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Stepping into the mining-house breach

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The changing mining industry is providing new opportunities for consulting engineers serving the mining industry. The phasing out of the old mining-house concept in particular is resulting in tenders being invited for work which was previously the preserve of the mine owners themselves. A firm... 

Commodity renaissance: First course or dessert?

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The flurry of activity in resource shares on world stock markets, which began at the start of the year, has slowed, but there is still significant and growing interest in the sector. And while some are labelling it as the start of a ‘commodity renaissance’ others are not sure whether... 

‘Fingerprinting’ technology for gold applied to concentrates

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Gold fingerprinting technology as developed by Anglo American Research Laboratories (AARL) has led to the identification of the origin of about R12,4-million-worth of gold bullion between 1994 and 1996. Now a pilot study is under way to refine the application of this technology on... 

Declines progress

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Both the South mine material and conveyor declines at Anglo American Platinum’s Bafokeng-Rasimone platinum mine in the North West Province have reached level three elevation. Awarded to shaft-sinking company Cementation Mining, the R165-million contract involves the development and... 

Dinosaurs into mammals

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The disappearance of so many of South Africa’s once-world-famous mining houses should not be the occasion for dismay, but for hope and anticipation. “The disappearance of the traditional mining houses is not a sign of failure but of renewal – the dinosaurs are turning into... 

R1,5m facility for mineral research

By: System Author     28th May 1999 brand-new R1,5-million mineral- beneficiation research facility has been completed by thermal-process engineer Thermopower Furnaces at its Olifantsfontein, Gauteng, manufacturing plant. Construction on the building began in January this year after it was decided to designate separate facilities... 

Fluorspar mine sold

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Following an international tender process, Bayer has sold Vergenoeg Mining to metorex, the South African operating arm of Crew development Corporation of Canada. It has sold the fluorspar mine as the marketing of fluorspar is not one of Bayer’s core businesses. The Fluorspar demand of Bayer... 

Big diamond shake-up begins

By: System Author     21st May 1999 To resolve the long-standing tug-of-war played between the Government Diamond Valuator (GDV) and diamond exporters, the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has retreated to the written law. Minerals and Energy Minister Penuell Maduna, speaking at a press conference earlier this month, said... 

Anglo sets up new- projects brains trust

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Reconstituted mining and resources giant Anglo American will be setting up a projects and investments brains trust following its listing in London in just over a week’s time. Known as the investments committee, the new formation will put all new projects and acquisitions under the... 

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... 

Portable pilot flotation plant

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The adage ‘dynamite comes in small packages’ is ringing true at Lonrho’s Karee platinum mine near Rustenberg, in the North West Province, where a R1,5-million portable pilot flotation plant is being commissioned. The pilot plant, known as a flotability characterisation test rig... 

It’s eat or be eaten for manganese

By: System Author     30th April 1999 In the existing no-growth global manganese market, it is either ‘eat or be eaten’, which explains why, when looking to expand its interests, Billiton went down under to acquire BHP’s Australian manganese assets for R2,4-billion in January this year. The assets acquired in the... 

Centre geared up for 500 trainees a day

By: System Author     30th April 1999 One of the Southern Hemisphere’s best-equipped technical training centres under the dynamic new management of Skills Accel, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), caters for at least 500 trainees a day in its bid to rid South Africa of a skills-shortage scurge, TM... 

Novel SA–Oz platinum alliance

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Australian listed mining company Aquarius Platinum – already spear- heading the R311-million Kroondal project – is further expanding its activities in Southern Africa, striking up a special association with South African platinum giant Impala Platinum. With resources at Marikana in... 

Experienced diamond cutter and polisher

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The depth of Mazal GM Tsuki Weltsman’s experience in cutting and polishing could mean that the company will, in time, exploit the full length of the beneficiation chain – something South Africa has been crying out for so long in order to generate downstream employment. The polishing... 

‘100-year mine’ on the cards

By: System Author     30th April 1999 To complete the exploration task at Mazal Mining’s Paardeberg East, 50 km west of Kimberley, more trenching, drilling and bulk sampling must be undertaken – trenching to expose the kimberlite on surface for a two-dimensional top view; percussion drilling to 60 m for a depth view; and... 

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... 

Project team of 54 assembled

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The project manager of the R311-million Kroondal Platinum Mines (KPM) venture assembled its biggest team, totalling 54, for the project, which is set for hot commissioning in July. Dowding Reynard and Associates’ (DRA’s) Rodney Drew tells Mining Weekly that the team consisted of 15... 

Diamonds of sea

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Marine diamond-mining is finally coming of age as technological advances provide operators with the means to conquer the treacherous conditions encountered when mining between the devilish weather and the deep blue sea. These advances are starting to see the marine diamond-mining sector realising... 

A new best friend for diamond sampling

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Alluvial diamond mining is being taken to unexplored depths by De Beers’ Namaqualand mines with the imminent start-up of a large bucket auger drill which will recover massive 4,9 m3 samples at depths of up to 100 m below the surface. The mine has mining rights for extensive properties along... 

