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Join us for a countrywide celebration of science and technology during National Science Week. The theme for 2015 is “The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies”. Come and do science experiments at the BASF Kids lab, get involved in the robotics or WITS Paleontology workshops and be introduced to the exciting technology of 3D printing.

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Join us for this international campaign which encourages young people and the public to learn about the natural processes that shape our planet over time. The 2015 theme is “Visualizing Earth Systems.” The programme will aim to promote awareness of the many ways scientists monitor and represent information about Earth systems including land, water, air, and living things.

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Learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and grow your knowledge and skills through the interactive health focused workshops. Topics will range from hygiene to nutrition and food security to personal safety. What is substance abuse, why is teenage pregnancy so high and how do you live a healthy life?

Here are some of our other focus weeks for the year:

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For more information and bookings please contact Siphokazi Ndzamela or Cynthia Sithole on 011-639 8459/91 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 17th National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards gala dinner, in partnership with South32, was held in Gauteng on Thursday, 9 July 2015. Contributions to excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) were presented by the patron of the awards, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor. The NSTF Awards are the largest SETI awards in SA.

SETI is a catalyst for growth and change. It brings about new solutions, processes, products and industries. It drives social change and affects SA’s economy. SETI has a multi-dimensional impact, from poverty upliftment and medical innovation to astronomy and ICT. It’s used to fight the challenges in Africa and shape a future of global competitiveness. And it all begins with highly skilled human capital.

Click on the following link to see the 2014/15 winners who received an NSTF award for an outstanding contribution to SETI.

The Sustainable Development of Mines and Projects of the Limpopo Province, Republic of South Africa 2015

Call for papers! Submission date extended!

Date: 10-12 November 2015
Venue: The Park Hotel, Mokopane, Limpopo

Call For Papers

You are invited to submit a title and one page abstract in MS Word format to the Conference Secretariat by 30 July 2015. Papers may be accepted either as oral presentations or posters. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 30 August 2015 to the principal author (if several authors are included). Revised abstracts will be required by 30 September 2015 and these will be included in the press release and conference book.

[Download the abstract template.]
[If you are unable to edit the PDF, contact the secretariat for the Word version.]

For More Information

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RCA Conference Organisers

Michelle Stegen
+27 11 483 1861/2
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Sci-Bono Discovery Centre will be exploring the science behind the molecule that makes life on earth possible between 27 June and 19 July during a holiday programme titled Water is Life.

Water is a truly amazing substance. 70% of the human body is made of it and life on earth would certainly not be possible without it. During this extraordinary holiday programme kids and adults alike will get an opportunity to learn more about the molecule that is vital for life and is often taken for granted. Daily science and planetarium shows will enthral kids while visitors will also get an opportunity to get more hands-on with the blue gold that covers the planet during 13 different workshops offered throughout the holidays. These range from building Bloodhound SSC water rockets and mini biomes, steam turbines to sprinklers, fuel cells and a whacky vortex to name just a few.

In addition to the daily programme of activities and shows there are also more than 350 interactive science exhibits to explore and play with that is sure to exhaust kids in a fun and stimulating environment. Active minds lead to hungry stomachs and there is a coffee-shop serving delicious snacks and light meals for hungry Einstein’s. Parents might use the time to do some shopping at the new Newtown Junction Mall or the entire family might want to jump onto a red bus tour of Jozi that stops right in front of Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9h00 –17h00 and Saturday & Sunday between 9h30 – 16h30. Entry Fees are R25 for pensioners and children between 3 and 16, free for kids under 3 and R40 per adult. Some of the workshops have a minimal entrance fee while others are free and are offered on a first come first serve basis.

For more information contact +27 11 639 8400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website on

All kids 18 and under pay no entry fees on Youth Day.

ALL schools visiting the centre during Youth Month (June) will receive a 50% discount. (Entry only)

Bookings essential: Please contact Siphokazi Ndzamela or Cynthia Sithole on 011 639 8400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

35th International Geological Congress

An Industry Standard for Mining Professionals in South Africa

17–18 May 2016, Johannesburg


The SAMREC and SAMVAL Codes have been updated and will be released in 2016. In the process of updating these Codes numerous aspects were discussed that required more explanation and guidelines than could be included in the codes. In addition it was noted that the SAMCODES have no recognised guidelines or recognised standards.


The conference provides Competent Persons and Competent Valuators the opportunity to prepare and present details of recognised standards and industry benchmarks in all aspects of the SAMREC and SAMVAL Codes. These contributions will be collated into a Companion Volume to provide a guideline and industry standard for the public reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves and the Valuation of Mineral Projects.

The conference will provide a wide range of information pertaining to industry best practice including aspects of a various geological deposit types, commodities, permitting and legal obligations, resource estimation, mining engineering methodologies, metallurgical and process arrangements, engineering/infrastructure design, social and environmental factors etc for SAMREC Code reporting. Other papers will cover the application of the various methods of valuation and where and when they should be applied in accordance with the SAMVAL Code.

This is a valuable opportunity to be involved in the compilation of industry standards and benchmarks to support in all fields related to the SAMREC and SAMVAL Codes.

Who Should Attend

The conference provides a platform for:

  • Resource geologists
  • Resource investors
  • Project Finance Practitioners
  • Exploration geologists
  • Geoscientists
  • Mining engineers
  • Mineral Resource and Reserve managers
  • Mineral Resource and Reserve practitioners
  • Competent Valuators.


Exploration Targets

Reporting of Exploration Results
Exploration Targets
Target generation

Mineral Resources

Geological data collection
Drilling techniques and drilling density
Bulk density
Sampling theory
Sampling and analysis protocols
Geological interpretation and geological modelling
Mineral Resource estimation
Conditional simulation
Mineral Resource estimation
Classification and reporting
Audits and reviews
Deleterious elements/minerals

Mineral Reserves

The modifying factors
Selecting a mining method
Optimal mine scheduling
Cut-off grades
Feasibility studies
Risk assessment in Resource and Reserve
Classification and reporting
Grade reconciliation

Other Aspects

Legal aspects
Sustainability issues
Social and labour planning

Diamond Resource and Reserve Reporting
Coal Resource and Reserve Reporting


Cost Approach

Valuation of exploration properties using the cost approach

Market Approach

A review of market-based approaches
Valuation of mineral properties without Mineral Resources
Valuation methods for exploration properties and undeveloped Mineral Resources

Cashflow Approach

A Review of cashflow approaches
Discounted cash flow analysis input parameters and sensitivity
Discounted cash flow analysis methodology and discount rates
The valuation of advanced mining projects and operating mines
Valuing mineral opportunities as options


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Companies wishing to sponsor should contact the Conference Co-ordinator.

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.