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Darren Parker

Darren Parker

Darren Parker is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Contractor builds mock-up mining facilities for training purposes

17th July 2009 Construction and engineering company Murray & Roberts Cementation has constructed a range of mock-up mining training facilities at its Bentley Park training facility, near Calrtonville, which simulate most mining activities, including conventional mining and shaft sinking activities.


Chamber of Mines implements leading practice adoption programme

15th May 2009 The South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) has started a programme to help the mining industry adopt leading practices in terms of health and safety. 

Sense-making framework 
applied to safety methodology

15th May 2009 Organisational strategic consulting company Deloitte has extended the Cynefin sense-making framework as a strategic tool to help the mining industry better understand and address the challenges associated with health and safety. 

Theatre medium 
used in safety awareness 

15th May 2009 Industrial theatre company Learning Theatre is making headway in the mining industry, with a focus on improving safety, health and environment (SHE) issues within the sector, through staging cost effective SHE-themed theatrical productions at different operations. 

New safety module 
added to mine management 

15th May 2009 Mining management software developer MineWare Consulting has added a new module to its short-term mine management software package that calculates safety risks associated with daily mining activities.


HIV/Aids still a major 
challenge in SA mining

15th May 2009 A key challenge in the area of health within the context of the South African mining industry remains the issue of HIV/Aids, says South Africa’s Chamber of Mines health advisor Dr Thuthula Balfour-Kaipa.


Daily podcast – May 8, 2009

8th May 2009 In today's podcast: Zambia selects Chinese firm NFC Africa as the new investor to run the closed Luanshya Copper Mines; and Gold Fields promises that the poorly-performing Beatrix gold mine will be back over the 100 000 oz a quarter mark in the future. 

5,8-million fatality-free hours achieved at platinum mine

8th May 2009 In March 2009, mining contractor Concor Mining achieved 5,8-million fatality-free hours at platinum-miner Lonmin Platinum’s opencast mine, while simultaneously achieving 2,8-million fatality-free hours at platinum-miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) opencast mine. 

Opencast mining contractor confident about 2009

8th May 2009 Opencast mining contractor and capital equipment leaser MCC, a subsidiary of JSE-listed Eqstra, is experiencing a steady, yet relatively quiet period, but is expecting an upswing in the third and fourth quarter this year, owing to a spate of new coal projects in the country. 

Expanded coal asset base expected to yield positive results

8th May 2009 Minerals exploration investment and holding company Miranda Minerals expects to yield positive cash flow in the next six to 12 months by developing its targeted coal projects. The JSE-listed company has accelerated the development of its coal asset base in KwaZulu-Natal, with opencast mining at... 

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