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Company Announcement: Cementation Close to Completing Phase 1 of South Deep FPT Backfill Plant

Murray & Roberts Cementation is close to completing the construction of a cemented full plant tailings (FPT) backfill plant at Gold Fields’ South Deep Gold Mine near Westonaria. The commissioning of phase one of the new plant— the largest of its kind in South Africa — will represent the third... 

Gold Fields negotiating six-day week at Driefontein, Kloof 

By: Martin Creamer JSE-listed Gold Fields is upping its operational game to cope with the increased operational volatility of government stoppages and the consequent restarting delays as well as the intensity of seismicity at depth. Full calendar operation (Fulco) is already under way at the mechanised South Deep... 

Method reduces rock stress at depth

By: Martin Creamer The destress mining method used at South Deep gold mine reduces rock stress at depth to facilitate wide orebody mining.

The rock stress at a depth of 2 600 m below surface becomes the same as the rock stress at a depth of 1 200 m, through the use of destress mining techniques. 

Seven years of plenty for Civcon

Gauteng-based civil engineering contractor Civcon has, for the past seven years, been contracted by Gold Fields for various projects on the South Deep gold mine, in Westonaria. 

Simulator training 
at South Deep

By: Martin Creamer Operators of South Deep gold mine’s fleet of expensive underground mining equipment are given simulator training prior to venturing into the deep. 

Company Announcement: Murray & Roberts Cementation In Large Backfill Contract At Gold Fields’ South Deep Gold Mine

Attached please find a press release on: One of the deepest backfill operations in the world will soon be upgraded to accommodate advanced mining methods at Gold Fields’ South Deep Gold Mine.  

Is mechanisation of SA's narrow-reef mines a pipe dream or probability?

By: Brindaveni Naidoo Mechanised mining of South Africa’s tabular narrow-reef mineral deposits has been on the to-do list of mining majors for years, but whether or not it can be effectively achieved in deep-level mining is a moot point. Diversified miner Xstrata has indicated that mechanising certain narrow stopes... 

Is mechanising South Africa’s narrow reefs a pipe dream or probability?

By: Brindaveni Naidoo Mechanised mining of South Africa’s tabular narrow-reef mineral deposits has been on the to-do list of mining majors for years, but whether or not it can be effectively achieved in deep-level mining is a moot point. 

South Deep gold mine expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas The aim of the project is to increase gold production to 800 000 oz/y, from the current 270 000 oz/y at the South Deep gold mine. 

Daily podcast – August 5, 2008

By: Shannon de Ryhove In today's podcast: Absa signs a five-year R1,7-billion wide-area network deal with fixed-line telecom operator Telkom, Tongaat Hulett says that it could generate up to 266 MW of power in three years' time and, South Deep gold mine has switched to fully mechanised mining. 

South Deep now fully mechanised deep-level gold mine

By: Martin Creamer The South Deep gold mine has switched to fully mechanised mining and has ceased conventional mining entirely, outgoing Gold Fields COO Terence Goodlace tells Mining Weekly Online. Goodlace says the use of highly mechanised equipment includes mechanised destressing of the massive South Deep... 

Union mulls one-day safety strike at Gold Fields’ SA mines

By: Chanel de Bruyn The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday confirmed that the union was planning to hold a one-day safety strike at gold producer Gold Fields' four local operations, in light of the high number of deaths that occurred at the miner's operations this year. Union spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka... 

Gold Fields faces mounting mine deaths

By: Reuters Gold Fields has suffered about a quarter of South Africa's 85 mine fatalities so far this year, a senior official said. He could not establish whether Gold Fields had the worst record among its peers. Deaths in South African mines fell 22 percent to 85 in the first half of this year compared to... 

Gold Fields tests winder ropes at all mines after fatal accident

By: Liezel Hill Gold miner Gold Fields expected to have completed thorough testing of all the winding ropes at its South African mines by Saturday, the company said on Friday morning. The Department of Minerals and Energy issued a directive ordering the safety checks, following an accident on Thursday in which... 

Nine killed in accident at Gold Fields' South Deep mine

By: Liezel Hill Nine people died at Gold Fields' South Deep gold mine on Thursday, bringing the number of fatalities this week at the company's operations to 14. The accident took place at about 10:00, when a rope on a subcage winder at the mine's Twin Shafts complex apparently failed, Gold Fields... 

Gold Fields appoints Pillay as head of SA operations

Africa’s number two gold producer, Gold Fields, has appointed Vishnu Pillay as head of its South African operations to replace Terence Goodlace, who was promoted to COO of the group. Pillay, who takes up his new position on May 1, was previously vice president and head of operations of the... 

Significant contracts set to continue in 2008

By: Shannon de Ryhove Switchgear systems company RBF Technology executed some significant contracts during 2007, a trend that looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. The company already has an installed base of some 26 000 sections, locally and internationally.  

‘Fall of ground’ awareness campaign launched at South Deep mine

By: Christy van der Merwe In an attempt to put safety in the forefront of the minds of mineworkers and managers, the management of South Deep gold mine have launched a �falls of ground’ (FOG) awareness campaign. 

Updated 3-D software features several improvements

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia Producer of software and hardware technology for the mining industry Maptek is set to launch the latest version of its VULCAN 3D software, VULCAN version 7, before the end of September. 

Underground fire at South Deep gold-mine cuts production

By: Martin Creamer Production had been stopped for six days at South Deep gold mine because of an underground fire, Western Areas said on Friday. Western Areas, which owns half of the South Deep asset, said on its website that the fire had broken out in the so-called 95/3 West project area at South Deep on the... 

Company enters second phase of its life cycle

Black economic empowered (BEE) mining holding company Mvelaphanda Resources is entering the second phase of its long-term strategic life cycle, which will eventually culminate in Mvela becoming an operating mining company. 

Skip-down-shaft wreaks 9-to-12-month South Deep setback

By: Martin Creamer The skip-down-the-shaft incident at South Deep gold mine will cause a nine-to-12 month production setback, Western Areas executive chairperson Gill Marcus told shareholders at the company's annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday. Also delivering profitable quarterly results to March, Marcus... 

Kebble issues mea culpa statement in wake of JSE suspensions

By: Nicola Mawson Two Brett Kebble-led companies, JCI and Randgold & Exploration, were yesterday morning suspended by the JSE. 

Gauteng gold-mine wins with 'safety lotto'

By: ongezwa manyathi Meet Scratchy, a new concept that is making deep-level mining safer. 

Safety lotto

By: Martin Creamer Meet Scratchy, a new concept that is making deep-level mining safer. 

Unions and mines set to fight Aids

By: Martin Czernowalow Representatives of management of the South Deep Gold Mine, United Association of South Africa (UASA) and National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) recently signed an agreement to launch an encompassing HIV/Aids preventative, management and care programme at the mine. 

Gauteng's gold-mine IT push

A R2,6-million tailor-made financial system developed by Rubico, a Johannesburg-based business components software company, has been added to South Deep’s computing environment. 

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