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Contract Mining and Outsourcing

Drilling solutions help extend mine life

24th May 2013 Australia-based underground hard-rock mining contractor Barminco reports mine life can be extended through drilling programmes. The company successfully completed its most complicated drilling programme to date, at gold giant AngloGold Ashanti’s Moab Khotsong gold mine in the Vaal river area of... 

Bucket elevators increase mine production capacity

24th May 2013 Mining industry technology and products supplier Tenova Takraf Africa, formerly Bateman Engineered Technology, supervised the commissioning of five bucket elevators at the Moma minerals sands mine, in Northern Mozambique. 

Process technology targets Africa, undertakes turnkey projects

By: Chantelle Kotze     24th May 2013 Environmental and process technology firm Enprotec aims to expand its footprint into the Mozambique coal mining sector and the rest of Southern Africa, owing to its comprehensive knowledge of Africa’s mining industry and technology needs. 

Focused on expanding African footprint, commodity diversification, safety 

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th December 2012 As part of its growth strategy, mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation is growing its presence in Africa and is planning to establish a regional office in Kitwe, Zambia, by June next year to service its current operations in that country. 

Platinum industry strikes encourage diversification and strengthening of operational abilities

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th December 2012 In light of the recent spate of mineworker strikes in South Africa’s platinum sector, mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation MD Chris Sheppard says managing the expectations of its employees during these turbulent times and ensuring that the company still delivers against its... 

Expanded capabilities offering secures new contracts in Africa

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th December 2012 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded new contracts in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Botswana during 2012 through expanding the capabilities of its mine development, mine engineering, mine services and contract mining... 

Various skills development programmes earmarked for 2013

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th December 2012 In addition to focusing on its usual value chain of skills development, mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation will introduce new training modules in 2013 on shaft sinking using the ‘Cementation Way’, trackless mechanised mining equipment, as well as high-level skills such as project... 

Effective leadership, systematic supervision, risk management a focus for 2013

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th December 2012 To promote internalised risk management by its employees, mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation will focus on systematic supervision next year, as the company’s risk management is still in supervision stage. 

Contract mining in SA alive and well

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th May 2012 The need for contract mining is abundant and will remain so as long as the mining industry requires skills that are not available in-house, with mining houses expected to rely more on outsourcing when starting new operations, says explosives producer Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) marketing manager... 

SA mining skills in high demand but short supply

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th May 2012 The ability of recruiters to source technically skilled South African mining labourers is becoming increasingly difficult and these expertise will soon be in serious short supply, says project support specialist Mecs Africa MD Roland Glass.  

Mining specialists team up for Beeshoek project

25th May 2012 Concor Opencast Mining, a division of construction firm Murray & Roberts Construction, and mining specialist Basil Read Mining, in a joint venture (JV), have embarked on a contract to extend the perimeter of an existing pit at raw materials supplier Assmang’s Beeshoek iron-ore mine, near... 

Emigration causes decline in mining skills

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th May 2012 The activity level of the contract mining and outsourcing industry is increasing but the skilled labour shortage remains a major challenge as experts are still leaving South Africa for political and safety reasons says mining contractor Redpath Mining technical services and marketing GM Dirk... 

Key to success lies in education

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Employing the right people for the job at hand is the key to the success of plant hire company ALS BEE, part of the ALS group, says ALS BEE MD Bethuel Mokotedi.  

Kito electric hoists for platinum mine

20th May 2011 Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker group, has supplied 24 Kito electric hoists to a platinum mine in the Rustenburg area. 

JV wins more contract work in West Africa

20th May 2011 Underground rock-mining company Barminco and diversified mining and services company Ausdrill’s 50:50 joint-venture (JV) African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) has started three new underground contract mining projects in the West African region with three leading gold-mining companies. 

Changing methods of sinking vertical shafts in mining

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Mining infrastructure, construction and services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation is changing the way mines and contractors work with vertical shafts through the introduction of its advanced shaft-lining technology. 

