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Over the past 21 years the GSSA has presented drilling courses to the southern African drilling industry aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of practicing geologist.  The courses have proven to be very popular, attracting delegates from most African countries and from as far afield as Brazil, Argentina and Russia.

The course includes a review of all common drilling methods as well as a detailed review of all aspects of diamond core drilling.

This programme is considered a pre-requisite for the Drill Site Safety Course presented by
Colin Rice Exploration & Training (Pty) Ltd.


The course is aimed at practicing professionals involved in all aspects of exploration drilling programmes as well as persons involved in surface and underground mining projects.

Questions will be encouraged throughout the course. Participants will receive printed course notes and a copy of “The Diamond Drilling Handbook” by Dr WF Heinz.

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RCA Conference Organisers
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Fossil Fuels in South Africa - what factors will drive future use?

Electricity, COP21, Energy Security, Emissions, Growth, Transport, Enviromental Impact -
Can society find a sustainable solution?

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Come celebrate diversity in 2015, with People, Parks, Cemeteries and Green Space.

28-29 September 2015

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some handpicked international speakers as well as some very talented local presenters, register now to book your space

Convention Programme Now Available

View the IERM 2015 Convention programme


Accommodation can be booked at the venue (Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift Johannesburg). The venue is close to Lanseria Airport as well as the N14 highway. Click here for further details.

Sponsorship / Exhibition

Sponsorship is always welcome, IERM relies on sponsorship and we also have great exhibition opportunities available. Please contact Mpho on 011 061 5000 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

City Parks Projects Tour

The Cities of Johannesburg/Mogale will be arranging a spectacular morning out on Wednesday 30 September. Don’t forget to indicate your interest when registering for the convention.


VdW & Co
Tel: 011 061 5000
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IERM's mailing address is: IERM PO Box 868 FERNDALE, GAUTENG 2160

The Mineralogical Association of South Africa and The Geological Society of South Africa present:

The Earth Scientists’ Toolbox:

A Mineralogical Analytical Techniques Workshop

27 & 28 October 2015

Mintek 200 Malibongwe Drive Randburg

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Book on of these incredible workshops for your school group:

  1. Water Cycle (Grade 1-3): Find out how water is naturally recycled while exploring the water cycle and perform a simple filtration experiment to purify water. Learners will be introduced to the concepts of evaporation and condensation and will learn about different water bodies and water forms.
  2. My First Chemistry Class (Grade 1-3): Enjoy this selection of fun and engaging chemistry experiments. Learn about density, the properties of air, basic chemical reactions and more.
  3. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle (Grade 1-3): Find out about the different types of pollution and the three ‘R’s…Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Learners will investigate different types of waste and how to correctly categorize them for recycling.
  4. Renewable Energy (Grade 4-6): What is Renewable Energy and how can it help us protect the earth? Explore the different types of renewable energy and discover how we can use the energy from our sun to power a car.
  5. Exploring the Universe (Grade 4-7): Take a trip through space exploring constellations and our solar system as we learn about scale and calculate out how far each planet is from the sun.
  6. Sounds Awesome! (Grade 4-6): What is sound and how is it produced? What’s the difference between music and noise? Find out about the different types of musical instruments and how they work while exploring the properties of sound.
  7. Firing up Fuel Cells (Grade 7-9): Fuel cells appear to be the perfect way to generate clean, green electricity by combining oxygen and hydrogen to produce water with a release of energy. In this workshop we will take a look at what Fuel Cell technology is, how it works and how it may develop in the future while building a small hydrogen fuel cell car.
  8. Electric Circuits (Grade 7-9): Explore the different components in an electric circuit and find out about series and parallel connections and where these kinds of connections are used.
  9. Splitting the Spectrum (Grade 7-9): Join us in this light splitting workshop as we explore the electromagnetic spectrum and examine some properties of light like reflection and refraction. Build your own Spectrometer and find out what the light that we see around us is really made up of.

Other activities

The Sci-Bono laboratories are fully equipped facilities designed to facilitate curriculum based experiments, demonstrations and practical teaching of physics, chemistry and life science. Learners are guided through a series of experiments that are prescribed by the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements. The following experiments are on offer in our laboratories:

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The presentations will outline the current issues facing the world in terms of climate change and will present a number of causes other than that made by man.

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Sound Spectacular: the science of sound (Grade 4 -12)

If science is food for mind and music is food for the soul then join us as we explore the harmonic science of sound. How are sounds produced and how fast do they travel? Come experience the science of sound, frequency and waves through a series of fun science demonstrations.

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Digital Planetarium

Explore space and various celestial bodies in our inflatable planetarium. You can learn about the development of the telescope through entertaining educational 3D-like movies and become space-bound as you view the universe through the Starry Night Software. The planetarium can cater for 30 people per show and the shows are between 30 and 45min long. Suitable for learners of all ages.

For more information on Workshops and Science Shows please contact Akash Dusrath on
011-639 8460 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.