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Contract workers down tools at AngloPlat, Implats, ARM

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th November 2007 About 10 000 mine workers employed by mining services contractor JIC Mining have downed tools in a pay strike which started on Sunday afternoon, to voice dissatisfaction in the way in which JIC conducts itself, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said on Monday. 

Coffey Mining/RSG Global opens Zambian office

12th September 2007 Mining consultancy group Coffey Mining/RSG Global has opened its first office in Zambia, to capitalise on the country’s booming resources industry and create a base to begin operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the firm said on Wednesday. 

Aveng confident of victory, albeit delayed, in Aquarius dispute 

By: Matthew Hill     10th September 2007 Construction, engineering and steel group Aveng has said, in its most confident statement on the dispute yet, that platinum-miner Aquarius Platinum South Africa would eventually have to pay out for cancelling a mining contract at its Marikana mine, but that this would likely only occur in three... 

Diesel technician apprenticeship programme way to overcome losses

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2007 The now well-known mantra of 'skills, skills, skills,' also rings true for the construction and mining machinery industry. 

Shaft Sinkers achieves 1m fatality-free shifts 

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th July 2007 Mining contractor Shaft Sinkers on Friday announced that it had achieved one-million fatality-free shifts on July 23 - for the third time since 2001. 

Scharrig Mining expects earnings to rise 40% - 45% y-on-y

By: Matthew Hill     18th June 2007 JSE-listed contract mining company Scharrig Mining (Sharrig) said on Monday that it expected its headline earnings a share and earnings a share for the year ended March 31 to be between 40% and 45% higher than the previous year�s figures. 

SA shaft sinkers operating at near-capacity levels

By: Matthew Hill     1st June 2007 South African shaft-sinking companies are currently operating very near to capacity, platinum junior Wesizwe CEO Michael Solomon said on Thursday. This was after mining investment appeared to have picked up in the country, following heavy criticism aimed at government over a perceived lack of... 

Mock-ups, computer-aided training to enhance productivity

By: Neal Goldwyer     4th May 2007 Additional shaft mock-ups, a multimedia education centre, and two new mining equipment simulators are planned for the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy at its premises in Bentley Park near the town of Carletonville on the West Rand. 

Scharrig buys further 8% of Geosearch for R50m

By: Nelendhre Moodley     12th April 2007 South African mining services company Scharrig Mining (Scharrig) on Thursday announced the acquisition of a further 8% in Geosearch Exploration and Drilling in exchange for R50-million worth of Scharrig ordinary shares. 

Mining service group growing by acquisition

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2006 In recent months South African mining services company Schar-rig Mining has significantly expanded its client base, and range and area of operations, through a programme of acqusition of other companies. 

New empowerment deal helps to secure platinum shaft development project

By: Jade Davenport     3rd November 2006 Mining contracting company Deilmann-Haniel SA (DHSA) has announced the successful conclusion of a black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction that will enable black-owned Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC) to acquire 26% of the equity in DHSA. 

Mining new technology

By: Laura Tyrer     7th July 2006 Major gold producer Gold Fields is in the process of exploring technological changes that will assist the company’s drive towards improving general plant efficiencies and operating costs at its mines. 

Significant progress made at No 20 shaft project

By: Jade Davenport     2nd June 2006 One of South Africa’s most anticipated pla-tinum-mine projects, Impala Platinum’s No 20 shaft, reached a significant stage in its development in April, when the shaft-sinking contractors hit the Merensky reef at a depth of 892 m. 

Taking another look

By: Jade Davenport     19th May 2006 London- and Nasdaq-listed gold-miner Randgold Resources has revealed that its prefeasibility-stage Tongon project, in C 

Busy times for local shaft sinking company

By: Matthew Hill     21st April 2006 Shaft Sinkers has been involved in the mining industry for over 40 years, offering a wide range of services including shaft sinking, mining contracting, underground construction, large underground excavations, tunnelling, design, consulting and draughting; and engineering, procurement and... 

Well positioned for success in a buoyant market

By: Matthew Hill     21st April 2006 With the commodity market going from strength to strength in recent months, mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation is well poised to make the most of the increase in demand for surface exploration throughout Africa. 

New box-hole borer brings significant advantages

By: Matthew Hill     21st April 2006 A machine that greatly improves safety during the cutting of box-holes (ore-passes) and travelling ways in underground mining operations has delivered highly impressive results in trials conducted at a platinum-mine in South Africa. The technology is a joint effort by Sandvik Mining and... 

Drilling at Naboom now complete

By: Matthew Hill     21st April 2006 Chrometco COO Stuart Simons tells Mining Weekly that the company’s exploratory drilling at Naboom is complete. 

