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It is with deep sadness that we inform all ISRM members that our Past President and friend John A. Hudson passed away last Wednesday, 14 February 2019, in London, from complications resulting from a severe stroke.

John was one of the most active members ever of our Society - chairman of the Commission on Testing Methods during 19 years, Vice President, President and Fellow. He was one of the most influential teachers of rock mechanics and author and editor of several of the most relevant books on the discipline.

We will keep warm memories from him for his paramount professional contributions, but also for the permanent friendship and kindness. The ISRM will prepare tributes to John Hudson during the coming months.

Our thoughts are with his wife Carol and his close family, to whom we present our deepest condolences.

Luís Lamas
Secretary General, ISRM.

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It is with regret that we announce the sudden passing away of Andre Odendaal.
Andre had a long career in Rock Engineering, after graduating from The University Of Witwatersrand he worked for Goldfields firstly on production and then Rock Engineering obtaining his COMRO Rock Mechanics Certificate no 48 in 1979.
After leaving the mines he worked for various supply companies before joining Stratabolt Products in the early 1990’s where he once again became involved in the Rock Engineering Industry as a supplier of resin capsules. He retired in 2014 and moved down to the South Coast of KZN.
He will missed by all his family, friends and colleagues.
His funeral will be held in KZN and those wanting details can please contact:
Dennis Van Heerden: 083 309 6997 or

Dear Members
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Alida Hartzenberg


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
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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.