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Opencast Quarries News

Well-timed blasts produce finer fragmentation

By: Fatima Gabru     19th September 2008 Explosives manufacturer BME has been using its electronic delay detonators (EDDs) in specialised designs at quarries and mines that apply much shorter time-delays than normal, resulting in the production of a much finer rock fragmentation. 

Construction supplier well positioned for growth

By: Fatima Gabru     19th September 2008 The onsite crushing plant of a R90-million contract to supply the Medupi power station project with coarse and fine aggregate for the first phase of the project, will start delivering material this month, says building and construction supplier Afrimat’s CEO Andries van Heerden. 

SA firm to distribute Astra trucks in Southern Africa 

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2008 Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal based High Power Equipment (HPE) has gained the rights to become the sole Southern African importer and distributor of the Astra ranges of rigid dump trucks and articulated dump trucks. 

Capital equipment group spreads its mining wings with Chinese excavator

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2008 Member of the JSE-listed Bidvest group, McCarthy Heavy Equipment (MHE), is expanding its offering to the mining industry, with the introduction later this year of the 70 t Sany excavator - adding to the 20 t, 23 t, 30 t and 42 t machines already available. 

Mining equipment firm relocates and consolidates to gear up for growth

By: Dennis Ndaba     12th September 2008 Mining, construction, cranes and road-building equipment supplier Terex Africa has moved into its new multimillion rand premises in Kempton Park, north-east of Johannesburg. 

Perception that miners do not receive support from DTI is erroneous – Deloitte

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd August 2008 There is a perception in the mining industry that it does not receive adequate support from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in the form of grants because there is a special capital expenditure tax deduction system available for mining companies. 

We’re ‘well ahead’ in global mine-truck monitoring by satellite – Bell 

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2008 Indigenous South African mining equipment manufacturer Bell is “well ahead” of its global competitors in telematics, CEO Gary Bell says of his company’s proprietary advances with the satellite transmission of computerised truck-maintenance information. 

Auditors approve Sentula’s ’09 profit forecast

By: Matthew Hill     29th July 2008 Sentula Mining’s share price rose rapidly in late trade JSE on Tuesday, after it said that its auditors had approved its 2009 profit forecast as “acceptable”. The forecast in question had resulted in the company having its shares suspended on the local bourse, after a director said on a... 

South African radar system contributes to safety in Namibian mine

     11th July 2008 Gold-miner AngloGold Ashanti has selected South African radar specialist Reutech Radar Systems’ (RRS’s) movement and surveying radar (MSR) system as its preferred solution to improve operational safety and risk reduction in its Navachab openpit mine, in Namibia. 

Lafarge signs R13,2m compensation deal with N West community 

By: Matthew Hill     27th June 2008 Cement producer Lafarge South Africa would pay R13,2-million to a community in Bodibe, near Lichtenburg, to compensate for government's displacement of families, from 1981 to 1983, at a quarry that the company operates. Lafarge said on Friday that it had signed a compensation agreement with the... 

Sentula expects profit to increase to R400m, shares rise

By: Matthew Hill     27th June 2008 Mining services and coal development company Sentula on Friday said it expected to make a post-tax profit of R400-million for the year to March 2009, which would be a 70% increase on the previous year's figure of R234-million. The announcement came after trading in the company's shares was... 

Sentula more than doubles profit, CEO upbeat about future

By: Matthew Hill     25th June 2008 Mining services company Sentula Mining reported that its after-tax profit for the year ended March 31 had more than doubled to R234-million from the restated figure of R93-million. The JSE listed company rose 7,96% in Johannesburg, trading at R12,20 a share at 09:08. 

Dolomite production soars and operating life trebles as Infrasors redesigns pit

By: Guy Copans     16th May 2008 Industrial and construction minerals producer Inrasors holdings’ Lyttelton Dolomite operation, producing aggregate and metallurgical dolomite, had a pit redesign last year that has provided the market with a 25% increase in throughput, with triple the life-of-mine at 28 years, said... 

Looming diesel shortage could mean trouble

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2008 Global diesel demand has more than doubled since 1994, raising the fuel’s price dramatically. The increase can be attributed to a number of factors, including a significant industry boom in South Africa, India and China, a recent proliferation in diesel-powered consumer cars, or even the... 

Ground breaking safety and control system

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2008 A safety and security system that allows real-time monitoring and control in opencast mines, has been developed by measurement systems company, GroundProbe. The new pit alarm system is a complex innovation in literal ground breaking science, spawned from the simple idea to integrate technologies. 

New version of mine control system better suited to opencast operations

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2008 The Western Australian provider of mining and exploration software products and services, Micromine, recently launched the latest version of its Pitram mine control system. The third-generation product was revealed to be a complete rewrite, backed by brand new design, goals and objectives. 

Environmental protection takes priority in Namibia

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2008 Uranium mining company, UraMin, is working closely with Namibian authorities in an effort to reduce the negative effects its Trekkoppje uranium project might have on its surrounding environment. The company aims to find a solution that will benefit both itself and the local community, while... 

