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Refractory lining to be completed in June next year

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th September 2013 Mineral processing and mining services company Dickinson Group has been contracted to complete the refractory lining of all the smelting units at Toronto-listed company First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM’s) Kansanshi mine, in Zambia.  

Trackless high-speed development project to be completed next year

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th September 2013 Following the success of the decline sinking project in October last year at Lubambe copper mine, in Zambia, mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a new contract, extended until January next year, for trackless high-speed development at the joint venture-owned... 

M&R Cementation reaches 700 m milestone on Zambia shaft project

By: Samantha Herbst     9th August 2013 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation Zambia has reached the 700 m mark in its endeavour to sink and equip a synclinorium shaft for integrated copper and cobalt producer Mopani Copper Mines (MCM). The Mopani synclinorium shaft project, which is due for completion in June 2015,... 

Australia-based contractor sets sights on Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th August 2013 Australia-based underground mining contractor Barminco will begin work next month on a three-year development and production contract at the Mount Lyell copper, gold and silver mine, in Queenstown, Tasmania, 240 km south of the Australian mainland, CEO Peter Stokes tells Mining Weekly. 

Safety is pivotal for deep-level mining

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th June 2013 Companies that are active in South Africa’s gold mining industry face operational difficulties with regard to the nature of deep-level mining. Safety is the top priority for Redpath Mining contractors on its shaft rehabilitation project at gold producer Gold Field’s South Deep gold mine,... 

Roller bearing requires no maintenance

     21st June 2013 Roller-bearings manufacturer SKF reports that it has added the sealed spherical roller bearing (SRB) to its range of quality products. The SRB is a three-barrier solution that is virtually maintenance free, which is an advantage for the mining and minerals industry. 

Glencore Xstrata cancels Macmahon contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th June 2013 Multinational major Glencore Xstrata has cancelled a shaft sinking contract at the CSA copper mine, in New South Wales, with ASX-listed project house Macmahon. Macmahon said on Wednesday that the shaft sinking project had been expected to deliver a further A$6-million in revenue until June this... 

Mining contract expands service offering

By: Chantelle Kotze     24th May 2013 Mining contractor Concor Opencast Mining, a division of construction firm Murray & Roberts Construction, tells Mining Weekly that, in addition to its opencast mining services, it is considering venturing into chemical and hot-waste handling, with the possible addition of slimes handling services,... 

Contract to distinguish owner mined from contract mined operations

     24th May 2013 The choice between owner-based mining and contract mining is becoming increasingly critical as mines focus on improving ore quantities and grades at lower production costs, says consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting international business development director Rod Stewart. 

Skills training imperative for achieving fatality-free shifts

By: Chantelle Kotze     24th May 2013 Mining services company NewRak Mining senior GM Andy Brown tells Mining Weekly that, to date, the company has successfully achieved seven years and ten months of fall-of-ground fatality-free shifts at its operations. 

Drilling solutions help extend mine life

     24th May 2013 Australia-based underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco reports mine life can be extended through drilling programmes. The company successfully completed its most complicated drilling programme to date, at gold giant AngloGold Ashanti’s Moab Khotsong gold mine in the Vaal river area of... 

Manganese, iron-ore junior awards beneficiation plant contract

By: Samantha Herbst     10th May 2013 Manganese and iron-ore junior Diro Resources has contracted bulk materials handling solutions provider ELB Engineering Services to design, supply and construct a 200-t/h dense-medium separation (DMS) plant and related infrastructure to beneficiate iron-ore at its Kathu-based mine, in the Northern... 

Vertical-drop system mitigates underground mining challenges

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th April 2013 Explosives and initiating systems supplier AEL Mining Services says the company aims to target the African market with its vertical-drop emulsion delivery system this year. 

Furnace contractor makes foray into mining sector

By: Samantha Herbst     29th March 2013 Local smelter and mineral processing furnace contractor the Dickinson Group has made its public debut into the mining sector after establishing its new mining division one year ago. The refractory specialist has introduced two international product ranges to the local underground mining market,... 

320 Sentula Mining heavy-equipment items to be sold at Witbank auction 

     22nd March 2013 Vancouver-based Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, is gearing up for an open auction later this month on behalf of South Africa-based mining company Sentula Mining, which will see more than 320 of its heavy-equipment items and trucks being sold. The auction, to... 

'SA Inc.' approach required to deal with ‘unsustainable’ labour situation  

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2013 South African construction and engineering group Aveng has warned that ongoing labour unrest – which lopped R123-million, or 23%, off its profits during the interim period to December 31, 2012 – not only represented an earnings risk for the coming six months, but was also undermining South... 

Chairlift installation at Kroondal almost complete

By: Samantha Herbst     1st February 2013 The installation of a second chairlift system for platinum-group metals major Aquarius Platinum’s (AQP’s) K6 Decline project, in the North West province, will soon be completed by mining communications, automation and safety solutions specialist Becker Mining South Africa. The project is part of... 

Tier 1 EPCM service provider discusses role beyond Amplats projects

By: Samantha Herbst     14th December 2012 Despite Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) operating in a challenging climate, owing to weak platinum demand and wage disputes this year, there has been sustained engagement between Amplats and engineering project house TWP, says TWP CEO Digby Glover. He says being selected in 2010 as one of Anglo... 

