• Picture by Victoria Upindi

    The simplicity of a geotechnical visual inspection.
    Picture by Victoria Upindi

  • Ricardo Gonsalves

    The photo was taken in the longwall face after a face break had occurred.
    Picture by Ricardo Gonsalves

  • George Louw

    Watching the charged-up pillar for the final blast of the pillar project at Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine.
    Picture by George Louw

  • Charl Skinner

    New adits being created from a highwall.
    Picture by Charl Skinner


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    You are invited to this unique event to reunite with the industry partners to reflect on how rock mechanics have evolved and exchanging new ideas and exploring the future in this field. The Symposium will be targeted at all colleagues in the rock mechanics industries or professions, It will also benefit interested practitioners , researchers, managers and others in the field of Rock Engineering. Presentations will be arranged over two days. The annual SANIRE RockBowl will be hosted on the afternoon of 13 June 2024.Visit the event page here... Read More
  • SANIRE Newsletter Volume 9 Issue 3

    SANIRE Newsletter Volume 9 Issue 3

    Dear SANIRE Member, On behalf of the SANIRE President and Council we would like to invite you to read our SANIRE Newsletter Volume 9 Issue 3.  Download the new issue here... Read More
  • Call for SANIRE AWARDS Nominations 2023

    Call for SANIRE AWARDS Nominations 2023

    In preparation for the upcoming SANIRE AGM, the SANIRE Council would appreciate your input and nominations for the following awards: HONORARY FELLOWSHIP HONORARY MEMBERSHIP  PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR  ROCKSTAR OF THE YEAR LELANIE PRINSLOO TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AWARD   NAPIER AWARD SALAMON AWARD ORTLEPP AWARD STUDENT AWARD  CANDIDATE AWARD  Please submit your nominations and motivations to Mbalenhle Buthelezi mbalehleb@mpas.org.za  & Fezekile Mosiane fezekilem@Dwarsrivier.co.zaClosing date for submissions is 11 August 2023.Refer to the criteria below: DOWNLOAD MORE INFORMATION... Read More


    Notice is hereby given that the SANIRE Annual General Meeting of members will be held on Thursday,31 August 2023, 09h00 at Kloofzicht Lodge , Muldersdrift. Kindly forward your confirmation of attendance by return mail to Mbalenhle Buthelezi at mbalenhleb@mpas.org.za by 25 August 2023 to confirm attendance.Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance. DOWNLOAD THE FULL INVITATION AND AGENDA Read More
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SANIRE would like to hear from you!

Please submit suggestions on how to improve SANIRE as an organisation, anonymously via the online suggestion box. Your suggestion will receive a response as soon as practically possible. If SANIRE feels that your suggestion is applicable to other members who might share the same light, the suggestion and response will be posted on the webpage. If you are not happy with the response you are more than welcome to contact the SANIRE council members directly or via the suggestions@sanire.co.za email address.


  • The processing and release of exam results

    Please note that the custodians of the written exams, exam process and release of results is conducted through the Mineral Council. Candidates can request for a final mark per question from the Minerals Council. This will assist with the fault finding request. This information can be requested from the Minerals Council Exam board via email.

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  • Important notes on exam guidelines

    Dear SANIRE Member

    The Appendix A does not contribute any marks to the exam.  You need 60% per section (planning and portfolio) to pass the exam.  The reference documents are required only for registration purposes.  They have been implemented to stop plagiarism, ensure that candidates are in fact mentored, stop unprepared timewasters from entering and wasting valuable resources, and to prevent anyone not associated directly with rock engineering from registering for the exam.  This is the part we as the SANIRE examinations committee play to ensure we supply the industry with reliable, well-trained rock engineers who can operate independently with integrity. 

    Your projects cant “ just be work that you have done ”.  The rules clearly state that it may not be a prepared document and that it must be a true reflection of your own work.  Please see the exam guidelines that are available for download from  www.sanire.co.za

    If your mentor believes that you are not fit to attempt the exam yet, it is expected of him/her to not sign the reference form and to prevent you from entering.  If you feel your mentor is being unfair, then you have to take it up within your organisation. 

    The closing date

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  • Strata Control Officer qualification requirements

    Query:I would like to know the requirements of a strata control officer because i have a certificate for strata control supervisor


    Dear Oageng Moreki

    Thank you for your suggestion/enquiry.

    The requirements in order for you to be appointed as a Strata Control Officer on South African Mines state that you need to be in the possession of a Chamber of Mines (Minerals Council) Strata Control Certificate of Competence.

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  • Paper 2 preparation

    Query: Who is offering Paper 2 preparation course for October exam?


    Dear Gerald
    Thank you for your enquiry.
    Training courses that SANIRE is aware of are placed under the events calendar on the SANIRE website.  Please note that SANIRE only advertising the courses on behalf of service providers, purely for the benefit of its members.
    Thanking you
    Paul Couto
    SANIRE President

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  • The Strata Control Officer practical registrations


    I would like to know when is the practical registration form on the website going to be active? This is for Strata control practical registration. I know the March assessment applications are closed but I wanted to be assessed for August intake. Please assist.


    Good day Lebohang
    Thank you for your enquiry.
    The Strata Control Officer practical registrations will open up online after the announcements of the Strata Control Officer theory results have been released by the Minerals Council, which normally occurs in July.
    All SANIRE members will be notified of the opening via the web, social media and email correspondence.
    SANIRE President
    Jannie Maritz

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24 Apr 2024
Sanire Council Meeting
25 Apr 2024
SCO Practical Exam
07 May 2024
SCO & RE P1 Exam
08 May 2024
RE P2 Exam
09 May 2024
RE P3 Exam
30 May 2024
RE Practical Exam
07 Jun 2024
Sanire Council Meeting
13 Jun 2024
Symposium / RockBowl
14 Jun 2024
19 Jul 2024
MPAS meeting
15 Aug 2024
Council meeting
29 Aug 2024
Sanire AGM
19 Sep 2024
SCO Practical Exam
28 Sep 2024
SANIRE Banquet
08 Oct 2024
SCO & RE P1 Exam
09 Oct 2024
RE P2 Exam
10 Oct 2024
RE P3 Exam
17 Oct 2024
Council meeting
31 Oct 2024
RE Practical Exam
07 Nov 2024
SANIRE Social Event
08 Nov 2024
SANIRE Social Event
15 Nov 2024
MPAS meeting
28 Nov 2024
Council meetings - Gauteng

Registration for written exams

Click here to register for the written examinations for Strata Control Officer Exams and Rock Engineering Exams at http://www.comcert.co.za

Download the Examination dates, registration dates and registration cost for Chamber of Mines Certificate Examinations 2022