This Special Volume pays tribute to one of South Africa’s most accomplished geoscientists, Professor Nicolas Johannes Beukes on the occasion of his 60th birthday. In a career spanning more than 35 years, Nic (or ‘Prof Nic’ as he is known to his students) has trained an entire generation of young geologists, most of whom feature prominently in South Africa’s mineral industry. He has not only introduced countless international researchers to the rich geological heritage of South Africa, but also cultivated international collaboration that generated opportunities for South African students and researchers all over the world. Keys to Nic’s success remain...

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