Young Persons' Lecture Competition

This prestigious competition is aimed at young scientists and engineers in the disciplines of Materials, Minerals, Mining, Packaging, Clay Technology and Wood Science and they will be judged on their presentation skills, which include diction and enthusiasm, visual aids, handling of questions by the judges and technical content. 


It was an honour to host the 2018 Young Persons' World Lecture Compeittion in Port Elizabeth on Thursday 11 October 2018. 

Congratulations to Kyle Saltmarsh, from Australia, on taking the win.

Click here to view the competition videos


The winner of the 2018 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition is Farirai Nyoni, from the University of Zimbabwe. Farirai won the judges over with his excellent presentation skills whilst presenting his paper “Burn cut optimisation to increase blast advance at Unki mine

This year’s competition saw 9 people competing for the title on Thursday 21 June in Port Elizabeth. We had 3 competitors from Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela University), 3 from the Gauteng Region (2 from WITS University and one from the Mintek Group) and 3 from the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. This was the first year that Zimbabwe competed and they did very well.

Second place went to Anesu Magumise (WITS University), presentation title “Environmentally friendly recycling of cemented tungsten carbides” and 3rd place to Wesley Banda (Mintek Group) with his presentation “Manganese Slags in Buildings. The Waste Side Story

The camaraderie and support between the contestants was very visible throughout the day.

We wish Farirai all the best as he goes on to represent Southern Africa at the World Competition on 11 October 2018 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Winner: Farirai Nyoni

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 Top 3: Wesley Banda, Farirai Nyoni; Anesu Magumise

 2018 top 3

Top 9: Robert Yuill (NMU), Dean Zimucha (Wits), Alice John (University Zimbabwe), Anesu Magumise (Wits), Wesley Banda (Mintek Group), Victor Agbakoba (NMU), Farirai Nyoni (University Zimbabwe), Abongile Gada (NMU), Tonyson Nyabote (University Zimbabwe)

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Name: Matthew Mayne
Title of Lecture: How do rocks melt? A question requiring both chemistry and thermodynamics
General Comment: Matthew went on to represent South Africa in the World Competition in Australia
 2017 winner Matthew Mayne
Name: Jean Potgieter
Title of Lecture: Effects of Compaction on Lateral Earth Pressure
General  Comment: Jean came 2nd in the World Competition which took place in Brazil
2016 Jean  Potgieter Profile
Name: Daniel Avutia, of SRK Consultants
Title of Lecture: Analytical study of sinkhole propogation in South Africa
General Comment: Daniel went on to represent South Africa in the World Competition in Ireland
2015 05 21-16-Daniel Avutia


ameRaphael Smith, from CapeRay Medical
Title of Lecture
The design, construction and testing of a hermetically sealed breast
                       platform for dual-modality mammography
General Comment:
Raphael won the 2014 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition in Riverside, USA

2014 06 26-14-Raphael Smith2


Name: Cornelis van Niekerk from University of Pretoria
Title of Lecture: Novel technique for in-situ laser alloying of AISI 410L stainless steel
                           with nitrogen
during laser cladding
General Comment: Cornelis won the 2013 Young Persons' World Lecture Competition in Hong Kong

2013.10.31-59-Cornelis  his prizes