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Africa beckons

By: Luxolo Tyali     22nd August 2003 Precious metals management company Rand Refinery has embarked on a drive to expand its services to the greater African continent. 

Electric motors installed at Zim platinum plant

     22nd August 2003 The ability to provide the full spectrum of electric motors required for Mimosa Mining’s new platinum concentrator secured the contract for Zest Electric Motors and Drives. 

Former division reports good market share as independent company

     22nd August 2003 Mining equipment supplier PrepQuip, previously a division of the Multotec Group, reports that it has been successful in securing and maintaining a good market share during the last two and a half hears of operation, and that it is well positioned to meet customer and market demands in terms of... 

Mining process specialist commits to environment

By: Luxolo Tyali     22nd August 2003 With almost two decades experience in the pyrometallurgical and ferroalloy business, Bateman is committed to ensuring environment-friendly practices in the smelting industry. 

Namdeb’s R378m gem liberation project advances

By: Jill Stanford     22nd August 2003 ABOUT 80% of all the procurement is complete for Namdeb’s R378,5-million project to upgrade its Elizabeth Bay mine diamond processing plant, located 34 km south of L 

Platinum jewellery studio is refining its abilities

By: Luxolo Tyali     22nd August 2003 The only tertiary institution offering training in platinum jewellery production in South Africa, Pretoria-based Hans Merensky Platinum Jewellery Studio, aims to teach students and the jewellers in the industry the skill to use and perfect platinum fabrication and casting techniques, reports... 

R110m Mozambique contract completed

     22nd August 2003 A contract worth R110-million awarded to black economic empowerment company Alstom Power Systems last year, involving extensions to the 400 kV Maputo substation and Mozal intake substation for Phase 2 of BHP Billiton’s Mozal aluminium smelter, has been completed. 

Spiral pilot plant commissioned at platinum project

     22nd August 2003 A spiral pilot plant from Multotec Process Equipment has been commissioned at Aquarius’ Marikana platinum project, in the North West Province, where it will be used to conduct test work on chromite removal from the circuit.? 

Laser-induced fluorescence system introduced

     18th July 2003 A joint company of the IMS Group and CommoDaS, Germany, MikroSort South Africa, has introduced a laser-induced fluorescence system (LIF) for rock identification and quality-control of raw materials ahead of processing. 

Mineral sands hopeful signs deal with East London export zone

By: Jill Stanford     18th July 2003 AUSTRALIAN mining company Mineral Commodities has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the East London Industrial Development Zone Corporation to take up a 30-ha site for the construction of an ilmenite smelter. 

Mining projects benefit from debt-relief funds

By: Marcel Chimwala     18th July 2003 Malawi – The Malawian government, which has received $1-billion in interim debt relief as part of the World Bank-sponsored Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, has started using part of the funds for mining projects meant to uplift the country’s poor. 

Expansion to drive production target of more than a 100 000 oz a year

By: candice haase     4th July 2003 Early last month, Afrikander Lease’s (Aflease’s) carbon-in-leach (CIL) plant achieved a 95% recovery rate in the early phases of the commissioning of the plant. 

Four crushers for new plant

By: candice haase     4th July 2003 The heap-leaching techniques used previously by Afrikander Lease (Aflease) in its processing activity proved to be ineffective in attaining high yields. 

Competent-persons report soon for PGM project

By: Deborah Spicer     27th June 2003 A competent-persons report (CPR) for Aquarius Platinum’s Everest South project should be completed by the end of this month, indicates projects director Gordon Ramsay, noting that the Department of Minerals and Energy approved the mining licence and the environmental-management programme... 

SA technology for Dubai gold refinery

By: Deborah Spicer     27th June 2003 The Al Ghurair Giga refinery, which should be commissioned in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), by the end of the year, will be a showcase of South African technology. 

Second-phase UG2 progress at advanced stage of planning

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th June 2003 The metallurgical challenge of South Africa’s second-largest platinum company has for the past 34 years been somewhat greater than that of most of its peers – and remains so. 

SA-developed furnace finds global favour

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2003 MINERALS processing and beneficiation science council Mintek has already earned some $800 000 from sales of its unique MinFurn carbon regeneration furnaces. 

SA minerals agency acquires new analyser technology

     3rd June 2003 South African mineral and metallurgical agency Mintek has acquired a mineral-liberation analysers (MLA) from the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) in Australia. 

Code of mining conduct adopted in Peru

By: Keith Campbell     23rd May 2003 The National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE) of Peru recently presented its code of conduct for member companies, both local and foreign, in a high-profile ceremony in the capital, Lima. 

