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Anglo Khula Mining Fund backs BEE coal investment

21st November 2003 The Anglo Khula Mining Fund, a joint initiative between Anglo American and Khula Enterprise Finance, yesterday announced an investment into Imbani Coal, a resources company focused on the exploration, mining, beneficiation and marketing of coal reserves in Carolina, Mpumalanga. 

BEE coal junior seeks to double output

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th November 2003 Black economic empowerment (BEE) company Imbani Coal, which started mining export-quality coal in Mpumalanga’s Carolina area in the first half of this year and now produces more than 500 000 t/y, plans to double its output by 2005, CEO Briss Mathabathe tells Mining Weekly. 

Govt pledges €16bn in support of German coal

13th November 2003 German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said this week the government would provide around €16-billion ($18,37-billion) until 2012 to support Germany's coal industry, as it is run down, over the coming decade. 

Silicosis scourge

By: Deborah Spicer     7th November 2003 The fact that this may be the last chance for the South African mining industry to steer its own path in solving the problem of silicosis is finally spurring it to tackle issues of prevention, for those workers who are not yet suffering from the disease, and compensation, for those who have the... 

Eskom coal demand set to grow by 10m tons a year

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd November 2003 Electricity utility Eskom Holdings’ plans to recommission three of the five coal-fired power stations it mothballed in the early 1990s during the next six years is set to increase its demand for thermal coal by up to ten-million tons a year. 

Powering coal

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st October 2003 Electricity utility Eskom Holdings’ plans to recommission three of the five coal-fired power stations it mothballed in the early 1990s during the next six years is set to increase its demand for thermal coal by up to ten-million tons a year. 

RBCT announces BEE entrant into coal exports

28th October 2003 The Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) announced yesterday the first shipment of coal by a new black economic empowerment (BEE) entrant into the coal export market, through its operation at Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. Around 52 000 t of coal from black-owned group Ilanga Coal is currently being... 

Klipspruit to be presented to BHPB board in Feb

24th October 2003 The R1,2-billion Klipspruit coal-mine project will be presented to the BHP Billiton board in February, Mining Weekly can today exclusively reveal. 

Two coal-supply alternatives to proceed to EIA phase

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st October 2003 Environmental specialist Golder Associates has announced that two potential routes, for long-term coal supply to Eskom’s Tutuka and Majuba power stations, would be taken forward to the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) phase. 

Surging coal prices to keep heat under Europe power

17th October 2003 European coal prices are set to rise further from current record highs as global freight rates soar and demand stays strong, keeping the heat under power generation costs this winter, traders said on Wednesday. 

Middelburg Mine Services, South Africa

17th October 2003 Mpumalanga 

Coal firm has new transformation agenda

By: elizabeth rebelo     13th October 2003 South Africa’s sixth-largest coal producer and third-largest coal exporter has a number-one attitude to transformation. 

Flameproof the new requirement

By: candice haase     10th October 2003 As a result of legal requirements and a number of methane ignition-related tragedies underground, gold-mines are reported to be going flameproof. 

Generation X coal firm has transformation agenda

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th October 2003 South Africa’s sixth-largest coal producer and third largest coal exporter has a number-one attitude to transformation. 

Battery-powered shuttle with 30-ton payload

By: Deborah Spicer     10th October 2003 The first 30-t payload battery-driven shuttlecar, for carrying coal from the face to the conveyor belt, was launched by Middelburg company Biz Africa this month. 

Coal sector leads the way in safety

By: Zonika Botha     6th October 2003 South Africa’s mining industry last year claimed 288 lives. 

Expansion

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd October 2003 A new underground coal-mine is planned within the New Clydesdale Colliery lease area, Mining Weekly can today exclusively report. 

Holding thumbs for success of a revolutionary new mining system

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd October 2003 A revolutionary new mining concept known as straight-line mining (SLM) will be introduced by November this year at Eyesizwe’s Arnot Colliery, situated some 45 km from the town of Middelburg, in Mpumalanga. 

Great start for second shortwall

By: elizabeth rebelo     3rd October 2003 Two important items of news are emerging from the 27-year-old Matla Colliery. 

Safety scorecard

By: Zonika Botha     3rd October 2003 South Africa’s mining industry last year claimed 288 lives. And, while all accept that mining is, by its very nature, a hazardous profession, work-related deaths remain a serious blemish on its reputation. 

