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Booming platinum industry fuels research activity

By: candice haase     31st January 2003 International interest in conducting research into polymeric depressants has spurred mining houses, chemical companies and a number of international institutions to become involved with the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Depressant Research Facility (DRF). 

Four platinum projects for steel fabricator

31st January 2003 Fabricated metal producer Cosira International South Africa marketing director John da Silva, says it is his company’s ability to be responsive to specific customer needs that has secured it contracts and repeat business within the platinum mining industry. 

Platinum price-spike fears resurface

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st January 2003 Predictions that a platinum-price spike is likely to occur this year, first made in November, have been reiterated by a senior official at Johnson Matthey, a London-based firm which keeps tabs on developments in the platinum-group metals (PGM) industry worldwide. 

Angloplat confirms chairperson-CE split

31st January 2003 World number one platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum, said on Wednesday it was splitting the roles of chairman and CE, in line with guidelines for corporate governance in South Africa. 

New mining dispensation may benefit engineering companies

By: Marius Roodt     31st January 2003 Project management and engineering design company Dowding Reynard and Associates (DRA) was responsible for virtually the entire project management of Aquarius Platinum’s project Marikana, North West Province, as well as the detail design of the process plant, report senior project manager... 

New R850m mine to begin production by 2004

By: candice haase     31st January 2003 The next project for which Aquarius Platinum is engaged in a feasibility study is appropriately named Everest South as this future operation will see the company negotiating its way through a topographically challenging terrain. 

Multimillion-rand market-coke project being studied

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2003 Carbon products manufacturer Suprachem, a subsidiary of steel giant Iscor, is studying a multimillion-rand project to increase its production of market coke, which it supplies to the South African ferro-alloy, foundry and iron and steel industries. 

Tribunal to hear Anglo appeal in Kumba case next month

By: Martin Czernowalow     31st January 2003 The Competition Tribunal hearing into Anglo American’s acquisition of large stakes in Kumba Resources and Anglovaal Mining has been delayed again, with the matter being referred to the Competition Appeal Court once more. 

Southern African aluminium projects advance

30th January 2003 Construction work on the 253 000 t/y Mozal II aluminium smelter project is nearing completion, while the Hillside III aluminium smelter expansion project is over a third complete. 

BHP Billiton’s iron-ore export rises, cushions oil fall

30th January 2003 The world's largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, said on yesterday iron-ore exports jumped in the second quarter on strong Asian demand, but dwindling flows from an ageing offshore oil field sapped oil output. 

State, industry in mine closure stand-off

By: Joanne Delaurentis     27th January 2003 The current stand-off between the mining industry and government regarding the issue of mine closure is yet to be resolved. 

Anglo Coal acquires stake in Aussie deposit

27th January 2003 Last week, Anglo Coal (German Creek), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anglo American, announced that it had agreed to purchase a 70% interest in the Girrah coal deposit in Central Queensland from Wesfarmers Curragh, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wesfarmers Limited. 

Tribunal to hear Anglo appeal in Kumba case next month

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th January 2003 The Competition Tribunal hearing into Anglo American’s acquisition of large stakes in Kumba Resources and Anglovaal Mining has been delayed again, with the matter being referred to the Competition Appeal Court once more. 

State, industry in mine closure stand-off

By: Joanne Delaurentis     24th January 2003 The current stand-off between the mining industry and government regarding the issue of mine closure is yet to be resolved. 

Eastern limb developments keep shaft sinker busy

24th January 2003 Shaft sinkers, Cementation Mining Skanska, is working on several new contracts with particular emphasis on the new developments on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex, which many experts are dubbing the new Rustenburg of the mining industry. 

Tailings retreatment project

24th January 2003 Name of the project and location Tailings retreatment project, on the Rustenberg Platinum Mines, near Rustenberg in the North West Province. Project description The tailings plant will be situated near the Brakspruit shaft and will draw feedstock from a number of tailings dams in the Klipfontein... 

The diamond-mine manager and the one that got away

24th January 2003 In its drive to engage in projects that contribute to the well-being of the natural environment, De Beers Venetia Opencast Mine, Limpopo, became involved in a somewhat unusual environmental project. 

Ready for back-into-Africa campaign

By: marisa rodrigues     24th January 2003 The mining industry has an important role to play in realising the objectives of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), which hopes to bring about the economic, political and social recovery of Africa. 

SA miner rethinks DRC copper-cobalt project

By: marisa rodrigues     24th January 2003 Signs that mining companies may be coming close to a point where they can enter or return to the mineral rich Democratic Republic of Congo are starting to appear. 

