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The Professional Meetings Committee of the Geological Society of South Africa presents

Exploration License Day

The A-Z of Prospecting Rights in South Africa

A One-Day Course

30 July 2015 - 8 SACNASP CPD points will be awarded to GSSA members

About The Course

Currently in South Africa and to some extent neighboring countries, exploration activity is somewhat muted, in large part due to the global resources slump we are currently experiencing.  But the world is not replacing its minerals reserves adequately, and sooner or later an upturn in exploration activity will occur.  As one of the world’s major repositories of mineral wealth, there will no doubt be a refocus on the southern African region.

As part of the proceedings leading into the Annual General Meeting of the GSSA on July 30, a workshop on the current regulatory environment as well as a ‘how-to’ session on the prospecting rights application process in South Africa will be staged at the Auckland Park campus of the Johannesburg Country Club.  The final program will be released this week, but will cover:

  • Introduction - Setting the Scene for the Day
  • Rights Management - Legal and Technical Aspects
  • Exploration Finance
  • The Social License - Bringing Communities On Side
  • Environmental Reporting and EIAs
  • The Rights Application Process – How to Go About it
  • The Drilling Environment - Safety, Health and Environment
  • Exploration Philosophies

The day will end with networking drinks, leading into the early evening Annual General Meeting of the Geological Society of South Africa.

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The Importance Of The Qualitative Description Of Borehole Core And The Requirements To Compile A Geological Competent Person’s Report

Principles and practices, causes and solutions, with case studies.
Risks – How to safeguard against non-transparent and unreliable reporting

Maximum 30 Delegates

Date: 2 - 3 July 2015
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing

COST: R 2 505 + Vat Per Day, 
CPD Points Will Be Awarded


The qualitative and description of borehole core and the coal seams in the core lays the foundation to conduct geological, mining and economic feasibility studies in the most appropriate manner.  Companies generally have their own data format; structure and required standard of work performance, but the importance of the technical correctness of the descriptions are more than often underestimated.  Many Junior Coal Mining Companies are entering the coal industry in South Africa and in neighbouring. They often lack the necessary in-house skills and competencies and rely on consultants or contracted geological professionals, but is necessarily aware of the competency requirements.  Investors require more and more detail geological information lately and many CPR’s do not conform to the minimum requirements or guidelines as provided by SAMREC or JORC and an informed business decision is not possible.


  • To outline the fundamental differences between qualitative and quantitative core description and risks
  • Discuss the importance of a qualitative description of core material and borehole cuttings and risks
  • Present techniques to deal with displacement caused by faulting and to reconstruct the palaeo depositional environment and risk management
  • Compare the various Reporting Codes
  • Revisit the requirements to compile a CPR
  • Structure and content of a CPR
  • Present a checklist for internal/external reviews and audits of Geological CPR’s

Programme – Day 1

Session 1

  • Introduction
  • Requirements to produce a quality borehole report

Session 2

  • Techniques and requirements to develop a Geological Database

Session 3

  • Reconstruction of the palaeo depositional environment to characterise the coal deposit

Session 4

  • Structure and content of a Geological Report

Programme – Day 2

Session 1

  • Introduction
  • Differences between the various Reporting Codes

Session 2

  • Requirements to design and compile a CPR

Session 3

  • Requirements to design and compile a CPR - continue

Session 4

  • Checklist to evaluate, review or audit a Geological CPR

Who Should Attend

Geologists and Mineral Resource Managers, Valuators and auditors of Geological CPR’s, Junior Miners, Compilers of Geological CPR’s, Academia in Economic Geology


Gerhard Esterhuizen, Independent Geological Consultant.

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An invoice with banking details will be issued on receipt of a completed registration form.

Principles and practices, causes and solutions, with testing technologies.
Risks – How to safeguard against damage?

Date: 21 May 2015
Venue: Glen Hove Conferencing
Cost: R 2 995-00
CPD points will be awarded

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Being a competent and registered professional geologist adds credibility and validity to your career.

This day will bring up to date all the current activities with respect to the SAMREC code, how this related to international developments and what this means to your role as a competent geologist. Part of the sharing will comprise case studies taken from real cases of what happens when things go wrong! Also the role SACNASP and the JSE will be highlighted through interactive discussions. This highly informative and thought provoking session will be of interest to all professional geologists from industry and academia. Those who work for private companies and those who contract themselves.


Ken Lomberg (Senior Principal: Coffey)

Ken has some 30 years’ experience in the minerals industry (especially platinum and gold). He has been involved in exploration and mine geology and has had the privilege of assisting in bringing a mine to full production. His expertise is especially in project management, mineral reserve and resource estimation. He has complied and reviewed CPRs, NI 43-101s, mineral resources and mineral reserves for various commodities. Ken is Chairman of the SAMREC Working Group which is responsible for the SAMREC Code and represents SAMREC on the CRIRSCO Executive.

Dr Rolf Becker (Executive Director at SACNASP)

Rolf manages all aspects of the registration and maintenance of SACNASP

Dr Tania Marshall

Tania’s specialities are Alluvial Diamond exploration and mining and related technical and public documentation. She has many years of experience in geology, with an outstanding knowledge of the mining industry Tania is activity involved in the SAMREC Working Group

Lesley Jeffrey (Principal Geologist (Coal): SRK Consulting)

Lesley has managed various aspects of coal exploration programme being responsible for coal sample management and analysis, coal exploration programme design & management, deposit modelling, resource estimation, due diligence and feasibility studies.

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