Some useful links -
(NB this page is constantly being added to!)
Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy - http://www.saimm.co.za/
The SAIMM, amongst other services, offer free access to a large number of technical papers.
South African Council for Natural Science Professions - http://www.sacnasp.org.za/
SACNASP are the major professional registration body for the South African minerals industry.
GEMET offer comprehensive geo-metallurgical services.
BAS are Europe's leading producer of certified reference materials covering a broad spectrum of industries including mineral analysis.