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New service-driven geomatics supplier breaking even

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has attributed its start-up success to the company’s approach to business and its focus on being more of a service provider than simply a products provider. “We recognised that the future of this business would be to enter into a contractual... 

Study aims to improve blasting methods

By: Carina Borralho     22nd November 2013 South African mining industry explosives supplier BME technical manager Refiloe Kekana has co-written a paper that aims to increase the mining industry’s depth of understanding in rock and its characteristics, thereby helping mining companies to plan explosions more efficiently. “This paper... 

Drilling company receives compressor on long-term basis

By: David Oliveira     8th November 2013 Leading compressor hire company Rand-Air recently supplied a XAHS186DD Atlas Copco compressor, which can be used in a range of applications, including sand-blasting, to drilling company Round One Drilling Solutions on a long-term basis. Round One Drilling Solutions operations manager Jason Greeff... 

Pilot Crushtec launches seven products at bauma

By: Chantelle Kotze     4th October 2013 Crushing and screening equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec launched a fleet of seven new products that are new to South Africa at the inaugural bauma Africa trade fair, which was held from September 18 to 21, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand. 

FETs not churning out suitable artisans for a mining sector that needs to mechanise at a faster pace 

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th October 2013 The South African mining sector needs to mechanise at a faster pace to remain competitive and the skills needed to achieve this are sourced from the artisan pool, but the skills shortage in this area is increasing because further education and training (FET) colleges are not providing the... 

Sandvik takes advantage of bauma to unveil plant, equipment on African continent 

By: Chantelle Kotze     4th October 2013 Tooling, materials technology, mining and construction engineering group Sandvik Construction, a division of Sandvik Group, for the first time in Africa launched its Sandvik CH550 cone crusher, Sandvik DH350 surface drill rig and a complete modular crushing plant at the bauma Africa trade fair,... 

Peru, South African mining-related trade increasing

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2013 Peru remains strongly interested in the offerings of the South African mining equipment and services sectors, as well as seeing this country as a market for its own mining and mining-related exports. “There is a lot of new technology from South Africa,” highlights Peruvian Ambassador Daúl... 

Prefeasibility study nearing completion

13th September 2013 Australia-based resources company Blackthourn Resources (BTR) reports that the prefeasibility study (PFS) work for its Kitumba project at the Mumbwa copper/gold mine in Zambia, is currently being completed. 

Arkansas lawsuits test fracking wastewater link to quakes 

By: Reuters     27th August 2013 Tony Davis, a 54-year-old construction worker in central Arkansas, said he welcomed the boom in natural gas drilling that brought jobs and new businesses to his hometown starting about a decade ago. But that was before the earth shook. In 2010 and 2011, the quiet farming town of Greenbrier,... 

Drilling contractor maintains sound platinum order book

By: Chantelle Kotze     23rd August 2013 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling CEO Danie Pretorius tells Mining Weekly that the company has maintained a sound platinum order book this year, despite labour unrest in the sector. 

Hydropower increasingly used as opposed to compressed air in platinum, gold mines

By: Chantelle Kotze     23rd August 2013 The biggest combined force driving the adoption of hydropower equipment in the underground mining industry – specifically in gold and platinum mines – is the need to move away from using compressed air and an understanding by industry that it must do so, hydropower specialist Hydro Power... 

M&R Cementation reaches 700 m milestone on Zambia shaft project

By: Samantha Herbst     9th August 2013 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation Zambia has reached the 700 m mark in its endeavour to sink and equip a synclinorium shaft for integrated copper and cobalt producer Mopani Copper Mines (MCM). The Mopani synclinorium shaft project, which is due for completion in June 2015,... 

Efficient drill mobilisation puts drilling ahead of schedule

By: Chantelle Kotze     9th August 2013 Since being awarded a $140-million, four-year-long drilling services contract at iron-ore major Fortescue Metals’ Cloudbreak mine, in February, Australia-based drill and blast services provider Action Drill & Blast had mobilised its drill fleet of 12 drills to site, ahead of schedule. 

Boart Longyear founder nominated for Intl Mining Hall of Fame induction

By: Natalie Greve     8th August 2013 Sydney-listed drilling company Boart Longyear founder Edmund J Longyear has been nominated for induction into the International Mining Hall of Fame in the exploration category. The mining engineer, who passed away in 1954, was nominated for his influence in contract diamond drilling, geological... 

Expansion on the cards for Peruvian manufacturer

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th July 2013 Peru-based manufacturer Resemin reports that the underground mining industry in South America is increasing significantly, with the industry demanding about 240 drilling rigs a year. 

Master Drilling automation strategy progressing

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd July 2013 As specialised drilling services group Master Drilling embarked on a new raiseboring project for Sasol Mining, executive director Koos Jordaan said that the newly JSE-listed firm was progressing its drilling automation strategies. Master Drilling was undertaking a four-phase project to enhance... 

Proper maintenance of drilling equipment important

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st June 2013 Mineral exploration industry drilling services and products provider Boart Longyear says that proper management and maintenance of a drilling rig is important in today’s mining markets, as they reduce costly downtime and prevent equipment failures. 

Major Drilling cuts staff by 38% as weak market hurts earnings 

By: Henry Lazenby     6th June 2013 Canadian mine drilling equipment and services provider Major Drilling Group International on Thursday said it had cut its weekly payroll staff by 38% to conserve funds, as mining companies slash exploration budgets. “In February, due to the uncertainty around economic matters impacting the... 

