• 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

SANIRE GAUTENG 2015 Year End Technical Visit and Lecture

Thursday, 26 November 2015
Please join us for our year end function next week Thursday 3 December at the Groundwork offices. Time: 10:00 am for 10:30am Technical Visit: Rope Testing 11:00am – 12:00pm · We will be walking to the CSIR leaving at 10:45am sharp. · Please bring a hardhat!!! Technical Lecture: Tunnel Guard Thin Spray Liners – Oosie Oosthuizen 12:15pm – 12:45pm · Join us in the Groundwork boardroom while the fi...(37)

SANIRE Coalfields Branch year end function 2015

Thursday, 12 November 2015
The SANIRE Coalfields Branch year end function will be 4 December 2015. Registration is at 8:30 during which morning tea and refreshments will be served. The registration fee is R150 per person. Sponsorship is welcomed. For more information click Here Contact person: Sandor Petho Email: Sandor.Petho@glencore.co.za(73)


Thursday, 12 November 2015
Dear Member You are formally invited to the:SANIRE AGM 201527 November 2015Ruimsig Golf Club8.30 am This is a prestigious event that is attended by Rock Engineering Group heads, Rock Engineer Mangers, Rock Engineers and other members of the Rock Engineering fraternity from many different commodities and companies within South Africa. The AGM provides an overview of the SANIRE strategy for the n...(96)

SANIRE NEWSLETTER Volume 1, Issue 3 (2015)

Tuesday, 10 November 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 3_November_2015 (5.19 MB) Download the epub version: SANIRE Newsletter_Volume 1_Issue 3_November_2015 (10.93 MB)(87)

Presidents Corner - Difficult Times

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
pc1We are yet again entering difficult times in the mining industry. The commodity prices are low, the Department of Mineral Resources are relentless at issuing stoppages for non-compliance and companies are forced to restructure. Nevertheless, we as a fraternity endeavour to promote safety and cost saving initiatives to ensure that companies are less vulnerable to these external factors. SANIRE a...(119)

SANIRE Symposium 2015

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
The SANIRE Symposium of 2015, “unpacking the aspects”, was organised and held by the Free State Branch at Glenburn Lodge in Muldersdrift on the 17th of September 2015. It was a one-day symposium which covered a wide range of topics from all over the industry. Included was a Key Note Address by Les Gardner on the “proposed changes to the Fall of Ground Regulations and how it will impact on Rock ...(104)

Eastern Bushveld Yearly Function

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
The yearly function was host on the 24 July 2015 at the Red Barn Farm in Dullstroom. The event was well attended with approximately 75 people attending. The day started off at the crack of dawn with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees and slightly overcast. This was fantastic weather for fly fishing. After a couple of old brown sherries to warm everyone up all the attendees headed out to on...(71)

Personality of the Quarter - Daniel Francois Malan

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
DF MalanFull Name: Daniel Francois Malan Position: Senior Rock Engineering Consultant, Part-time Professor Company/Organisations: Sibanye Gold, University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand Date and Place of Birth: 4 November 1968, Bethlehem, Free State Education: PhD (Mining), COM Rock Engineering Certificate First Job: Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (COMRO) Personal Best Achievement...(136)

Rock Star of the Quarter - Matthew Gary Barnard

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
MG BarnardFull Name: Matthew Gary Barnard Position: Shaft Rock Engineer Company/Organisations: Anglo American Platinum, Union Mine (Spud Shaft) Date and Place of Birth: 30th of March 1987, Johannesburg Education: BSc Geology & Geography (UJ); Honours Geology (UJ); COMSCC; COMRMC First Job: Rock Engineering Trainee (Anglo American Platinum) Personal Best Achievement/s: Firstly, my recent marriage to my incr...(129)

Rock Engineering History

Tuesday, 10 November 2015
In December 1866, on a farm close to the Orange River to the northwest of Hopetown, the Jacobs children were playing a game of ‘klip-klip’ with pebbles, when one pebble caught the eye of a visiting neighbour, Schalk van Niekerk. At the behest of his mother, the young finder, Erasmus Jacobs, gave the stone to van Niekerk who was an amateur collector of semi-precious stones. The stone was sent to...(106)

The ICDP (International Continental Drilling Program) Workshop

Thursday, 08 October 2015
For more information please go to http://www.icdp.net.za(175)

The 8th International Symposium on Ground Support in Mining and Underground Construction

Thursday, 08 October 2015
The Division of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering at Luleå University of Technology will arrange Ground Support 2016, the 8th International Symposium on Ground Support in Mining and Underground Construction, in Luleå, Sweden, September 12 – 14, 2016. Venue: Kulturens Hus – Conference & Congress. This conference series has been hosted by many countries and continents throughout the years: 1st ...(163)
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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