Mining sector rubber demand rises

     23rd May 2003 Mining, marine and industrial rubber specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has increased its industrial plant capacity by 30%, and will grow by a further 40% by the end of the year to keep up with demand from its mining customers. 

China floods trigger worries over metal output

     20th May 2003 Floods in southern China, which have killed 40 people have sparked worries in metal markets that domestic output may be curtailed by disruptions to concentrate supplies, traders said yesterday. 

Cash-flow woes threaten empowerment tin hopeful

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd May 2003 Cash-flow problems experienced by black-controlled resources company Phamine Mining Holdings have resulted in the company’s Leeuwpoort smelter standing idle, CEO Johan de Witt informs Mining Weekly. 

Strong prospects for pyro division

By: zeena isaacs     18th April 2003 The pyro equipment division of Metso Minerals South Africa is on track to turnover R12-million worth of business this year, Mining Weekly can today report. 

China's mining industry: the dragon awakens

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2003 A new frontier is opening for international, including South African, mining companies.A name, very new and very old, is starting to create a buzz in the global industry. An ancient giant is undergoing a modern awakening. 

The dragon awakens

By: Keith Campbell     21st March 2003 A new frontier is opening for international, including South African, mining companies. A name, very new and very old, is starting to create a buzz in the global industry. 

New furnace to raise ferrochrome output at Steelpoort operation

By: Keith Campbell     7th March 2003 The new submerged arc furnace which is under construction at ASA Metals’ ferrrochrome smelter operation at Steelpoort in Limpopo province will be operating at full capacity by May 2004 

Miner expects gold price to rise this year

     28th February 2003 If the gold price rose past $450/oz to $500/oz during this year, Durban Roodepoort Deep (DRD) deputy CEO Ian Murray would not be surprised. 

Tanzanite mine expected to reach full tilt this year

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st February 2003 The full commercial production of the three shafts at African Gem Resources (Afgem) tanzanite mine in Tanzania by July this year, will finally provide the company with the consistent supply and volumes it needs to penetrate the large jewellery markets of Japan and the US, says corporate affairs... 

Venetia debottlenecking has 10-day payback

By: Zonika Botha     21st February 2003 Diamond giant De Beers’ Venetia open-cast mine, in the Limpopo Province, is gearing up to increase its 2002 production levels from 4,6-million tons to 5,2-million tons this year, and to 6-million tons in 2004. 

Dosing design possible for any application

     14th February 2003 Metering or dosing pumps are said to be generally reliable and offer accurate and repeatable performance. 

Restructuring process sees local company repositioning

     14th February 2003 As a result of a global restructuring within the Weir Group, Weir-EnviroTech, an East Rand manufacturer of pumps, valves and process equipment, is proud to announce that they are now part of the Weir Minerals Division. 

Turnkey contractor appointed for R800m concentrator plant project

By: Zonika Botha     14th February 2003 Vhumbanani Projects, a new 50:50 joint-venture company between Dowding Reynard and Associates (DRA) and Townsend, Van der Walt and Partners (TWP), has been appointed as the engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) contractor for Anglo Platinum’s R800-million... 

Explosives producer to expand its African focus in 2003

     24th January 2003 After a successful year in which its international operations showed substantial improvement, African Explosives Limited (AEL) sees ongoing growth opportunities in Africa, and will continue to focus on this continent in 2003. 

Chile runs with bioleaching ball

By: Keith Campbell     17th January 2003 Bioleaching, the process that uses bacteria to help extract metal from ore, and which was perfected in South Africa, now seems set to be taken into the 21st Century through the exploitation of the dramatic advances in genetics, but in Chile, not South Africa. 

Global gold industry supports processing technology research

     6th December 2002 The worlds’ leading gold companies are making significant investments in collaborative research and development aimed at tackling some of the key economic and sustainability issues that are pressuring current and future business returns, reports Amira International, an industry association... 

Modular jig design for industrial-scale plants

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2002 THE jigging joint venture (JV) between Bateman Titaco and South African science council Mintek has launched its latest development, a fourth-generation industrial-scale modular jig. 

State extends its metallurgical hand

By: Zonika Botha     7th October 2002 The opening up of mineral rights and the subsequent opportunities this offers for black participation in a traditionally white-dominated sector is an exciting chapter in the South African mining, minerals and metallurgical industry. 

State extends its metallurgical hand

By: Zonika Botha     4th October 2002 The opening up of mineral rights and the subsequent opportunities this offers for black participation in a traditionally white-dominated sector is an exciting chapter in the South African mining, minerals and metallurgical industry. 

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