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Diamonds News

News diamond-exploration tool

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Exploration for diamonds off the South African coastline is set to intensify with the announcement that Namibian Minerals Corporation has placed an order for a new R8-million under-sea exploration tool. 

Gold and lions to strengthen each other

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Gold and lions will come together at the Johannesburg zoo at a new lion enclosure costed at R6-million, which will include a gold and lion shop featuring South African designed and manufactured gold jewellery. 

Inspector calls for safer marine diamond-mining

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Remotely-controlled crawler dredges are being used more extensively in the marine diamond-mining industry. 

Premier Mine, South Africa

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Mine 

40 more laser meters for diamond-mine

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 An additional 40 laser meters have been ordered for the Orapa 2000 mine expansion project in Botswana. 

Nike, watch out . . .

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 . . . here come the branded precious metals and minerals 

Platinum producer prepares

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 The world’s leading platinum producer, Amplats, has recommitted itself to a further 350 000 oz expansion programme by 2003 as it prepares for the ‘platinum century’. 

Diamond perestroika

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Millennia may come and go but diamonds are forever 

Contract mining presenting big new growth prospects

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Cementation Mining 

Smile resources are IT

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Editorial 

From Soweto to the CSO

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Entering the new millennium will demand a fine balance between all the participants in the diamond industry, from mining to retail level. 

News coin could use 100t of SA gold

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Gold 

Refinery starts with semis

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Gold 

Gold brands to be launched

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Gold 

Sexwale’s vision to consolidate Orange river diamond basin

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Crouching down on his haunches, politician-turned-businessman Tokyo Sexwale pores over copies of geological and metallogenic maps which lie scatted across his office floor in Midrand, Gauteng. Only minutes earlier he had taken delivery of the documents from the Council for Geosciences in... 

60 000 m surface drilling is achieved in 22 months

By: System Author     30th July 1999 SURFACE drilling at Nkomati Nickel was carried out at a world-class rate of 60 000 m in 22 months, DrillCorp Africa operations manager Chris Rabe reports. In fact, production exceeded minimum requirements to such an extent that the company was able to reduce its drill-rig complement from four to... 

Turmoil fails to tarnish DRC

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in turmoil since the eastern rebellion in 1996 which ousted the then dictator Mobutu and led to a new government in 1997. Though still in dispute with its neighbours, the country has managed to develop its natural resources in the south-eastern region,... 

SA’s big diamond dive intensifies

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The deep-sea diamond-mining capacity of De Beers Marine is set to increase significantly due to a R200-million investment in a new deep-sea mining vessel – the !Gariep (pronounced with a !click). The new vessel was bought in Singapore and was fitted and converted by Genrec in Durban harbour... 

New hands-free diamond sorting to be launched

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Within months, the Jwaneng diamond-mine in southern Botswana will be ready to introduce completely ‘hands-free’ diamond processing. The operation is in the final throes of a R460-million project to introduce South African technology that will automate its processing and sorting,... 

New-millennium diamond mine

By: System Author     16th July 1999 lthough the commissioning of the R2-billion expansion project at Orapa diamond-mine 240 km west of Francistown in Botswana got off to a slow start, project manager Dave Porter tells Mining Weekly that the project is ahead of the original completion date of January 1, 2000. Undertaken by Debswana,... 

Expansion project ‘largely complete’

By: System Author     16th July 1999 All the main works contracts and con- struction at the R2-billion expansion project at Debswana’s Orapa dia- mond-mine, in Botswana, are largely complete, reports construction manager Kevin Botha. “There are still small construction activities taking place, but nothing... 

No. 2 treatment plant

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Construction of the number-two diamond-treatment plant at Orapa, in Botswana, was undertaken in joint venture with Group Five Projects and Sydcor Engineering Projects. Group Five Projects business development director Richard van den Barg reports that both companies were invited to tender for... 

