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Contract Mining News

Engineering firm 
congratulates project house on 25 years

     26th June 2009 Diversified engineering firm Atlas Copco Compressor Technique (CT) management and staff extends congratulations to DRA on celebrating 25 years of serving the South African market with distinction. 

Gearless mill drives

     26th June 2009 Gearless mill drives (GMDs) have been installed on platinum-miner Anglo Platinum’s Potgietersrust Platinum (PPRust) 600 000 t/m concentrator. 

Infrastructure and civil engineering

     26th June 2009 Project House DRA Mineral Projects has the ability to offer the full spectrum of civil engineering services from the design of bulk earthworks and services, roads and rail, ports and associated infrastructure, industrial civil and structural design, as well as the construction management of the... 

Minerals operations company ramps up 
new projects

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th June 2009 Minerals operations executive company Minopex is currently ramping up three new projects, says Minopex MD Paul Thomson.


Newly formed company to 
complete Voskhod chromite project 

By: Carla Thomaz     26th June 2009 Project house DRA Kazakhstan (KZ), a subsidiary of DRA Eurasia, has been formed to complete the Voskhod chromite project, in Aktoby, Kazakhstan. 

Plant operations need to be cost and energy efficient

By: Beth Shirley     26th June 2009 While significant recovery of mineral material is of utmost importance in plant processing, it is equally important to ensure that high plant availabilities are achieved, while operating costs, including power consumption are reduced, says projects house DRA Mineral Projects director of process... 

Preconcentration applications

     26th June 2009 Despite the current economic crisis, demand for metals and minerals continues to increase, says projects house DRA Mineral Projects.  

Project house implements staff retention strategy

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th June 2009 Project house DRA has implemented a strategy to retain staff during the economic downturn, says DRA director of project support services Rodney Drew. 

Project house is preserving cash to bridge hard 
times ahead

By: Beth Shirley     26th June 2009 Project house DRA Mineral Projects Financial Director Stefan Venter says that although the company is strong financially, it is preserving capital, especially in the current economic downturn. 

Shareholder foresees long-term relationship with DRA

By: Beth Shirley     26th June 2009 Investment company Shanduka Resources is confident that it will maintain its long-term commitment and 25,1% share in project house DRA Mineral Projects. 

Success in phase 1 secures expansion project  

By: Kelly Farthing     26th June 2009 Project house DRA has been appointed managing contractor for a feasibility study on the Khumani iron-ore mine phase-two expansion project owing to its success as the managing contractor and the main engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) contractor for the first phase of the... 

Winder system 
engineers involved in large platinum shaft project

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th June 2009 Mine winder system engineering company DRA Technical Services (DRATS) is involved in platinum producer Impala Platinum’s Shaft 17 project, which is one of the largest projects currently taking place in the platinum industry, says DRATS MD Graham du Plessis. 

Witbank mine 
to get new lease 
of life

     26th June 2009 A global demand for coal has prompted the optimisation of the diversified miner BHP-Billiton’s Douglas mine, which works the Douglas/Middelburg reef, 25 km east of Witbank. 

CRG brokers machinery hire transaction

By: Loni Prinsloo     19th June 2009 As part of Central Rand Gold’s (CRGs) aim to fulfil its Mining Rights responsibilities, the junior gold-miner negotiated a community joint venture agreement between Qualiprod and Fleurhof Gold Mining Supplies and Services. 

Contract mining company spending above national average on training

By: Kelly Farthing     22nd May 2009 Mining, engineering and construction contracting company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation remains committed to the development and training of its base of over 11 000 employees despite the economic downturn. 

Investment company ups the anti to secure Zambian copper project

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd May 2009 African focused mining investment company Zambian Copper Investments (ZCI) has increased its initial offering for fellow mining company African Copper's mining assets. 

Mining services company striving to support mineworkers’ interests

By: Kelly Farthing     22nd May 2009 Outsourced service provider to the mining industry, JIC Mining Services together with liquidators SBT Trust, are invloved in the preservation of some 4 000 permanent and contractor mineworkers’ jobs, in the recent provisional liquidation of Pamodzi Gold’s Orkney mine, in Free State province. JIC... 

New asset management software JV eyeing African markets

By: Loni Prinsloo     22nd May 2009 Provider and developer of asset management software (AMT) for mining and other asset intensive industries, iSolutions of Australia has stepped into a joint venture (JV) agreement with South African-based AccTech Systems to form a new company iSolutions Africa. 

The benefits of outsourcing equipment  

By: Kelly Farthing     22nd May 2009 Industrial plant rental company Rand-Air has found that business has been affected to a lesser extent by the economic downturn, as many clients are turning to the outsourcing of equipment to minimise expenses and maintain production. 