Drilling solutions help extend mine life

24th May 2013 Australia-based underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco reports mine life can be extended through drilling programmes. The company successfully completed its most complicated drilling programme to date, at gold giant AngloGold Ashanti’s Moab Khotsong gold mine in the Vaal river area of... 

Mine mechanisation helping to tackle safety, cost and productivity issues

By: Joanne Taylor     3rd May 2013 The recent focus on South Africa's platinum and gold mines, have intensified owing to labour problems. This in turn has shed some light on the massive labour sector, which surprised the international mining community, as most international companies have moved towards mechanised mining methods. 

Bell Equipment granted Terex Finlay distributorship in South Africa

5th April 2013 South African original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Bell Equipment has been granted distribution rights by machinery manufacturer Terex Finlay for its range of mobile crushing, screening and recycling equipment in South Africa. 

SA company acquires Canadian-made track-mounted drill rig

By: Samantha Herbst     5th April 2013 In a continued effort to stay abreast of new technology in geotechnical investigations and exploration drilling, drilling and testing service provider to the geotechnical and minerals exploration market Geomechanics, part of Southern Africa-based GeoGroup, has acquired a R7-million track-mounted... 

Furnace contractor makes foray into mining sector

By: Samantha Herbst     29th March 2013 Local smelter and mineral processing furnace contractor the Dickinson Group has made its public debut into the mining sector after establishing its new mining division one year ago. The refractory specialist has introduced two international product ranges to the local underground mining market,... 

Medium-sized multipurpose drill rig launched

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd March 2013 Integrated exploration drilling products and services provider Boart Longyear’s mid-size multipurpose LX11 rig has been received positively in the market since its launch in January this year, with drilling contractors acknowledging the advantages of having a medium-sized multipurpose rig onsite. 

Blasthole drilling rig to begin production this month

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd March 2013 Mining services company Atlas Copco reports that the last Pit Viper 351 blasthole drilling rig for diversified miner Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s (Kumba’s) drill rig order will be introduced into production this month. 

Company takes receipt of groundbreaking equipment

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd March 2013 Geotechnical and exploration drilling company Geomechanics, part of Lanseria-based GeoGroup, has taken receipt of two new drill rigs this year – the DeltaBase 525 DB and Sonic SDC 450-24. The rigs have increased the company’s drill fleet to more than 60. 

Exploration drilling training provider launches safety forum

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd March 2013 Exploration drilling training provider Colin Rice Exploration & Training reports that it launched a Safety Forum last month to help prevent accidents and incidents from taking place in the exploration drilling industry. 

Mechanised, trackless development improves safety, production rates

By: Chantelle Kotze     22nd March 2013 Mining equipment and service provider Sandvik Mining’s Trans4mine division, which focuses specifically on increasing Sandvik client’s mining efficiencies using a facilitative approach, reports that it is undertaking a mine design project using only trackless equipment to develop a rail bound... 

Maritime consultancy wins Madagascar mineral sands advisory contract

By: Samantha Herbst     15th March 2013 Australia-based mineral sands mining and exploration company World Titanium Resources (WTR) has commissioned port and maritime developments specialist consultancy BMT JFA Consultants to provide project management services and supervise site investigations for the Toliara Sands project, north of... 

ASX-listed mining junior intersects high-grade mineralisation

15th March 2013 Western Australia-based mining junior Tungsten Mining reports that it has started with the second- and third-phase drilling programmes at its flagship Kilba tungsten project, which are due for completion by the end of the first quarter. Following positive final analysis of the first eight holes... 

Australian explorer identifies new drilling target in Niger

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd February 2013 As part of its long-term endeavour to develop and operate its deposits and identify new ones, Australia-based exploration company Middle Island Resources is continuing its hard-line exploration approach to identify a minimum 1.1-million-ounce gold resource at its tenements in West Africa, says MD... 

Mining services company launches drilling product for exploration

25th January 2013 Integrated exploration drilling products and services provider Boart Longyear reports that it has launched the GTUMX diamond coring bit as the latest addition to its Ultramatrix (UMX) line, adding to their product range in South Africa. 

Master Drilling to expand into vertical shaft boring

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     7th January 2013 Global drilling services provider Master Drilling was planning to expand into the vertical shaft boring business, MD Danie Pretorius has indicated. He told Mining Weekly Online that the company was considering expanding its business to include vertical shaft boring over the long term, “We will... 

Master Drilling share price rises sharply on debut

By: Martin Creamer     20th December 2012 The share price of Master Drilling, which is described as the world’s largest raisedrilling company "by far”, rose 17% after the Fochville-headquartered company was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on Thursday. The share price increased from its opening level of R7.85 a share to... 

Expanded capabilities offering secures new contracts in Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th December 2012 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded new contracts in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Botswana during 2012 through expanding the capabilities of its mine development, mine engineering, mine services and contract mining... 

Industry stalwart predicts impact of US shale gas revolution on Africa 

By: Samantha Herbst     30th November 2012 With one multibillion-dollar gas export terminal under construction in the US, veteran consulting engineer and industry stalwart John Bewsey predicts a worldwide drop in gas prices in the next three to five years, as an increasing number of companies file for export permits. 

New diamond drilling system improves mine productivity, lowers costs

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th September 2012 Mines and contractors can now use electricity and compressed air, depending on their availability, to power a new diamond drilling offering by drilling company Lesedi Drilling & Mining Contracting. 

New diamond core bit

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th September 2012 Mineral exploration drilling company Boart Longyear’s new diamond core bit, the 10 Ultramix (UMX), has been acquired by several companies in Africa for mineral exploration since its worldwide launch in March.  

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