The Geological Society of South Africa
Technology Day and African Exploration Showcase

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Technology Day and African Exploration Showcase

The Target Generation through Technology workshop is aimed at individuals in the exploration and mining industries who wish to learn more about available technologies for target generation and optimizing mining techniques.

Discovering mineral deposits and therefore effective extraction of these deposits is becoming more challenging, and directly linked to this, many companies are bringing out innovative and cutting-edge technology to address these challenges. After all, as Albert Einstein exclaimed (perhaps) “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. Our speakers today will show us how new techniques bring about better results.

This workshop is designed to present a broad overview of the specialist fields that are applied in the discovery and development of targets, including remote sensing and spectral imagery, geophysics, geochemistry, structural interpretation and mapping, as well as other non-conventional techniques. These are all critical aspects in greenfields and brownfields project target exploration as well as development of mines.

The African Exploration showcase is an opportunity to be informed of new African projects and current developments. It is an ideal opportunity to learn more about deposits and commodities that could potentially add significant economic value to the continent’s pipeline. The projects being showcased at this year’s event range from diamonds and gemstones through tin and coal to non-traditional oil and gas. Our speakers are from major and junior mining companies, and from large consulting companies to independents, which assures an interesting day.


Join our speakers

Mike de Wit
Non-Executive Director
Tsodilo Resources
Mark Burnett
Divisional Manager: Applied Geosciences at Snowden Mining Industry Consultants (Pty) Ltd
John Hancox
Managing Director at Caracle Creek International Consulting Coal (Pty) Limited
Graham Duncan
Project Geologist
Michael Cronwright
Geology Operations Manager at The MSA Group (Pty) Ltd
Luke Longridge
Exploration Manager
Bushveld Minerals
Andrew Pedley
Chief Geologist at Kore Potash
Tarryn Orford
Senior Geologist; Mining Advisory in Oil & Gas Advisory at Venmyn Deloitte

Alan Daniel Saad
John Bristow

Project Geologist at SA Fluorite (Pty) Ltd
Global Diamond Network
Markus Schaefer
General Manager: Exploration Africa and Ireland at Vedanta Resources


Members Non-members Academic Retired/Student
Per Day R 3,000 R 3,600 R 2,000 R 1,500
Both Days R 5,400 R 6,480 R 3,600 R 2,700

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Programme - Day 1


Topic Speaker Company
7:30 8:15 Registration
8:15 8:45 From Data to Discovery – an integrated approach to exploration workflows Carlo Combrinck Geosoft
8:45 9:15 Advances in Remote Sensing Geology Andries Botha Southern Mapping
9:15 9:45 The role of in-mine geophysics in mining more effectively and safely Michael Van Schoor CSIR
9:45 10:15 Drone technology Chris Anthonissen Tect
10:15 10:45 Tea
10:45 11:15 Rig to Review in 30 seconds Noleen Pauls Reflex
11:15 11:45 The application of Reflectance Spectroscopy as a mineral mapping tool in mining and mineral exploration, Focusing on VNIR, SWIR and LWIR ranges Mushiana Khano TerraCore
11:45 12:15 Innovative Technologies for 3D Shaft Scanning, 3D Surveying and Core Logging Bernd Teigler DMT
12:15 12:45 ALS Minerals: Overview of New Innovative Services Offered in Africa Vincent Simumba ALS Global
12:45 13:30 Lunch
13:30 14:00 StereoCore™ PhotoLog – maximizing the value of Core and Borehole Logging Dr John Orpen Resource Exploration & Development Pty Ltd
14:00 14:30 DrillSafe: a new safety initiative Colin Rice DrillSafe
14:30 15:00 Termite technique for diamond exploration Leon Daniels Pangolin Diamonds
15:00 15:30 Tea
15:30 16:00  Exploration Data Management done well Marius Van Niekerk & Hennie Coetzee Datamine
16:00 16:30 Improving the quality of analytical results Jumien Peceur & Matodzi Thivhafuni AMIS
16:30 17:00 The role of in-mine geophysics in mining more effectively and safely Michael Van Schoor CSIR
17:00 Drinks sponsored by Master Drilling


Programme - Day 2
Topic Speaker Company
7:30 8:15 Registration
8:15 9:00 Prospecting history leading to the discovery of Botswana’s diamond mines Mike de Wit Tsodilo Resources
9:00 9:30 Gemfields of Africa Mark Burnett Snowden
9:30 10:00 Coal Exploration in Mozambique – 2017 status quo John Hancox & Andy Lloyd Caracle Creek International Consulting Inc
10:00 10:30 Orom Graphite and Katanga Copper Projects Graham Duncan Minrom
10:30 11:00 Tea
11:00 11:30 Li2On Hunting in Africa Michael Cronwright The MSA Group
11:30 12:00 The Uis Tin Project, Namibia Luke Longridge Bushveld Minerals
12:00 12:30 Geology in pictures; the Kola potash deposit, Republic of Congo Andrew Pedley Kore Potash
12:30 13:30 Lunch
13:30 14:00 Lake Kivu Methane Tarryn Orford Venmyn Deloitte
14:00 14:30 Update on the Doornhoek, the worlds’ largest fluorspar deposit Allan Daniel Saad SA Fluorite (Pty) Ltd
14:30 15:00 The giant Gamsberg Zinc deposit Markus Schaefer Vedanta
15:00 15:30 Tea
15:30 16:00 Mining Charter; where do we really stand? Paul Fouche Fasken Martineau
16:00 16:30 The role of explorers and juniors development companies in successful mining jurisdictions John Bristow & Allan Daniel Saad Global Diamond Network
16:30 Drinks sponsored by MSA
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