Various awards are presented at the annual dinner.  Details of the 2017 awards function are shown here


Coal Man of the Year

The Coal Man/Woman of the Year for 2017 is Professor Quentin Campbell.

This Tribute is for the individual who has donated valuable time and effort to the betterment of the industry.

Quentin has been a member of the SACPS committee for many years carrying out the duties for education and research. He represents the interest of tertiary institutions and training colleges where the Society’s role is pivotal. The SACPS policies for financial support for education and monitoring recognition of the industry based training courses including promoting working relationships between other groups such as the FFF can be attributed to him.

Quentin was the driving force that established the research group in coal beneficiation at North-West University at a time when very little coal research was done in this country. With the support of Coaltech, this group became the most productive coal group in SA and became recognised as a major player internationally.

He is responsible for undergraduate teaching of coal preparation, leading some 20 post graduates through the program and continues to be dedicated in promoting this as a career for young students. Quentin has been very active in leveraging funding for research from other organisations such as Coaltech, SAMMRI and THRIP, and has procured in excess of R2 million for this purpose over the last decade.

Local and International publications
Quentin has 23 accredited peer-reviewed journal articles to his credit as well as in the region of 100 international and local conference papers. He hold a patent and is the author of a number of industrial research reports and added a new chapter into the 2016 edition of the Coal Preparation Handbook on Dry Coal Beneficiation. For his contribution largely to coal beneficiation research, he received a C3 rating from the NRF at the end of 2016.

Recognition of contribution to the SA Coal Industry
Quentin ranks very highly amongst SA academics that have actively promoted education and research. This highly approachable man, who assists with research and development, deserves to be recognised and selected as one of the very valuable Coal Persons of the Year.

Student of the Year

The coal student for 2017 is Evelyn Hlongwa.

Evelyn completed her training course on the introduction of Lump Coarse Coal Beneficiation and obtained a distinction in all the relevant metallurgical unit standards.

She achieved an exceptional 97% for her practical examination and 80% for theory.

She is employed as a plant assistant at Goedehoop Coal where she has been for 8 years

University Student of the Year

The university student for 2017 is Elmarie Peters.

Elmarie submitted her M.Eng. Dissertation entitled “Adsorbent assisted drying of fine coal” at the end of 2016.

The post-graduate committee of the North-West University selected to award her the degree, cum laude, with a final mark of 86%. Both examiners, external to the NWU, concluded that her dissertation was well written and showed that the research was done extensively and thoroughly and is of great relevance to the industry.

To quote them:
“…Relevant problem for the industry to be solved… Very well researched and put together effectively…”

“First of all, I must commend the MS student (and her supervisors) for the thoroughness of the work and the well written dissertation.”

To date, this research yielded 1 peer reviewed journal article, 2 peer reviewed conference papers and two non-peer reviewed conference presentations. Currently, another journal article and peer reviewed conference paper are being prepared.

In addition to the academic outputs, discussions are underway with an industrial partner to help design and build a pilot scale test rig, based on the results of this study. When completed, this rig will be taken to several plants to test its drying efficiency on a larger scale and to conduct energy balance calculations to determine the feasibility at this level. An additional project application has been submitted to industry based on the outcomes of her research and the feedback received from one of the examiners.

This year Elmarie has enrolled for a PhD in dry fine coal beneficiation where she will study the applicability of air dense medium fluidised beds for use on -13mm South African coals. Finally, she is currently the holder of a SACPS bursary for this study.


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