Sanire’s Surface Mining branch cracked a tough nut in its very first year. Read all about it here:

Surface Mining got grandfathering on track
In its first year of existence, 2010, the Surface Mining branch was determined to address the issue of grandfathering existing surface mining practitioners in the open pit ticket. What seemed quite a simple task turned out to be “quite an animal”, in the words of chairman Glen McGavigan.

“Nonetheless, we made good progress in developing a process that was transparent and reflected the high standard of the Rock Engineering Certificate. We had excellent interaction with representatives from the Coal and Bushveld branches, as well as the Sanire council. Thanks to everyone for their contributions,” Glen said.

All of the documentation is now with the Chamber of Mines. It will be presented to the Department of Mineral Resources for approval in 2011.

The branch hosted its first technical evening at Hartebeespoort. It coincided with the African Groundprobe conference on the management of slope instability with radar.
Plans for 2011 include some interesting mine visits.