Prof. Francois Malan receives Franklyn Award

Prof. Francois Malan was honoured by the ISRM board with the Franklin award at AfriRock 2017 where he presented on “Numerical Modelling of Tabular Excavations: Old Problems and New Solutions”. The Franklyn award is presented annually to recognise the achievements of a mid-career ISRM member who has made a significant contribution to a specific area of Rock Mechanics and/or Rock Engineering in the country where the ISRM annual conference will be hosted.


Dr. Michael du Plessis nominated as the Rocha Award winner for 2017

Dr. Michael du Plessis’s PhD thesis titled “The design and behaviour of crush pillars on the Merensky Reef” was announced by the ISRM board as the best PhD thesis for 2017. The Rocha medal is awarded annually by the international committee to the best PhD study in the field of Rock Mechanics or Rock Engineering. Michael will be receiving the Rocha medal for his study at the next ISRM International conference which will be held in Singapore in 2018.

Event title Start date End date Country City
1st International Conference on Advances in Rock Mechanics 2018-03-29 2018-03-31 Tunisia Hammamet
EUROCK 2018 - the ISRM European Rock Mechanics Symposium 2018-05-22 2018-05-26 Russia Saint Petersburg
RockDyn-3 - 3rd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications - an ISRM Specialised Conference 2018-06-26 2018-06-27 Norway Trondheim
ARMS10 - the ISRM 10th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium 2018-10-29 2018-11-03 Singapore Singapore
ISRM 14th International Congress on Rock Mechanics 2019-09-20 2019-09-27 Brazil Foz do Iguaçu

personalityFull Name: Rudrajit Mitra

Position: Associate Professor & Chair of Rock Engineering at the School of Mining Engineering, University of Witwatersrand

Date and Place of Birth: 9 August 1978, Kolkata, India

Education: PhD (Mining Engineering), MS (Mining Engineering), BE (Mining Engineering)

First Job: School of Mining Engineering, University of New South Wales

Personal Best Achievement/s: Voted best lecturer by students

Philosophy of Life: Work hard while enjoying life with your near and dear ones

Favourite Food/Drink: Love to eat; Drink white wine

Favourite Sport: Cricket


Full Name: Paul Michael Couto

Position: Rock Engineering Manager at Brentley, Lucas and Associates, Harmony Gold

Date and Place of Birth: 18 May 1987, Johannesburg South

Education: B.Sc. (Honours) Applied Science – Mining Engineering, B.Sc. Geology Degree, and COMREC, COMSCC

First Job: Strata Control Observer at Open House Management Solutions in Klerksdorp

Philosophy in Life: “Never give up because hard work always pays off, perhaps not immedi-ately, but in the long run” and “There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence, don’t confuse the two”

Favourite Food/Drink: Steak, egg and chips

Favourite Sport: Target/ Pistol Shooting, Rugby and Golf


Award Recipient Award Recipient
Candidate Award – October 2016
Highest mark > 81% for SCO
Theory (Metalliferous)
G. Kgaladi Lifetime Achievement Award
Honorary Fellowship
Mr. P. van der Heever
Candidate Award – May 2017
Highest mark > 85% for SCO
Theory (Coal)
S. Masoka Lifetime Achievement Award
Honorary Membership
Non Technical
Mr. E. Wevell
Candidate Award – October 2016
Highest mark > 82% for Paper 1
W. Chinogureyl Salamon Award

Dr. M. du Plessis
Prof. F. Malan

Candidate Award – October 2016
Highest mark > 81% for Paper 3.3
L. Vernooy Ortlepp Award A. Hartzenberg
Candidate Award – May 2017
Highest mark > 85% for SCO
Theory (Metalliferous)
K. Mutamba Best Student Award 2016 –
Strata Control
University of Pretoria
H. Hinrich
Candidate Award – May 2017
Highest mark > 76% for Paper 1
T. Mametja Best Student Award Rock
A. Nchabeleng
Candidate Award – October 2016
Highest mark > 81% for Paper 3.4
E. Hattingh    
Name Country Company Title
Careen Madzore Zimbabwe Anglo American - Unki Impact of footwall fault on grade dilution, and ground stability at Unki Mines
Tonny Kabaso Zambia Metorex-Kinsenda Rock engineering considerations for the mining method at Kinsenda Mine
Tafadzwa Chindedza Zimbabwe Wits/SRK Jointed pillar numerical analysis
Buntu Tati South Africa Impala Pillar design back analysis on 14# Merensky bord & pillar mining
Edeshni Munsamy South Africa Lonmin Support strategies to safely and effectively develop through the Elandsdrift fault zone
Maemu Mariba South Africa Glencore Coal The influence of pillar shape on pillar design and rock strength structural control
Xavier Lottering South Africa Lonmin An investigation into a stress induced large scale hangingwall instability at shallow mining depth on the Merensky Reef
Avhasei Mudau South Africa Wits The sacrificial support concept – an alternative method to enhance safety in rockbursting environments

year end function 2017

rock star party 2017

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