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New rock-breaking process developed

Present drill and blast methods used in the South African Mining industry rely heavily on the use of conventional explosives. 

Non-explosive bouquet from research giant

By: Joanne Delaurentis The introduction of higher levels of mechanisation on South African mines will result in increased safety and decreased cost of mining operations, reports CSIR Miningtek programme manager Pat Willis. 

Tech partnership continues despite delays

Gold giant AngloGold remains encouraged with the interim results of its partnership with blasting technology expert Brandrill to develop a non-explosive penetrating cone fracture (PCF)-based continuous slope mining system for its South African narrow vein gold-mines. 

Change in legislation on the cards

Although technologies used in the manufacturing and development of explosion-protected products have not seen fundamental shifts over the last decade, legislation regarding the use of these products is subject to change. 

Electrical equipment for hazardous areas

Electrical equipment, wiring and accessories specialist Legrand manufactures the ATX range of electrical equipment designed specially to enhance safety in hazardous areas on the mines. 

Fire-detection system installed

An infrared fire-detection and warning system has been installed at a fuel depot in Botswana using a combination of South African and Italian technologies. 

Flameproof motors offered

The flameproof Brook Cromptons W flameproof motor range from Rexnord-Hansen South Africa, offer a number of benefits such as low lifetime cost and mechanical adaptability to users and original-equipment manufacturers. 

Flameproof switches for lights

A manufacturer of light fittings for hazardous areas has standardised on Bartec micro limit switches for fluorescent light diffusers. 

Specialised explosives gain popularity

Specialised explosive and initiating technologies produced by African Explosives Limited (AEL) are achieving wide acceptance for their ability to combine improved blasting efficiency with optimal safety in various mining applications – in South Africa and further afield in Africa. 

SA firm experiences explosive growth in Africa

Already established as the leading producer of explosives for the mining industry in Africa, South African firm African Explosives Limited (AEL) is continuing to improve and expand its presence throughout the continent. 

Pumpable explosives for underground

By: Deborah Spicer In response to twenty-first century mining needs, Sasol SMX has developed a pumpable explosive product and delivery system for underground development ends and similar applications. 

Explosives information to be stored on database

By: System Author Quarrying 

Bridging the training gap

By: System Author Explosive & Non-Explosive Mining Methods 

Distributor cracks South African blasting market

By: System Author Explosives & Non-Explosive Mining Methods 

New electronic detonator on way

By: System Author Explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited is developing a new programmable electronic detonator that will be suited to all kinds of blasts. 

Breaking rock without the bang

By: System Author New Mining Technology 

Jhb symposium a blast

By: System Author Johannesburg will provide an unparalleled opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest players in international explosives expertise. Taking place once every three years, the sixth international symposium for rock fragmentation by blasting, Fragblast 6, will be presented by the South... 

Putting SA back on map

By: System Author Putting South Africa back on the explosives map is the main aim and vision driving AECI Explosives Limited (AEL), of Johannesburg, into the future, MD Dr Graham Edwards tells Mining Weekly. He points out that South Africa was probably the biggest mining country in the world in the 1950s, and... 

New stone-dust barrier is in the bag

By: System Author A new method of building stone-dust barriers to provide a highly cost-effective method of inhibiting coal-dust explosions is now available following extensive testing both in South Africa and abroad. The design of the new stone-dust barrier was initiated by CSIR: Mining Technology (Miningtek) as... 

19 additional exploration holes to be drilled

By: System Author THE underground drilling of 19 additional exploration holes at Target begins this month. The R1,9-million six-month contract to drill the 60 mm diameter holes has been won by Cementation Mining, of Johannesburg, whose R50-million 32-hole surface-drilling contract at Target is nearing completion,... 

Impressive 4,9 m face advance

By: System Author A combination of new technologies has helped Target gold-mine to achieve impressive face advance. AECI Explosives Limited (AEL) underground bulk systems technology (UBST) acting business manager Mike Pledger tells Mining Weekly that a combination of computerised drill-rigs able to drill... 

Ekati Project Canada

By: System Author Name: Ekati Project Location: The mine is located in a remote tundra region near Lac de Gras in the Northwest Territories (NWT), about 200 km south of the Arctic Circle. Brief description The mine is situated on a 853 000-acre claim block (which includes 8 000 lakes) and is Canada’s first... 

Explosives group is bang on target

By: System Author The drive by the Sasol group of companies towards the goal of becoming a leader in the global explosives market is spearheaded by a market-focused commitment to product and service innovation, states Sasol Mining Explosives’ (SMX) MD Dewet Deetlefs. A manufacturer and marketer of commercial... 

Hi-tech advances a blast

By: System Author The release of Sasol Mining Explosives’ (SMX) new electronic detonator in mid-1998 by Sasol Mining Initiators (SMI) – the developer, manufacturer and international marketer of the product – was brought forward because the company is committed to a phased, though far-reaching... 

New detonators a hit

By: System Author The introduction of electronic detonators into the existing detonator market can only enhance operating productivity for mines, reports Ensign-Bickford South Africa (Ebsa) MD Ray Gibbison. He explains that, although the company controls most of the surface detonator market, low-technology... 

Haulers for coal mine

By: System Author Diesel-engine flameproof specialist Explosion Protected Equipment (EPE) of Wynberg, Gauteng, has supplied three dry-system flameproofed underground-hauler engines to Ingwe Coal’s Khutala mine in Mpumalanga. EPE is the sole South African distributor of the Pyroban Minepower Dry System, which... 

Hazardous-area spec defined

By: System Author Engineering-inspection company SGS of Olifantsfontein, Johannesburg, is collaborating with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to write a specification for a more economical diesel vehicle for underground use outside Zone 1 hazardous areas of mines where there is a possibility of methane... 

New process to manage explosions

By: System Author A new explosion-management process has been developed by CSIR Mining Technology in response to the prevail- ing problem of human error creeping into risk-management practices. “There are very few processes that incorporate the human role or the management role into the risk-assessment and... 

R13m Ugandan contract

By: System Author Industrial electrical contractor B&W Electrical of Alberton, Gauteng, is completing a R13-million electrical contract for a process plant in Uganda in line with stringent flameproof standards. MD John Barrow explains that a section of the plant is a classified area, and therefore has to comply... 

Retrofit system is no damp squib

By: System Author Diesel-flameproofing equipment specialist Elgin Flameproof of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has developed and is manufacturing a dry flameproof system with retrofit capabilities on to commonly-used wet scrubbing systems, reportedly making it considerably cheaper than the imported dry flameproof systems... 

World to SA: Catch up!

By: System Author Official explosion-protection and flameproofing training for South African engineers and technicians appears to be sparse, and compares poorly internationally, says South African Flameproof Association (Safa) chairperson Ken Bryant. He points out that a generalised approach to education is... 

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