R/€ = 14.88 Change: -0.01
R/$ = 12.10 Change: 0.00
Au 1335.58 $/oz Change: -5.52
Pt 927.50 $/oz Change: -4.49


Good mining data collected to draw investors

By: Joanne Delaurentis     3rd August 2001 The economies of South Africa’s neighbours are very dependent on the discovery of new mineral deposits and good geological and geophysical data sets are needed to draw investors, says chairman of the geophysics division Dr Edgar Stettler. 

Outsourcing of technical mining services

     3rd August 2001 It is extremely expensive to finance the large capital outlays required to bring new mines into production, and to manage the development of these large projects. 

Canadian funds stimulate small mining

     3rd August 2001 The four-and-a-half-year-old Canadian government-sponsored Kwagga Mining and Minerals Policy programme, which was geared at encouraging the participation of previously-disadvantaged communities in the South African mining industry, has come to an end. 

'Fairy-tale' type mining code for DRC

By: System Author     3rd August 2001 A new mining code resembling the ones that have made Tanzania and the South American countries of Argentina, Chile and Peru fairy-tale successes could be in place in the mineral-rich but strife-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by early August. 

Now 30-year tenure, says Minister

     1st August 2001 Mineral-rights owners have been given an additional five years of tenure to ‘use it or lose it’, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has told a Gibs forum on the future of mining held in Johannesburg. 

Zambia plans to regain 500 000-t/y copper crown

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th July 2001 Zambia could regain its status as a 500 000-t-plus-a-year copper producer within the next five to ten years, predict government officials and mining companies which have flocked to the former British colony following the privatisation of the giant Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines. 

R3bn Oz coal-project gets go-ahead

     20th July 2001 BHP Billiton said this month that it would start a $411-million or about R3,3-billion project to develop the Mount Arthur North open-cut thermal coal-mine in the Upper Hunter Valley, in New South Wales, Australia. 

Firm wins exploratory gold-drilling project

By: Deborah Spicer     20th July 2001 Management of exploratory drilling at Avgold’s Paradise Project near Target gold-ine in the Free State has been awarded to Snowden Mining Industry Consultants Africa. 

On-The-Air 16/07/2001

     16th July 2001 SAfm anchor John Perlman: It is that time on a Friday when we engage in some TechnoTalk with Martin Creamer, Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Martin, a very good morning to you. We talked a lot about the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, waiting for the benefits really of... 

On-The-Air 09/07/2001

     9th July 2001 SAfm anchor John Perlman: It is that time on a Friday when we engage in some TechnoTalk with Martin Creamer, Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Martin, a very good morning to you. Clearly, you have diamonds on your mind, lets talk about De Beers and the plans in Canada.... 

Construction of new mine imminent

     3rd July 2001 Construction of the small new diamond-mine, Damtshaa, in Botswana, will get under way later this month, says De Beers operations director Gavin Beevers. 

SADC mining ministers unite against conflict gems

     3rd July 2001 At the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mining Ministers Committee Meeting that was held in Luanda, Angola, Mining Ministers deliberated on challenges that were facing the African diamond industry and reiterated their support for the Kimberley process – a process that was... 

Merged resources giant focuses on business plan

     2nd July 2001 With the merger now complete, BHP Billiton, with an enterprise value of about $38-billion, intends focusing on establishing detailed business plans and strategies to capture merger benefits, as well as continue developing proposals for the planned spin-out of BHP Steel to BHP shareholders. 

State delays Angola's biggest diamond-mine

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Canadian Mining company SouthernEra is still committed to Angola and remain optimistic about the potential of the Camafuca project, despite delays by the Angolan government in the awarding of the mining licence for what will become the biggest diamond-mine in the country. 

Diamond project well under way

     29th June 2001 With the important announcement of the new Combined Treatment Plant (CTP) for Kimberley Mines, diamond giant De Beers have shown tangible faith in the future of Kimberley Mines and its region. 

Construction of new mine imminent

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Construction of the small new diamond-mine Damtshaa, in Botswana, will get under way later this month, says De Beers operations director Gavin Beevers. 

