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The People’s Republic of Chile is offering a fully funded post-graduate scholarship in Masters Studies at ten accredited Chilean universities to professionals who are South African nationals. The Nelson Mandela Scholarship is offered by the Government of Chile through the International Cooperation Agency of Chile “Agencia de Cooperacion Internacional (AGCI)” to address areas identified as scarce and critical in the forestry and fisheries sectors.The successful applicants are required to complete a compulsory Spanish course in Chile for six months before they can start with the Master’s degree.

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The 7th Optimisation of Industrial Boilers (OIB)

Two-day workshop for (i) New IPP Developments and (ii) Currently Operating Industrial Plants

2 CPD points

Hosted by: The Fossil Fuel Foundation
Date: 29 and 30 July 2015
Venue: GlenHove Conferencing, 52 Glenhove Road, Melrose, Johannesburg


This two-day Workshop event aims to provide a forum for the sharing and delivery of vital information for both currently operating boilers, kilns and furnaces and also for future Independent Power Producers (IPPs) who are rapidly increasing in interest and number, both in South Africa and in neighbouring countries.  Considerable challenges face both sectors.

Day 1 - Workshop For The Future Of Independent Power Production (Ipps): The Use Of Cfbc Or Pc For Power Generation Using Southern Africa Coals


With the opening up of the power generating economy to independent power producers, a number of new developments are underway in the 100 MW or more size range. Of concern to some operators is the need to establish which technologies will be the most effective for coals in this Southern African region.

The first part of this two-day event, Day 1, is dedicated to a workshop in which experiences in the qualities and use of the coals of the region will take place, along with technical discussions on comparisons between the key coal-fired technologies under review – fluidised bed (FBC)and pulverised coal (PC). A detailed question and answer panel session will provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss a range of topics pertinent to their projects and coals with local and international experts in the field.

Outline Of Day 1 Programme

  • Overview of coal resources in the region - South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe
  • Unique qualities and combustion characteristics of Southern African coals
  • Cradle-to-grave concepts in designing IPPs with relevant environmental aspects
  • Experiences in FBC and PC combustion and gasification for process steam and power generation
  • Panel Discussion: How to approach the use of Southern African coals for use in future independent power production:

Day 2 -  Workshop On Currently Operating Industrial Boilers, Kilns And Furnaces In A Carbon-Constrained Environment:


South Africa faces impending emissions reduction legislation (including the carbon tax and carbon footprint inventory) and reducing qualities of coal on the inland market for use in currently operating industrial boilers, kilns and furnaces.Against this background, it is vital that all coal-fired plant now in operation consider cleaner coal technologies (CCT) or face severe carbon penalties as soon as 2016.  Day 2 of this two-day event will therefore present a range of CCT issues to consider including increasing efficiency, stricter environmental controls, co-firing, co-generation and hybridisation.

Outline Of Day 2 Programme

  • An overview of coal qualities on the inland market
  • An overview of impending air quality legislation
  • Methods to increase efficiency in plant operations,
  • Retrofitted technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 and SOx and NOx) for industrial scale boilers, kilns and furnaces
  • Alternative sources of fuel including biomass, municipal waste and other "opportunity fuels".
  • Experiences in co-firing, co-generation and hybridisation

Who Should Attend

  • Producers,marketers, traders of coal, gas and biomass
  • Power, process and heat generation managers, engineers and technologists
  • Metallurgical ore processing, reduction and smelting managers, engineers and technologists
  • Boiler, kiln, furnace and gasifier manufacturers and operators
  • Suppliers of ancillary equipment including on-line analyses, mills, crushers, ash handling and emissions monitors
  • Traders and marketers of coal and biomass; local, regional and export
  • Environmental scientists and engineers
  • Government legislators and policy makers
  • Technologists, consultants, researchers and academics

Technical Committee

BrianNorth – CSIR (Chairman)
MikeAndrews – OEN Enterprises
PeterMcIntyre – JohnThompson
David Brook – Babcock Engineering
LourensErasmus – Consultant
JeremyKirsch - Clyde Bergemann
ThomasRoos – CSIR
RichardWermuth – Carbon Energy

Call For Participation

The format of the Workshops will be structured deliveries of presentation with ample time for discussion and a panel session for questions, answers and debate.

All interested parties are encouraged to register and participate in this event. For those wishing to present information, an experience, or a point of view, please submit a title with a one page outline of their topic in MS Word format to the Conference Secretariat by 15 July 2015.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 17 July 2015 to the principal author (if several authors are included). The submissionsand all Power Point presentations will be included in the Workshop CD (subject to permission having been granted by the relevant authors).

Key Dates

Abstract submissions by 15 July 2015
Acceptance of presentations 17 July 2015
Final programme 17 July 2015


All presentations must be in MS PowerPoint format. Subject to authors’ permission, these presentations will be converted to PDF format after presentation and will be made available on CD to conference delegates at the close of the conference.

The language of the conference is English.

Sponsorship & Advertsing

Several exciting sponsorship opportunities are available to industry members. Sponsorship packages are available as well as sponsorship on specific items. All sponsors will be offered branding promotion whether this is inclusion of your logo on the sponsored item or as banner displays in the venue. Contact the Conference Secretariat for further details.