Steel giant keen to participate in iron-ore expansion

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th January 2003 South Africa’s biggest steelmaker, Iscor, has already giving its former sister company, Kumba Resource, notice that it would like to participate in any of its expansion plans, as it will begin running short of iron-ore from next year. 

Another excavator for Tanzanian contract miner

By: marisa rodrigues     24th January 2003 Tanzania’s fast-growing mining and construction contractor, Caspian, has taken delivery of another Liebherr R954 excavator for alluvial mining and water drainage control on the haulroads and pit runoff at Williamson Diamonds diamond-mine contract in Mwadui. 

IDC signs up as partner in Zambian copper deal

By: marisa rodrigues     24th January 2003 Local middle-tier mining com-pany Metorex has reached an agreement with the Industrial Development Corporation for it to enter as an equity partner to mine the sulphide ores at the Chibuluma South mine in northern Zambia. 

Kenya titanium approval boosts Canadian miner

23rd January 2003 Shares in Tiomin Resources Inc climbed more than 26% on Tuesday after the company said the final environmental requirement for its Kwale titanium sands project had been approved by Kenya's government. 

BHP Billiton CEO reassures SA on investment

22nd January 2003 New BHP Billiton head, Chip Goodyear, met South African President Thabo Mbeki yesterday and said the global mining giant would continue to seek investment opportunities here. 

Pretoria student with the Midas touch

17th January 2003 Shortly after walking away with the laurels at the AngloGold Riches of Africa 2002 Jewellery Design Competition, Mining Weekly had the opportunity to meet with the overall winner, Katleho Photolo, to discuss his breathtaking design and what the future holds for this talented young designer. 

Steel giant keen to participate in iron-ore expansion

By: Martin Czernowalow     17th January 2003 South Africa’s biggest steelmaker, Iscor, has already giving its former sister company, Kumba Resource, notice that it would like to participate in any of its expansion plans, as it will begin running short of iron-ore from next year. 

Safety, market development are key challenges for platinum sector

By: Keith Campbell     17th January 2003 The greatest challenges facing the South African platinum-group metals (PGM) mining sector this coming year can be summed up as safety and market development, Anglo Platinum (Angloplats) Chairman Barry Davison tells Mining Weekly. 

Decision on Premier’s C-cut project by year end

By: Laura Franz     17th January 2003 SOUTH Africa’s aluminium and platinum industries have real opportunities in the global automotive market. 

Europe approves De Beers’ marketing strategy

17th January 2003 The Diamond Trading Company (DTC) – the sorting, sales and marketing arm of the De Beers Group of companies – has announced that the European Commission yesterday confirmed that it has adopted a favourable position on the DTC's Supplier of Choice strategy. 

Gilbertson quit in row over big deal – source

14th January 2003 The former boss of global mining giant BHP Billiton quit after proposing a major international transaction that could have meant a change to the chairmanship, a source close to the company said yesterday. 

New South African titanium smelter hits a snag

10th January 2003 South Africa's Kumba Resources said yesterday commissioning of a new furnace at its slag smelter in KwaZulu-Natal would now take place only in March, three months later than its latest forecasts. 

BHP new chief to focus on existing assets

8th January 2003 The world's largest mining group, BHP Billiton, is likely to shun big-ticket acquisitions under its new chief Chip Goodyear. 

Gilbertson resigns as BHP Billiton CE

6th January 2003 The world's largest diversified miner, BHP Billiton Ltd/Plc, announced the surprise resignation of CE Brian Gilbertson today, citing irreconcilable differences with the board. 

S&P maintains mining giant’s rating

6th January 2003 Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said that BHP Billiton Ltd/BHP Billiton PLC's (A/Positive/A-1) ratings are unaffected by the announcement that Charles (Chip) Goodyear has been appointed CE to replace Brian Gilbertson, who has resigned due to irreconcilable differences with the two boards. 

State-Anglo in Kalahari iron-ore pact

17th December 2002 Global miner Anglo American Plc set the stage on Tuesday for the consolidation of South Africa's prized Kalahari iron ore assets, saying it had signed an agreement with the government to develop the fields. 

Miners ponder merger of iron-ore assets

13th December 2002 Negotiators haggling over the future of South Africa's prized iron-ore assets in the Northern Cape Province are considering a union or swap, a senior official of Anglovaal Mining said yesterday. 

Platinum smelter furnace installation completed

By: vanessa vasques     13th December 2002 The installation of the electrode columns and copper bustube system for a Hatch six-in-line furnace at the Polokwane platinum smelter, owned by Anglo Platinum, is complete. 

Civil works nearing completion

By: vanessa vasques     13th December 2002 The bulk of the civil and construction work at the Polokwane platinum smelter in the Limpopo Province has been completed with only a few portions still remaining. 

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