Saturday, 22 November 2014

Farewell to a stunning city

It's always difficult to tear yourself away from Cape Town, but a great week at Process Mineralogy is now at an end. Jon and Amanda left last night for London, and Barbara and I leave the Vineyard today for Johannesburg and then on to Reunion Island for a week's holiday.

Yesterday Jon, Amanda, Dean Eastbury and I spent a few hours hiking the Table Mountain contour path, between the impressive Cecil John Rhodes memorial and Kirstenbosch Gardens.

We will be back of course- next November for Flotation '15.

At Rhodes Memorial
Climbing up to the contour path

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Hiking Table Mountain with Process Mineralogy '14 delegates

Unfortunately gale force winds forced us to abandon the hike to the top of Table Mountain today. However, Jon and I did manage a short hike with 10 of the Process Mineralogy '14 delegates. We climbed up to the Table Mountain contour path via the Platteklip Gorge trail, and walked the relatively short stretch to the lower cable way.

Process Mineralogy '14: The Movie

The atmosphere of Process Mineralogy '14 is, I hope, captured in this 7 minute video.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Process Mineralogy '14: Final Day

The last technical session of the conference contained a number of case studies involving mineralogical characterisation to optimise processing of various ores. Following lunch there was an interesting panel discussion on the future of process mineralogy, which I shall report on at a later date. Amanda then closed the conference and invited delegates to attend Process Mineralogy '17, in March 2017. She thanked the sponsors once more for what has been a fine event, before we all enjoyed the late afternoon sunshine in the Vineyard gardens for a farewell wine function.

The Vineyard is a superb venue and I would like to take the opportunity of thanking the friendly and very professional staff, pictured below, who in no small way contribute to the success of MEI Conferences in Cape Town.

Kirstenbosch Conference Dinner. How was it for you?

Moyo's at Kirstenbosch is a new venue for MEI, but it is always exciting to hold a conference dinner in a new location, and last night's Process Mineralogy '14 event lived up to all expectations.

But we would really like to know what you thought of it- the venue, the food and the entertainment. How was it for you?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Process Mineralogy '14. Day 2 highlights

The application of automated mineralogy to predict acid mine drainage was the subject of the first three papers this morning, which included a fine keynote from Bern Lottermoser of Camborne School of Mines (CSM), UK.  Prof. Lottermoser is one of four delegates with CSM connections. Ben Thompson is a 2012 MSc graduate in mining geology, and will be presenting a paper tomorrow, co-authored with CSM colleagues.  Gaynor Yorath, of University of Cape Town, is a regular at MEI Conferences. She is a 1985 CSM graduate in mineral processing technology. It was good to meet Ofonime Udoudo, one of two University of Nottingham delegates. After graduating in Nigeria, he obtained his PhD at CSM, and is now researching the vermiculite exfoliation system by process mineralogy, the subject of his afternoon paper.
Bernd Lottermoser and me with CSM Alumni Gaynor Yorath,
Ben Thompson and Ofonime Udoudo
It has been another long day, with 14 papers presented, finished off nicely by a trip to nearby Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for the conference dinner in the most perfect of settings.