Economic squeeze brings about shift in mining industry’s supply chains

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th May 2009 A national research study of the mining industry’s supply chains, supplychainforesight, has identified a serious strategic realignment in the industry, brought on by the pressure of the global economic meltdown. 

Opencast mining contractor confident about 2009

By: Darren Parker     8th May 2009 Opencast mining contractor and capital equipment leaser MCC, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Eqstra, is experiencing a steady, yet relatively quiet period, but is expecting an upswing in the third and fourth quarter this year, owing to a spate of new coal projects in the country. 

TWP boosts ’09 headline earnings 23%

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2009 JSE-listed project house TWP Holdings on Monday reported a 23% increase in headline earnings for the year ended February 2009, to R119-million. Headline earnings a share rose to 102,23 c a share, compared with the 93,82c a share recorded for 2008. While the majority of the company’s underlying... 

New fleet arrives at Castle Gold's El Castillo mine

By: Liezel Hill     20th April 2009 Portions of a new equipment fleet are on site and starting operations at the El Castillo mine, in Mexico, and owner Castle Gold expects the new equipment to boost the total monthly mine production of waste and ore material to 600 000 t effective immediately, the firm said. This rate represents a... 

Bounty Mining to provide mining services at Chain Valley mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th February 2009 ASX-listed Bounty Mining, through its subsidiary InCoal, has entered into an agreement with a Peabody subsidiary, and the majority owner and operator of the Chain Valley coal mine, near Newcastle, to provide mining services at the mine. The services would supplement Chain Valley’s operations by... 

Lack of resource funding moves company closer to junior miner status

By: Carla Thomaz     28th November 2008 TWP Finance working towards listing as junior mining company 

Order book continues to grow

By: Carla Thomaz     28th November 2008 With the recent price drop in commodities, TMP is exploring new business opportunities in the areas of fine chemicals, and cogeneration power. 

Preparation to execute maiden project begins 

By: Carla Thomaz     28th November 2008 Local engineering, procurement and construction management group TWP has completed the feasibility study for junior platinum producer Wesizwe Platinum’s Frischgewaagd-Ledig mine project, in the North West Province. 

Quality management recertification received

By: Carla Thomaz     28th November 2008 TWP receives ISO 9000 QMS recertification 

Safety milestones at four projects

By: Carla Thomaz     28th November 2008 The 2008 death toll in South Africa’s mining industry has now reached well over 120, however mining focused engineering project house TWP’s safety-conscious culture, where safety is its number-one priority, has resulted in TWP achieving a number of milestones in its mining projects. 

Top honours for Turbine Square

By: Carla Thomaz     28th November 2008 The newly acquired TWP Holdings subsidiary, TPS Architects, is part of the team that has been awarded the 2008 South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) award for Innovative Excellence in Property Development, as well as the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s 2008 steel... 

Sandvik opens office in Namibia to cope with soaring demand 

By: Leandi Kolver     24th October 2008 “Namibia is currently experiencing a surge of growth in its mining and mineral exploration sectors just like many countries in Africa. It has a particularly significant expansion in uranium,” he says.  

‘Naked potential criminality and fraud’ at Sentula, says chairperson Sam Jonah

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2008 “Naked potential criminality and fraud” appeared to have taken place within the JSE-listed, but currently suspended, Sentula Mining, Sentula chairperson Sir Sam Jonah said on Wednesday. “In all my public life, and I have been around the block a few times, I have never seen such nakedness in... 

Achieving success with customised cooling systems

     17th October 2008 Heating, ventilation and cooling specialist Booyco Engineering reports an approbative market response on its custom engineered cooling system, the Booyco Bushcooler. 

Ontario promotes mining equipment, services in Mexico

By: Liezel Hill     16th October 2008 Representatives of Ontario's Ministries of Northern Development and Mines and International Trade and Investment will be in Mexico next week to promote the Canadian province's mining equipment and services sector. The Ministries are cohosting a booth at the Expo-Minera Sonora 2008 trade show,... 

Mining equipment firm relocates and consolidates to gear up for growth

By: Dennis Ndaba     12th September 2008 Mining, construction, cranes and road-building equipment supplier Terex Africa has moved into its new multimillion rand premises in Kempton Park, north-east of Johannesburg. 

Mineral and metals division drills deep

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA Metals and Minerals division secured the contract to supply the sinking stage headgear and the permanent headgear for platinum producer Impala Platinum’s No 17 shaft. 

Power generation company expands premises

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th August 2008 Power generation service specialist Alstom is now pressing ahead with its plans to increase capacity at its Benoni plant by a furher 40% over and above its level of a year ago.  

Sentula probing the intent behind accounting errors

By: Matthew Hill     12th August 2008 JSE-listed Sentula Mining on Tuesday said that it was probing “the intent behind” the past management’s accounting irregularities that led to the restatement of its 2007 financial results. CEO Robin Berry told Mining Weekly Online that the company planned on publishing the findings of the... 

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