75th Anniversary of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Review of the Institute Affairs

Goode, R. C. J.
Organization: The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Pages: 28
Publication Date: Unavailable
"In my Presidential address last year `The Institute in Retrospect and Prospect', I briefly reviewed the past activities of our Institute, I commented on the dynamic growth of the mineral activity of this country and of the great contribution towards this growth made by members of this Institute. I maintained that there was still further growth to come, pointing out that our future would be very much dependent on the availability and skills of our mining and metallurgical men. This Institute had, therefore, a most important task ahead to ensure that this country would have the necessary skilled engineers to develop our mineral industry so that we would be able to compete successfully in the wide world. In my address I highlighted many of the major achievements of our members and of our Institute. In today's review, I have no wish to repeat myself and I would, therefore, ask members and visitors to regard this review as complementary to my presidential address. I must also refer you to the very full resume of our affairs written for a special brochure in March, 1944, by E. H. Johnson, a founder member, on the occasion of our 50th Anniversary. There is no need to repeat what was given there, rather I will attempt to bring that history up to date. Our Institute was founded under the name of Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa on 24th March, 1894, by a group of chemists and metallurgists The name was changed to Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa early in 1903, and in July, 1956 became The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. We were not the first technical organisation in South Africa, the S.A. Association of Engineers and Architects having been formed in 1892. In that year also the British Institution of Mining and Metallurgy started in London. A chronological table of some of the more important societies is as follows: British Societies: Society of Apothecaries 1617 Royal Society 1660 Geological Society 1807 Institution of Civil Engineers 1818 Institution of Mechanical Engineers 1847 Institution of Chemistry 1877 Institution of Mining Engineers 1889 Institution of Mining and Metallurgy 1892 Other Societies: Mining Society of Nova Scotia 1887 S.A. Association of Engineers and Architects-later the S.A. Association of Engineers which amalgamated with the Transvaal Institute of Mechanical Engineers 1892 Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 1893 Geological Society of South Africa 1895 South African Society of Electrical Engineers-disbanded 1904 1897 Mechanical Engineers' Association of the Witwatersrand-later, the
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