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R13bn to flow to SA from Konkola, says Menell

By: System Author     24th November 2000 More than half of the capital outlay made in various large-scale projects in Southern Africa returns to South Africa through the purchase of services and supplies. 

Mercurial advance of the new base-metals division

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Anglo American plc 

Konkola Deeps study by January

By: System Author     10th November 2000 The May 1998 feasibility study for Konkola Deep Mining Project is currently being revalidated by the Konkola Copper Mines project team, and an updated study should be complete by the end of January. 

Chilean mining technology may come SA’s way

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Chilean mining technology company CIMM Tecnologias y Servicios could be expanding its operations to South Africa. 

Painted into a corner

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Editorial 

Copperbelt comeback on track despite losses

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Losses continue to be the over-arching feature of the newly-privatised operations on the Zambian Copperbelt, but all the new owners appear convinced that the turnaround remains on track. 

Crusher for Zambian Copperbelt

By: System Author     8th September 2000 The first of five refurbished crushers for Zambia’s newly-privatised copper-mines has crossed South Africa’s borders from Gauteng heavy-engineering firm Baldmin Engineering Works’ Benoni workshop. 

Orebody depleted – mine closure expected in December 2001

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Base metals 

Positive predictions for base metals

By: System Author     8th September 2000 With the international demand for base-metals increasing, and the sector showing strong signs of recovery, Mining Weekly features reporter Anelle Janse van Rensburg speaks to Mintek GM Dr Roger Paul about the state of the industry and the future of the base-metal sector in South Africa. Do you... 

Delivering the prize of the Copperbelt

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Deep-seated restructuring is taking place at the new company, Konkola Copper Mines, which emerged earlier this year with the single largest parcel of assets sold by the Zambian government, following a protracted and painful privatisation process. 

SA bug in Chile copper extraction plant

By: System Author     31st March 2000 The ‘BioCOP’ technology developed by Billiton to extract copper from sulphide ores, and which is now to be applied on a commercial scale in a prototype plant in Chile, in a joint venture with Chile’s national copper company, Codelco, is a form of biohydrometallurgy. 

Zambian copper project awarded to local company

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Metorex 

SA copper bug eats its way into Chilean boardrooms

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Former South African global minerals and metals group Billiton and giant Chilean copper-mining group Codelco have established a joint venture to exploit Billiton’s ‘BioCOP’ biological leaching technology on a worldwide basis. 

ZCCM privatisation set for this month

By: System Author     11th February 2000 The unbundling and privatisation of African mining monolith Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines has entered its final stages. 

Copper projects, South America and Southern Africa

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Anglo Base Metals is tackling six copper projects in South America and Southern Africa 

Chambishi is well on track

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Mining in Africa 

SA technology opens door to lucrative Chilean copper market

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Resources group Billiton is in discussion with the largest producer of copper in the world, Chile’s Codelco, which could give the company entry into the lucrative Chilean copper market. 

Chile vote spoils it for Zambia

By: System Author     1st October 1999 The decision by giant Chilean state-owned copper producer Codelco to walk away from a proposed joint venture with Anglo American to buy Zambian Consolidated Copper Mines was the result of domestic political factors in Chile. 

Copper bioleaching technology decision possible in two years

By: System Author     1st October 1999 South African resources group Billiton hopes to be in a position to take a decision to invest in a commercial copper project employing its bioleaching technology, BioCop, within two years. 

Nkomati Mine, South Africa 

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Mine 

BHP says a big mea culpa

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Editorial 

Lean operating approach sinks in

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Drilling, tunnelling and shaftsinking 

Contract mining presenting big new growth prospects

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Cementation Mining 

Second sniff at Congo’s resource opportunities

By: System Author     20th August 1999 In the run-up to, and in the aftermath of the October 1996 rebellion in Zaire, which led to the overthrow of one of Africa’s most despised despots, Mobutu Sese Seko, international mining companies began swarming. 

Potgietersrust Platinums; South Africa

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Mine 

SA giant explores China

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Exploration for copper in the Zhongdian area of China’s Yunnan province is being undertaken by South African company Billiton. 

Metallogenic map of subequatorial Africa

By: System Author     9th July 1999 July 1999 is an important month for anyone involved in mining in Southern Africa – for the first time, an extensive metallogenic map will be released for the Southern African region, including crucial information such as the detailed location of mineral deposits as well as the... 

Chileans take a shine to Zambian copper

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A team of 14 engineers and geologists from Chile’s state-owned copper company, Codelco, is now in Southern Africa, working with Anglo American plc staff on their proposed copper joint venture (JV) in Zambia. The Chileans, who include metallurgical engineers and mining engineers, are... 

The world’s biggest mining project

By: System Author     25th June 1999 In the remote interior of Peru’s Ancash department, north of Lima, what is believed to be the world’s biggest current mining development is under way – the US$2,26-billion Antamina copper and zinc project, Mining Weekly can today report. Antamina, which is jointly owned by... 

Process pumps for mining

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Local pump specialist Ahl- strom Pumps has been offering pumping solu- tions to the metallurgical industry for the refining of steel and non-ferrous metals, such as copper, zinc and nickel, with much success for over a year now. The company previously only developed and manufactured pumps and... 

Banking on mining

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The long-term trend for the Peruvian mining sector continues to be one of expansion, despite present short-term difficulties caused by the international situation, Mining Weekly can today report. “The reform programme implemented by President Alberto Fujimori, together with the... 

Top SA–Zambian cobalt renaissance

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South Africans will next month begin building a new R500-million-plus metals-treatment plant in Zambia – a project which is providing an early flicker of contribution towards the realisation of Thabo Mbeki’s African Renaissance dream, Mining Weekly can today report. While decisions on... 

Second 40 MW smelter is part of plan

By: System Author     28th May 1999 CONDUCTIVE-hearth furnace technology is set to play a crucial role in the recovery from slag of between 2 000 t to 4 000 t of cobalt and between 5 000 t to 10 000 t of copper at Chambishi Metals in Zambia, where Anglovaal Mining Limited (Avmin) is to expand a metallurgical plant, Titaco project... 

Conveyors reach new heights

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The contract to design, manufacture and install two high- angle conveyors (HACs) for the pebble-crushing circuit project at Palabora Mining has been awarded to Continental Meco. This patented HAC technology was selected by the mining company’s consulting engineer, Brown and Root. Space... 

Chileans eyeing investment in African copper-mining sector

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Chilean sources tell Mining Weekly that Chile’s State-owned and internationally respected copper-mining company, Codelco, will most probably accept Anglo American’s offer of a partnership to rehabilitate and exploit the Nkana, Nchanga and Konkola copper operations in Zambia, currently... 

Non-core activities divested

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The divestment of all of Iscor’s international exploration activities to Australian listed company Africwest Gold, has been announced in line with the company’s strategy to focus on its core business. Iscor chairperson Hans Smith reported earlier this month that the divestment of its... 

Call for SA mining to peruse Peru

By: System Author     9th April 1999 It is important that South African mining companies become involved in Peru, Peruvian Energy and Mines Minister Daniel Hokama tells Mining Weekly. About 60% by value of Peru’s mining production last year was provided by gold and copper, each contributing about 30%. South African ambassador... 

Opportunities south of Peru

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A pilot plant has been exported to Chile by Particle Separation Systems to be tested at Chuiqui Camata, the world’s largest copper-mine, belonging to the Codelco group. Chile forms the southern boundary of Peru, along with Bolivia, and Ecuador and Colombia in the north, and Brazil in the... 

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