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Australians and Canadians come a-hunting

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2001 Officials at Australian junior exploration firm Kings Minerals relish recounting how they acquired the Wimbledon diamond prospect near Kimberley, in the Northern Cape. 

Roads contract for Witbank mine

5th October 2001 A R22,8-million contract has been awarded to Concor Roads by Ingwe Coal for the construction of stormwater cut-off canals at Douglas Colliery, near Witbank, Mpumalanga. 

Talks on big Angolan gem project heat up

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2001 Mining at what could be the world’s biggest kimberlite diamond-mine is still awaiting approval, pending the outcome of negotiations between the Angolan government and Canadian company SouthernEra. 

Russian diamond-sorting technology on offer

By: Keith Campbell     14th September 2001 A Russian company has developed new technolgies for sorting diamonds through flourescence and sifting gold particles from sands and gravels. 

Junior in Copperbelt talks

4th September 2001 North American junior Caledonia has entered discussions with a number of mining companies for possible joint venture developments of the Konkola West licence area of the Zambian Copperbelt. 

Messina PGM ahead of schedule

31st August 2001 Canadian resources company Southern Era has noted approval of R345-million debt financing for the Messina platinum group metals (PGM) project in South Africa as a key highlight of its second quarter. 

Mountain Kindgdom wants to be diamond kingdom

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st August 2001 Two large-scale diamond-mines could come on stream in Lesotho by next June, creating at least 500 direct jobs and boosting the mountain kingdom’s mining revenue. 

SA firm receives UK investment boost

24th August 2001 Local company Mazal Mining & Exploration is expected to move into a new stage of development intended to complete reserve assessment and double output with a R 9,5-million investment from UK-listed Ore Vest over the next six months. 

US pipe system adapted for use in South Africa

17th August 2001 Durban specialists in pipe fittings and couplings, Polyrob Engineering Plastics, has developed technology to enhance and adapt an imported US pipe system to suit local conditions. 

Firm continues its exporting spree

17th August 2001 After attending a trade show in Canada, business enquiries directed at Johannesburg firm Corflex Engineering have resulted in the sale of two hydraulically-operated 500 mm pinch valves to be used in a tar sand project in Canada. 

On The Air 06/08/2001

6th August 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, the rapid rail system for Gauteng, we have talked about a lot, anything happening?. Martin... 

New truck fleet for heavy minerals

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2001 A new fleet of nine trucks has replaced the five-year-old fleet of eight at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Drill-rig a gem on diamond-mines

20th July 2001 Diamond producer De Beers Namaqualand Mines has successfully used a Bauer BG36C large-diameter bucket auger drill-rig to explore alluvial diamond deposits on South Africa’s West Coast. 

Innovative ice technology keeps a local mine cool

20th July 2001 An innovative design solution using a Japan pipe conveyor to transport slurry ice has been pioneered by Bateman Engineered Technologies. 

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. 

Half of mine's R3,2bn budget committed

29th June 2001 Half of the R3,2-billion budget for the Skorpion zinc project near Rosh Pinah in southern Namibia has been committed, with R276 million having already been spent. 

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... 

On-The-Air 18/06/2001

18th 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. A big focus this week on trade ties with Britain, but I believe there is an initiative on the... 

Device developed for shallow water mining

14th June 2001 Cape Town company Petrel Engineering has designed and manufactured a dedicated underwater diamond-mining device (DMD) to be used in shallow water mining operations. 

Junior scours Potgietersrus for PGMs, gems

14th June 2001 A Canadian mining company, Caledonia Mining, and Sutherland Services, of the British Virgin Islands, have signed an agreement whereby Caledonia has the option to acquire 50% of Sutherland's interests in the Pruissen and Vier-En-Twintig Rivier properties near Potgietersrus in the Northern... 

Innovative technology for materials-handling

8th June 2001 Striving to be more than just another contractor, Bateman Materials-Handling has invested to develop innovative technology to supplly comprehensive solutions to its customers' handling problems and increase customer resource efficiency. 

On the Air

4th June 2001 SAfm anchor John Perlman: It is that time on a Friday when we get into some TechnoTalk with Martin Creamer Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Martin, a very good morning to you. The go-ahead for the 900-kilometre gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa is expected in... 

Import threat from local steel user . . .

1st June 2001 This is the opinion of Sasol Technology engineering MD Nico Doman, who addressed a South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) workshop last month, as part of an industrial panel relating its needs to the local steel sector. Doman said the quality of the sector's product is good and the... 

On-The-Air 01/06/2001

1st June 2001 Every Friday Engineering News and Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer airs his views on the real economy 

International instrumentation design effort for Zambian operation

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Top Zambian copper projects 

Water ‘voltage’ wowing mines

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Hydropower making big strides in SA’s deep-level mines 

New technology for transporting solids

By: System Author     6th October 2000 A new technology for the hydro-transportation of solids has been developed in South Africa. 

How drill rate quadrupled

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Gold Fields 

Supply chain must be refined

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Materials-handling & logistics 

Local innovation for world market

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 New mining technologies 

How diamond giant will spend its cash pile

By: System Author     8th September 2000 While the much-maligned De Beers diamond stockpile had shrunk healthily by June to $2,7-billion, there is now another stockpile weighing down the company’s balance sheet – cash has swelled to more than $2-billion. 

Orapa, Botswana

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Mine 

Technology innovation is the new challenge

By: System Author     9th June 2000 There is no guarantee that South Africa will still be a leading gold-producing nation in ten years, that’s why . . . 


By: System Author     26th May 2000 Mine 

Making sure regulations are implemented

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

Pneumatic flotation underutilised

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Flotation & chemicals 

On-line piping from today

By: System Author     14th April 2000 A Gauteng pipes and tubes company is today introducing an on-line service to the piping sector which will provide real-time technical and commercial details for cost calculation on capital expenditure projects. 

How 21st century is being dragged into SA’s stopes

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Driving the South African mining industry towards mechanisation, Sulzer Hydromining, of Elandsfontein, Gauteng, is spending about 4% of its yearly turnover on research and development. 

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