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Opencast Quarries News

Boom 6 months for equipment supplier

By: Liezel Hill     24th September 2004 The current boom in the South African quarrying industry is welcomed by mobile crushing, screening and washing solutions business Pilot Crushtec, which has sold more sand-washing plants in the last six months that the previous three years, having supplied eight complete turnkey plants to quarries... 

Cape quarry firm in BEE move

     27th August 2004 Western Cape quarry firm Prima Quarries has concluded a black economic empowerment (BEE) deal with and Mega Oils, positioning Prima to comply with the requirements of the Mining Charter. 

Mupane preparation starts

By: andrea marais     14th May 2004 Consulting firm Basil Read Botswana has been awarded the openpit mining contract for the Mupane gold project, east of Francistown, in Botswana, by Australian-listed Gallery Gold. 

Giant crusher relocation completed at Jwaneng

     14th May 2004 A 480 t Kawasaki primary gyratory crusher installed at Debswana Diamond Company’s Jwaneng mine in Botswana has been success- fully removed and reinstalled following refurbishment by IMS Engineering. 

Health and safety report findings explained

By: andrea marais     14th May 2004 One of Aspasa’s committees,  

New software will go live by July

By: andrea marais     14th May 2004 The latest openpit planning software is being used at the Konkola Copper Mines’ Nchanga mine, in Zambia. 

End of an era at PPC Loerie

     14th May 2004 While PPC awaits the closure certificate from the Department of Minerals and Energy for the closure of its Loerie quarry in the Eastern Cape, a landmark and historic establishment will be lost to the Port Elizabeth community forever. 

ADTs gain ground in local opencast market

     14th May 2004 Accelerated purchasing of the Komatsu articulated dump trucks (ADT’s) is proof of the local market’s acceptance. 

Software released for opencast mining

By: andrea marais     14th May 2004 Software solution Mine2-4D has been adapted and released for opencast mining. 

Diamond-miner praises manufacturer

     14th May 2004 The R984C Litronic hydraulic excavator from Liebherr has been found to be the most economical machine for stripping overburden at the Van Zyl Broers diamond mine near Barkly West in the Nothern Cape. 

Alliances remain important

By: andrea marais     14th May 2004 There is a strong move among the global mining groups to establish alliances, partnerships and working relationships with their suppliers, says the mining managing director for Barloworld Equipment, the Southern African Caterpillar dealer, Chris Gibb. “This is driven by a desire to leverage... 

Modelling software promoted for opencast mines

By: andrea marais     14th May 2004 n order to assist in risk assessment, audit company KPMG embraces a mining business model, which is a method used to audit mining clients. 

Colliery will become underground operation

By: andrea marais     14th May 2004 Underground operations at New Clydesdale colliery (NCC), in Mpumalanga, started in the Vaalkranz South reserve area in November last year. 

Firm launches mobile crusher innovation

By: nkolola halwindi     28th November 2003 Leading designer and manufacturer of bulk materials handling and minerals processing plant and equipment Osborn Engineered Products has launched what is reportedly South Africa’s first locally-manufactured primary jaw-crusher track unit. 

Crunch time

By: zeena isaacs     31st October 2003 The quarry industry is a tough industry to be involved in, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa director Nico Pienaar. 

Demand for aggregate stagnant since 1994 – Institute

By: zeena isaacs     31st October 2003 According to statistics, the volumes of aggregate required locally have remained the same since 1994, with the number being 23-million tons to 24-million tons a year, which is below the average per capita tons required in developed countries, chairperson of the Institute of Quarrying Johan... 

From waste to profit – turning rock into sand

By: zeena isaacs     31st October 2003 South African crushing and screening equipment supplier IMS Engineering highlights the importance for quarries to produce sand from aggregate sizes of which there is an overabundance, since natural sand is declared a nonrenewable resource. 

MW Profile Aug 15 - Lyttelton Dolomite, South Africa

     15th August 2003 Name: Lyttelton dolomite-mine. 

New course is to be offered in slope stability at university

By: candice haase     16th May 2003 The increase in the number of opencast mines in recent years has created a need for more thorough training in this field. 

Gold-mine test for new South African-made 50t truck

By: candice haase     16th May 2003 Production demands at opencast mines have stimulated the need to develop articulated dumptrucks (ADTs) that exceed the typical 40 t machines seen at most opencast operations. 