Conference Fees

Registration fees include VAT:

TO ATTEND ONE DAY (Workshop 1 or Workshop 2)
Members of FFF, GSSA and SAIMM …………… R3 135.00 per day
Non-members ……………………………………………. R3 363.00 per day
Retirees and Academics ….……..…………………...R2 223.00 per day
Full time students ………………………………………..R1 710.00per day

Members of FFF, GSSA and SAIMM ………….. R4500.00 per 2 days
Non-members ………………………………………….….R4800.00 per 2 days
Retirees and Academics ….……..……………….…..R2 950.00 per 2 days
Full time students ……………………………….……….R2 500.00 per 2 days

Terms and Conditions

The applicant indicates their desire to be registered for this event and therefore accepts full responsibility for the payment of the registration fees as stipulated in the registration information.If you want to register for a limited participation event please check that there are still places still available.Registrations are transferable.Payment is due on invoicing.All payments must be received prior to the start of the event.Payment methods accepted for this event: EFT. If your company has agreed to pay for your attendance it remains your responsibility to make sure that payment is made by your company timeously.Cancellation may be made in writing up to 7 days prior to the starting day of the event. A 25% administration fee will be charged. No refund or credit note will be issued if written cancellation is not received timeously. You will then remain personally liable for payment of the invoice. Bank charges for non-South African payments are for the delegate’s account.

Conference Secretariat

RCA Conference Organisers
Tel: +27 11 483 1861/2
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The Professional Meetings Committee of the Geological Society of South Africa presents

Exploration License Day

The A-Z of Prospecting Rights in South Africa

A One-Day Course

30 July 2015 - 8 SACNASP CPD points will be awarded to GSSA members

About The Course

Currently in South Africa and to some extent neighboring countries, exploration activity is somewhat muted, in large part due to the global resources slump we are currently experiencing.  But the world is not replacing its minerals reserves adequately, and sooner or later an upturn in exploration activity will occur.  As one of the world’s major repositories of mineral wealth, there will no doubt be a refocus on the southern African region.

As part of the proceedings leading into the Annual General Meeting of the GSSA on July 30, a workshop on the current regulatory environment as well as a ‘how-to’ session on the prospecting rights application process in South Africa will be staged at the Auckland Park campus of the Johannesburg Country Club.  The final program will be released this week, but will cover:

  • Introduction - Setting the Scene for the Day
  • Rights Management - Legal and Technical Aspects
  • Exploration Finance
  • The Social License - Bringing Communities On Side
  • Environmental Reporting and EIAs
  • The Rights Application Process – How to Go About it
  • The Drilling Environment - Safety, Health and Environment
  • Exploration Philosophies

The day will end with networking drinks, leading into the early evening Annual General Meeting of the Geological Society of South Africa.

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RCA Conference Organisers
Neo Sithole
+27 11 483 1861/2
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The Importance Of The Qualitative Description Of Borehole Core And The Requirements To Compile A Geological Competent Person’s Report

Principles and practices, causes and solutions, with case studies.
Risks – How to safeguard against non-transparent and unreliable reporting

Maximum 30 Delegates

Date: 2 - 3 July 2015
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing

COST: R 2 505 + Vat Per Day, 
CPD Points Will Be Awarded


The qualitative and description of borehole core and the coal seams in the core lays the foundation to conduct geological, mining and economic feasibility studies in the most appropriate manner.  Companies generally have their own data format; structure and required standard of work performance, but the importance of the technical correctness of the descriptions are more than often underestimated.  Many Junior Coal Mining Companies are entering the coal industry in South Africa and in neighbouring. They often lack the necessary in-house skills and competencies and rely on consultants or contracted geological professionals, but is necessarily aware of the competency requirements.  Investors require more and more detail geological information lately and many CPR’s do not conform to the minimum requirements or guidelines as provided by SAMREC or JORC and an informed business decision is not possible.


  • To outline the fundamental differences between qualitative and quantitative core description and risks
  • Discuss the importance of a qualitative description of core material and borehole cuttings and risks
  • Present techniques to deal with displacement caused by faulting and to reconstruct the palaeo depositional environment and risk management
  • Compare the various Reporting Codes
  • Revisit the requirements to compile a CPR
  • Structure and content of a CPR
  • Present a checklist for internal/external reviews and audits of Geological CPR’s

Programme – Day 1

Session 1

  • Introduction
  • Requirements to produce a quality borehole report

Session 2

  • Techniques and requirements to develop a Geological Database

Session 3

  • Reconstruction of the palaeo depositional environment to characterise the coal deposit

Session 4

  • Structure and content of a Geological Report

Programme – Day 2

Session 1

  • Introduction
  • Differences between the various Reporting Codes

Session 2

  • Requirements to design and compile a CPR

Session 3

  • Requirements to design and compile a CPR - continue

Session 4

  • Checklist to evaluate, review or audit a Geological CPR

Who Should Attend

Geologists and Mineral Resource Managers, Valuators and auditors of Geological CPR’s, Junior Miners, Compilers of Geological CPR’s, Academia in Economic Geology


Gerhard Esterhuizen, Independent Geological Consultant.

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An invoice with banking details will be issued on receipt of a completed registration form.

Announcing A Short Course

14-17 July 2015
Mathematical Sciences Building, Wits University, Johannesburg

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Principles and practices, causes and solutions, with testing technologies.
Risks – How to safeguard against damage?

Date: 21 May 2015
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing
Cost: R 2 995-00
CPD points will be awarded

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Preparing coal for the market place when single seam products are insufficient to meet the need.
Risks – Potentials - What is compatible and what is not?

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The process of reconstituting the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions has been completed. View the new Council.
If you are final year Natural Science student, you can enroll at SACNASP. View more information.