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Second International Platinum Conference

'Platinum Surges Ahead'

Sun City, South Africa, 8-12 October 2006

Provisional Programme

Please note that this provisional programme is still subject to changes.

Sunday 8 October 2006

5:00pm - 6:00pm Early Registration

6:00pm - 8:00pm Welcome / Cocktail party

Monday 9 October 2006

7:00am - 8:30am Registration

Session 1 - Opening Session (Chaired by Mike Rogers)
8:30am Welcome
    Pat Willis (President: SAIMM)
8:45am Platinum, a story worth telling, or not? (Opening address)
    Shadwick Bessit (Impala Platinum, South Africa)
9:20am The centenary of the discovery of platinum in the Bushveld Complex
    Grant Cawthorn (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
9:45am Anglo Platinum: Taking advantage of the current metal prices and shortage of platinum
    Gordon Chunnett (Anglo Platinum, South Africa)
10:10am Ounces into Pounds: How much is an in-situ ounce of platinum worth?
    A van der Merwe (SRK, South Africa)

10:35am Tea

Session 2 - Geology and Exploration (Chaired by Theo Pegram)
11:05am Seismic applied to platinum exploration, a success story (Keynote address)
    Gerard Chambovet (Compagnie Generale de Geophysique, France)
11:30am 3D Surface Seismic: A tool to help resource evaluation for a PGM mine project (presentation only)
    Dave Reeves (Afplats, South Africa), M Gibson (Geoscience Solution, South Africa), E Gillot, & M Denis (CGG, South Africa)
11:55am Lateral distribution of the UG2, the Merensky Reef, the Platreef and analogous deposits of the Bushveld Complex: new opportunities for exploration (presentation only)
    F Kruger (Moruo Minerals, South Africa)
12:20pm Valuation of a mineral resource that has a compound metal content distribution: An example based on the Merensky Reef at Wesizwe Platinum Limited's Pilanesberg Project
    D Young (Mineral Corporation, South Africa)
12:45pm The application of facies classification in evaluating the Merensky Reef at Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine, South Africa
    Mark Lionnet (Anglo Platinum, South Africa) & Ken Lomberg (RSG Global, South Africa)

1:10pm Lunch

Session 3A - Project Valuation, Management, and Engineering (Chaired by Jim Porter)
2:10pm Project valuation, capital investment and strategic alignment - Tools and techniques at Anglo Platinum
    Gordon Smith, J Pearson-Taylor, Donovan Andersen, & A Marsh (Anglo Platinum, South Africa)
2:35pm Next generation project management in the platinum industry
    Hennie Read (RSV, South Africa)
3:00pm Intelligent Gearing System: Solution to understand and correct operational conditions that reduce the fatigue life of a girth gear
    David Brown & D van Dyk (Textron, South Africa)

Session 3B - Physical Metallurgy I (Chaired by Chris Pistorius)
2:10pm New Pt-based alloys for high temperature application in aggressive environments: The next stage
    Lesley Cornish, Rainer Suss, Lesley Chown, Alistair Douglas, M Matema, Lizelle Glaner, & Garth Williams (Mintek, South Africa)
2:35pm A review on the progress towards Pt-base superalloys for ultra high temperature applications
    Rainer Volkl, M Wenderoth, Johannes Preussner, U Glatzel (University of Bayreuth, Germany), Stefan Vorberg, & B Fischer (University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany)
3:00pm Overview of the high-temperature mechanical properties of Pt-alloys
    Stefan Vorberg, B Fischer (University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany), D Lupton (WC Heraeus GmbH, Germany), M Wenderoth, U Glatzel, & Rainer Volkl (University of Bayreuth, Germany)

3:25pm Tea

Session 4 - Physical Metallurgy II (Chaired by Lesley Cornish)
3:55pm Hot corrosion behaviour of Pt-alloys for application in the next generation of gas turbines
    N Maledi & Herman Potgieter, M Sephton (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Lesley Cornish, Lesley Chown, & Rainer Suss (Mintek, South Africa)
4:20pm Building a database for the prediction of phases in Pt-based superalloys
    Lesley Cornish, Rainer Suss (Mintek and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), A Watson (University of Leeds, UK), & S Prins (CSIR-NML, South Africa)
4:45pm Platinum alloy development: The Pt-Al-Cr-Ni system
    Johannes Preussner, M Wenderoth, S Prins, Rainer Volkl, & U Glatzel (University of Bayreuth, Germany and Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Evening at leisure

Tuesday 10 October 2006

Session 5 (Chaired by Mike Rogers)
8:30am Building a new mine: Learning from previous mistakes (Keynote address)
    Gerhard Potgieter (ARM, South Africa)
9:05am Progress at Crocodile River Mine
    Tom van den Berg (Barplats / Eastern Platinum, South Africa)

Session 5A - Mining Mechanisation (Chaired by Wally Waldeck)
9:30am The development of XLP equipment and the implementation of mechanized breast mining
    K Moxham (Lonmin Platinum, South Africa) & Rod Pickering (Sandvik, South Africa)
9:55am The implementation of mechanized development with the loco drill and the box hole borer
    K Moxham (Lonmin Platinum, South Africa) & B McKeown (Sandvik, South Africa)
10:20am A symphony of collaboration between mining and engineering
    G Strong, C Terblanche (Modikwa, South Africa), Bjorn Gohre, & M Andrews (Sandvik, South Africa)

