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Global Tailings Standards and Opportunities for the Mine of the Future

November 15 8:00 am November 26 5:00 pm SAST

The failures of tailing storage facilities over many decades, but especially in the last few years, has culminated in the recent publication of the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management by ICMM, UNEP and PRI as well as guidance by the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD). At the same time, the Global Mining Professionals Alliance has called on its members to participate actively on a Global Action on Tailings (GAT) group, to ensure cross fertilisation of knowledge and learnings about TSFs across the globe. In addition, and in response to calls from the Church of England Pensions Board and the Council on Ethics for the Swedish Public Pension Funds, many mining companies conducted deep-dive self-audits during 2019 and 2020 which they published on their websites for public scrutiny.

In South Africa, the SAIMM has convened a task group which includes industry professionals, academia, the SAIMM, and the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE). This group has formed the organising committee for the presentation of this international conference. The event will be hosted online, and are accredited for CPD points.

The topics to be covered will follow the format of the ICMM Standard, as well as other topics. These include:

  • The reasons for failures and important learnings
  • Risk management and processes for TSFs
  • The role of the regulatory authority
  • The view of industry
  • Stakeholder engagement and affected communities
  • An integrated knowledge base created through case studies and learnings
  • Design, construction and operation of TSFs
  • Monitoring of TSFs in real-time: internal, external and satellite imagery
  • Management, governance and reporting of TSFs
  • Emergency response and long-term recovery
  • Public disclosure and access to information
  • Competence and qualifications of “Engineers of Record”
  • Environmental impacts
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Research and the possibility of mining with no tailings
  • Remining of TSFs
  • Case studies

More info here.
Contact: Gugu Charlie, SAIMM, Tel: +27 11 834-1273/7,

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