Yet another year has made its way through our lives as we move to-wards the end of 2018 and what do you have of it? That 2 586 photos on your phone or back-up drive somewhere which will be laughing stock in a few years with regards to the funny hairstyles and fashion statements? If you sit back, can you think of those moments where you really felt ALIVE? Those are the moments we should embrace and create more of in 2019.

ISRM Conferences:

The following ISRM Conferences are scheduled:

Event title Start date End date Country City
4th Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference - AusRock 2018 2018-11-28 2018-11-30 Australia Sydney
2019 Rock Dynamics Summit in Okinawa 2019-05-07 2019-05-11 Japan Okinawa
ISRM 14th International Congress on Rock Mechanics 2019-09-13 2019-09-18 Brazil Foz do
YSRM2019 - the 5th ISRM Young Scholars’ Symposium on Rock Me- chanics and REIF2019 - International Symposium on Rock Engineering for Innovative Future 2019-12-01 2019-12-04 Japan Okinawa
EUROCK 2020 - Hard Rock Excavation and Support - the ISRM Europe- an Rock Mechanics Symposium 2020-06-00 2020-06-00 Norway Trondheim

The International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM) Board, which were founded in 1962 in Salzburg, Austria, decided at its Tokyo meeting in September 1981, to institute an annual prize with a view to honour the memory of Past-President Prof. Manuel Rocha. Profiting from the basis established by Prof. Müller, Prof. Rocha organized the first ISRM Congress and he was the leader that was responsible for transforming the international collaboration carried out in an amateurish way into a real international scientific association, having for the purpose settled the fundamental lines that have guided and supported the ISRM activity along the years.

In order to ensure that we have an appropriate process in place which addresses the needs of all our members, SANIRE has launched the new online electronic practical examination registration portal via our website. This will cater for the registra-tion of the Strata Control Officer (SCO) practical exams. The intent of the system is to ensure that SANIRE can administer the registration process to make sure that any potential irregularities are ruled out in the future. All the practical exams will be coordinated at central venues to cater for the needs of all candidates within their branch areas.

The SANIRE Eastern Bushveld Branch broke away from the normal and hosted their last meeting for the year at Induna Adventures – no presentations, just fun. Delegates opted for quad biking and even though it was a first-time experience for some, was thoroughly enjoyed. The route took us through macadamia orchards which was a nice break from rock faces….

Thank you to all the suppliers that sponsored, making the event possible.



The SANIRE Gauteng Branch members and their families engaged in a slightly strenuous start to a Saturday morning at the picturesque Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden as we commenced with the walk. The breathtakingly beautiful waterfall, great weather and the promise of cold crisp beers soon dissipated all threats of tossing the branch committee members from the top of the ridge!


The smiling explorers…before we summited the waterfall

Dear SANIRE members
The South African Bureau of Standards has finalised and released the new resin manufacturing specifications. Please feel free to download the edition via the following links.
Thanking you
SANIRE President

Dear Members
Please follow the links to the latest quarterly newsletter.


This is your newsletter and I would like to hear from you. If you have any information or stories that we can use, please submit them via email to

Your feedback will be highly appreciated.

Alida Hartzenberg

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My children are playing in the softball league for primary schools and their teams are doing rather well. The changes in their abilities year on year never stops to amaze me. In the first year, the little ones get a stationary ball “pitched” at them where they only need to swing and strike the ball. Later the balls are pitched from an increasing distance and with increasing speed. I got to experience an u/19 Boys’ pitch at 130 km/hr, which needs to make you swing faster. Not much time to think what to do. Every time this ball is missed, frustration grows, which make you try harder. The harder you try, the more you miss, which makes you try harder and miss further. A vicious circle that is broken only by a deep breath and one focused hit. H – O – M – E – R – U – N!!

Recent developments

The 14th ISRM Congress will be held in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil in September 2019. Very few abstracts were re-ceived from South Africa by the 12 September. It is important to have good representation from South Africa and the deadline has therefore been extended until 30 October 2018. Please submit your abstracts.

EuRock 2018 was held in St. Petersburg, Russia during May. Rocdyn-3 was held in Trondheim, Norway during June 2018. Brazilian Symposium on Rock Mechanics, SBMR 2018 was held during August.

SANIRE Council hosted the Annual General Meeting on the 31st of August 2018, whereby numerous awards were handed over whilst interesting discussions around the education and the future of SANIRE was conducted.

