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New Oz diamond mine at full production

25th June 2002 Australia’s newest diamond mine, the Ellendale Project in Western Australia, has commenced full production as owner Kimberley Diamond Company unveiled its first-ever diamond sale - a 4,552 carat parcel of gem-quality Ellendale diamonds that fetched US$451,052. 

New partner to finance Lesotho diamond project

By: Zonika Botha     14th June 2002 As part of the restructuring of the greater JCI/CAM group of companies, mining giant JCI will acquire a 40% stake, valued at about R164-million, of the Letseng diamond project in Lesotho. 

New diamond-mine for Western Australia

By: Zonika Botha     14th June 2002 After a long diamond drought, Western Australia finally has secured a second diamond-mine. 

Mining giant buys R164m stake in Lesotho diamond project

By: Zonika Botha     14th June 2002 As part of the restructuring of the greater JCI/CAM group of companies, mining giant JCI will acquire a 40% stake, valued at about R164-million, of the Letseng diamond project in Lesotho. 

Chrome smelter's R550m furnaces near completion

By: nkolola halwindi     24th May 2002 About 90% of the the Horizon project involving the construction of two ferrochrome smelters situated in Boshoek for SA Chrome has been completed. 

Final planning for new coal-mine

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Final planning is under way for the development of a R400-million extension to the south of the 25-year-old Bosjesspruit colliery in Secunda, Mpumalanga, for what will be a brownfields operation. 

Cameroon government puts rutile project up for sale

17th May 2002 Following promulgation of the country’s new mining code, 90% of Cameroon’s Akonolinga rutile project is up for sale. The mining code stipulates that the state can no longer hold more than 10% of any mining venture. 

Dust settling over East Rand gold-mine dumps

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2002 The dust is settling over the East Rand town of Boksburg, with mine dump rehabilitation progressing steadily. 

New backfilling system saves costs

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2002 A new system of backfilling may soon expand beyond South Africa’s borders to countries like Australia, Canada and Germany. 

New venture to leverage SA mining skills

By: Joanne Delaurentis     12th April 2002 With over 30 years’ experience in opencast mining and plant operations, South Africa’s MCC group has launched a new company to provide local innovative industry solutions to problems encountered in the workplace, says marketing director Kingsley Amm. 

Junior optimistic about diamond project

2nd April 2002 Junior miner Kimberley Diamond of Australia has released a feasibility study which confirms the viability of the first-stage development at the Ellendale Diamond Project, due to start in May. 

Fast-growing trader expands throughout Africa

15th March 2002 International procurement services company Commercial Trading Agency (CTA) South Africa, which last year procured R180-million worth of goods and services for mainly African mining companies, has outgrown its premises after only two years and will be moving to new purpose-built headquarters in... 

Resources giant takes Canada gem mine underground

13th March 2002 In its first attempt at mining diamonds underground, the world’s biggest diversified miner, BHP Billiton, is taking Canada’s only producing diamond-mine Ekati from openpit to below ground in the frozen barrenlands of the country’s Northwest Territories. 

Junior optimistic about gem propsect

11th March 2002 Small diamond-miner Kimberley Diamond Company has moved a step closer to confirming the source of the Terrace 5 alluvial diamond system after announcing encouraging results from microdiamond samples taken from lamproite drilling at the Ellendale Diamond Project. 

Gem empowerment deal announced

8th March 2002 Black-owned diamond-mining company New Diamond Corporation (NDC) signed a R38-million deal with De Beers for the purchase of the dormant Kamfersdam mine and tailings dumps near Kimberley. 

New mining model bearing fruit

1st March 2002 Progress on the development of AngloGold’s Great Noligwa ‘hypermine’ has been swift and steady with mining operations in full swing. 

Patented SA valve heads for South America

8th February 2002 Valve manufacturer Ragon Industries, of Pretoria, has begun exporting the Ragmax 2000 range of patented valves to South America, reports MD Hendrik Ras. 

Mapping Africa's mines and minerals: is the Dark Continent seeing the light?

25th January 2002 Africa possesses enormous mineral wealth: 99% of the world's chrome reserves, 85% of platinum reserves, 70% of tantalite reserves, 68% of cobalt and 54% of gold. 

Easy installation of haulage pipes

18th January 2002 Local mining equipment manufacturer Steinmuller Mining and Piping Systems – Hydropower Equipment (SMP-HPE) has developed the HPE pipe crane, designed for the fast and safe installation of pipes in haulages. 

Diamond giant eyes bigger Canada role

4th December 2001 The world’s leading diamond producer, De Beers, is looking for a bigger stake of Canada’s growing diamond industry, and said it wants more work done on a diamond-bearing property in northern Ontario before it makes a decision to build the province’s first diamond-mine, possibly... 

Surface-to-underground fuel facility plan

22nd November 2001 Following the successful completion of Shell Engineering’s first fuel dropline to a deep mine operation, the company is now developing plans for a surface-to-underground fuel facility at the Mount Isa Mine in Australia. 

Platinum-mine pipeline nears completion

16th November 2001 The good corrosion-resistant properties of glass fibre have convinced Anglo Platinum’s Rustenburg Platinum mines to use Flowtite glass-fibre reinforced polyester (GRP) pipe as past of the mine’s capital expansion programme. 

Wheel-loader on parade in Tzaneen

2nd November 2001 Materials-handling equipment supplier Liebherr was invited by the Clay Brick Association to demonstrate the credentials of the company’s L538 wheel loader. 

Scale fouling prevented

26th October 2001 Scale build-up can foul chiller condenser tubes in the mining industry and other applications of water chillers, increasing the thermal resistance of the heat exchanger and subsequently increasing energy use and costs. 

Australians and Canadians come a-hunting

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. 

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. 

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