Outotec travel grant awarded to Tsepang Khonthu
An Outotec travel grant was awarded to CMR postgraduate student Tsepang Khonthu enabling him to attend the IMPC 2012 congress in New Delhi. Outotec, one of the world's leading technology suppliers and equipment manufacturers for the minerals processing industry, kindly awarded a travel grant which was made available to post-graduate students at Universities in the Western Cape. The award was administered by the Western Cape Branch.
Tsepang Khonthu, an MSc student at the University of Cape Town, was presented with this award for his paper entitled:
A comparative study of the flotation performance of ores treated in an IsaMill and a ball mill.
He had the following to say regarding the award as well as his experience of having attended the IMPC 2012 congress:
"The Outotec Travel Grant was awarded to me as an opportunity to attend the International Mineral Processing Congress in New Dehli, India. This is arguably the biggest international conference in mineral processing. The grant was R20 000 in value, which paid for travel, accommodation and food expenses. I am grateful to the brilliant supervision of Professor Cyril O’Connor and Mrs Jenny Wiese, who helped me prepare the poster which I presented at the conference.
The conference itself was an honour for me; the biggest conference, the first time outside Africa. I got to realise the bigger picture of the research that we do in the CMR and of research in general. Meeting all the big names which had hitherto existed only in the papers, was sheer elation. It was a grand denouement to my masters career. I got to see Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple and Indi Gate, which among the meccas for tourists from around the globe. There is just not enough words to fully express the experience, it triggered a wanderlust in me. Thank you to all the CMR colleagues that were at the conference, you made it worthwhile."