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Mining engineering alumni meet at indaba 

TuksAlumni and the Department of Mining Engineering coordinated an event for UP alumni at the International Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 9 February 2009. Mr Wilco Uys, Vice-president: Operations, Energy Coal South Africa at BHP Billiton, was the speaker at the cocktail function, which was attended by 24 guests. Dr Ronny Webber-Youngman, head of the Department of Mining Engineering, also delivered a short address on the role and contribution of the department in the mining industry and the good standing of the University’s alumni in this field.  

The event provided a useful opportunity for the Department of Mining Engineering to involve its alumni and provide them with industry-related value. Stronger relationships were formed with alumni in the mining, geology and engineering sector. Alumni were very positive about the event and expressed the hope that it would become an annual event. They also appreciated the inspirational message by Mr Uys.  

The speaker, Mr Wilco Uys, Deputy President of BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa (BECSA), Dr. Ronny Webber-Youngman, Department of Mining Engineering and Mr Ben Alberts