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New HQ for standards custodian

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The second anniversary of the Mining and Qualifications Authority (MQA) has been celebrated with the opening of its new premises in Braamfontein, Johannesburg MQA is a tripartite body consisting of the State, employees and employee organisations within the mining industry and was established as... 

SA cooling systems are hot

By: System Author     9th July 1999 What is the state of the local market for mine-ventilation services? There is considerable market potential for practitioners and consultants who are suitably experienced in mine ventilation and occupational hygiene. There are hundreds of small mining operations needing assistance with... 

Red light for deep-mining costs

By: System Author     9th July 1999 big issue facing Project Deepmine is increased virgin-rock tem- peratures of between 64?C and 82?C, and the concomitant higher heat loads at ultra-depths, as well as the effects of auto-compression of ventilation air sent underground, CSIR Miningtek environmental health and safety programme... 

Chileans take a shine to Zambian copper

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A team of 14 engineers and geologists from Chile’s state-owned copper company, Codelco, is now in Southern Africa, working with Anglo American plc staff on their proposed copper joint venture (JV) in Zambia. The Chileans, who include metallurgical engineers and mining engineers, are... 

900 g/t PGM grade

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 It is essential that the correct balance be struck between the grade and recovery of the platinum-group metals (PGMs) at Kroondal Platinum Mine (KPM) – the higher the grade, the lower the recovery, metallurgical manager Gordon Ramsay tells Mining Weekly. “We expect to see a PGM grade... 

Noise – the generic mine hazard

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The South African minerals industry has entered a period of renewed social responsibility following the findings of the 1994 Leon Commission of Inquiry into Health and Safety, stated Snowdon Mining Industries Consultants MD Gordon Smith at this year’s three-day Noshcon health and safety... 

Safety now corporate governance issue

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 With an increased focus placed on good corporate governance, mining companies Ingwe Coal and Anglogold disclosed the steps they had taken to ensure that they complied with the terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996 (MHSA) during the South African Institute of Mining and... 

The world’s biggest mining project

By: System Author     25th June 1999 In the remote interior of Peru’s Ancash department, north of Lima, what is believed to be the world’s biggest current mining development is under way – the US$2,26-billion Antamina copper and zinc project, Mining Weekly can today report. Antamina, which is jointly owned by... 

Electrifying future predicted

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Electrically-powered underground transportation is the mode of conveyance of the future, predicts Fermel Hydraulic & Engineering MD Savi Iovino. In keeping with this belief the company has already introduced an electric bicycle to the market, and has plans for an electric jeep later this year.... 

Safety back on track

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Underground-rail safety levels are receiving a boost by codes of practice being drawn up by a technical committee composed of representatives from the mining industry, industry suppliers, consulting engineers and the government sector under the leadership of the South African Bureau of... 

New spray-on rock support

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Arevolutionary new mine support system, a spray-on, high-strength flexible structural membrane, has been developed by CSIR Mining Technology. With an incredible 3Mpa or 30 kg a centimetre tensile strength, and known as Evermine, it has the potential either to complement or even, in some... 

SA institute a world-first

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The world’s first professional institute for rock engineering to promote the science of rock mechanics or strata control is being established in South Africa. The South African National Institute of Rock Engineering (Sanire), reported to be the first of its kind in the world, is expected to... 

Phalaborwa SDI to host small-scale mining pilot 

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The Phalaborwa spatial development initiative (SDI) is to serve as a pilot project for South Africa’s largely unregulated and therefore untapped small-scale mining sector. Phalaborwa SDI project manager Jurgens van Zyl tells Mining Weekly, “in line with the recent White Paper on... 

Safety lessons from UK mining

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Mining has always been an intrinsically hazardous industry where safe working has been under constant threat from the very nature of the operation, says International Mining Consultants (IMC) principal consultant: ergonomics and safety management Colin Talbot. However, despite the considerable... 

Tanzania showing the way

By: System Author     14th May 1999 By instituting economic, financial and tax reforms in a reasonably stable political environment, Tanzania is aiming to provide the climate necessary for mines to flourish in the country. Tanzania is a rich source of gold, diamonds, base metals, platinum-group metals, ferrous metals, tin,... 

Safety training is ailing

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Safety, health and environmental-issue management and awareness in South Africa’s mining industry compare well with the rest of the world, reports National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) mining-operations manager Bryan Keague. “We certainly do not need to stand back for the... 

Cooling off costly high-technology

By: System Author     14th May 1999 While the technology for cooling mines is in place, the costs of operating this technology in the deeper, hotter mines of the future will become prohibitive. The use of underground water-vapour refrigeration plants for mine cooling has thus been investigated by the environmental safety and health... 

