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Project management firm awarded iron-ore DFS

     2nd September 2011 Engineering and project management company Amec has been awarded a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for iron-ore developer Ferrum Crescent Limited’s Moonlight iron-ore project, in the Limpopo province.  

DRC cobalt increase driving technology

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2011 Cobalt extractive metallurgy and process engineering technology developments over the past two decades are helping miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and elsewhere to meet the increasing world demand for cobalt. 

Eqstra to cease distributing Terex mining equipment by end 2013

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2011 Contract mining and equipment group Eqstra Holdings would cease distributing Terex mining equipment at the end of 2013, said Eqstra CEO Walter Hill on Tuesday. Reporting on the company’s financial results for the year ended June 30, he noted that Eqstra had a contract in place until the end of... 

PGMs project moving forward

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2011 JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum’s Frischgewaagd-Ledig platinum-group metals (PGMs) project, in the Western Bushveld Complex, is moving forward with the next step of starting civil works. 

Phoenix project has smooth take-off

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2011 The construction of the chrome tailings retreatment plant (CTRP) at precious metals producer Pan African Resources’ Phoenix Platinum project, in the North West, has progressed well and is significantly ahead of schedule and within budget, says mining operations executive Ron Holding. 

JIC Mining Services clinches contract for underground development at Rustenburg PGM project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th August 2011 South African underground mining contractor JIC Mining Services has been contracted by Canadian mining company Platinum Group Metals for phase one underground development of twin 1 200 m central decline tunnels into the Project 1 platinum deposit for the purposes of retrieving a bulk sample and... 

SA firm Redpath clinches R67m contract to build sand tunnel at Botswana’s Ghaghoo diamond mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th July 2011 International diamond producer Gem Diamonds has awarded a R67-million contract to contract mining firm Redpath South Africa for the development of a sand tunnel at the recommissioned Ghaghoo diamond mine, in Botswana. 

Record-breaking steel headgear at Gold Fields’ South Deep

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd June 2011 Gold Fields has completed the world’s tallest steel headgear, standing at 87 m, at its South Deep Twin Shafts complex, near Westonaria, in the North-West. The 1 900 t structure, which used 100% South African made materials, has steelwork value of about R40-million and was installed by South... 

Key to success lies in education

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Employing the right people for the job at hand is the key to the success of plant hire company ALS BEE, part of the ALS group, says ALS BEE MD Bethuel Mokotedi.  

Kito electric hoists for platinum mine

     20th May 2011 Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker group, has supplied 24 Kito electric hoists to a platinum mine in the Rustenburg area. 

JV wins more contract work in West Africa

     20th May 2011 Underground rock-mining company Barminco and diversified mining and services company Ausdrill’s 50:50 joint-venture (JV) African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) has started three new underground contract mining projects in the West African region with three leading gold-mining companies. 

Changing methods of sinking vertical shafts in mining

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Mining infrastructure, construction and services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation is changing the way mines and contractors work with vertical shafts through the introduction of its advanced shaft-lining technology. 

Mining service providers seeing industry growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Mining service provider JIC Mining Services CEO Jacques Roux believes the general climate in the contract-mining industry is becoming more buoyant, with opportunities available and out on tender. 

Win-win contract to ensure successful partnerships

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Law firm Webber Wentzel Attorneys partner Megan Jarvis says that, for a contract-mining agreement to be successful, it needs to be equally beneficial for both the mining contractor and the holder of the mining rights. 

Barloworld warns on mining product lead times as orders return to record levels

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2011 Industrial brand manager Barloworld expects the recovery in orders, sales and profitability recorded during the six months to December 31, 2010, to accelerate further in the second half, with order books continuing to increase across most of its businesses. The JSE-listed group, which is best... 

Contract miner Leighton says floods halt activities

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th January 2011 ASX-listed contract miner and construction specialist the Leighton Group on Wednesday reported that a number of its contract mining operations in Queensland had been affected by the severe weather conditions in Queensland. In taking precautions with employee safety, some of the operations have... 

Project management group sees increase in industry

     5th November 2010 The small projects division of local mine engineering and project management company DRA Group, DRA Turnkey Projects, reports that it is currently undertaking a number of new projects in Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Angola. 

Improving operations management to 
enhance production

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th August 2010 Targeted consulting and implementation services company Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings CEO and MD Ian Huntly says that most platinum mines, as well as other deep-level mines, do not have access to enough reliable information on their below-ground operations. 