Air helps safeguard diamonds

     29th June 2001 Speaking at the opening of the R140-million new central plant at Trans Hex's flagship Baken mine, near Alexander Bay, Northern Cape Premier, Manne Dipico said that a better South Africa could only be achieved if business made bold decisions and invested in South Africa. 

Diamond-cutter upbeat about the industry

     29th June 2001 Medium-sized diamond cutting factory based in Doonfontein South African Teemane Company specialises in the cutting and polishing of diamonds of two carats rough and over. 

Contract for transfer chutes awarded

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd June 2001 East Rand firm M&J Engineering has won a contract to supply all the transfer chutes for overland and plant applications at Maandagshoek platinum-mine, on the Northern Province-Mpumalanga border. 

SA junior seeks to ramp-up Taung gem exploration

     18th June 2001 Mining and exploration company Thabex Exploration has disposed of its 40% interest in Pioneer Minerals for a sum of R2,6-million in order to fund ongoing exploration of its subsidiary, Pure Diamonds, in the Taung district of South Africa’s North West Province. 

SA diamond-processing plants for DRC

     15th June 2001 International mining company Oryx Natural Resources has awarded a multimillion US dollar contract for the supply of diamond-processing plants for two of its mining sites near Mbuji-Mayi, in the DRC, to Johannesburg company Bateman Project Holdings. 

Gems, sex, lies and video  

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2001 State-owned diamond miner Alexkor is no stranger to peculiar stories, and here's another one. 

Diamond sampling under way

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2001 Diamond producer De Beers is currently sampling its tailings at the Jagersfontein diamond-mine in the Free State. 

Environment more valued than diamonds

     14th June 2001 Diamond producer De Beers Marine leads the world in diamond-mining at ocean depths of greater than 80 m. 

Canada’s diamond producing potential sparkling

     14th June 2001 Canada could be among the world’s leading rough diamond producers by 2005 thanks to the mining and exploration efforts of companies such as De Beers Canada. 

Poised to be platinum’s No 5

By: Zonika Botha     14th June 2001 Five companies have expressed interest in partnering SouthernEra in its development of the Messina Platinum mine. 

From gold back to diamonds

     13th June 2001 South Africa’s leading black-owned and controlled diamond company New Diamond Corporation (NDC) has appointed Alan Smith as CEO with effect from July 1. 

Can Mining's 'Paradise Lost' be 'Regained'

     8th June 2001 A special report on the prospects for mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Joseph Kabila and a proposed new mining code offer hope, Mining Weekly Deputy Editor Terence Creamer reports. 

Diamond plant throughput rises 67%

     8th June 2001 Diamond mining company Tans Hex Group's (THG's) new R136-million central plant at Baken mine, near the small village of Sanddrif, in the Namaqualand, was officially opened by Nothern Cape Premier Manne Dipico last month. 

Last of diamond Mohicans mourns loss of tribal chief

     8th June 2001 The operations MD of the Trans Hex Group (THG), Peter Danchin, has expressed disappointment at the fact that De Beers will soon be delisted from the JSE Securities Exchange, in Johannesburg. 

Diamond-mining, African coast

By: System Author     8th December 2000 A new underwater machine has been developed to recover diamonds buried in the ocean floor off the African coast. 

Don’t discount mining’s contribution

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Despite concerns that the mining industry is in decline, Chamber of Mines president Rick Menell asserts that the local mining ‘cluster’ is making a rich and varied contribution to the national economy, and is well advanced in having a substantial effect on development in the Southern... 

Mining still main industry in SADC

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Despite continuing volatility in world mineral markets and declining global investments into new exploration, mining remains the backbone of the Southern African Development Community economy. 

$6bn capex acceleration by world’s largest miner

By: System Author     24th November 2000 CEO of world’s-largest mining company accelerates with $6bn capital-expenditure programme 

Deeper pockets red-taped

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Editorial 

Promise of capital injection for SADC small-scale miners

By: System Author     27th October 2000 The impressive Mines 2000 gathering in Lusaka this month promised to initiate an injection of capital into nascent small-scale mining activity in the Southern African region. 

We’re out of here

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Editorial 

SA mining: not a ‘sunset’ industry

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Industry’s R10bn/y capex spend is some 20% of South Africa’s total 

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