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Contract Mining and Outsourcing

Equipment producing and repair site upgrade pays dividends

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     25th May 2007 Underground mining contracting has always been the lifeblood of international mining contractor company Murray & Roberts.  

Equipment transforms plant-hire contractor to mining contractor

25th May 2007 A total equipment solution from Barloworld Equipment has enabled Hanwill/Mafofela, in Limpopo, to grow from a plant-hire contractor in 1973 to a fully-fledged mining contractor. Its fleet currently numbers about 200, of which about 90 are Cat machines from Barloworld Equipment. 

Local company changes perceptions of mining catering

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     25th May 2007 Industrial catering company Fedics is turning the tables on the traditional view of mining catering. 

Contractor continually improves service

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     25th May 2007 Mining EPCM company RSV is continually upgrading the services offered by the company to the various mining houses 

Contractor successfully implements raise drilling technique

25th May 2007 An innovative approach backed by experience allowed Murray & Roberts Cementation to provide a cost-effective solution for the equipping of a backfill hole at Cullinan Diamond Mine. 

Contract mining an ‘attractive’ growth opportunity

22nd September 2006 Contract mining represents an attractive growth opportunity for Murray & Roberts Cementation in the medium to long term, both locally as well as for selected other countries on the African continent. This is according to Murray & Roberts Cementation MD Henry Laas. 

Contractor expands truck fleet

22nd September 2006 The opencast mining contracting division of diversified local contracting group Basil Read recently acquired another nine 55 t payload Komatsu rigid dump trucks to bring its total fleet of these units to 21. 

Cost-effective solution devised for gem-mine backfill hole

22nd September 2006 An innovative approach backed by extensive experience and expertise allowed Murray & Roberts Cementation to provide a cost-effective solution for the equipping of a backfill hole at Cullinan Diamond Mine. 

Construction firm expands its footprint

By: Dennis Ndaba     22nd September 2006 The Bradis group of companies has expanded its operation to the Gauteng province, in order take advantage of the large infrastructure and transport projects associated with the 2010 Soccer World Cup such as the building of stadiums and hotels and the upgrading of roads, as well as the Gautrain... 

Management contract awarded for Zambia copper project

22nd September 2006 Mining and Engineering Technical Services (Mets), which is a division of the Shaft Sinkers Group of companies, was recently chosen as the owners engineer for the Konkola Deeps mining project (KDMP), Package B, in Zambia, by Konkola Copper Mines, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources, UK. Divisional... 

SA contractor doing platework at Ghanian gold-mine

23rd September 2005 The development of the Ahafo gold-mine in Ghana has seen the collaboration of a number of international service providers. 

Young company set to take on Africa

By: warren robertson     23rd September 2005 A Fourways based project management and service delivery company will soon be looking north across South Africa’s border in order to expand its presence within the mining industry. Relatively young company CDM Group will next year begin actively seeking out work throughout Africa which it... 

Move to increase the use of grout plants

By: warren robertson     23rd September 2005 A change in engineering requirements in the gold-mining industry during the late nineties saw a reduction in a use of cementitious grout packs in that industry. 

Partnering the way to go in complex projects

By: warren robertson     23rd September 2005 International contracting trends are gaining popularity in South Africa. 

Personnel supplied to Ghanaian gold-mine

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th September 2004 Contract and permanent staffing services supplier, Central Technical Services, supplies personnel into all industries, but presently the largest sector, by far, is mining, contributing about 65% to the company’s total turnover. 

R75-million export contract awarded

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th September 2004 A R75-million export contract, for the supply of an overland tubular- structured conveyor system, has been outsourced to Johannesburg-based Exclusive Technical Services (ETS). 

Contractor anticipates 5-year life for chrome-mining operation

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th September 2004 The Dwarsrivier chrome-mine underground mining contract was recently awarded to Murray & Roberts RUC, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Murray & Roberts. 

Diamond-processing plant designed

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th September 2004 Black owned economic empowered (BEE) architectural design and project management company SemArch plays a significant role in the country’s contract mining services. 

Botswana continues to contribute to earnings

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th September 2004 Since its inception, Shelela Foods was the first in South Africa to supply cateringservices on an outsourced basis to the mining and construction industries, says director John Duthie. 

Multicommodity firm outsources ICT

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th September 2004 The AST Group’s information and communications technology (ICT) contract with Kumba Resources has been renewed for a period of three years with effect from February 2004. 

Toll-mining company continues to mine producer's platinum

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th September 2004 The toll mining company of Cementation Mining , Emgodini, is fully committed to its role in the Pooling and Sharing (P&SA) agreement recently entered into by Aquarius Platinum and Anglo Platinum to extend and increase the tonnage mined at Kroondal. 

Total training needs on mine outsourced

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th September 2004 For the first time in South Africa, the total training requirements of a mine have been outsourced on a permanent basis. 

Contribution from mining to increase

By: elizabeth rebelo     24th September 2004 Gauteng-based Total Facilities Management Company (TFMC) Plant Hire aims to derive 50% of its earnings from mining-related contracts within the next three years. 

Mining activities earn 30% of construction company’s turnover

By: Helene Le Roux     26th September 2003 Mining industry related activities account for more than 30% of construction company Murray & Roberts’ annual turnover. 


By: Helene Le Roux     26th September 2003 The scaling down of mining operations does not necessarily have to imply the demise of the surrounding towns and residential areas that were originally developed to serve workers in the mining industry. 

Supplier believes its strength lies in being an outsourcing partner

By: Helene Le Roux     26th September 2003 Capital equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment reports that its strength as an outsourcing partner is enabling it to maintain and grow its market share in the mining industry. 

One of the first contract miners in the platinum industry

By: Helene Le Roux     26th September 2003 In 1998, contract-miner and shaft-sinker Cementation Mining Skanska became one of the first companies to perform large-scale contract mining in the platinum industry. 

Company highlights the advantages of outsourcing project cost management

By: Helene Le Roux     26th September 2003 Most mining companies outsource the functions of cost control and contract management when implementing large projects. 

Engine breakdowns minimised by on-site diesel technicians

27th September 2002 Expanded on-site mine support service provided by Cummins Diesel South Africa, is reportedly helping to reduce running costs, minimise downtime and lengthen engine life at some of South Africa’s biggest open-cast mining operations. 

Outsourcing at chrome-mine proving successful

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 Dwarsrivier mine, situated near the town of Steelpoort, in Mpumalanga, is a completely outsourced operation. 

Optoelectronic sorting allows for outsourcing opportunity

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 The opto-electronic sorting of a mine’s minerals looks to be the latest outsourced function in the South African industry following the introduction of a revolutionary new sorting technology by newly-established company Tollsort. 

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