu|
Full Name: William John Liebenberg
Position: Rock Engineering Manager
Company / Organisations: Buffelsfontein Gold Mine – Impala – Lonmin
Date and Place of Birth: 1961 – Klerksdorp
Education: Mine Overseer Certificate COM Rock Mechanics Certificate
First Job: Sold newspapers when still at school. Shift Supervisor at Buffelsfontein Gold Mine, after which I joined the Rock Engineering fraternity.
Philosophy of Life: Make every day in your life a fascinating day. Be positive and create your own enjoyment daily. Never let life be boring. Make things happen, do not wait for something to happen.
Favourite Food/Drink: Skaap tjops with krummelpap and milk
Favourite Sport: Golf, MotoGP, Golf, and sometimes Golf
Full Name: Theresa Van Aard
Position: Senior Rock Engineering Officer
Company / Organisations: Impala Platinum
Date and Place of Birth: 6 May 1985, Klerksdorp
Education: BTech (Mining), COM RMC, COM SCC, MM Cert, MO Cert.
First Job: Mining learner official at Anglo Platinum
Personal Best Achievement/s: Getting where I am in my career and family.
Philosophy of Life: The past is where you learned the lesson, the future is where you apply the lesson.
Favourite Food/Drink: Prawns and Coca-Cola
Favourite Sport: Mountain Biking