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A new best friend for diamond sampling

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Alluvial diamond mining is being taken to unexplored depths by De Beers’ Namaqualand mines with the imminent start-up of a large bucket auger drill which will recover massive 4,9 m3 samples at depths of up to 100 m below the surface. The mine has mining rights for extensive properties along... 

. . . but platinum a new target

By: System Author     16th April 1999 As firm statistics start to replace estimates on the scope of crime in South African mines for the first time, it is clear that syndicates are increasingly broadening their focus from gold and diamonds to the platinum industry. While 1 413 gold-theft related arrests were made in South Africa in... 

De Beers presses on regardless with Luanda diamond building

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Despite threats posed by the civil war in Angola, which has led to various companies suspending operations temporarily, construction of De Beers’ new 12-storey US$30-million diamond-sorting facility in Luanda is going full steam ahead at. The project is reported to be well under way, with... 

Metal-coating for diamonds

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Metal-coated diamonds introduced by GE Superabrasives will take sawing and drilling applications into the next millennium, maintains manager Roger Lambson. The stone industry’s ongoing quest for durable, high-performance cutting tools has led to the widespread adoption of diamond saws, wire... 

Kimberley gets new sparkle

By: System Author     9th April 1999 An exploration and mining company, Mazal, the Hebrew word for luck, has found its fortune in a Paardeberg East kimberlite deposit near Kimberley that could be the largest in South Africa. Still in the exploration stage, the company is sure of at least a 28 ha deposit, although it is estimating... 

Slagment chosen for Orapa mine

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The principal construction medium for the new diamond crusher plant in Orapa, Botswana has been selected as Slagment. The plant is a significant part of the vast Orapa 2000 project – a joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government (Debswana), valued at R2- billion. Orapa 2000... 

Botswana tank contract

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Local company Spiropipe has been awarded a contract by De Beer’s Jwaneng diamond mine to manufacture polypropylene tanks for use at its aquarium in Botswana. The plant, the first of its kind, houses a fully integrated sort house (Fish) for the sorting of diamonds and is expected to improve... 

World diamond industry reports drop in sales

By: System Author     5th March 1999 SALES in 1998 of rough gem diamonds by the De Beers Central Selling Oganisation (CSO) have dropped by 28% compared to 1997 sales. Difficult trading conditions, global economic uncertainty and increasing problems of liquidity in the cutting centres were cited as reasons for the decrease from... 

Diamonds of WAR

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In Angola, diamonds are stained with the blood of pawns caught in the throes of civil war. It has been reported that a manager of Canadian company SouthernEra Resources died in an ambush in May last year. In November last year, 50 armed men killed eight employees of Canadian company DiamondWorks,... 

Maduna’s pledge to South Africa’s 3 000 illegal mines

By: System Author     26th February 1999 State support for South Africa’s small-scale miners, most of whom are operating illegally, has been officially endorsed by Minerals and Energy Minister Dr Penuell Maduna. The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) estimates that there could be as many as 3 000 illegal diggings in South... 

Kimberley on brink of ne w life

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The R10-million feasibility study to evaluate the viability of a new diamond-recovery treatment plant at De Beers Kimberley mines is 70% complete. The feasibility study, which began in May last year, and is expected to be completed by April, is being conducted by an on-mine project team working... 

Pump manufacturer extends its range

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In order to compete in a constantly dynamic market, such as the pumps industry, Warman Pumps has made additions to its range which include the Verderflex tube pump and Warman clear-water pumps. At the heart of the Verderflex system is the tube, which gives unparalled wear life, with a... 

Gold, coal prospects in Botswana

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Gold and coal are Botswana’s main mining prospects this year, with potential for openpit coal-mining and underground gold-mining being investigated. Botswana director of mines Ribson Gabonowe tells Mining Weekly that only six building and industrial minerals quarries were awarded mining... 

Diamonds of Death

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Deep in the western Free State lies the legacy of a mine gone terribly wrong, which saw a river of mud tear through its underground workings that was powerful enough to rip off the limbs of those caught in its rush. All that is left is the corpse of an unworkable mine in which the bodies of 16 of... 

Small miners hit pay-dirt

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 It is estimated that there are more than 2 000 small-scale diggings, nearly all of them illegal, operating throughout South Africa at present. Many of these operators have emerged overnight on land that does not belong to them, using poor or obsolete mining methods and, in some cases, severely... 

Jewellery makers consolidate

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 There is a new climate of co-operation and determination among South African jewellery manufacturers to expand market support for their products and increase exports, reveals Jewellery Council of South Africa executive director Claire Minnit. “Local manufacturers are aware that any growth... 

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