Award Recipient
Lifetime Achievement Award: Honorary Life Fellow DS Minney
Lifetime Achievement Award: Honorary Member Trevor Clements
Salamon Award Dr. Michael du Plessis &
Prof. Francois Malan
Ortlepp Award Paul Couto
Practitioner of the Year Award Naomi Ayres
Rockstar of the Year Award Edeshni Munsamy
Best Student Award (UP) SC Khoza
Best Student Award (Wits) Tabotabo Talane
Candidate Award - October 2017
Highest mark > SCO Theory
Gustav Heuer
Candidate Award - October 2017
Highest mark > Paper 1
Prince Mulenga
Candidate Award - May 2018
Highest mark > Paper 1
Yolanda Chambati
Candidate Award - October 2017
Highest mark > Paper 2
Johan van Zyl
Candidate Award - May 2018
Highest mark > Paper 2
Thomas Ngwato
Candidate Award - May 2018
(Highest Mark > Paper 3.1
Junior Vezi

Full Name: Edeshni Munsamy
Position: Strata Control Officer
Company / Organisations: Lonmin
Date and Place of Birth: 26 September 1990; Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Education: Joined Lonmin, as a Mine Technical Services student. I have since, obtained my Blasting Ticket in 2015 and Strata Control Ticket in 2016. I am currently employed as a Strata Control Officer at Rowland Shaft and working towards my Rock Engineering Ticket.

First Job: Personal assistant at Discovery Life

Everything in life happens for a reason, someday it will all make perfect sense.

Full Name: Naomi Ayres
Position: Senior Rock Engineer
Company / Organisations: Impala Platinum
Date and Place of Birth: February, 1978
Education: MEng Rock Eng, CoMAREC, BSc Geology
First Job: Waitress, while I was still at school and studying.

Live and let live - Obviously without infringing on the rights of others. We are all unique with our own ideals and ways. Things are not always as they appear - to you.

Good day Members

SANIRE council hosted the Annual General Meeting on the 31st August 2018, whereby numerous awards were handed over whilst interesting discussions around the Education and the future of SANIRE was conducted. SANIRE council would like to hear from you with regards to the AGM. All suggestions and comments will be considered.

Jannie Maritz
SANIRE President

The current version of SANS 1534:2004 (1.4) has been in practice since 2004. Since then quite a few changes have occurred within the mining industry. An attempt was made to start the reviewal process of this Standard in 2009, but this reviewal process never came to completion. A renewed effort was made in 2015 when it came to light that the current South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has only been conducting partial testing against the standard for renewing the product Mark. They subsequently halted all audits and testing for certification to this standard.

Dear SANIRE Member

It is again that time of year where you are required to nominate that someone in your district doing more than what was asked, going further than was planned, given more than was required.  That one member who really stands out.

We are looking for nominations in both the Practitioner and Rockstar of the year categories.  Below you would find a description of these awards as was published in our latest newsletter.

Dear Members
Please follow the links to the latest quarterly newsletter.


This is your newsletter and I would like to hear from you. If you have any information or stories that we can use, please submit them via email to

Your feedback will be highly appreciated.

Alida Hartzenberg

During the recent EUROCK 2018, held in St Petersburg, Russia, some of the South African delegates visited a basement rock pub for some evening wine and dine. It was while sitting there, looking at the artist and band names painted on the walls and ceiling that I thought of the South African bank slogan: “What’s your next?” Some of those bands will never be known by the current generation, let alone the next. And the question still stands; “What were their next?” This stayed in mind and the long haul back to South Africa made me realise that we are sometimes so caught up in the long-term goal that we forget what the next step is. Do not get me wrong, we need the goal, the finish line, the end, and the des-tination. However, getting there might need some adjustments, from time to time. I am led to believe that, even as a plane has a final destination planned, it is off-course about 95% of the time and needs adjustments to get there.

Recent developments

William Joughin attended the TuniRock 2018 (Advances in Rock Mechanics) ISRM specialised conference, together with Dr Luis Lamas (Secretary of the ISRM) and Dr Eda Freitas de Qaudros (ISRM President), in Hammamet, Tuni-sia from March 29 to 31, 2018. The conference was organised by the Tunisian Society for Rock Mechanics and chaired by their president, Prof. Essaieb Hamdi. It was a successful conference, attended by delegates from Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, South Africa, Brazil, Portugal, Italy and France. The Tunisian national group has been a member of the ISRM since December 2012 and is largely focussed on numerical modelling in the civil industry. Tunisia is a beautiful country with a long history. Tours to the El Jem amphitheatre and Carthage roman archaeological sites were arranged.