Full Name: Jan Abram Maritz
Position: Senior Lecturer
Company/Organisations: University of Pretoria
Date and Place of Birth: 5 July 1978 – Welkom
Education: MEng (Mining Engineering), COM REC, MMC
First Job: HTH Sales Rep
Personal Best Achievement/s: Advancing through all the spheres of Mining at a young age.
Philosophy of Life: Life is too short for cold coffee
Favourite Food/Drink: Good steak and beer
Favourite Sport: Athletics
Full Name: Rock Star of the Quarter
Position: Rock Engineering Superintendent
Company/ Organisations: Glencore Coal South Africa
Date and Place of Birth: 14 October 1985, Muila Village in Limpopo
Education: BESMEG (UNIVEN); CoM Certificate in Strata Control (Coal); CoM Certificate in Rock Mechanics (Coal)
First Job: Bolt Tester at Kenny’s Strata Bolt Testing
Personal Best Achievement/s:
Philosophy of Life: Whatever you do, do it with all your might.
Favourite Food/Drink: Simple Pap and Chicken
Favourite Sport: Soccer and Karate
The SANIRE Coalfields branch held its year-end function on the 02nd of December 2016 at the Tweefontein Recreation Club, in eMalahleni. This marked one of the very first events since the new branch committee was elected in February. A number delegates, consisting of practitioners, consultants and suppliers, came from various parts of the country to enjoy this prestigious event. The total number of delegates in attendance was 47 and the event was sponsored by Videx and Rocbolt technologies.
Student No 7272848
A thesis submitted to the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Johannesburg, September 2016
The design of stable pillars in mining is of fundamental importance not only in the Bushveld mines but in the entire mining industry. Wherever mining occurs, pillars will be formed at some stage, and it is essential to predict their behaviour. It is imperative to know whether they would burst, yield or remain stable. Although of major importance, the design of pillars still suffer from major drawbacks and weaknesses that affect the results in a fundamental manner.
In recent years, the advent of borehole imagery and the ability of computers to manage and process the much larger data sets involved, have revolutionised the mineral wireline logging industry.
A continuous, orientated, high-resolution representation of a borehole wall offers many advantages to the rock mechanics engineer. The data provides knowledge about geology, structure, fractures and stress orientation. Most of this knowledge might be gained by analysis of orientated drill-core, but that option has proved to be time consuming, imprecise and costly.
Please note that the closing date for the Rock Mechanics practical examinations will be 17 January 2017 and NO late entries will be accepted.
You are invited to the Joint Symposium of ISRM Young Scholars’ Rock Mechanics Symposium (YSRM2017) and New Development in Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (NDRMGE2017). Please note the following overview and please feel free to forward this information to anybody who might be interested.
Attached, please find an invitation to the 9th South African Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference (SAYGEC) to be held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 13, 14 & 15 September 2017
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At the SANIRE AGM held in August we shared some of the history of the pass rates achieved for the various papers of the Rock Mechanics Certificates. The pass rate being relatively low is, however, dependent on the candidates being experienced enough to understand the study material and knowing how to apply it in actual case studies or work situations. For most candidates, obtaining a Rock Mechanics Certificate is a true journey, comprised of highs and lows. There is no greater feeling of disappointment when you know that you have put in a lot of effort, yet you still fail a subject. I can recall the accomplishment I experienced when I “eventually” passed my ticket. We always hear our mentors and managers saying that we need to keep on trying; perhaps the next paper is your paper. Looking back, I can now also echo these words. Through your personal journey to obtain the qualification, you will also reach a point in your career when you will look back and realise that you only passed the ticket when you were prepared technically and had obtained sufficient experience to understand and apply the knowledge you had gained over the years. In South Africa we have achieved more than 100 qualified Rock Engineers in the past 5 years. Success is dependent on each person’s ability and effort. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” (Winston Churchill).