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Alliance with German group gives SA firm global reach

By: Keith Campbell     10th September 2004 THROUGH its recently-announced joint venture (JV) with giant German group Ferrostaal, South African process engineering project management company MDM now has a potentially global reach. 

Canadian miner to develop Mauritanian gold project

     10th September 2004 FIRST Quantum Minerals is to develop the Guelb Moghrein copper-gold deposit in Mauritania with production expected by the fourth quarter of 2005. 

SA's mining inputs prospects hurt by globalisation

By: Keith Campbell     3rd September 2004 The South African mining inputs industry’s future prospects are being harmed more than helped by the effects of globalisation. 

Opportunities for SA to develop mining inputs industries

By: Keith Campbell     30th August 2004 Although South Africa accounts for only some 0,5% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), it accounts for about 10% of the world’s mining GDP, excluding hydrocarbons and industrial minerals (quarrying). 

Mining migration

By: Keith Campbell     27th August 2004 From static orebodies to dynamic mining inputs. 

Smelting technology to compete with Chinese magnesium production

By: lauren rota     20th August 2004 To compete with the market-leading Chinese labour-intensive Pidgeon process for magnesium production – 

R8,2-billion joint venture establishes the world’s largest ferrochrome producer

     20th August 2004 An R8,2-billion shared venture, named Xstrata-SA Chrome Venture, was established earlier this year by South Africa Chrome & Alloys (SA Chrome) and Xstrata SA.? 

Largest CIP plant in Africa to be completed by year end, South Africa

By: lauren rota     20th August 2004 Largest CIP plant in Africa to be completed by year end. 

SA diamond-processing unit heads for DRC

By: Liezel Hill     23rd July 2004 A South African company is providing diamond-processing equipment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Aussie group scouts South African mineral-processing prospects

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2004 Listed Australian company Golden Valley Mines (GVM) has bought 74% of the South African Nimag group in a R50-million deal. 

SA/Iran to collaborate on copper bioleaching project

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2004 Construction of a multimillion-rand pilot heap bioleaching plant in Iran, as a joint project between local mining technology research body Mintek and the Middle Eastern country’s National Iranian Copper Industries Company (Nicico), will start later this year. 

SA refractory-brick producer hopes for more Chilean orders

By: Keith Campbell     21st May 2004 South African refractory pro-ducts manufacturer Verref is busy executing a R10-million contract to supply about 190 000 refractory bricks to Chile’s giant Codelco copper-mining company. 

Gold-miner nails beneficiation colours to Rand Refinery mast

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th April 2004 Gold-mining firm Durban Roodepoort Deep (DRD),?which a few years ago invested in a company which was to set up its own refinery in South Africa using mineral-technology parastatal Mintek’s Minataur process, no longer has a stake in this project and “is committed to pursuing its... 

Musuku gets its BEE

By: ongezwa manyathi     19th April 2004 Musuku Beneficiation Systems had four products when Mining Weekly called at the gold operation a year ago; now it has 15. 

‘Leagues’ ahead

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2004 The planned introduction of new high-speed gold technology is set to put the world’s largest gold refinery ahead of its global rivals, Mining Weekly can today exclusively report. 

Smelter recovers 6 t of gold a year

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2004 One of Rand Refinery’s best-kept secrets is its precious-metal smelting facility, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. 

The strategist

By: ongezwa manyathi     16th April 2004 The 84-year-old Rand Refinery has further strengthened its position as a leading global refiner of gold and silver in being appointed an approved ‘good delivery’ referee by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA). 

R50-billion-worth of cash flow a year

By: ongezwa manyathi     16th April 2004 Though 84 years old, Rand Refinery only appointed its own board of directors ten years ago. 

Summiting the ‘Everest’ of gold assaying

By: ongezwa manyathi     16th April 2004 Gold refining is a highly competitive business. ?There are 57 accredited gold refineries around the world and 79 silver refineries. 

New metallurgical accounting system

By: ongezwa manyathi     16th April 2004 A new metallurgical accounting system is being implemented at the Rand Refinery. 