De Beers presses on regardless with Luanda diamond building

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Despite threats posed by the civil war in Angola, which has led to various companies suspending operations temporarily, construction of De Beers’ new 12-storey US$30-million diamond-sorting facility in Luanda is going full steam ahead at. The project is reported to be well under way, with... 

R12m order for mine-hoist systems

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Believed to be the biggest single order of its kind from a mining group, a project to install 27 Ecam mine-hoist monitor systems for Anglo American Platinum in the Northern Province is being completed this month by Tellumat of Mondeor, Gauteng, sales and marketing manager Alan Eltze tells Mining... 

South Africans doing an ‘aluminium’ on ‘nickel’

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Nickel, along with just about every other commodity, has had a rough ride over the last year or so. Its price dropped to an 11-year low of US$1,69 a pound in December, but has been a star performer for the first few months of 1999, rising 25%. The gains have been made on the back of a... 

Mining gets green light

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Mining companies have come out tops in the yearly survey of environmental reporting in South Africa. The awards are made by one of South Africa’s leading business and advisory firms, KPMG, in association with the University of Pretoria (UP), and awards are based on an evaluation of the... 

SA cycloning wins S American favour

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A proved way of building slimes dams with the use of cycloning equipment, thereby achieving cost savings of about 50%, significant time savings and reduced impact on the environment, is bringing in contracts from mines as far as South America for Anglo American’s Technical Services (AATS).... 

RUNNING SHORT

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A 400 000 oz shortfall in platinum is expected by 2002. This estimate by Anglo American Platinum Corporation (Amplats) MD Barry Davison is based on the depletion of Russian stockpiles and rising demand due to the increased use of platinum-group metals (PGMs) in automotive and medical components.... 

Gold demand surges

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Gold demand in the fourth quarter of 1998 reached the highest level ever recorded for any three-month period, reports the World Gold Council’s quarterly survey Gold Demand Trends. Fourth-quarter demand in the countries monitored by the council was 807 t, 6% above the fourth quarter of 1997... 

Y2K bug’s teeth removed

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The ‘Y2K’ bug is no mere insubstantial spectre, an apparition generated by the overheated imagination of a panic-mongering information technology (IT) salesperson or sensationalist journalist – as tests run by a leading South African mining company have revealed, and this... 

Drilling contract progresses

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An estimated R6-million exploration contract at Anglogold’s Fochville drilling project in the North West Province by wholly-owned Anglo American subsidiary Boart Longyear is clocking up significant progress. Mining Weekly has learnt that one of the two deep-hole sites is on track for... 

From Sallies to Australasia

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A Springs boy, Roger Kebble had aspirations of being an accountant. In 1958, he did articles for a Johannesburg company that no longer exists at  

Slagment chosen for Orapa mine

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The principal construction medium for the new diamond crusher plant in Orapa, Botswana has been selected as Slagment. The plant is a significant part of the vast Orapa 2000 project – a joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government (Debswana), valued at R2- billion. Orapa 2000... 

Big valve order on target

By: System Author     19th March 1999 High-pressure ball-valve manufacturer RGR Technologies is in the process of manufacturing nine 150 mm class 600 ball valves and four 150 mm RGR concentric check valves for Avgold’s Target gold-mine in the Free State. The new mine is expected to produce 330 000 oz/y of gold, with 90 000 t/m... 

It’s no big deal – Gilbertson

By: System Author     19th March 1999 No big deal yet, but Billiton continues to sit on a pile of cash worth US$2-billion while gearing its operations for any uptick in the commodity cycle, which surely can’t get much worse. Many mining observers had been anticipating a mega-deal from Brian Gilbertson ever since he led the... 

Conveyors for Africa

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Two contracts, worth over R3-million for low-pressure air-supported belt conveyors or aeroconveyors to De Beers’ Orapa and Jwaneng mines in Botswana are being commissioned by Gauteng supplier Aeroconveyors, reports manager Lee Thain. The company is responsible for the design, manufacture,... 

Diamonds of WAR

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In Angola, diamonds are stained with the blood of pawns caught in the throes of civil war. It has been reported that a manager of Canadian company SouthernEra Resources died in an ambush in May last year. In November last year, 50 armed men killed eight employees of Canadian company DiamondWorks,... 

Enterprise software for marine mining

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Marine mining leader De Beers Marine will soon become the first company to run enterprise business software solution SAP R/3 from a seagoing vessel. The company will use a combination of satellite communications and SAP Application Link Enabling (Ale) technology to improve its diamond... 

Botswana tank contract

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Local company Spiropipe has been awarded a contract by De Beer’s Jwaneng diamond mine to manufacture polypropylene tanks for use at its aquarium in Botswana. The plant, the first of its kind, houses a fully integrated sort house (Fish) for the sorting of diamonds and is expected to improve... 

World diamond industry reports drop in sales

By: System Author     5th March 1999 SALES in 1998 of rough gem diamonds by the De Beers Central Selling Oganisation (CSO) have dropped by 28% compared to 1997 sales. Difficult trading conditions, global economic uncertainty and increasing problems of liquidity in the cutting centres were cited as reasons for the decrease from... 

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