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.

The reasoning for the stoppage was based on the fact that  the test block used by SABS was full, and they were not able to obtain a new certified test block. A technical reason for the stoppage is that industry has moved away from a 19mm diameter capsule, and this was the only specified capsule for pull testing in the current standard.

The suppliers contacted SABS to expedite the review of the Standard to align it with current practice in the industry, as well as to protect the integrity of the Standard due to it essentially regulating a safety critical product being used for underground mining roof support.

The focus for the review was a change in the pull test methodology, including revised specifications that would enable any size of capsule to be tested in future. The new method also does not require a certified concrete block but was instead based on laboratory short encapsulation pull test pipes, which has become an accepted standard test practice.

Other minor syntax changes were made, and with added experience since 2004, changes to the description and specifications of dual speed products, length and rigidity were also affected.

The technical committee reviewing this standard has effectively finalised it, the committee comprised of both manufacturers, technical experts and end users. The SABS also stated that they have circulated the draft standard to Mining technical personnel during the review process, and that they have included the comments made by these individuals.

The final draft Standard was submitted to the SABS editors at the end of 2017. Proposed editorial changes were requested and finalised in February 2018. In March 2018the Standard was reported to still be with the editors, after which it will be circulated for public comment. The current feedback with the SABS states that the document will be released on the 11th July 2018 for comment over a 60-day window.

The current risk which faces the industry is that there is no practical standard for the certification of resin capsule manufacturing and performance in place, which poses a safety risk as new resin capsule suppliers are supplying resin capsules to the industry without certification (current standard) and no knowledge of the proposed changes to the standard.

Any assistance in the expediting of the issue of the new revised SANS 1534:2017/8 Standard would be greatly appreciated.

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.


Practitioners Award
This is awarded to practising Rock Engineers who made a sustained practical contribution in the workplace, but is not necessarily inclined to publication and presentation at conferences or meetings. The contribution of these individuals is recognised by their peers and colleagues although not necessarily celebrated on the operations. Their effort is considerable in providing safety related or a notable impact in the workplace. Nominations can consist of individuals at any level within the Rock Engineering department. Typically one award a year will be given to a deserving individual, although at the discretion of the SANIRE Council. Previous recipients of the award can be re-nominated and can therefore again be awarded with this accolade.
Criteria:
Nominations for this award will be called for by the respective Branch Chairperson during the period from January to July each year. Candidates should be Associate Members or Members of SANIRE. Motivations should be done in writing detailing the individual’s contributions. The nominations will be reviewed and approved by the Council members. Also, the achievements of the recipients of this award should be recognised by clients or peers.
Award:
The award, consisting of a certificate, trophy and a 1 oz Silver Kruger Rand, will be presented by the SANIRE President during the AGM.


Rockstar award
The award is given to up and coming “younger generation” Strata Control Officers or Rock Engineers. The intent is to acknowledge the valuable work individuals are doing on their operations to improve systems, technologies, mining practices and applications. These candidates are working towards making a name for themselves in industry and through their interventions and participation is recognised by peers and colleagues. Typically one award a year will be given to a deserving individual, although at the discretion of the SANIRE Council. Previous recipients of the award can be re-nominated and can therefore again be awarded with this accolade.
Criteria:
Nominations for this award will be called for by the respective Branch Chairperson during the period from January to July each year. Candidates should be Associate Members or Members of SANIRE and must be 35 years of age or younger. Motivations should be done in writing detailing the individual’s contributions. The nominations will be reviewed and approved by the Council members. Also, the achievements of the recipients of this award should be recognised by clients or peers.
Award:
The award, consisting of a certificate, trophy and a 1 oz Silver Kruger Rand, will be presented by the SANIRE President during the AGM.


Branches should submit their nomination to their branch chairperson who needs to put forward one candidate from the branch to council.  Nominations from branch chairpersons should be received by latest 31 July 2018. The winner will be informed via the SANIRE desk and invited to receive his/her award at the planned 2018 AGM, Friday 31 Aug 2018 at Ruimsig Country Club.

Rock on!

The President and Council of the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering
cordially invite members to attend the
Annual General Meeting 2018

Date:    Friday, 31 August 2018
Venue:    Ruimsig Country Club, 165 Hole-in-One-Avenue, Roodepoort, 1724, South Africa, GOOGLE MAPS
Time:    Registrations starts at 7:30 am – Meeting at 9:30
RSVP:    Before 15 August 2017 to Pogisho Tlhako at info@sanire.co.za

Exhibition space available for interested companies.

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Sanire 2018 AGM

Dear Members
 
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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 alida.hartzenberg@lonmin.com

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.

Full Name: Thovhedzo Gcuda

Position: Chief Rock Engineer

Company / Organisations: Wesizwe Bakubung Mine

Date and Place of Birth: 23 April

Education:

  • 2004: Matric, Todani Secondary School
  • 2005-2008: BSc Engineering in Mining, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2009: Strata Control Certificate - Chamber of Mines
  • 2010: Blasting Certificate - Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)
  • 2013: Computer skills and Numerical Modeling Software, Advanced Micro-station, Map3D, IMS Van-tage, Phase 2, Map2D, J-block, Dips, Riskeval, Advanced Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Project.
  • 2014: Assessor Certificate - Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA)
  • 2014: Moderator Certificate - Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA)
  • 2015: Social Network Marketing - Success Resource South Africa
  • 2017: COM Rock Mechanics Certificate (for Metalliferous Mines) - Chamber of Mines

First Job: Rock Engineer Graduate

By G.C. More O’Ferrall

Introduction

I find the title of this article rather apt, as mining in Africa has had, and will still have, many challenges – political, logistical, technical (skills and technology), communal, environmental, etc. Each of these could very easily form sep-arate, lengthy articles/publications; however, this article very vaguely hints on a few of these. From a personal per-spective, me being an African, I commenced my career on Vaal Reefs Gold Mine (in Orkney), then moved to Lonmin Platinum (Marikana) before going into the mining consulting industry with SRK (Johannesburg), TetraTech Wardrop, AMEC and AMC in Vancouver (Canada). I have now worked for First Quantum Minerals Limited’s Zam-bian operations in the North-West province of Zambia for the past 15 months (although still residing in Vancou-ver). Hence the title, (Still) Enduring the Challenge of Mining in Africa.

Full Name: Michael Rory Conal Kevane

Position: Rock Engineering Manager

Company / Organisations: Lonmin

Date and Place of Birth: 20 April 1958, Harare, Zimbabwe

Education: NDT (Mining)(Wits); CoMAREC; GDE (Min. Eng.); B.Comm (Bus. Man.)

First Job: Learner Official (Mining)

Personal Best Achievement/s: Provincial Swimming Colours; Rescue Brigade (Proto) 10 yrs.

Philosophy of Life: Love, Integrity, Friendship, Enthusiasm

Favourite Food/Drink: Seafood, Red Wine

Favourite Sport: Gym

Dear members,

To ensure that we have an appropriate process in place which addresses the needs of all our members, SANIRE has launched the new on-line electronic practical examination registration portal via our website. This will cater for both the registration of the Rock Engineering and Strata Control 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 future. All of the practicals will be co-ordinated at central ven-ues to cater for all of the candidate’s needs.