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Mineral Processing Conference 2012

24 Aug 2012 - 12:00

The Western Cape Branch of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) hosted the 29th annual Mineral Processing Conference on the 2nd and 3rd of August 2012 at the Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town South Africa. At 30 years, the title of the conference was formalized by the Branch committee and SAIMM council as “MINPROC – The Southern African Mineral Beneficiation and Metallurgy Conference”. This change was made to reflect the widening of teaching and research interests of the tertiary institutions in the Western Cape, moving away from a focus on mineral processing to all aspects of extractive metallurgy.

39 oral presentations and 15 short presentations with posters were given from industry and academia, which stimulated a great deal of discussion and debate among the attending delegates at the conference.

The conference was preceded by a one-day workshop on pre-concentration and upgrading of ores. This workshop was facilitated by Jeremy Mann of Anglo American to present the current thinking in industry regarding the possibilities of reduced operating costs, energy and water savings, increased recoveries and grades, reduced waste disposal requirements and capital savings.

Prof. Marcelo Tavares and Prof. Markus Reuter were the conference plenary speakers whose talks highlighted current issues facing the scaling up of tumbling mills and the sustainability of metal production.

Nine papers were presented by members of the Centre for Minerals Research. For more information on this conference, please click here.