R/€ = 14.78 Change: 0.07
R/$ = 12.07 Change: 0.06
Au 1332.26 $/oz Change: -4.19
Pt 996.00 $/oz Change: -17.01


Lucrative US market beckons

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Mining Millennium 2000 

21st-century technology arriving

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Twenty-first century underground-mining technology is arriving, slowly but surely. 

Highest diamond-mine in world opens in Lesotho

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Lesotho is rekindling its interest in the mining industry and is particularly keen on developing its diamond-mining capa-city. 

21st-century methods slowly gaining ground

By: System Author     10th December 1999 Anglogold 

33 km of pipe for gold-mine

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Morila Gold-Mine 

Venetia, South Africa

By: System Author     26th November 1999 Mine 

Shotcrete now standard and membranes on way

By: System Author     24th September 1999 With steel-fibre-reinforced shotcrete now accepted as a standard shaftsinking and tunnelling support medium, the next challenge is to gain the same acceptance for superskin membranes in gullies and stopes. 

Premier Mine, South Africa

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Mine 

Diamond perestroika

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Millennia may come and go but diamonds are forever 

Hydrohoisting of rock investigated

By: System Author     6th August 1999 An underground fluid-transfer system developed in an effort to recover energy in the cooling of deep mines may have far-reaching cost implications for the mining industry in terms of the hydrohoisting of rock, something which has not been used in South Africa commercially. 

Turmoil fails to tarnish DRC

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in turmoil since the eastern rebellion in 1996 which ousted the then dictator Mobutu and led to a new government in 1997. Though still in dispute with its neighbours, the country has managed to develop its natural resources in the south-eastern region,... 

New steel for strata control

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Gauteng high-pressure pipe-systems supplier Trucking and Engineering has developed a high-abrasive, erosion-resistant steel in co-operation with a European steel manufacturer for use in backfill piping connectors and other strata-control equipment. Having two-and-a-half times the resistance to... 

Jwaneng mine Gaborone, Botswana

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Name: Jwaneng mine Location: 200 km south-west of Gaborone, Botswana Brief description: The Jwaneng kimberlite deposit is made up of three distinct lobes which coalesce 80 m below surface to make one sub-outcrop with an area of 54 ha. These pipes were discovered during the 1970s and overburden... 

Ekati Project Canada

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Name: Ekati Project Location: The mine is located in a remote tundra region near Lac de Gras in the Northwest Territories (NWT), about 200 km south of the Arctic Circle. Brief description The mine is situated on a 853 000-acre claim block (which includes 8 000 lakes) and is Canada’s first... 

Retrofit system is no damp squib

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Diesel-flameproofing equipment specialist Elgin Flameproof of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has developed and is manufacturing a dry flameproof system with retrofit capabilities on to commonly-used wet scrubbing systems, reportedly making it considerably cheaper than the imported dry flameproof systems... 

Diamonds of God

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Itzhak Shlomo (‘Tsuki’) Weltsman, 43, has had very few years of formal schooling. The eldest son of a steel-gate maker who emigrated to Israel from Germany in the 1930s, he began work as a diamond cutter at 13. By 22, he had opened his own cutting and polishing factory. In search of a... 

Experienced diamond cutter and polisher

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The depth of Mazal GM Tsuki Weltsman’s experience in cutting and polishing could mean that the company will, in time, exploit the full length of the beneficiation chain – something South Africa has been crying out for so long in order to generate downstream employment. The polishing... 

‘100-year mine’ on the cards

By: System Author     30th April 1999 To complete the exploration task at Mazal Mining’s Paardeberg East, 50 km west of Kimberley, more trenching, drilling and bulk sampling must be undertaken – trenching to expose the kimberlite on surface for a two-dimensional top view; percussion drilling to 60 m for a depth view; and... 

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... 

Mining contract outsourced at R220m a year

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A R220-million-a-year mining contract involving all six shafts has been awarded to Samat Exploration by the new owners of President Steyn Gold Mine. The core business of Samat is contract mining, with activities ranging through development, production mining and installation of infrastructural... 

Philosophy of pipe procurement

By: System Author     5th March 1999 High-pressure steel-pipe supplier Van Leeuwen Pipe & Tube, of Gauteng, is applying its innovative procurement philosophy to take the mining industry down the cost curve. Targeting Africa’s expanding mining activities, and capitalising on the structurally-changing South African mining... 

Small-scale gold recovery plants offered

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Expansion of Bateman Process Equipment’s capital sales activities into central and northern Africa has highlighted the need for an uncomplicated, cost-effective method of gold recovery from alluvial claims for small-scale operators, reveals sales manager Simon Tuma-Waku. Realising that its... 

New range of high-voltage motors launched

By: System Author     26th February 1999 This month sees the launch of the new F3 range of air-cooled high-voltage motors into the local market by the large-machines division of Alstom Electrical Machines. The company has arranged to provide a series of presentations on the range to groups of customers and potential customers at its... 

Pumping maximum use out of vanadium mine

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Deep-well submersible pumps have made it possible to develop the disused vanadium mine, Berg Aukas, as an emergency water supply scheme for the Namibian capital of Windhoek. The old mine, with an underground storage capacity of around ten-million cubic metres, is situated 20 km to the east of... 

Black diamond unearthed

By: System Author     12th February 1999 In the absence of a small-mining division within leading diamond mining and exploration giant De Beers, the company has signed a multimillion-rand black-empowerment agreement with regard to its Marsfontein mine in the Northern Province. In return for a consideration of about R200-million, De... 

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... 

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