Event Details

Ore Deposits of the South African Craton

When: August 16-24, 2020
Where: South Africa

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Sponsored by the SEG Foundation (SEGF), this eight-day trip will be will include visits to active open-pit and underground operations in the Witwatersrand basin and Bushveld Complex and possible visits to the Palaborwa carbonatite and Cullinan diamond mines, as well as exploration projects and other sites to be finalized. The geology and mineralization of these deposits will be studied, and for orebodies in the same district the focus will be upon their similarities and differences, particularly with respect to mining methods, grade control, ground control (geotechnical studies), and metallurgical processes. Ore reserves, deposit models, and exploration methods will also be emphasized. Evening presentations will delve into the characteristics of the various deposit types and discuss their origins and genetic models.

Active SEG Student Members who have not previously participated in an SEG Student Field Trip (SFT) and who are enrolled at an accredited university are eligible to apply.


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Judith Kinnaird
University of Witwatersrand
Former SEG president

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Glen Nwaila
University of Witwatersrand

Application Deadline

Mid-2020 (TBD)

Call for Mentors

This trip seeks up to four professional senior geologists to participate as mentors. Mentors are expected to share their academic and professional curriculums and their industry experiences and perspectives with students and to discuss career tracks and opportunities in the field of economic geology. Mentors pay a donation of US$1,750 to support the program, which covers eight days of field accommodations and in-country travel during the trip, breakfasts and lunches, and the closing dinner. Travel to and from the field trip is the responsibility of the mentor.

Interested professionals should email their current résumé and a letter of introduction to Borden R. Putnam, SEGF Student Field Trip Program Chair, at bputnam@mionecapital.com.


Questions and general inquiries should be directed to Vicky Sternicki, SEG Student Services, at students@segweb.org.


Coming soon...

8/16/2020 - 8/24/2020