Sponsored by the SEG Foundation (SEGF), this nine-day trip will include visits to the Kusasalethu (Elandsrand) gold mine, Vametco vanadium, platinum on the Bushveld Western Limb, the new Platreef mine being developed on the Northern Limb, and surface geology exposures of the classical sequences of the Witwatersrand and Bushveld Basins. A visit to diamond mine will also be included. The geology and mineralization of these deposits will be studied, and for orebodies in the same district we will focus 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 Foundation Student Field Trip (SFT), and who are enrolled at an accredited university are eligible to apply.