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On-The-Air 25/06/2001

25th June 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. Strange sales going on of safety know-how, who is buying it? Martin Creamer Well, normally one... 

BEE firm in platinum projects worth R70m

22nd June 2001 Based in Rustenburg, in the North West Province, Bafokeng Civil Works says that it is ideally situated to offer its range of construction services to manufacturing organisations throughout the Southern African region, with special emphasis on the delivery of top service and completed products to... 

How black-empowerment's mould is about to be broken

8th June 2001 One of South Africa's most successful black-owned companies is breaking the architypal black-empowerment mould, Mining Weekly can today report. 

Defence offsets take off, but civilian deals still grounded

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 Defence companies involved in the R37-billion (officially - some sources outside government put it at R50-billion) re-equipping programme are eager for a thorough investigation into allegations of corruption. 

Motlatsi now heads Teba which made him stand naked for hours on end

8th June 2001 The organisation, which discredited itself in past years by its insensitive 'processing' of black miners, has today advanced to a point where it even facilitates electronic-mailing to miners' wives. 

South Africa to get low-sulphur diesel

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 A new diesel with a sulphur content as low as 0,3% will be launched countrywide next year by petroleum giant BP. 

Rockbursts still a big concern for new safety boss

1st June 2001 A simultaneous patting of backs and cracking of whips was heard at the second mine health and safety summit. 

Rock engineering taking most safety funds

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Some 60% to 70% of Safety in Mines Research Advisory Committee funds are allocated towards research in rock engineering. 

Health and safety management systems for SA mines

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Local information technology company Marknet is in the process of securing further contracts for its occupational health and safety management system, which is expected to enable mines to reduce compensation claim costs and meet the requirements of the Mine Health and Safety Act more easily. 

Fragmented legislation causing concern

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Quarrying 

Quarrying industry not in a healthy state

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Quarrying 

Changes under way at society

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Ventilation 

10 000 receive Aids counselling

By: System Author     20th October 2000 More than 10 000 miners have been counselled and treated as part of a two-pronged response to meet the healthcare challenge presented by HIV/Aids. 

Hazardous distance to decrease

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Flame-proof regulations are being softened. 

DME launches disease database

By: System Author     6th October 2000 The Department of Minerals and Energy launched the South African Mines Occupational Disease Database last month. 

Billion-a-year spend plan

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Gold Fields 

New gold plant planned

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Gold Fields 

Self-mining at Tarkwa?

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Gold Fields 

Zero fatality is the safety target

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Gold Fields 

New team fills technical gap

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Gold Fields 

Delayed NewCoal in action this year – Nkosi

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Black-empowerment company Eyesizwe is expecting to begin implementing its business strategies before the end of the year following the final signatures on the sale and purchase agreements, service agreements, and the finalising of the financing for NewCoal. 

Symposium to focus on new mining technologies

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 New mining technologies 

Injury rate to be halved

By: System Author     8th September 2000 South Africa’s second-largest gold company intends halving its reportable injury rate from seven-a-million person hours worked to 3,5, over five years – “and we’ll get there”, Gold Fields MD Ian Cockerill forecasts. 

Peru to host ‘holistic’ mining conference

By: System Author     1st September 2000 The organising committee of the XXV Peruvian Mining Engineers Convention is calling for papers for presentation at the event, which will take place in the city of Arequipa from September 10 to 14 next year. 

Fluid-power range for mining applications

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Hydraulics, pneumatics & hydropower 

Public private cross company research – the new buzz

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Collaborative research is the latest craze to hit the mining industry as companies and research institutions discover that co-operating on 

R1,9-billion venture on track

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Iscor Heavy Minerals 

Green hurdle for chrome

By: System Author     30th June 2000 Final investigation into the potential environmental impact of Samancor’s proposed R1,5-billion ferrochrome smelter near Mooinooi, North West Province, is continuing. 

The status of underground rail transport

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Underground transport 

Need to improve public perception

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Opencast mining 

The new face at SA’s coal-face

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Developing an energy company, as opposed to a coal companyc is the long-term vision for Eyesizwe Mining, which has been named as the party which could become the future controlling shareholder in NewCoal. 

Fatalities and injury rates decreasing

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

Making sure regulations are implemented

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

Properly chlorinated water can reduce hazard of disease

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

Still room for improvement

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

System to locate miners soon

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

88 innovations showcased at mine exhibition

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Last month saw the twenty-second Coalsafe exhibition, an initiative by the coal-mining industry to develop a culture of health and safety – this year’s theme was ‘zero tolerance’. 

Clear understanding of outsourcing role vital

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Contracting and outsourcing 

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