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Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) seminar

When: Friday, 09 February 2018 - Friday, 09 February 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
CSMI Seminar Room, 3rd floor Chamber of Mines Building
Start time:14:00


The Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI) will host Dylan McFarlane.

Mcfarlane is Senior Program Officer working for Pact, a non-profit international development organisation established to improve the lives of those who are marginalised and submerged in poverty across the world. 

The special seminar will start off with a presentation by Pontsho Ledwaba on ASM in South Africa. This presentation is based on a project funded by Open Society Foundation for South Africa. This will be followed by McFarlane’s presentation which has two parts. The first part will be an overview of the DELVE project – a World Bank funded project which is aimed at building an online database for ASM. The second part will reflect on the evolution of the placer gold industry of Alaska, USA. Collectively, the ~200 small operations are known as Alaska’s “sixth” large mine and produce around 90 000 ounces per year. Placer gold exploration and mining techniques have changed considerably over the years, and operators continue to innovate in order to target larger, lower grade deposits with more difficult mineral processing challenges.


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