Act introduces fines

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The amended Mine Health and Safety Act has introduced a number of provisions with the intention of preventing accidents and occupational diseases, simplifying and speeding up proceedings, and providing for health and safety training. In some cases, however, the provisions are impractical,... 

Heating up testing

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The heat-exchanger test centre of the environmental safety and health programme of CSIR Mining Technology is believed to be the only facility of its kind to provide simulated underground environmental conditions for the testing of heat-transfer equipment. In response to a need in the mining... 

First batch of mine inspectors

By: System Author     14th May 1999 MINERALS and Energy minister Dr Penuell Maduna has announced the graduation of the first pupil inspectors of mines. By completing their practical and theoretical training with the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), the pupils obtained a certificate in occupational health and safety in... 

World to SA: Catch up!

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Official explosion-protection and flameproofing training for South African engineers and technicians appears to be sparse, and compares poorly internationally, says South African Flameproof Association (Safa) chairperson Ken Bryant. He points out that a generalised approach to education is... 

New process to manage explosions

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A new explosion-management process has been developed by CSIR Mining Technology in response to the prevail- ing problem of human error creeping into risk-management practices. “There are very few processes that incorporate the human role or the management role into the risk-assessment and... 

Qualifying mining standards

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) started the process of standards-setting last month through the implementation of various standards- generating groups. “After inviting those involved in the mining industry to participate in January, and training everybody the following month, the... 

Centre geared up for 500 trainees a day

By: System Author     30th April 1999 One of the Southern Hemisphere’s best-equipped technical training centres under the dynamic new management of Skills Accel, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), caters for at least 500 trainees a day in its bid to rid South Africa of a skills-shortage scurge, TM... 

Where plant operators’ buck stops

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The responsibility of the contracted plant operator begins with the flow of run-of-mine material from on-surface grizzleys, includes the overland conveyor and all associated surface infrastructure, and ends with the removal of the final platinum-group metal (pgm) concentrates by the road tanker... 

Gold leader’s hedge book swells to 368 t

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The world’s leading gold producer, Anglogold, will set aside about R130-million a year for market development, with particular emphasis on pursuing deregulation of the gold-hungry Chinese market. But hedging is still very much part of the strategy to sustain growth during the gold price... 

Mining gets green light

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Mining companies have come out tops in the yearly survey of environmental reporting in South Africa. The awards are made by one of South Africa’s leading business and advisory firms, KPMG, in association with the University of Pretoria (UP), and awards are based on an evaluation of the... 

80% of SA waste from mining

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Eighty per cent of all waste generated in South Africa is considered to be mining waste, Department of Mineral and Energy (DME) mine rehabilitation director Alexander Clark tells Mining Weekly. This figure includes overburden. At present, mining waste is regulated by the DME in terms of the... 

Y2K bug’s teeth removed

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The ‘Y2K’ bug is no mere insubstantial spectre, an apparition generated by the overheated imagination of a panic-mongering information technology (IT) salesperson or sensationalist journalist – as tests run by a leading South African mining company have revealed, and this... 

Where the tailings-dam buck stops

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Fraser Alexander has been entrusted with full statutory responsibility at Durban Roodepoort Deep’s (DRD) Crown Gold Recoveries (CGR) tailings complex, where 700 000 t of disposal material is received a month. The initiative is described as a paradigm shift which is destined to take the... 

Serving the interests of SA mine engineers

By: System Author     19th March 1999 THE representative body for engineers working on South African mines – the Association of Mine Resident Engineers of South Africa (Amre) – celebrated its 75th birthday in February this year, thereby becoming one of the oldest associations of its kind in the country. With 500 members... 

Maintaining SA mining

By: System Author     12th March 1999 On-site maintenance and ongoing technical consultation are the key to survival in the ever-competitive mining-maintenance industry, Max Power Services marketing manager Pierre de Koker tells Mining Weekly. The company has initiated an on-site maintenance strategy to the value of almost... 

From the Wits Basin to Patagonia

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The world’s largest gold producer is having to acclimatise itself to mining conditions far outside its traditional Witwatersrand-Basin experience. The acquisition by Anglogold of Minorco’s gold assets will take the company to such exotic places as the Nevada desert in the US, the... 

Bakkies in mines 71,7 times cheaper

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Enormous savings are resulting from the use of light commercial vehicles in place of expensive purpose-built personnel transporters in underground coal-mines, Mining Weekly can today report. The operating costs, for example, of new personnel-carrying Poni buses are, flabbergastingly, 71,7 times... 

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... 

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