Monday, 18 April 2016

In brief - corporate hospitality, UCT visit and staying on after an MEI conference

Corporate Hospitality
Comminution '18 got off to a fine start last week with five of the sponsors of Comminution '16 signing up to continue their support.
We also thank three of these sponsors for their post-conference hospitality. On Thursday evening we were guests of Starkey & Associates for dinner, at the Vineyard Hotel's The Square restaurant, accompanied by fine wine from Durbanville Hills kindly provided by Russell Mineral Equipment.
With Donna and John Starkey and Spencer Reeves of Starkey & Associates
Amanda and Jon left for UK on Saturday evening, while Barbara and I were at Blues Restaurant in Camp's Bay, guests of Nick and Felicity Wilshaw, of Grinding Solutions Ltd.
Dinner at Camp's Bay
A brief visit to University of Cape Town
Last week Gaynor Yorath of UCT kindly showed me around the very impressive Chemical Engineering department, which has changed massively since I spent some time there in 1982 as a visiting lecturer. It was good to catch up with Process Mineralogy '17 consultant Megan Becker, who heads the automated mineralogy facility. Hard to believe that this department, which is a major world player in comminution and flotation is ranked only 92 in the ludicrous World Ranking of Mining and Minerals Universities.
With Megan Becket at UCT
Staying on
Always good to see some delegates staying on after conferences rather than flying straight back home. If you have spent some time enjoying what Africa has to offer after Comminution '16, and would like to share some of your photos, please email to Your experiences may guide others in future.
If you are attending a Falmouth conference, a good guide to Cornwall has just been published, and the posting of 11th March 2015 lists some good reasons for staying on in Falmouth.

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