Conveyor upgrade gets a lift

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The Orapa 2000 conveyor-upgrading contracts were awarded to materials-handling company Aeroconveyors of Johannesburg. Valued at R2,25-million, the project included interface conveyors linking the old plant to the new. The company has been in the materials-handling field for nearly two decades.... 

No reason to carp at R63-million contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The main supply contract for the completely-automated recovery plant (Carp) at the Orapa diamond-mine in Botswana was awarded to wholly-owned De Beers subsidiary Debex, an X-ray diamond-sorting equipment company, towards the end of 1996. The Carp was supplied in November last year at an estimated... 

Scada system sets record

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Most likely the largest personal computer (PC)-based supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system in Southern Africa, and one of the largest in the world, has been supplied to the R2-billion expansion project at Orapa diamond-mine in Botswana. The contract was awarded to control-system... 

R1m contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The contract to provide servers, networking equipment, system software and associated peripherals to the expansion project at Orapa diamond-mine in Botswana was carried out by Johannesburg-based networking company Netpro. Valued at around R1-million, the network forms the backbone for the entire... 

Marine process plant contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The contract to design the process plant for Namibian Minerals Corporation’s (Namco)‚ Mark II vessel, which is planned to be operating off the diamond-rich west coast of Southern Africa by the middle of next year, has been awarded to Dowding Reynard and Associates (DRA) of... 

Geologist backs junior’s claims

By: System Author     9th July 1999 With the market only tolerating companies with rock-solid assets, doubts about the prospects of junior mining exploration company Noble Minerals seem to have been a contributing factor in its poor listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in June. Noble is 30% complete with physical exploration... 

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... 

India to train ten SA jewellers

By: System Author     9th July 1999 On the initiative of the South African High Commission in India, Jerry Matsila, ten South Africans from the North West Province will be trained by experts at the University of New Delhi in jewellery design and manufacture. Funded by the Indian Technical Education Commission, the programme will be... 

New X-ray scanner for mine security

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 IN collaboration with De Beers group security, Debtech has produced an X-ray scanner for security applications which is a strong, quick, safe and effective deterrent to the concealment of illegal items on or within the human body. Scannex is an ultra-low-dose, full through-body scanning X-ray... 

Mining locos taken for granted

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Mining locomotives are such an established part of Southern African mining that they are taken for granted only too often. This has resulted in many users not utilising the full potential of their horizontal-transport investment. Mine rolling-stock and locomotive investment at present-day... 

Diamond industry hit from all sides

By: System Author     25th June 1999 At the time of going to press all signs were positive that diamond giant De Beers was about to resume exporting diamonds to its marketing arm, the Central Selling Organisation (CSO), in London, with it in the process of assembling goods for export. The interruption in exports was due to a dispute... 

Juniors need to sharpen credibility

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Junior mining and exploration companies might be aided in their d 

Low-cost diamond advantage

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A small diamond-mine in the Northern Province, discovered on ‘The Oaks’ farm, which yielded more than 7 400 carats in the first three months of operation, is referred to by De Beers chairperson Nicky Oppenheimer as an important advantage in an increasingly competitive environment, in... 

Africa’s most advanced diamond-training school

By: System Author     18th June 1999 With South Africa being a significant producer of gem-quality diamonds, various efforts are being undertaken to develop its downstream diamond industry. The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Training School in Johannesburg, funded by the Diamond Foundation and De Beers, provides the opportunity for... 

SA production increases

By: System Author     18th June 1999 PROVISIONAL statistics indicate that South Africa’s rough-diamond production for last year amounted to about 10,5-million carats, an increase of 4,6% (some 460 000 carats) on the 10,04-million carats produced in 1997, reports Minerals Bureau chief mineral commodity specialist Ashok... 

Diamond software shines on

By: System Author     18th June 1999 With an ever-increasing drive to increase profits, the diamond-mining industry has now started to invest more in the development and use of software aimed at effective resource management, reports Gemcom director Ian Jones. “Historically, the resource-management divisions at mines have... 

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