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In the desolate north western corner of South Africa is a place few people have ever heard of...until now. Haksteen Pan will be the setting for one of mankind’s greatest achievements when a global engineering adventure aims to break a record of epic proportions – to build a vehicle that can travel faster than 1600km/h. This jet and rocket on wheels, called the Bloodhound Supersonic Car will be on display at Sci-Bono between 21 May and 17 June.

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8, 9 & 10 July 2015! Registrations still open!

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Presented by The Fossil Fuel Foundation and Limpopo Government

The Sustainable Development of Mines and Projects of the Limpopo Province, Republic of South Africa, 2015

10-12 November 2015

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Lientjie Mogano and Sarah van Aardt attended this conference on behalf of SACNASP and gave a presentation on the Code of Conduct.

Why do we use lasers? Laser light has some special properties which more usual light sources do not. This show demonstrates the special properties of laser light and shows how these can be put to good use. This exhilarating show is presented by Dr. Stephen Ashworth from the University of East Anglia and supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Light fantastic show: Saturday 28 March 2015 at 10:00 and at 13:00.
Spectroscopy in a Suitcase session: Friday 27 March 2015 at 10:00.
Open to schools (30 learners).

30 September – 2 October 2015
(with pre- and post-conference field trips)

Meropa Conference Centre, Polokwane, Limpopo


This Minerals Indaba and Trade Show aims to build on the information provided in the 2012 and 2013 Coal Conferences. The meeting is planned at a critical juncture in the mining development in South Africa. While there are numerous prospecting licenses for coal and exploration rights for gas in the pipeline there are as yet only about 3 operating Coal mines and another 3 near start-up Coal mines and no operating gas projects. By contrast the region boasts at least 10 large platinum mines, several chrome operations and as well as copper and industrial mineral mines (phosphate and andalusite).

Conference Objectives

  • To provide first-hand information on the evolving minerals industry of the Limpopo Province, Republic of South Africa;
  • Minerals included will be: Platinum Group Elements (pge), Base metals; Coal, Gas (Unconventional) and Industrial Minerals
  • To consider the marketability of the minerals being produced and potentially available from the region;
  • To look at the logistics for the minerals, coal and gas transportation, water and energy supply in the region;
  • To review the water and energy supply to the region;
  • To review mine closures and the long term ramifications;
  • To evaluatewhat the cumulative environmental impact will be if all the proposed projects were to materialize;
  • To review and assess how the current and proposed projects will support the regional and national development plans, both economic and social expectations of the people of Limpopo;
  • To understand the possible impacts on food production;
  • To evaluate the role of private and public nature reserves and international agreements (trans-frontier parks) and the impact the developments will have on these sensitive habitats and national treasures;
  • To provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and technological advancements between miners and contractors;
  • To showcase the planning, project development and implementation skills and experiences of the engineering contractors active in the Province’s various mines and projects;
  • To investigate the impact that the newly established Special Economic Zones (SEZs) at Musina and Tubatse will have on the industrial and mining development of the Province and adjacent countries (Botswana, Zimbawe and Mozambique)

Who Should Attend

  • Limpopo Government officials
  • Mining Companies
  • Contractors and Construction Companies
  • Equipment Suppliers
  • Local municipal mining, water, environment authorities
  • National government departments and parastatal companies responsible for the environment, infrastructure, road and rail power and water supply and planning
  • Local regional and national planners
  • Company executives
  • Project managers
  • Exploration geologists and mining engineers
  • Downstream users of coal and gas – industry, IPPs, Eskom and CTL proponents
  • Environmental scientists and ecologists
  • Farmers Unions
  • Plant operators
  • Consulting Engineers and Earth Scientists
  • Transport and logistics executives
  • Traders and marketers
  • All parties interested in the future of the region

Trade Show

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference. If you are interested in exhibiting at the Trade Show contact the Secretariat.


Several sponsorship opportunities are available to industry members. Sponsorship packages are available as well as sponsorship on specific items. All sponsors will be offered branding promotion whether this is inclusion of your logo on the sponsored item or as banner displays in the foyer or venue.


RCA Conference Organisers
Michelle Stegen
+27 11 483 1861/2
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