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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. 

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.  

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. 

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... 

Auditors approve Sentula’s ’09 profit forecast

By: Matthew Hill     29th July 2008 Sentula Mining’s share price rose rapidly in late trade JSE on Tuesday, after it said that its auditors had approved its 2009 profit forecast as “acceptable”. The forecast in question had resulted in the company having its shares suspended on the local bourse, after a director said on a... 

Richards Bay Minerals approves R1-billion project

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th July 2008 The heavy mineral sand mining operation north of Richards Bay, Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), has approved over R1-billion in funding for its tailing treatment plant project (TTP). 

Namakwa Sands boosts safety standards

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th July 2008 The integrated mineral sands mining, mineral separation and metal smelting operation purchased Namakwa Sands, by multicommodity resources giant Exxaro Resources, has boosted the company’s occupational safety standards with the implementation of automated plant clearance software IntelliPERMIT at... 

Sentula expects profit to increase to R400m, shares rise

By: Matthew Hill     27th June 2008 Mining services and coal development company Sentula on Friday said it expected to make a post-tax profit of R400-million for the year to March 2009, which would be a 70% increase on the previous year's figure of R234-million. The announcement came after trading in the company's shares was... 

Sentula more than doubles profit, CEO upbeat about future

By: Matthew Hill     25th June 2008 Mining services company Sentula Mining reported that its after-tax profit for the year ended March 31 had more than doubled to R234-million from the restated figure of R93-million. The JSE listed company rose 7,96% in Johannesburg, trading at R12,20 a share at 09:08. 

Backfill system could double reserves at niobium mine – Iamgold

By: Liezel Hill     2nd June 2008 Canadian gold-miner Iamgold believes that it could double the reserves at its Niobec niobium mine, in Quebec, Canada, by introducing a paste backfill system at the operation, the company said on Monday. A study on the proposal had indicated that it would cost about C$8-million and could be... 

Sentula share price drops sharply after profit, accounting errors warning

By: Matthew Hill     2nd June 2008 Contract miner and coal producer Sentula Mining hit a new low on the JSE on Monday morning, after it announced that its earnings for the year ended March would drop. It expected headline earnings to come in at between 74c a share and 89c a share, compared with the previous year's figure of... 

Asian commodities demand feeds local operations

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd May 2008 Multidisciplinary construction and engineering group, Grinaker-LTA, forecasts positive growth in its contract mining operations, Grinaker-LTA Mining Contracting MD Alf Wood tells Mining Weekly.  

Contract miner fills gap for highly skilled mining personnel

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd May 2008 The provision of highly skilled personnel for the array of mining engineering and infrastructure-build operations at mines, is the driver of the contract mining industry, states mining contractor Shaft Sinkers corporate services director Tom Pietrzak. 

Commodities boom calls on outsourcing to fill skills gap

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd May 2008 The array of expansion activities in the mining sector, spurred on by the international commodities boom, has seen skills outsourcing becoming an essential cog in the mining industry, as stakeholders are compelled to tap into the sought-after mining engineering skills that contract mining... 

Strategic realignment follows internal ownership transfer

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd May 2008 An undisclosed share transfer arrangement in the first quarter of this year resulted in mining and tunneling construction company Deilmann-Haniel becoming Redpath Mining South Africa. 

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