Sonic drilling makes waves

21st April 2006 For Boart Longyear’s Environmental Drilling Division (EDD), taking its Minisonic drill rig from the US to international markets has been an important goal – and a contract on the Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar recently provided an opportunity to test its offshore calibre in a... 

BEE pioneer mining contractor beats the odds

By: Matthew Hill     21st April 2006 Black-empowered Lesedi Drilling and Mining Contracting Company does work for most of the major mining houses, including AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo Platinum, Harmony and African Rainbow Minerals. 

An alternative power-supply solution

25th November 2005 As an alternative to using compressed air for power supply in mining, local company Hydro Power Equipment (HPE) developed technology to make use of high-pressure water and HPE Engineer Dolf B 

From imminent closure to 'Total' success

By: andrew lanham     16th September 2005 Last year was an exceptional year for Dorstfontein Colliery as the mine, with its outsourced philosophy, experienced tremendous success in terms of safety and production. 

BEE progressing well with sinking contract

By: Mariaan Webb     1st July 2005 A R560-million contract for the sinking of No 16 main and ventilation shafts for Impala Platinum was awarded to black economic-empowered (BEE) company, Shaft Sinkers in 2004. 

Tyre shortage threatens the diamond sector

By: Mariaan Webb     10th June 2005 The majority of diamond mining in Southern Africa takes place in opencast mines and involves the extensive use of heavy machinery such as earthmoving vehicles, which make use of heavy-duty industrial tyres. 

Impala Platinum No 20 shaft project

20th May 2005 The project involves sinking two vertical shafts and then developing three 2,5-km declines to access and transport the reef. Two trackless declines will be situated between the Merensky and UG2 reef planes, allowing access across ramps to the reef planes and the footwall strike drives. 

Drillrig working at Rustenburg platinum-mines

13th May 2005 Based on the successful performance of the Atlas Copco LM500 drillrig it purchased 16 years ago, Concor Plant, the plant-hire division of the construction and mining firm, traded the old model in for a new machine – an Atlas Copco ECM585 drillrig from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM). 

Impala Platinum No 20 Shaft project

13th May 2005 The project involves sinking two vertical shafts and then developing three 2,5-km declines to access and transport the reef. 

Skills dearth will ultimately restrict consulting industry

By: Jade Davenport     29th April 2005 Since the discovery of diamonds and gold in the late 19th century, the mining sector has always been the backbone of the South African economy and further to that, consulting engineers have ensured the continual advancement and continuity of the South African mining industry. 

Consulting firm expands into Africa

29th April 2005 South African consulting engineering practice UWP Consulting was established in 1972 and is recognised as one of the leading civil engineering consultancies in South Africa. 

New modelling software for conveyor systems

By: Jade Davenport     29th April 2005 The single-source multidisciplinary design and project construction management company 

Construction under way at R2,1bn platinum development

By: Jade Davenport     29th April 2005 The strong rand is putting immense strain on the South African mining sector and, as a result, many new projects have been put on hold until the rand:dollar exchange rate weakens. 

Incompetency results in poor maintenance standards

By: Jade Davenport     29th April 2005 The South African Occupational Health and Safety Act claims to have some of the highest standards in the world but this has recently been undermined by the fact that the construction regulations of 2003 are reportedly not being adhered to by the mining industry. 

Shaftsinking project under way at platinum-mine

By: abdul cook     22nd April 2005 Johannesburg-based Murray & Roberts Cementation was recently awarded a contract by Impala Platinum for construction of its No. 20 Shaft project. 

Optical instrument for drilling applications launched

By: abdul cook     22nd April 2005 An optical instrument for highly accurate surveys – even in magnetically disturbed environments – was recently launched by Swedish-based Reflex Instrument. 

Rockdrill well-suited to harsh SA conditions

By: abdul cook     22nd April 2005 An ultrashort hydraulic percussive rockdrill – with independent reversible rotation – was introduced locally by Sandvik Mining and Construction (SMC). 

Lubricant for drillrods offers many benefits

By: abdul cook     22nd April 2005 A new environment-friendly lubricant for drillrods, tubes and flanges that are constantly being connected and disconnected was introduced to South Africa by Talcor, a wholly-owned ChevronTexaco company. 

JV supplying drilling tools to industry

By: abdul cook     22nd April 2005 A joint-partnership was formed between the Rocbit Group and Mitsubishi to supply the mining, drilling, construction and quarrying industries with the new range of Diabit tools. 

New addition for drilling and blasting company

By: abdul cook     22nd April 2005 Durban-based drilling and blasting company, Eire Contractors, has added yet another Atlas Copco rig from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) to its burgeoning fleet. 

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