Session 5B - Mineral Processing I (Chaired by Johan Theron)
9:30am The development of a process flowsheet for the new Anglo Platinum, PPRust North concentrator incorporating HPGR technology
    G Humphries, Chris Rule, & E Wolmarans (Anglo Platinum, South Africa and DRA, South Africa)
9:55am The use of performance monitoring techniques in detecting process shifts and potential root causes in a variable speed grinding application
    L Coetzer & T Khumalo (Anglo Platinum, South Africa)
10:20am The development of ultra fine grinding at Anglo Platinum
    A Anyimadu, L Knopjes, & Chris Rule (Anglo Platinum, South Africa)

10:45am Tea

Session 6A - Mining Methods and Layouts (Chaired by Joshua Ngoma)
11:15am Two Rivers Platinum Mine's orebody, the mining method; a perfect match
    M Mabuza (Two Rivers Platinum, South Africa)
11:40am Technical operating flexibility in the analysis of mine layouts and schedules
    C Musingwini, Dick Minnitt (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), & M Woodhall (Gijima AST, South Africa)
12:05pm Underground mine profiling
    D Borman (GMSI, South Africa)

Session 6B - Mineral Processing II (Chaired by Richard Beck)
11:15am Trithiocarbonates for the flotation of PGM sulphides
    Francois Vos, J Davidtz, & J Miller (Impala Platinum, South Africa)
11:40am Interpreting the role of reagents in the flotation of platinum bearing Merensky ores
    J Wiese, M Becker, Dee Bradshaw, & P Harris (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
12:05pm Technologies for emissions reduction in the metallurgical and chemical process industries
    D Schreuder (Envirotherm GmbH, South Africa)
12:30pm Topsoe Wet gas Sulphuric Acid (WSA) technology - an attractive alternative for reduction of sulphur emissions from furnaces and converters
    Helge Rosenberg (Haldor Topsoe, Denmark)

12:55pm Lunch

Session 7A - Drilling and Rockcutting (Chaired by Les Jagger)
1:55pm Long hole drilling applied to narrow reef mining
    Rod Pickering (Sandvik, South Africa)
2:20pm Electric rock drilling for in-stope mining in platinum operations
    Pascale Petit (TWP, South Africa)
2:45pm Financial valuation of electric rock drills for in-stope mining in platinum operations
    Pascale Petit (TWP, South Africa)
3:10pm Mining by rockcutting in narrow reefs
    Rod Pickering, A Smit (Sandvik, South Africa), & K Moxham (Lonmin Platinum, South Africa)

Session 7B - Pyrometallurgy (Chaired by Rodney Jones)
1:55pm Independence Platinum Limited (IPt) formation and objectives
    Dick Phillips (Atomaer, South Africa), Rodney Jones (Mintek, South Africa), & Larry Cramer (Consultant, South Africa)
2:20pm Rectangular furnace design and novel DC-slag cleaning technology for the PGM industry
    Rolf Degel, J Kempken, Till Schreiter, & H Schmieden (SMS Demag, Germany & South Africa)
2:45pm Oxygen activity measurements in simulated converter matte
    K Tshilombo & Chris Pistorius (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
3:10pm Process description and optimisation of the flash driers at Polokwane Smelter
    Paul van Manen (Anglo Platinum, South Africa)

3:35pm Tea

Session 8A - Mining Projects and Services (Chaired by Rudy Phillis)
4:05pm The application of multi-parametric block models to the mining process
    A Bye (Anglo Platinum, South Africa)
4:30pm The implementation of No's 16 & 20 shaft projects
    Les Jagger (Impala Platinum, South Africa)
4:55pm Ventilation strategies to meet future needs of the South African platinum industry
    Marco Biffi (Prysm Resources), D Standton, & D Pienaar (Anglo Platinum, South Africa)

7:00pm for 7:30pm Conference Dinner - Valley of the Waves

Wednesday 11 October 2006

Session 9 - Closing Session I (Chaired by Gordon Smith)
9:00am Strategic consideration within the South African PGM industry (Keynote address)
    Francis Petersen (Anglo Platinum, South Africa)
9:35am Is platinum paying its rent?
    Lance Stilwell (RSV, South Africa) & Dick Minnitt (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
10:00am Replacement of the existing Merensky Reef operations at Lebowa Platinum Mine: An integrated business and operational readiness approach
    O Ntrama (Anglo Platinum, South Africa)

10:25am Tea

Session 10 - Closing Session II (Chaired by Rod Pickering)
10:55am The evolution of strategic long term planning at Anglo Platinum
    Gordon Smith, J Pearson-Taylor, & Donovan Andersen (Anglo Platinum, South Africa)
11:20am End-users, recyclers and producers: Shaping tomorrow's PGM market and metal prices
    S Forrest & B Clarke (SFA Oxford, UK)
11:45am Activities of various junior platinum explorers around the Bushveld (presentation only)
    Ken Lomberg (RSG Global, South Africa)
12:10pm Concluding remarks
    Frank Egerton (On behalf of Conference Committee)

12:30pm Lunch

Thursday 12 October 2006

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