Xstrata pursues value adding BEE strategy

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd October 2003 International resources giant Xstrata’s local coal subsidiary, Xstrata Coal South Africa (XCSA) has started discussions with empowerment groups aimed at taking them aboard as equity partners, in line with the country’s minerals legislation. 

New method to predict coal-pillar life

By: nkolola halwindi     26th September 2003 Although pillar failure in South Africa in coal-mining is a rare occurrence, estimated at less than 0,3% of the total number of pillars created, a new method of predicting coal-pillar life has been developed in South Africa by Professor Nielen van der Merwe, of the University of Pretoria’s... 

Prospects for Xstrata’s coal unit improve

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th September 2003 International resources group Xstrata said the financial performance of its South African coal unit, Xstrata Coal South Africa (XCSA), reflected the weaker demand in the Atlantic market and lower export prices for the six months to June 30, compared to the same period last year. 

European demand leads to coal-price surge

By: Martin Czernowalow     24th September 2003 Coal prices, which are currently at two-year highs, are expected to surge even further – until mid-2004 at least – before possibly returning to lower levels, market observers predict. 

SA coal unit’s earnings hit by rand, prospects better

18th September 2003 International resources group Xstrata said the financial performance of its South African coal unit, Xstrata Coal South Africa (XCSA), reflected the weaker demand in the Atlantic market and lower export prices for the six months to June 30, compared to the same period last year. 

Miner sells 20% stake in Oz coal business

18th September 2003 International natural resources company Xstrata announced that agreement has been concluded to sell, as a package, a 20% interest in the Newlands, Collinsville, Abbot Point (NCA) joint venture, a 20% interest in the Oaky Creek Coal (OCC) joint venture and a 25% interest in four Xstrata Coal... 

The outsourcing of laboratory services is gaining ground, says company

By: Luxolo Tyali     12th September 2003 There has been a mind shift in the South African coal-mining industry, with local coal companies realising that outsourcing laboratory management to an independent specialist adds credibility to their products, reports Coal and Mineral Technologies (CMT) MD Johan Bekker. 

Programme targets seven research areas for 2004

By: Luxolo Tyali     12th September 2003 The South African coal-mining industry’s research programme, Coaltech 2020, has identified seven areas of focus that it will research next year. 

Company produces its first locally-made hauler

12th September 2003 The first Un-A-Hauler CH 818 to be completely locally manufactured by DBT Africa was delivered to Goedehoop Colliery at the end of April. 

Expansion delay foils SA’s 2004 coal export plan

By: Luxolo Tyali     12th September 2003 The delay of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s (RBCT) phase five expansion from 72-million t/y to 82-million t/y, also known as the South Dunes Coal Terminal (SDCT) project, has resulted in South African coal exports languishing. 

Coal production declines slightly

By: Luxolo Tyali     12th September 2003 According to the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) Minerals Bureau report for 2002/3, South Africa’s run-of-mine coal production last year decreased by five-million tons from 290-million tons in 2001, to 285-million tons in 2002. 

Metorex to start mining new Middelburg reserve next year

By: Luxolo Tyali     12th September 2003 As a growing company, diversified mid-tier miner Metorex is always looking for new growth opportunities and acquisitions, its latest acquisition in South Africa being a coal reserve situated on the outskirts of Middelburg, in Mpumalanga. 

From making bricks to mining coal for the export market

12th September 2003 The Middelburg-based Graspan Colliery has travelled a remarkable growth path since its formation in 1995. 

SA-made shuttlecars exported to China

12th September 2003 Locally-manufactured shuttlecars are being exported to China, reports Joy Mining Machinery South Africa (Joy SA). 

Mine replaces its coal spirals

12th September 2003 The performance of Multotec coal spirals for the past ten years at Grootegeluk Colliery has prompted this coal-mine to replace these units with the new generation Multotec SX4 coal spiral. 

Civils firm designs screening building for Mpumalanga coal-mine

By: Luxolo Tyali     12th September 2003 Consulting civil and structural engineering firm Holley and Associates, of Gauteng, has designed a large screening building for a Mpumalanga coal-mine. 

Goedgevonden

By: elizabeth rebelo     12th September 2003 Planning for a new R400-million Mpumalanga coal-mine is at an advanced stage, Mining Weekly can today exclusively report. 

 

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