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Chilean project marks start of group’s new synergy

By: Carla Thomaz     12th February 2010 The mining contracting division of construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), M&R Cementation South Africa and Cementation Canada have been selected as one of the preferred contractors for the shaft design packages at the Chuquicamata mine, in Chile. 

Environmental firm holds forum at Indaba

By: Carla Thomaz     12th February 2010 Ground engineering and environmental services firm Golder Associates and the Canadian-South African Chamber of Business have held an interactive forum focusing on whether or not Africa is choosing its investors wisely for its own growth and development in the mining industry. 

Company’s mining contracting business experiences growth

22nd January 2010 Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) experienced strong growth in its mining contracting business for the year to June 2009. 

Refurbished winders to cost Mpumalanga gold mine 40% less

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th January 2010 Winder consulting and engineering company, DRA Technical Services, has secured a contract for the refurbishment and delivery of two winders for the Burnstone gold mine, near Balfour in Mpumalanga province. 

Mine project firm TWP to open in Peru, Abu Dhabi, eyeing Libya

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2009 Mining project firm TWP, now part of the Basil Read construction and mining company, is to open in Peru and Abu Dhabi, TWP CEO Nigel Townshend said on Tuesday. "We're opening up in Lima in January as TWP, and in Abu Dhabi in conjunction Basil Read," Townshend said. A presence in Libya was being... 

Mine project firm TWP to delist on Dec 11, absorbed into Basil Read

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2009 The shares of the JSE-listed mine project management company TWP would cease trading on December 11, when the company would be delisted and absorbed into JSE construction and mining contracting company Basil Read, TWP CEO Nigel Townshend said on Tuesday. TWP shareholders would receive cash and... 

Modder East part of a new generation of SA mines

By: Lindsey Berry     4th December 2009 The Modder East gold mine project, on Gauteng’s East Rand, is a “new-generation gold mine,” says mining consultant Turgis CEO Rob Wilson. 

Safety and innovation 
play key role for shaft 
sinking company

By: Amanda Strydom     23rd October 2009 Mining contractors Grinaker-LTA Mining have designed a new small shaft sinking headgear for petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Thubelisha mining project. 

Basil Read to acquire TWP in deal involving cash and shares

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th September 2009 Construction company Basil Read and engineering and contracting firm TWP Holdings have reached an agreement under which Basil Read would acquire the entire issued share capital of TWP. Basil Read would pay out more than 37,3-million new ordinary shares, as well as more than R143,6-million in... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation reaches wage deal, strike averted

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2009 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation said on Monday that the proposed strike by the National Union of Mineworkers had been prevented, as a two-year wage agreement was reached on Friday night. Spokesperson Eduard Jardim told Mining Weekly Online that under the agreement, wages would... 

Labour issues halt mining at Platmin’s flagship SA mine

By: Chanel de Bruyn     13th August 2009 Opencast mining activities at TSX- and JSE-listed Platmin’s Pilanesberg Platinum Mine (PPM) have been interrupted following the dismissal of about 500 employees of mining contractor, MCC, over an illegal strike action. The platinum-miner noted in a statement that the workers had taken part in an... 

Management, BEE grouping assume control of dust control systems maker

By: Loni Prinsloo     31st July 2009 Black economic empowerment (BEE) agency, the National Empowerment Fund (NEF), concluded a R41,9-million investment deal to finance a 100% buy-out of Colliery Dust Control (CDC) in Springs. 

Hostage drama slows production at Eastplats' Crocodile River mine

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th July 2009 Two days worth of production had, by Friday afternoon, been lost at the Zandfontein section of Canadian platinum-miner Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) Crocodile River mine (CRM), near Brits, in South Africa’s North West province. About 500 contract workers from JIC and Sindele had started an... 

South African contractor clinches shaft sinking 
contracts at Botswana mine

By: Loni Prinsloo     10th July 2009 South African construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has recently secured two contracts at Bamang-wato Concessions’ (BCL) Selebi north shaft in Botswana. 

US company launches first smart services centre in Africa

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd July 2009 US mining services company Joy Mining Machinery, reports that the South African mining industry is the perfect industry for the company to develop and grow its Smart Services Centre concept, which it hopes to launch into the rest of the world. 

Comminution company completes Voorspoed diamond liberation contract

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd July 2009 Comminution company Polycom, manufactured, supplied and commissioned a high pressure grinding roll (HPGR) for effective diamond liberation as well as a scrubber for disagglomeration to the Voorspoed diamond mine in the Free State. 

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. 

Dense medium separation plants

26th June 2009 The use of dense medium separation (DMS) technology to recover diamond indicator minerals from prospecting samples has been largely the domain of diamond miner De Beers. 

Preconcentration applications

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

Drawing design office is where it all happens

26th June 2009 Project house DRA Mineral Projects’ reputation for completing projects on time and within budget has been a self-imposed target since its inception. However, this would not be attainable without the support of its design drawing office, considered the company’s most dynamic and busiest environment. 

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... 

DRA completes remote 
diamond exploration project

By: Carla Thomaz     26th June 2009 A recently completed diamond exploration project in one of the most remote locations in the world, Greenland, required that project house DRA’s entire plant be stripped down to parts weighing no more than 800 kg. 

China – DRA’s growth market

By: Carla Thomaz     26th June 2009 With its dominance in the world coal market, China has become a significant market for project house DRA’s advanced coal dressing technology. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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.

 

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. 

Bearing company 
supplies order to 
new mine

26th June 2009 Bearings manufacturer Bearings International (BI) and manufacturer of conveyor pulleys, forging, plate rolling Bosworth, divisions of bearings and power transmission company Hudaco Trading, have successfully fulfilled a R25-million order placed by project house DRA for the supply of pulley... 

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. 

Company supplies electric motors for projects

26th June 2009 Project house DRA has placed numerous orders on behalf of its clients for medium-voltage motors with electric motors supplier Alstom Electrical Machines’ Large Motors division. 

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. 

Ceded Vhumbanani projects set for success

By: Beth Shirley     26th June 2009 Project house Vhumbanani’s ceded platinum concentrator projects are set for success, says project house DRA Mineral Projects projects sponsor Roger Paton. 

Electrical, control and instrumentation

26th June 2009 Project house DRA’s multidisciplinary electrical, instrumentation and control (E,I&C) department has the ability to engineer high voltage, medium voltage and low voltage instrumentation and control systems to the company’s control systems software. 

DRA expands international footprint

By: Carla Thomaz     26th June 2009 The increasing demand for electricity and the potential for mineral beneficiation projects spanning various mineral types made India a logical destination for DRA to develop and expand it’s international footprint. 

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. 

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. 

Company trains Indian engineers for international branch

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th June 2009 Project house DRA is currently training seven Indian engineers in South Africa for its Indian branch, DRA India, says DRA director of project support services Rodney Drew. 

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