Owner-operated mines versus contractor-operated mines

By: candice haase     16th May 2003 In recent years, mining companies in the openpit mining sector, including smaller opencast mines and larger surface mines, has more thoroughly considered the advantages of owner-operated openpit mines compared against contractor-operated mines. 

Russian trucks on trial at Limpopo iron-ore mine

By: candice haase     16th May 2003 Contractor at Kumba Resources’ Kwaggashoek East iron-ore mine in Thabazimbi, Limpopo, Masingita Mining, has been testing Russian-manufactured Belaz trucks since February this year. 

High platinum-group metal prices encourage opencast mining

By: candice haase     16th May 2003 Projected and current metal prices have stimulated opencast mining activity across all three of platinum producer Lonmin’s operations. 

Sand and stone quarry acquires new mobile screening plants

     16th May 2003 The acquisition of Finlay 663 and 683 Supertrak mobile screening plants by Crushco for its Tweefontein sand and stone quarry and screen hire operations has, according to a director of the company Fred Sprenzel, increased production and enhanced the overall efficiency of the operations. 

Lime mine orders cone crusher

     16th May 2003 Bulk materials-handling and minerals processing specialist Osborn has received its first order from the Western Cape for one of its H-Series Gyrasphere cone crushers. 

Earthmoving company completes several new mine orders

     16th May 2003 When its dedicated Liebherr R974A face shovel clocked 30 000 hours, Idwala Carbonates did not hesitate to order a new Liebherr R974B backhoe excavator for its calcium carbonates quarry in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Three new crushers are commissioned

     16th May 2003 Three Kawasaki cone crushers have have been commissioned by IMS Engineering at the jig plant at Beeshoek. 

New range of medium crushers to extend company’s range

     16th May 2003 The processing equipment division of Komatsu Southern Africa has introduced a range of new generation medium-sized mobile crushers to replace and extend its existing range. 

Range of local electric airpower jacks available

     16th May 2003 Exclusive distributors in Southern Africa for Simplex hydraulic products, Bellambie Mining & Industrial has a range of jacks that includes the Pow’r-Riser II, manufactured locally for railcar and off-road equipment jacking. 

Hydraulic rigs operational at quarry

     15th November 2002 Two Furukawa HCR12 hydraulic drill rigs are being supplied for drilling at Willow Quarries outside Pretoria. 

Association calls for industry-wide health and safety evaluations

By: candice haase     1st November 2002 As the mining industry awaits the implementation the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, Aggregate and Stone Producers Association of South Africa director Nico Pienaar has faith in the Department of Minerals and energy and the government’s efforts in this regard. 

New skills unit standards by 2004

By: candice haase     1st November 2002 With the recent furore over the financial elements of the leaked Mining Charter, it seems that the public lost focus of one of the critical elements in the industry. 

BEE stone-crusher eyes Moz opportunities

By: candice haase     1st November 2002 The development of recently black-empowered stone-crushing company Stone and Allied Industries is pinned to a possible joint venture that will see Stone & Allied Industries extending its horizons to include Mozambique. 

Shaft-mounted drive suited to quarrying

By: candice haase     1st November 2002 A product that will benefit conveyor-belt applications in the quarrying sector is the addition of Falk Corporation’s Quadrive shaft-mounted speed-reducer to the range distributed by Voith Turbo, a South African subsidiary of the German engineering giant. 

Bloem quarry installs new sand impactor

     1st November 2002 Cape Town crushing contractor, C&A Engineering has ordered a new sand impactor for use at the Lefarge Olive Hill quarry, in Bloemfontein, where it will be used for crushing excess aggregate fractions of dolorite to manufacture sand for asphalt. The AP-KV 1010 is a Hazemag sand impactor supplied... 

Empowerment deal in aggregate sector

By: Joanne Delaurentis     25th October 2002 One of the most meaningful empowerment deals signed in the construction industry to date, was how retired chairman and founder of former construction company LTA Dave Thompson described the black economic empowerment buy-out of AngloGold subsidiary Stone & Allied for R5-million. 

Dedicated website developed for seismic monitoring products

     6th September 2002 The partnership between Snowden Mining Industry Consultants and the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has resulted in several new mining solutions seeing the light. 

Explosives co-operation deal struck

     17th July 2002 A leading supplier of explosives to South Africa’s open cast mining and quarrying industry, Bulk Mining Explosives (BME), has signed a co-operation agreement with international mining and explosive engineering company, Delta Caps International (DCI). 

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