Mining service providers seeing industry growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Mining service provider JIC Mining Services CEO Jacques Roux believes the general climate in the contract-mining industry is becoming more buoyant, with opportunities available and out on tender. 

Win-win contract to ensure successful partnerships

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Law firm Webber Wentzel Attorneys partner Megan Jarvis says that, for a contract-mining agreement to be successful, it needs to be equally beneficial for both the mining contractor and the holder of the mining rights. 

New milestones achieved by local engineering contractor

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st May 2010 South African engineering contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation has amassed a number of accreditations and achievements of late. Most significant among these is its safety record of three million fatality-free shifts at Kroondal Platinum Mine, in the North West province. 

Engineering company expands and refocuses

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st May 2010 International engineering company AMEC Minproc is looking to expand its staff complement in Johannesburg South Africa, as work gradually increases. 

Tougher regulation on the cards for contractors

By: Eleanor Seggie     21st May 2010 South African labour has called on government to be more stringent on labour brokers and on contractors, which may result in tough times ahead for smaller labour brokering and contracting firms. 

Contract mining company spending above national average on training

By: Kelly Farthing     22nd May 2009 Mining, engineering and construction contracting company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation remains committed to the development and training of its base of over 11 000 employees despite the economic downturn. 

The benefits of outsourcing equipment  

By: Kelly Farthing     22nd May 2009 Industrial plant rental company Rand-Air has found that business has been affected to a lesser extent by the economic downturn, as many clients are turning to the outsourcing of equipment to minimise expenses and maintain production. 

The formation of a new global group

22nd May 2009 One of Asia Pacific's largest and most experienced multidisciplinary infrastructure consulting companies, Connell Wagner, South Africa's largest privately owned infrastructure consultancy, Africon, and one of South Africa's most established engineering and environmental consultancies, Ninham... 

Mining services company striving to support mineworkers’ interests

By: Kelly Farthing     22nd May 2009 Outsourced service provider to the mining industry, JIC Mining Services together with liquidators SBT Trust, are invloved in the preservation of some 4 000 permanent and contractor mineworkers’ jobs, in the recent provisional liquidation of Pamodzi Gold’s Orkney mine, in Free State province. JIC... 

Asian commodities demand feeds local operations

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd May 2008 Multidisciplinary construction and engineering group, Grinaker-LTA, forecasts positive growth in its contract mining operations, Grinaker-LTA Mining Contracting MD Alf Wood tells Mining Weekly.  

Contract miner fills gap for highly skilled mining personnel

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd May 2008 The provision of highly skilled personnel for the array of mining engineering and infrastructure-build operations at mines, is the driver of the contract mining industry, states mining contractor Shaft Sinkers corporate services director Tom Pietrzak. 

Commodities boom calls on outsourcing to fill skills gap

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd May 2008 The array of expansion activities in the mining sector, spurred on by the international commodities boom, has seen skills outsourcing becoming an essential cog in the mining industry, as stakeholders are compelled to tap into the sought-after mining engineering skills that contract mining... 

Strategic realignment follows internal ownership transfer

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd May 2008 An undisclosed share transfer arrangement in the first quarter of this year resulted in mining and tunneling construction company Deilmann-Haniel becoming Redpath Mining South Africa. 

Skilled personnel are key to a successful mining operation

By: Sylvester Haskins     23rd May 2008 The ability to operate machinery efficiently and productively, in order for a contractor to achieve targets, is a fundamental prerequisite and similarly pivotal to having the appropriate equipment in any mining operation, mining contractor Concor Mining MD Trevor Robinson tells Mining Weekly. 

Shaft Sinkers women employee receives blasting ticket

By: Dennis Ndaba     25th January 2008 In a first for Shaft Sinkers, Kgaugelo Salomé Selala, a member from the local community around the Everest Platinum Mine, received her full blasting ticket last November, making her one of few women miners in the world. While legislation compels mining companies to employ women at all... 

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