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BUSINESS IOQ/ASPASA CONFERENCE CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH AWARDS By Eamonn Ryan | All photos by Nico Pienaar The 50th Institute of Quarrying (incorporating Aspasa) annual conference and exhibition was held in Durban over the two days of 11 and 12 April 2019. T he conference celebrating its 50th anniversary was “a great success”, says Aspasa director Nico Pienaar. One of many highlights was the Aspasa annual awards for top performers in its health & safety and environmental audits ceremony at a gala dinner event it hosted during the event. Aspasa had arranged for the chief inspector of mines (CIOM) to deliver a paper, “and he gave a very good summary of the surface mining industry’s situation”, says Pienaar. “We were also blessed that the CIOM handed out the Aspasa Health and Safety Awards and the recipients were proud to receive it from the ‘top’ — the regulator.” There were other speakers that Aspasa had organised who all presented excellent papers. Barry Pearce spoke on the programme that Aspasa has developed on Quality and Laboratory testing. It became clear that there was a huge need for Aspasa members to produce quality materials when supplying to the different clients like provincial and national roads. Dr Doug Potter spoke about the issue of cannabis in the workplace and included fatigue management. The Aspasa chairperson gave a summary of what Aspasa was doing and this paper would be on the Aspasa website. A static exhibition was staged at the Elangeni Hotel in Durban, KwaZulu- Natal, open for the duration of the conference and giving delegates an opportunity to view the latest technology in the quarrying industry. The exhibition was open from 8:00 to 17:00 on the Thursday and 8:00 to 13:00 on the Friday. 12_QUARRY SA | MAY/JUNE 2019 The keynote presentation was ‘My Father’s Coat’, an acclaimed story by Michael Charton — the realisation of his decade-long ambition to make the incredible story of South Africa more accessible. For Charton’s belief is that our past, notwithstanding the trauma, holds within it great powers of unity. This is South African history as it has never been told: An emotional and provocative story tracking 200 tumultuous years through the eyes of five interconnected and controversial protagonists: Mzilikazi, Kruger, Rhodes, Smuts, and Mandela. “The talk on ‘My Father’s Coat’, done by Michael Charton, was very enlightening, to the extent that people spoke about it during the conference. The talk was so well presented that the audience was glued to their seats. The focus of the talk was on the history of South Africa, but touched on aspects that were not often known or understood. There are books on this subject, but the author covers the five men who gave the history a great focus. It starts with Mzilikazi, then to Kruger, Rhodes, Smuts, and ends of with Mandela. What is unique about this talk is the interlink of the five leaders,” explains Pienaar. “There were two excellent student papers done as well. Lebo Lebase did a paper on Mechanical Fatigue Failure and Remedial Design. The second student paper was done by Matsobane Manyathela who explained some of the practical examples of blasting in a quarry; this was very informative. Bryan Rookledge gave a summary of the lighter side of the history of the IOQ and some of the escapades of the previous generation — some hair- raising stories that would land one www.quarryonline.co.za