• Mission
    SANIRE promotes advancement of the discipline of rock engineering through the following objectives: Mission
  • Mission (a)
    Encouraging interest and the advancement of education in rock engineering; Mission (a)
  • Mission (b)
    Maintaining professional practice and high standard of ethics; Mission (b)
  • Mission (c)
    Encouraging networking, collaboration and information exchange; Mission (c)
  • Mission (d)
    Identifying, promoting and facilitating rock engineering related research; Mission (d)
  • Mission (e)
    Providing access to the global rock engineering fraternity through the ISRM. Mission (e)
  • Vision
    To promote the interests of a vibrant Southern African rock engineering fraternity Vision


The events listed below are purely intended as information for SANIRE members or persons visiting the site. SANIRE, its Executive Council and Secretariat in no way approve, sponsor, or support the individual events UNLESS SPECIFICALLY STATED.

News and updates

Free State SANIRE Symposium 17 September 2015

Friday, 14 August 2015
SANIRE SANIRE Free State is hosting a Rock Engineering Symposium: Unpacking the Aspects At Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift on 17 September 2015 Symposium Fees Sanire members - R1250 Non-members - R1500 Exhibition space - R5000 Closing date for registrations: 28th August 2015 Registrations Wilma Muller - 057 904 6498 wilma.muller@harmony.co.za Payments Alida Kleinhans - 057 904 6066 alida.kleinhans@harmo...(235)

SCO Practical Exams August 2015

Tuesday, 21 July 2015
The Strata Control Practical Exam will be hosted by Atlatsa Resources – Bokoni Platinum Mine on behalf of the Eastern Bushveld SANIRE Branch on the 26th August 2015. Please note that it is only for Eastern Bushveld members. For more information please click HERE(492)


Monday, 20 July 2015
On behalf of the Czech National Group of the International Society for Rock Mechanics, we have the honour to invite you to attend the European Symposium EUROCK 2017 to be held on 13-15 June 2017 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The Symposium is jointly organized by the Czech National Group of ISRM and the Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The motto of the EUROCK 2017 is Human Ac...(178)


Thursday, 16 July 2015
At the end of every year Sanire holds the AGM where an overview is given with regard to the various portfolios (areas) SANIRE is involved in across industry. Furthermore, the AGM provides a platform where people are recognised and awarded for excellent work (Practitioner of the year), Technical contributions (Salamon and Ortlepp awards) or for exceptional achievements in the bi-annual exams. Th...(226)

Chamber of Mines Rock Mechanics Practical 2015

Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Please note that the registration for the Chamber of Mines Rock Mechanics practical closes 24 July 2015. To register please follow this link http://www.comcert.co.za/ and send proof of payment to Colin.(427)

SANIRE NEWSLETTER Volume 1, Issue 2 (2015)

Wednesday, 08 July 2015
Dear Members Please follow the link to the latest bi-annual newsletter. Stories and articles are always welcome. Please email Paul Couto at Paul.couto@norplats.co.za for enquiries. Download the PDF version: icon SANIRE Newsletter_Volume 1_Issue 2_July_2015 (4.03 MB)(342)


Wednesday, 08 July 2015
Jacques Lucas attended his final ISRM Board meeting as VP Africa on Saturday 2015/05/09, prior to the ISRM 2015 Congress in Montreal. During his term from 2011 to 2015, two new African ISRM National Groups (Tunisia and Zimbabwe) were established. He also played a significant role in co‑ordinating the Young Member’s Presidential Group. The ISRM Council meeting was held the following day, Saturda...(252)

Rock Bowl 2015 - Canada

Wednesday, 08 July 2015
conf2On the 12th May 2015 in Montreal Canada the first Rock Bowl Team from South Africa took part in the first International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) Rock Bowl Challenge. The team consisted of 4 members who were chosen according to the following requirements: The Rock Bowl team must consist of 4 members who’s ages must be 35 and younger. Four young graduates working in the rock engineering ...(324)

Personality of the First Quarter - Temogo Itholeng

Wednesday, 08 July 2015
temogoFull Name: Temogo Itholeng Position: Rock Engineer (Unisel and Joel, Welkom, Free-State) Company/ Organisations: BLA Harmony Date and Place of Birth: 1983 May 01 Education: BSc Hons Mining-Wits University First Job: Leaner Miner Rustenburg Townlands shaft Personal Best Achievement/s: Getting to sign that legal appointment you realise "this is it". Philosophy of Life: "Surely it can't be that di...(445)

Rock Star of the First Quarter - Heinrich Greeff

Wednesday, 08 July 2015
heinFull Name: Heinrich Greeff Position: Rock Engineer Company/ Organisations: New Concept Mining Date and Place of Birth: 23 September 1984, Parys (Freestate) Education: Tertiary level Physics and Mathematics, Rock Engineering Certificate First Job: Assistant Strata Control Officer at AngloGold Ashanti Moab Khotsong Mine Personal Best Achievement/s: Still have to achieve something of note Philosop...(456)

Rock Engineering History

Wednesday, 08 July 2015
From the very beginning of mining operations on the Witwatersrand, the absence of large quantities of suitable and readily available timber in the vicinity decreed that stopes were supported by mine poles or sticks at the immediate face where necessary, and these served well into the back area. Scatter piles or shrinkage piles of broken ore, held in place by timber or metal poles hitched into t...(312)

SANCOT Conference - April 2015

Wednesday, 08 July 2015
MECHANISED UNDERGROUND EXCAVATION IN MINING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING sancot The SANCOT conference for mechanised underground excavation in mining and civil engineering was recently held in Durban in April 2015. The conference was compact; however delegates and stakeholders from as far afield as Germany, Switzerland, Turkey and Lesotho were represented, drawing from the consulting through to manufacturin...(196)
Apr 21 2015

23–24 April, 2015 - Conference

Elangeni Maharani Hotel, Durban

25 April 2015 - Half Day Technical Visit

Harbour Entrance Tunnel Site Visit and Harbour Boat Cruise


This conference is in response to the Civil and Mining industry being under immense pressure to deliver projects fast, efficiently and as safely as possible. Mechanised underground excavation and support installation is proving to be an invaluable and cost effective tool in the execution of a project. Technology exists for mechanised excavation where tunnels can be excavated from as small as 300mm to in excess of 18 metres in order to access ore bodies, build road or railway tunnels, facilitate the installation of utilities, construct storage caverns for gas and oil, etc.

It is recommended that delegates interested in the mining application of tunnel boring attend both days.

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ISRM communication

How do you recommend the ISRM increase member communication in South Africa

Face book or other social networking forms - 11.5%
Forums - 12.6%
More regular newsletters - 26.4%
Personal emails - 49.4%

Total votes: 87

How should ISRM improve benefits?

What do you think the ISRM should do to improve membership benefits

More electronic newsletters - 15.6%
More focus on marketing Rock Mechanics as a career - 24%
More local seminars and conferences - 25%
Sponsorship of young rock engineers - 35.4%

Total votes: 96

Benefits of ISRM through SANIRE

What benefits do you as a member see in ISRM membership through SANIRE

Cheaper conferences - 6.8%
Continued learning in Rock Engineering through article/paper downloads - 54.2%
Don’t know - 22%
Exploring synergies with other fields of Rock Engineering - 16.9%

Total votes: 118
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