Consolidated Thompson gets green light for Quebec iron-ore mine

By: Liezel Hill     7th March 2008 Toronto-based Consolidated Thompson will go ahead with its Bloom Lake project, in Canada's Quebec province, after receiving the necessary government approvals for the mine, the company said on Thursday. The Bloom Lake openpit mine will cost $410-million and is expected to produce... 

'Significant potential' for underground mining at DRC gold project - Moto

By: Liezel Hill     25th February 2008 TSX- and Aim-listed Moto Goldmines plans to fast-track the technical evaluation of the viability of underground mining at its Moto gold project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after initial studies demonstrated “significant underground mining potential”, the company said on... 

New truck body design cuts operating costs, says manufacturer

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th February 2008 Steel products manufacturer VR Steel has launched and new truck body design, which, it claims, significantly reduces operating costs per tonne. Through the new VR Truck body, the company is now able to match the loading tool with the truck body, since the company also manufactures dippers,... 

Oil-sands miner Suncor approves C$20,6bn expansion

By: Liezel Hill     30th January 2008 Canadian oil-sands producer Suncor Energy's board has given the go-ahead to a C$20,6-billion investment to boost crude oil production at the company's oil sands operation, located north of Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada, by 200 000 barrels a day (bpd). 

Mpumalanga colliery takes delivery of R4m dragline bucket

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     7th December 2007 Steel company VR Steel's dragline division has supplied a R4-million dragline bucket to coal-miner Anglo Coal's Laundau colliery in Middleburg, Gauteng.  

Denison, Areva to build uranium mine in Canada's Saskatchewan province

By: Liezel Hill     3rd December 2007 Toronto-listed Denison Mines and its joint-venture (JV) partners, Areva Resources Canada (69,16%) and OURD Canada (5,67%), have given the green light for the development of the Midwest uranium mine, in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, Denison said on Monday.  

Tyre shortage will be over by end of 2008, De Beers director Farnaby predicts

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2007 The tyre shortage that is dogging the mining industry will be over by the end of 2008, De Beers director Debbie Farnaby predicts. 

Local specialist exports quarry screens to Dubai

     21st September 2007 A R10-million export order to Dubai has been secured by bulk materials handling and minerals processing specialist Osborn. 

Locally manufactured machine produces results

     21st September 2007 A R1,9-million investment in capital equipment would demand careful investigation before commitment in any industry, and such was the case for southern Cape quarry company Denron Quarries. 

Large contract for mining equipment supplier

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st September 2007 The local office of international manufacturer and supplier of equipment to the mining and quarrying industry Manhattan Corporation is finalising a large contract with an undisclosed mining operation in Southern Africa. 

Aggregate producer acquires complete crushing and screening solution

     21st September 2007 Earthmoving and materials-handling company Barloworld Equipment has supplied producer and supplier of crushed aggregate Raumix of Bloemfontein with a complete crushing and screening solution. 

Local supplier to represent Japanese pump manufacturer

     21st September 2007 Local pump supplier Pumptron has been selected by Japanese heavy and abrasive slurries pump manufacturer Toyo Pumps as their representative in Southern Africa. 

Proactive oil analysis systems lead to savings

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st September 2007 Local oil analysis laboratory Yellotec offers cost savings and equipment lifespan extension by implementing proactive oil analysis systems rather than reactive oil analysis systems. 

Association to focus on health, safety and the environment

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st September 2007 Following a review of aspects of the quarrying industry and the association's members, the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) has decided to focus on improving health and safety, as well as improving the environmental compliance by members. 

Diesel technician apprenticeship programme way to overcome losses

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2007 The now well-known mantra of 'skills, skills, skills,' also rings true for the construction and mining machinery industry. 

DME to meet Lafarge on mining rights conversion

By: Matthew Hill     25th May 2007 South Africa's Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) will be hosting a workshop with cement producer Lafarge in mid-June, to clarify issues and assist in the conversion of the firm's mining rights, an official said on Tuesday. 

New wheeled loader rolls onto SA market

     11th May 2007 The Hyundai HL730-7 wheeled loader, part of the new generation of Hyundai machines, is taking the local market by storm says local Hyundai distributor HPE MD Alan Grady. 

Scharrig buys further 8% of Geosearch for R50m

By: Nelendhre Moodley     12th April 2007 South African mining services company Scharrig Mining (Scharrig) on Thursday announced the acquisition of a further 8% in Geosearch Exploration and Drilling in exchange for R50-million worth of Scharrig ordinary shares. 

Nikanor awards $78m DRC dewatering contract

     5th February 2007 Aim-listed copper- and cobalt-miner Nikanor said on Monday that it has awarded a $78-million dewatering contract to a consortium of Belgian and South African companies for its Kamoto-Virgule Oliveira (KOV) copper-cobalt mine, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) Copperbelt. 

'Unprecedented growth' in aggregate and sand demand

By: Clement Deane     1st December 2006 The aggregate and sandsector is experiencing unprecedented growth, says chairperson of the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) Harley Dent. He attributes this to large-scale infrastructural development leading up to the 2010 soccer World Cup, to be hosted in South... 

No risk from Optimum ownership change, Schamin says

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th November 2006 Mining services supplier Scharring Mining (Schamin), which posted strong interim results on Thursday, said that robust demand for its services would ensure it would not be affected by coal-miner Ingwe’s plans to dispose of its Optimum colliery. 

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