At the AGM of the Western Cape Branch of the Southern African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy held on 7th August, Dr Christie Dorfling was elected as Chairman of branch for the 2014-2015 year.
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We were shocked and greatly saddened by the tragic loss of Christiaan Scholtz. Christiaan was a student in our department until his graduation last year. He was highly respected as a kind, considerate and sincere person and an outstanding student and his passing is felt deeply by staff and students alike.
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The Cape region of southern Africa is endowed with a variety of plant diversity, unmatched on the planet, representing a unique resource of potentially useful compounds rarely found elsewhere. Many of these compounds are valuable in the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and nutraceutical industries. The sub-continent is also rich in indigenous plants known to contain bioactive compounds and essential oils that have been used for thousands of years as herbal remedies. Some, like buchu, aloe, hoodia, and rooibos, have been domesticated and industries have flourished for their exploitation.
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Willem Rossouw, a postgraduate student in the Department of Process Engineering, has been awarded an Outotec Postgraduate Scholarship by the Western Cape branch of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). This scholarship is awarded to postgraduate students in their first year of study that conduct research focussing on sustainability in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy. Willem’s postgraduate research work forms part of a project aimed at developing a hydrometallurgical process for the recovery of metals from electronic waste; this project is also supported in part by the National Research Foundation of South Africa.