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Deborah Spicer

Highest-ever gabion wall built at Marikana mine

30th April 2004 A 21-metre vertical gabion wall – the highest ever built in South Africa – is a unique feature of the infrastructure at Marikana platinum mine. 

Engineering firm remains positive about projects

30th April 2004 Even through the tough times experienced by the South African engineering and construction industry during the past decade, consulting engineering firm BVi has managed to maintain a positive growth, going from strength to strength. 

Trucks and shovels help achieve production target

19th March 2004 The largest of the Liebherr Super-class shovels ever seen in South Africa, the R996 shovel, and three Liebherr T282 mining trucks have been delivered to mining contractor Hitricon. 

Need to clear the air on Air Bill

12th March 2004 If the Air Quality Bill comes into effect, as it is expected to towards the middle of this year, it could have some far-reaching implications for the bottom lines of mining companies. 

Platinum-linked boom for shopping complex

23rd January 2004 The Twin City shopping centre, in Burgersfort, Mpumalanga, began phase four of its expansion programme in July, thanks to platinum-related economic growth in the town on the Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Platinum Complex. 

Chamber moves from control freak to lobbyist

15th December 2003 Those familiar with the Chamber of Mines are often surprised to see how the 108-year-old mining body has managed to transform itself since its establishment. 

New mine-road monitoring system is proposed

5th December 2003 Researchers at Pretoria University and the US-based National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health believe that modern technology can be used to develop a real-time road-maintenance management system for mines. 

Miners embrace DuPont’s safety system

5th December 2003 The safety-resources business unit of DuPont is outstripping the growth of its other traditional businesses, which include chemicals, agriculture and electronics businesses. 

Training programme aims towards charter targets

21st November 2003 It is hoped that three objectives of the mining charter may go some way to being met by an executive preparation programme to provide previously-disadvantaged individuals with mining-industry related skills, reports Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) skills development manager Butch Roos. 

‘Yellow synthetic gems pose no risk to the real thing’

14th November 2003 Synthetic diamonds will eventually coexist alongside mined diamonds in the same way that other diamond-like substances coexist with mined diamonds at present, De Beers’ Jonathan Oppenheimer stated at The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy colloquium held in Johannesburg late... 

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