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Opencast Quarries News

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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). 

Slow civil-engineering recovery is hurting industrial-minerals sector

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2002 What was the R4,2-billion industrial-minerals sector two years ago is likely to continue or even decrease its modest contribution to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) despite indications that the civil-engineering sector, with which it is associated, is showing a turnaround. 

New loader for W Cape quarries

     7th June 2002 Transand in Mossel Bay has taken delivery of the new 12,3-t model Liebherr L 538 wheel loader with stepless hydrostatic travel drive, to be used for materials handling at the company’s quarries. 

Earthmoving equipment range in demand with Southern African diamond-miners

     17th May 2002 A leading supplier of earthmoving plant, concrete equipment and cranes, as well as local distributor of Western Star trucks, Liebherr Africa, reports that its excavators and wheel loaders have become invaluable at large and small diamond diggings throughout southern Africa. 

Environmental management cuts costs

     17th May 2002 Significant cost savings have been realised at Kroondal Platinum Mine as a result of prior planning and proactive management of the environment. 

German surface miner could replace coal-mine's truck-and-shovel methods

By: candice haase     17th May 2002 A subsidiary of MAN Takraf Fordertechnik, MAN Takraf South Africa, is engaged in the development of more effective surface mining technologies at present. The West-rand based firm is in negotiations with Kumba Resources, formerly Iscor Mining, for the commissioning of a surface miner for use at... 

Giant drillrigs at work at Zim platinum-mine

     17th May 2002 One of South Africa’s biggest and most experienced mining contractors, MCC, recently took delivery of two 45-t Driltech D40KS surface blasthole drillrigs which have been despatched to Zimbabwe for development work on the Zimbabwe Platinum Mines (Zimplats) Ngezi project. 

Hydraulic crawler drill acquired

     17th May 2002 Blasting and Excavating (B&E) recently expanded its range of Ingersoll-Rand equipment to include an ECM-660 hydraulic crawler drill from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM), exclusive distributor of Ingersoll Rand mining and quarrying equipment for Southern Africa. 

Illegal mines plague S Africa's aggregate and stone producers

By: candice haase     17th May 2002 The Aggregate and Stone Producers’ Association of South Africa (ASPASA) is immediately affected by an increase in the number of illegal mines in South Africa, according to director Nico Pienaar. 

IT facilitates selection of load-and-haul equipment

     17th May 2002 Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa can offer it customers access to a state-of-the-art computer simulation programme that will facilitate the correct selection of equipment for load and haul application within the opencast mining sector. 

New bulldozer series to be unveiled throughout 2002

     17th May 2002 The first of Komatsu’s new Galeo (an acronym for genuine answers for land and environment optimisation) series of mining and construction equipment has hit the Southern African market in the form of the 67 t D375A-5 bulldozer, successor to the previous Avance series D375A-3. 

On-site services drive smart partnerships

By: candice haase     17th May 2002 Barloworld Equipment’s move toward specialist catering for the mining industry will allow it to understand and, consequently, meet the specific needs of its customers, says director and GM of Barloworld Equipment: Mining John Polykarpou. 

R100m openpit contract kicks off

     17th May 2002 "South African earthmoving contractors, associated principally with the civil engineering construction industry, have increasingly over the last 15 years put their earthmoving and equipment maintenance expertise at the disposal of mining corporations to undertake contract mining operations, "... 

SA's big breakthrough in non-explosive technology

     17th May 2002 A newly established South African company, Pyrotech Mining Systems, based in Centurion, Pretoria, has developed a breakthrough system in non-explosive and continuous mining technology. 

Supplier completes mining equipment supply chain

     17th May 2002 Having established itself as a leading supplier of specialised materials handling equipment, opencast infrastructure (shiftable and extendible conveyors, as well as in-pit crushing plants) and custom-designed minerals processing equipment, Krupp Mining and Materials Handling (KMMH) now also... 

Cleaner compressors to be introduced

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd November 2001 The environmental performance of Ingersoll-Rand Portable Power’s large portable compressors from 17 m3/min and above, will be significantly increased to meet the new stage two European Union emissions legislation that takes effect at the start of next year. 

Explosion specialist in training drive

     2nd November 2001 A new specialised training drive by African Explosives Limited’s (AEL) James Sydney specialist division is aimed at intensifying its already growing service to the quarrying, construction and dimension stone industries in South and Southern Africa. 

Firm sees growth in demand for crushers

     2nd November 2001 Local company IMS Engineering has noted a significant swing to the use of its hard rock horizontal shaft impact crusher by quarries in preference to using both cone crushers and vertical shaft impactors to produce cubical road specification aggregate. 

Flat demand impedes quarrying sector

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd November 2001 The market continues to look bleak for the South African quarrying industry, with no signs of increased demand in the near future, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association (Aspasa) of South Africa director Nico Pienaar. 

German-designed crushers

     2nd November 2001 German firm Aubema designs, manufactures and installs crushing and grinding machinery for the mining, pit and quarry and raw minerals industries, as well as for power engineering and environmental technology. 

Loader supplied to Pietersburg quarry

     2nd November 2001 The first of the newly launched Volvo D Series loaders has been supplied by Babcock Equipment to Alpha Sand and Stone. 

Mobile plant sales down

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd November 2001 South African quarries appear to be shying away from the purchase of capital mobile equipment Hitachi operations manager Barry Nash tells Mining Weekly. 

New excavator bucket designed

     2nd November 2001 The Allu bucket produced by Ideachip of Finland can be fitted to excavators and wheel loaders to process a variety of materials, including those mined in quarries. 

New rock breaker for plant-hire firm

     2nd November 2001 A new hydraulic rock breaker has been purchased by West Reef Plant Hire to breakdown oversized boulders at a quarry at Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg. 

New trucks help quarry perform

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd November 2001 Following a management decision made by Alpha Plant & Services in the latter part of 1999 to complement its core business of excavator hire to include the hire of off-road dump trucks, the East Rand operation has been involved in several load and haul contracts in the mining and quarrying... 

Photoanalysis takes off

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd November 2001 Automated photo analysis systems are becoming the standard for fragmentation measurement and analysis in quarrying and mining applications. 

SA tour group visits UK exhibition

     2nd November 2001 Some of South Africa’s leading quarrying and construction companies were among those who attended the Hillhead Exhibition in the UK earlier this year. 

South Africa is to host international conference

By: Joanne Delaurentis     2nd November 2001 The second ever Surface Mining Conference will be held in September next year in Gauteng. 

Two profiling instruments launched

     2nd November 2001 UK instrumentation supplier Pulsar Measuring Systems, which has been supplying laser-profiling and hole-deviation equipment for use with a variety of blast-survey software packages for more than ten years, has introduced two new compact and lightweight three-dimensional (3D) laser-profiling... 

Wheel-loader on parade in Tzaneen

     2nd November 2001 Materials-handling equipment supplier Liebherr was invited by the Clay Brick Association to demonstrate the credentials of the company’s L538 wheel loader. 

Quarrying industry ‘stabilises’

By: System Author     7th April 2000 The quarrying industry is stabilising after a period of constant decline. 

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