During October, some Sanire members attended the 12th ISRM international symposium in Beijing. The conference was one of the biggest ever, with over a 1000 delegates attending. Read more about this impactful event.

Brown dust gave way to new green leaves at three primary schools on 28 October, thanks to Sanire and Food and Trees for Africa. Take a look at these pictures to see what a difference your institute made.

Medals rewarded the efforts of Sanire achievers at the recent AGM. Congratulations to all of those whose names are mentioned here.

Dear Members ,

You are invited to our combined North West branch meeting and the Portfolio of Evidence mini-symposium on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 at the Western Level Village club.

The program will start at 9h30 and we will finish off with a lunch. A limit of 60 seats to the symposium is available. Please RSVP your attendance to Michelle Rodel at mrodel@anglogoldashanti.com


Program details and directions to the venue will follow.

The ISRM held its Council meeting in Beijing, China, in conjunction with 12th International Congress on Rock Mechanics, organised by the ISRM National Groups of China and Singapore. 45 of the 48 National Groups were either present or represented. The Council was also attended by Past Presidents Prof. Ted Brown, Prof. John Franklin and Prof. Sunshuke Sakurai, the chairmen of the ISRM Commissions, representatives of the IAEG, the IGS and the ITA and the candidates to the election for Vice President 2011-2015. Read the full article

By the end of September 2011, 97 mine workers lost their lives and 2 055 were injured on South African mines. In the third quarter, a total of 36 fatal accidents and 802 injuries were reported. Gold mines claimed 14 lives followed by platinum and other mines which claimed 11 and eight lives respectively. Coal mines reported three fatal accidents. Injuries followed a similar trend with more injuries being reported from the gold mining sector. Read the full article.

SAIMM and SANIRE are hosting the

2nd Southern Hemisphere International

Rock Mechanics Symposium


The first Southern Hemisphere International Rock Mechanics Symposium (SHIRMS) was held in October 2006 in Perth. This covered a wide range of topics in rock mechanics and proved to be very successful. The 2nd SHIRMS is to be held in South Africa during 2012 and promises to follow in the same tradition. The Symposium will be combined with the planned South African Rock Engineering Symposium (SARES 2012). Download SHIRMS 2012


Dear SANIRE member,

Please take note of the helpline that will be made available during the Strata Control and Rock Engineering COM examinations.  The helpline will only assist with the distribution of examination papers (where required) and not with technical enquiries.


Four new members have been elected to the SANIRE Council. They are Dave Arnold, Ephraim Mkhize, Jaco le Roux and Yolande Jooste. Read more about each of them and how they plan to make your Sanire membership even more valuable.

Mine seismology research is in need of resuscitation. Aleksander J. Mendecki, Chairman of the Institute of Mine Seismology explains how the institute, formed last year in South Africa and Australia, plans to nurse it back to health.

A combination of factors mean that the Tohoku earthquake was about the worst expected anywhere on earth. The size of the brittle tectonic plates, their thickness of around 10-40 km and the fact that they float above a much more ductile mantle limits the cumulative strain energy that may be stored in any given region before failure occurs.

SANIRE is continuously being requested to distribute information on courses, new products and modeling software. How would you like to receive this information? Please vote at the poll.


We are pleased to announce the results of the elections for SANIRE council members for the period July 2011 to June 2013.

The elected council members and their respective portfolios are as follows:

Awards & Events, Mr Ephraim Mkhize

Communication & members benefits – Newsletter, Mrs Yolande Jooste

Communication & members benefits – Website, Mr Jaco Le Roux

Finance (Honorary Treasurer), Mr Friedemann Essrich

Current Education (COM), Mr Michael du Plessis

Future Education (MQA) & RETC liaison, Mr Riaan Carstens

Liaison - ISRM & Strategy, Mr Jacques Lucas

Liaison - Professional Bodies (SAIMM, SANCOT, SAICE, SAIEG, ECSA), Mr William Joughin

Liaison - Research & History, Mr Dave Arnold

Liaison - Seismology, Mr Friedemann Essrich & Mrs Yolande Jooste

(The Vice-President will be elected at the SANIRE Bosberaad in September)


On behalf of all our members, we would like to thank all those who stood for election, and welcome the newly-elected council. We look forward to working with them as we take SANIRE forward for the next two years.

The SANIRE North West Branch, with Open House Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd as the main sponsor, are launching a competition aimed at the strata control officers and junior rock engineers who are currently studying for their rock engineering certificate. The competition will create an opportunity for junior rock engineers and strata control officers to present the top projects which they are currently preparing for their “Portfolio of evidence” (Paper 4, practical exam for COMRMC). The best entry of the competition will win a Dell laptop, sponsored by OHMS.

Corporate members are hereby requested to elect candidates from the nominees on the attached ballot paper to serve on the SANIRE Council for the next two years. Instructions have been included on the ballot paper.



RE_School_-_SAIMM__SANIRE The SAIMM and SANIRE are hosting the "School - Rock engineering for managers in hard rock tabular mines" on the 1 and 2 June 2011, at Misty Hills, Muldersdrift.

The objective is to inform and update managers and senior mining personnel of the critical aspects of current rock engineering practice in hard rock tabular mines.

Rock related accidents remain one of the major causes of injuries and fatalities in South African hard rock tabular mines. These accidents can also have a significant economic impact on operations. It is therefore imperative that managers, planners, and mine inspectors are aware of the critical aspects of current rock engineering practice. This school will provide a comprehensive summary of current rock engineering practice and will highlight the critical aspects that managers need to consider during design and operation.

For further information contact:

The conference co-ordinator, Raymond van Berg (SAIMM) at Tel. +27 (0)11 834-1273/7, Fax +27 (0)11 833-8156 or at raymond@saimm.co.za.

Click here to view the preliminary programme and to register.

Xth_Regional_Rock_Mechanics_Symposium_Ankara_Turkey_8-9_Dec_2011_copyRegional Rock Mechanics Symposia have been organized under the auspices of the Turkish National Society for Rock Mechanics (TUKMD) every two years. The VIth , VIIth, VIIIth ,IXthRock Mechanics Symposium were successfully organized with international participation on a regional basis in Konya, Sivas, Istanbul and   Izmir.

The Xth symposium will be organized in Ankara, Turkey on December 08-09, 2011. All the engineers, researchers, designers and managers in the field of rock mechanics are invited to discuss their problems and research themes.


1st_announcementThe Bushveld brach is hosting the 2011 SANIRE Symposium on the 27th October 2011 at Lonmin Game Farm, Rustenburg.

Following recent large collapses in the platinum mining industry, questions have been raised as to the appropriateness of empirical, and in fact, Rock Engineering designs in general. 

The symposium  is aimed at showing practically through the presentation of case studies how designs on different operations are developed and verified.



South African Institute for Engineering & Environmental Geologists (SAIEG) presents a two day course on  Rock Identification for Engineers.

Place:  Ambrosia Hall, 97 Allan Road, Glen Austin, Midrand, Johannesburg

Date:  Friday 27 May 2011 – Rock Identification Theory & Practical; Saturday 28 May 2011 – Field Trip