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Robots have potential to counteract squeezed mining margins – CSIR

By: Martin Creamer Technology has the potential to help the profit-squeezed South African mining industry to start earning better margins again, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) manager novel mining methods Dr Jeannette McGill said on Monday. McGill added that South Africa’s gold and platinum... 

Titanium pilot plant launched at CSIR

By: Keith Campbell Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom has hailed the opening of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) titanium pilot plant as "quite a great moment". He officially inaugurated the plant on Friday, at the CSIR campus, in Pretoria. "What we are doing today is moving... 

Developments imminent in rock breaking methods

By: Beth Shirley The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) mining technology research development manager Declan Vogt says that the organisation aims to dedicate research to novel rock breaking methods, such as electric discharge drilling. 

Real Economy Report

By: Creamer Media Reporter This is the Real Economy Report. Our top stories this week: the CEO of the CSIR talks about the capabilities of the Council's Blue Gene supercomputer, we speak to Bernard Swanepoel on bringing Village Main back to life, and we look at the CSIR and the development of Unmanned Air Vehicles. 

New x-ray machine settles dust around silicosis

By: Sylvester Haskins The advent of an x-ray diffraction (XRD) machine promises to enhance research into the harmful affects of silica dust on mine workers, in deep-level gold mines in South Africa. 

Technology still developing after more than two decades of research

By: Ollie Madlala The history of mining has long had associations with economic prosperity on one hand and environmental degradation on the other. 

On-The-Air (05/03/2004)

Every Friday morning, SAfm’s AMLive’s radio anchor John Perlman speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript: Perlman: Food shortage is something that comes up regularly with regards... 

Explosion prevention divisions merge

By: candice haase Where it was aimed originally at focusing on coal-dust explosions, the CSIR Kloppersbos facility now also caters for industrial dust explosion prevention. 

Training increased due to growing demand

Snowden Mining Industry Consultants, an international expert in technologies relating to mining and exploration, met with overwhelming demand for a series of customised training courses presented last year. 

Technique developed to enhance orebody information

Industrial research council CSIR is developing a borehole radar system specifically suited to the South African mining industry. 

New coal service body

By: System Author The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has taken over CSIR’s coal-preparation programme, which, from now on, will be known as the SABS’s coal exploration and technology department. The department will become part of the SABS’s coal and mineral services division, although... 

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