Expanded capabilities offering secures new contracts in Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th December 2012 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded new contracts in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Botswana during 2012 through expanding the capabilities of its mine development, mine engineering, mine services and contract mining... 

Various skills development programmes earmarked for 2013

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th December 2012 In addition to focusing on its usual value chain of skills development, mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation will introduce new training modules in 2013 on shaft sinking using the ‘Cementation Way’, trackless mechanised mining equipment, as well as high-level skills such as project... 

Beleaguered platinum industry launches new dispensation bid  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2012 The co-crafting of a new dispensation for the beleaguered platinum sector is under way nder professional facilitation. The sector has met over several days to launch a framework to return the industry to stability and set it back on a course of sustainability. Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant... 

M&R says it’s not overly exposed to culled mining project pipeline

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2012 JSE-listed construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which is increasingly pinning its fortunes to continued growth in the mining, oil and gas sectors, moved to assure investors on Thursday that it was not overly exposed to some of the recently announced mining-project cutbacks.... 

Contract mining and plant rental division pushes up Eqstra profit

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2012 JSE-listed Eqstra on Tuesday reported improved financial results for the 2012 financial year, boosted by increased aftermarket sales in its industrial equipment division, as well as an upsurge in rental activity from its contract mining and plant rental division. Profit increased to R488-million... 

India looking to lure foreign contract miners

By: Ajoy K Das     3rd July 2012 The Indian government has proposed fleshing out a model framework for a mine development and operation (MDO) agreement in a bid to lure foreign investments into contract mining. “In the last few months, few contract mining projects have taken off. But for it to gain momentum, policy thrust was... 

SA mining skills in high demand but short supply

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th May 2012 The ability of recruiters to source technically skilled South African mining labourers is becoming increasingly difficult and these expertise will soon be in serious short supply, says project support specialist Mecs Africa MD Roland Glass.  

Mining specialists team up for Beeshoek project

     25th May 2012 Concor Opencast Mining, a division of construction firm Murray & Roberts Construction, and mining specialist Basil Read Mining, in a joint venture (JV), have embarked on a contract to extend the perimeter of an existing pit at raw materials supplier Assmang’s Beeshoek iron-ore mine, near... 

Emigration causes decline in mining skills

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th May 2012 The activity level of the contract mining and outsourcing industry is increasing but the skilled labour shortage remains a major challenge as experts are still leaving South Africa for political and safety reasons says mining contractor Redpath Mining technical services and marketing GM Dirk... 

Tyre firm seeks to further penetrate the African market

By: Dimakatso Motau     6th April 2012 Beltyre Africa, the Belshina tyre distributor for Africa, states it is vigorously aiming to market its product range into the African market, this year. 

Aveng consolidates mining businesses into one Africa-focused unit 

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2012 South African construction group Aveng has consolidated its opencast and underground mining business into a single R6-billion-revenue unit, which will pursue the expanding resources-linked opportunities arising globally, but especially in Africa. CEO Roger Jardine says Aveng Mining is already... 

German company to host bauma trade show in South Africa in 2013

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th December 2011 Trade fair company Messe München International is bringing its international tradeshow bauma to South Africa for the first time in September 2013. 

M&R Cementation achieves BBBEE Level 5

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd December 2011 Construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M & R) Cementation has achieved broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) level-five status, following an audit by an independent verification body. 

Sentula headline earnings flat, CEO sees volatile period ahead

By: Henry Lazenby     18th November 2011 JSE-listed mining services provider and coal miner Sentula Mining on Friday reported a R230-million loss for the half-year ended September 30, despite a 10% revenue increase to R1.35-billion. Headline earnings, which strip out certain one-off costs, remained unchanged at 10.6c a share when... 

Sentula issues interim trading update

By: Henry Lazenby     16th November 2011 JSE-listed Sentula Mining on Wednesday said it expected to report a loss of between 38.47c a share and 38.97c a share for the six months ended September 30. This compared with the earnings a share of 9.89c in the same period last year. 

Global company awarded shaft sinking and equipping contract for Mopani

     4th November 2011 Zambia-based, mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded the shaft sinking and equipping of the synclinorium shaft for miner Mopani Copper Mines, Nkana mine, in Zambia. 

German firm unveils upgraded maintenance management system

By: Dimakatso Motau     28th October 2011 Metallurgical plant and machine construction company SMS Siemag, in Germany, has introduced the upgraded integrated maintenance management system (IMMS) to the global market. 

Chinese firm buys into local engineering company

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th October 2011 Chinese engineering group Dadi Engineering Development Group has acquired a 20% stake in South African project engineering firm ProMet Engineers Africa. 

Growth opportunities abound but challenges remain

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2011 Global engineering and technology corporation Metso’s mining and construction technology segment has received an order intake, its largest to date, of €1.185-million during the second quarter of this year. This is up from €841-million in the first quarter. 

Multiple projects progressing on schedule

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2011 Metallurgical and chemical solutions provider Outotec is progressing on schedule with the €119-million design and delivery of a new manganese sinter plant, the largest in the world, for the Kalagadi Manganese project, near Hotazel, in the Northern Cape, says marketing communications manager for... 

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