Prestigious referee status already bearing fruit

By: ongezwa manyathi     16th April 2004 When Rand Refinery was approached by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) to be a ‘good delivery’ referee some two years ago, there were only two referees in the world and both were stationed in England. 

Musuku gets its BEE

By: ongezwa manyathi     16th April 2004 Musuku Beneficiation Systems had four products when Mining Weekly called at the gold operation a year ago; now it has 15. 

‘Interest in ion-exchange technology is growing’

By: Zonika Botha     16th April 2004 Since having entered into a cooperation and joint development agreement in the field of ion exchange for metallurgical applications in February, State-owned Mintek and private company Bateman Luxembourg SA have received several enquires from potential clients. 

Three new initiatives

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2004 A pioneering South African project house is in the process of establishing a new natural resource beneficiation mining fund, a new African business unit and is implementing a new strategy to put an end to the boom-and-bust past of its project management operations. 

Matchmaking is suprise new offering from project house

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 Project houses are offering an unexpectedly wide range of services. 

Main contract awarded at chromite-to-PGMs treatment project

By: Zonika Botha     26th March 2004 A multimillion-rand turnkey contract to construct a chromite-ore tailings treatment plant at Aquarius Platinum’s Kroondal mine on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex has been awarded to Tawana Projects, a joint venture company formed between Bateman and ProPlant. 

New sorting technology for SA mining sector

     26th March 2004 South Africa’s MikroSort SA, an IMS Group company, has upgraded its containerised test plant, located at Mintek, in response to an increased demand from the South African mining industry for the opto-electronic sorting of mineral ore. 

World’s largest ultrafine grinding mill installed

     26th March 2004 The technology division of Anglo-Swiss resources group Xstrata announced last week that the world’s largest ultra-fine grinding mill, the 2,6 MW M10000 IsaMill, had been successfully commissioned at Anglo Platinum’s Western Limb Tailings Retreatment Plant (WLTRP) in South Africa. 

Plant to see out the mine

By: andrew lanham     19th March 2004 Alwyn Smit, metallurgical manager at Driefontein, is a man of quiet demeanour. 

Baken; Trans Hex’s gem

By: andrew lanham     19th March 2004 The year to March 2003 was winner for Trans Hex with the group producing a record number of carats. 

R26m platinum-from-chromite project has been announced

     19th March 2004 Platinum-miner Aquarius Platinum (AQP) announced last week that it is to lead a three-member consortium in a project to treat chromite tailings through a purpose-built plant at its Kroondal Mine in South Africa.? 

. . . heralds entry of new SA technology

By: Keith Campbell     5th March 2004 INTERNATIONAL mining group Xstrata’s new Premus technology for the production of ferrochrome was developed here in South Africa. 

Stainless growth underpins R1,25bn ferrochrome project

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 A hungry stainless-steel market is one of the driving forces behind the construction of London-listed Xstrata’s new R1,25-billion 330 000 t/y ferrochrome smelter in South Africa. 

Swedish miner sells gold operation

     26th January 2004 Swedish mining company Scanmining will sell all its ore from the Pahtavaara gold mine in 2004 to Belgian Umicore and Sweden's Boliden, Scanmining said on Thursday. 

SA Act opens way for transition from tanzanite to diamonds

By: candice haase     23rd January 2004 Operations at Afgem’s tanzanite-mine at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania are in a steady state, allowing the company to consider other prospects in the mining industry. 

Latest technology used in materials-handling system design

By: candice haase     12th December 2003 The entire materials-handling system at the Anglo Platinum and African Rainbow Minerals joint venture project, Modikwa, was designed by engineering and project managing specialist Exclusive Technical Services (ETS). 

Joint venture has strong focus on training

By: candice haase     12th December 2003 The joint venture between Anglo Platinum and ARM Mining Consortium on the Modikwa platinum-mine has created a team that draws from an array of expertise. 

Target date: 2005

By: candice haase     12th December 2003 By the first quarter of next year, Modikwa platinum-mine will be out of its ramp-up phase and into steady production for 2004. 

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