The fifth Technical Meeting of 2019 of the Southern African Coal Processing Society  was held at the Colliery Training College (CTC) in Emalahleni on Thursday 21 November 2019 at 14h00.

The last meeting of every year is normally dedicated to presentations given by students that the society sponsors through the year.  We had five students who presented their findings on projects that they have been working on.
The presentations were as follows:

Sayuri Naidoo from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal who presented her project on the “Fluidization of ultra-fine particles”.

Mpho Ramudzwagi from the University of Johannesburg who presented his project on “Optimization and modeling the process of de-mineralizing coal using a hydrocyclone”.

Kgotlelelo Sekgobela from the University of Johannesburg who presented his project on “Assessing mineral matter content in South African coal and their effect on its strength properties”.

Nthabiseng Leokaoke from the University of North West who presented her project on “Green coal development for application in fixed-bed catalytic gasification”.

Lizah Setsepu from the University of the Witswatersrand who presented her project on “Development of a binder for use with discard coal fines”.

A lot of interest was seen from the audience who asked detailed questions to each of the presenters. Congratulations to all of the presenters on excellent presentations.
Picture: Students from L-R: Mpho Ramudzwagi, Kgotlelelo Sekgobela, Nthabiseng Leokaoke, Lizah Setsepu and Sayuri Naidoo


COVID-19 Communique

Dear Member of the SACPS

We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis with COVID-19 (coronavirus). It started as a health crisis, within days became a real economic crisis, and is now on a swift path to becoming a massive fiscal challenge, as well.

The SACPS has considered its members health, in line with National Government and the World Health Organisation. We have postponed all committee and technical meetings and other events that were scheduled up to the end of April 2020. We are in current deliberation with regard to our Annual Dinner scheduled for May 2020. A decision will be taken before the end of March 2020 with regard to our Annual Dinner. We will communicate the outcome of the deliberation to you.

We are also exploring online avenues for our technical sessions, to ensure that our guiding principles of knowledge sharing, exchange of ideas, and education are upheld. We will share more information on this in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or comments, please contact our secretary Gerda at

Remember Crisis does not build courage, it reveals it!

Yours in safety

Devraj Reddy
Chairperson – SACPS