Platinum projects on the go for 
engineering firm

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th August 2010 Engineering projects firm TWP Projects has signed the main engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for South African platinum-miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats) No 17 shaft project in Rustenburg, in North West province. 

Additional work 
awarded at 
Unki mine

     20th August 2010 Construction firm Cosira Group has been awarded the additional Unki conveyor structural, mechanical and piping (SMP) project in Zimbabwe. 

Contracts secured despite tough competition

By: Tracy Hancock     9th July 2010 The competition to secure contracts in the African mining industry has become increasingly stiff from Australian and Canadian companies, reports process engineering and project management company Bateman Engineering Sub-Saharan Africa MD Tollie Nel. 

New milestones achieved by local engineering contractor

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st May 2010 South African engineering contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has amassed a number of accreditations and achievements of late. Most significant among these is its safety record of three million fatality-free shifts at Kroondal Platinum Mine, in the North West province. 

Engineering company expands and refocuses

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st May 2010 International engineering company AMEC Minproc is looking to expand its staff complement in Johannesburg South Africa, as work gradually increases. 

Tougher regulation on the cards for contractors

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st May 2010 South African labour has called on government to be more stringent on labour brokers and on contractors, which may result in tough times ahead for smaller labour brokering and contracting firms. 

Beating growth target of two new plants a year

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2010 Outsourced plant operation and maintenance specialist Minopex is exceeding its target of winning contracts to run two additional mineral processing plants a year. Minopex last year secured contracts to operate three additional plants and this year the company is being contracted to run another... 

Proactive initiatives result in OHSAS recommendation

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Engineering projects firm TWP Projects has been recommended for OHSAS 18001 certification and is awaiting certification from the international certification authority in Germany. 

Site-specific weather forecasting impacts on mine safety

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Weather forecast provider Weather Intelligence Systems (WIS) is providing site-specific, near-term, relevant weather forecasting to the mining industry through its WISPOP product, which enables mines to optimise production schedules and take safety precautions well in advance of inclement weather.  

New safety programme rewards project management company

By: Eleanor Seggie     14th May 2010 Mining, engineering and project management company Read, Swatman & Voigt (RSV) has been recommended for OHSAS 18001:2007 certification and recently achieved one-million fatality free shifts over ten months. 

Commitment to 
mechanisation is 
key to mine safety

     14th May 2010 South African mines will need a better qualified work force to make faster progress towards a safer work environment. 

Local company to start work on multimillion-rand projects

     7th May 2010 Construction firm Basil Read has started work on new mining contracts worth over R1-billion, one of which is the biggest-ever single capital commitment in the private sector in Botswana, as part of two separate joint ventures (JVs). 

Regional strategy gains momentum

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The TWP Holdings group has added two more regional offices to its portfolio, with the opening of offices in Zambia and Peru earlier this year to complement its existing offices in the Limpopo and North West provinces of South Africa. 

Optimism the order of the day

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 After the recent economic global slump, the projects company of TWP Holdings is positive about opportunities in the year ahead. As the largest subsidiary within TWP Holdings, TWP Projects has a major role to play in the success of the overall group and MD Digby Glover tells Mining Weekly that... 

TWP targets further growth and profits

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 Project house TWP Holdings has set itself the goal of tripling its turnover and profits by 2015. The company merged with construction giant Basil Read in December 2009 and is confident that the tie-up will allow both entities to boost their turnovers. 

Business picking up Down Under

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 Things are beginning to look up for the Australian subsidiary of South African multi-disciplinary project house TWP Holdings. After a difficult 2009 characterised by a number of projects being postponed and staff numbers cut, TWP Australia is confident that it is on the road to recovery. 

Energy division making its mark

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The provision of sustainable energy solutions is the key focus of the energy division of project house TWP Holdings. TWP Energy GM Ian Curry tells Mining Weekly that the division does not intend to become involved in huge energy projects, such as the construction of Eskom’s new base load power... 

A risk worth taking

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The history of TWP dates back to 1982, when a 25-year old Nigel Townshend obtained his PR Eng qualification and decided it was the right time to try and establish his own company. 

Investment arm seeks to list within three years

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The investment division of TWP, known as TWP Investments, has set its sights on becoming an independent entity within the next two to three years, and seeks to be listed separately as a mid-tier natural resources and energy company. 

New company to handle plant maintenance and operation services

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 TWP Holdings has formalised its plant maintenance and operation services into a new company called Outsourced Plant Operations (OPS), which will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the group. 

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