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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
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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.

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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!

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The smiling explorers…before we summited the waterfall

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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!!