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Infacon XV

Infacon XV: International Ferro-Alloys Congress

Cape Town, South Africa, 25-28 February 2018


Technical Tours

Technical tours are planned for the days immediately after the conference. Costs are still being finalised, and will depend to some extent on the number of participants. Some of the tours will require an overnight stay, as there is quite a bit of travelling involved. We hope to include some scenic stops on the way to the plants, wherever possible. Four of the five planned tours have been confirmed.

Tour 1: Afarak Mogale Alloys (and Mintek)
Thursday 1 March 2018: Early departure by bus from the conference centre to Cape Town Airport.
Fly (2 hours) from Cape Town (CPT) to Lanseria Airport (HLA), and travel by bus to Afarak Mogale Alloys in Krugersdorp / Mogale City.
Technical tour of Afarak Mogale Alloys to see FeCr smelting, AC furnaces, DC furnaces, and a Converter. (Contact person is Willem Smith.)
Lunch at Krugersdorp Game Reserve or Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden or Sterkfontein Caves (still to be decided).
Option 1a: Drive to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in time for Thursday evening flight home.
Option 1b: Overnight at a hotel in the Cradle of Humankind area.
Friday 2 March 2018: Morning game drive through the Rhino and Lion Park, followed by a visit to the Wonder Cave.
Travel by bus (less than 1 hour) to Mintek in Randburg to see the pilot-plant furnaces of Mintek's Pyrometallurgy Division. (Contact person is Isabel Geldenhuys.)
Lunch at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City.
Drive to OR Tambo International Airport in time for Friday evening flight home.
Groups of 15 maximum.
Register your interest for Tour 1a by sending e-mail.
Register your interest for Tour 1b by sending e-mail. (Don't forget to press Send in your e-mail program.)

Tour 2: Richards Bay Alloys
Wednesday 28 February 2018: Late afternoon departure by bus from the conference centre to Cape Town Airport.
Fly (2 hours) from Cape Town (CPT) to OR Tambo Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, and spend the night at a hotel either at the airport or in Sandton.
Thursday 1 March 2018: Early morning (~6am) flight (1 hour) to Richards Bay Airport (RCB).
Travel by bus to Richards Bay Alloys to see FeCr smelting plant. (Contact person is Roelof Retief / Daleen Rivett.)
Lunch overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Option 2a: Afternoon (~3pm) flight to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in time for Thursday evening flight home.
Option 2b: Overnight at a beachfront hotel in Richards Bay.
Friday 2 March 2018: (Not yet confirmed) Morning visit to another smelter in Empangeni.
Afternoon (~3pm) flight to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in time for Friday evening flight home.
Group of 10.
Register your interest for Tour 2a by sending e-mail.
Register your interest for Tour 2b by sending e-mail. (Don't forget to press Send in your e-mail program.)

Tour 3: Transalloys (and Furncor)
Thursday 1 March 2018: Early departure by bus from the conference centre to Cape Town Airport.
Fly (2 hours) from Cape Town (CPT) to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB), and travel by bus to Witbank / eMalahleni to Transalloys SiMn smelter. (Contact person is Theo Morkel.)
Option 3a: After lunch, travel by bus to Middelburg (half an hour) to see Furncor and 3D Projects to see their manufacturing facility for furnace components.
Option 3b: After lunch, drive back directly to OR Tambo International Airport.
Drive to OR Tambo International Airport (~2 hours) in time for Thursday evening flight home.
Group of 20 maximum.
Register your interest for Tour 3a by sending e-mail.
Register your interest for Tour 3b by sending e-mail. (Don't forget to press Send in your e-mail program.)

Tour 4: Assmang's Black Rock manganese mine
Wednesday 28 February 2018: Late afternoon departure by bus from the conference centre to Cape Town Airport.
Fly (2 hours) from Cape Town (CPT) to OR Tambo Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, and spend the night at a hotel either at the airport or in Sandton.
Thursday 1 March 2018: Early morning (~6am) flight (1.5 hours) from Johannesburg to Sishen Airport (SIS) near Kathu.
Travel by bus to see Assmang's Black Rock manganese mine in the Northern Cape (Kalahari) area. (Contact person is Henk Bouwer.)
Afternoon (~4:30pm) flight to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) to get there around 6pm.
Register your interest for Tour 4 by sending e-mail. (Don't forget to press Send in your e-mail program.)

Tour 5: Tronox Namakwa Sands and Saldanha Steel (not yet confirmed)
Thursday 1 March 2018: Early departure by bus from the conference centre northwards along the coast towards the Saldanha Bay area.
Stop for morning tea at the West Coast National Park.
Visit Tronox Namakwa Sands (not yet confirmed) to see ilmenite smelting in DC furnaces.
Visit Saldanha Steel (not yet confirmed).
Return by bus to Century City in Cape Town by late afternoon.
Register your interest for Tour 5 by sending e-mail. (Don't forget to press Send in your e-mail program.)


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