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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. 

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... 

Efforts redoubled for cost effective standard modular plants for mining industry

26th June 2009 Process engineers DRA Mineral Projects is redoubling its efforts to design and build cost effective standard modular plants for the coal, base metals and diamond mining industry. 

Back to basics for 
Cape Town branch

By: Carla Thomaz     26th June 2009 The principle focus of the new office is on selling plants to the mining industry based on standardised plant modules. DRA has built a number of modular dense media separation (DMS) plants in the past, which have been custom built for specific projects in the coal and diamond-mining industry. 

Another watershed year for Pacific branch

By: Carla Thomaz     26th June 2009 Despite global economic conditions, project house DRA’s Pacific branch achieved another successful project year in 2008. 

Crusher commissioned in record time

26th June 2009 Botswana’s largest primary crusher has been commissioned in record time, reports comminution specialist company IMS Engineering. The Kawasaki EarthTechnica primary gyratory crusher was installed as part of Norilsk Nickel’s 12-million tons a year dense medium separation (DMS) Phase 2 plant... 

Coal preparation

By: Beth Shirley     26th June 2009 South Africa is one of the world’s leading nations in the mining, preparation and use of coal for its internal energy needs and the export market, says project house DRA Mineral Projects process engineering consultant Mark Cresswell. 

Engineering firm installs flotation cells 
at South African platinum mine

By: Jonathan Faurie     26th June 2009 Diversified engineering company Bateman Engineering has recently placed its BQR Flotation Cell technology at the Blue Ridge platinum and Smokey Hills platinum projects in South Africa. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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