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TWP sets up shop in Peru

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The creation of an office in the South American country of Peru forms party of the geographic diversification strategy of project house TWP Holdings. 

Designing success

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 In early 2007 TWP Holdings added the architectural practice TPS.P Architects to the group. The company was established by John Tyser in 1980 with a client base in the mining and industrial sector. Franco Pellegrini joined the practice in 1983 and strengthened the tie with the mining industry as... 

TWP voted best EPCM contractor for safety

23rd April 2010 Consulting engineers TWP Mining and Infrastructure, a division of TWP Projects, received the award for ‘Best EPCM Contractor’ at platinum group metals producer Lonmin’s first yearly mining projects safety function, held near Rustenburg, in November. 

An employer of choice

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 The human resources (HR) department within engineering consultants TWP Holdings will make 2010 the year in which it consolidates all the changes that took place within the group during 2009. 

A wealth of skills

By: Janice Healing     23rd April 2010 Engineering project house TWP Projects possesses a wealth of skills and capabilities, including geology and mining engineering consulting, complex process plant services, and project management, to name a few. 

Mining contractor awarded multiple shaft sinking projects

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     16th April 2010 Engineering contractors Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded a number of new shaft sinking projects in Southern Africa, as well as in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Drill rig modification challenges industry norms

16th April 2010 Earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa’s (HPE Africa’s) involvement in the modification of a Hyundai drill rig excavator for drilling specialist company De Wet & Seun Boorkontrakteurs will allow the company to increase its drilling production by up to 35% each month. 

Shuttle car suspension taken to a new level

26th March 2010 Global underground mining equipment manufacturer Joy Mining Machinery has launched its upgraded four-wheel independent in-shuttle car suspension system, the Joyride. 

Local personnel carriers enter international market

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 Manufacturers of mining equipment NCS Engineering has introduced into the market a range of purpose-built personnel and service vehicles for the mining industry. Despite being relatively new in the market, the MaximB vehicles are being supplied both to the local and international markets,... 

Distributor meets DRC challenge

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 A narrow shaft being sunk in the Democratic Republic of Congo by a local mining contractor proved no challenge for earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa. 

Higher earnings for railbound transport systems supplier

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 Railbound transport systems supplier SMT Scharf Africa has increased its revenue and earnings in the 2009 fiscal year, producing a turnover of R180-million, up from the R5-million-a-year turnover the company reported in 2006. 

Orders roll in for railbound transport systems supplier

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 Orders for railbound transport systems supplier SMT Scharf’s electric monorail transport system (EMTS) continue to grow with platinum major Impala Platinum (Implats) ordering an additional four EMTS trains and 9 km of rail for its Shaft 20 project and gold major AngloGold Ashanti ordering two... 

Mining division may be listed – Basil Read

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2010 The mining division of the JSE-listed Basil Read construction group may be hived off into a separately listed entity.

Basil Read CEO Marius Heyns tells Mining Weekly that the company is working on a strategy to extract optimum value for shareholders from its opencast contracting business, and... 

Modular plant design gains interest of junior coal companies

By: Carla Thomaz     12th March 2010 Hydro-pyrometallurgical, minerals processing, engineering and project management company K’Enyuka’s venture into modular plant design has attracted significant interest from junior coal miners. 

GE clinches $2-million compressor deal

By: Loni Prinsloo     5th March 2010 Oil and gas technology equipment and services company GE Oil & Gas, will supply two new compressors for platinum-miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats) sulphuric acid plant in Rustenburg, South Africa. 

Explosives company launches new corporate identity

26th February 2010 Commercial explosives and blasting solutions company AEL Mining Services (AEL) launched its new corporate identity along with the evolution of its name at the natural resources conference Mining Indaba 2010, in Cape Town. 

Exhibitor expands service offering

26th February 2010 Coating consultancy Global Inspections Group (GIG), which exhibited at natural resources conference Mining Indaba, has expanded its service offering to include a metals and minerals division.


Chilean project marks start of group’s new synergy

By: Carla Thomaz     12th February 2010 The mining contracting division of construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), M&R Cementation South Africa and Cementation Canada have been selected as one of the preferred contractors for the shaft design packages at the Chuquicamata mine, in Chile. 

Environmental firm holds forum at Indaba

By: Carla Thomaz     12th February 2010 Ground engineering and environmental services firm Golder Associates and the Canadian-South African Chamber of Business have held an interactive forum focusing on whether or not Africa is choosing its investors wisely for its own growth and development in the mining industry. 

Company’s mining contracting business experiences growth

22nd January 2010 Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) experienced strong growth in its mining contracting business for the year to June 2009. 

Refurbished winders to cost Mpumalanga gold mine 40% less

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th January 2010 Winder consulting and engineering company, DRA Technical Services, has secured a contract for the refurbishment and delivery of two winders for the Burnstone gold mine, near Balfour in Mpumalanga province. 

Mine project firm TWP to open in Peru, Abu Dhabi, eyeing Libya

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2009 Mining project firm TWP, now part of the Basil Read construction and mining company, is to open in Peru and Abu Dhabi, TWP CEO Nigel Townshend said on Tuesday. "We're opening up in Lima in January as TWP, and in Abu Dhabi in conjunction Basil Read," Townshend said. A presence in Libya was being... 

Mine project firm TWP to delist on Dec 11, absorbed into Basil Read

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2009 The shares of the JSE-listed mine project management company TWP would cease trading on December 11, when the company would be delisted and absorbed into JSE construction and mining contracting company Basil Read, TWP CEO Nigel Townshend said on Tuesday. TWP shareholders would receive cash and... 

Modder East part of a new generation of SA mines

By: Lindsey Berry     4th December 2009 The Modder East gold mine project, on Gauteng’s East Rand, is a “new-generation gold mine,” says mining consultant Turgis CEO Rob Wilson. 

Safety and innovation 
play key role for shaft 
sinking company

By: Amanda Strydom     23rd October 2009 Mining contractors Grinaker-LTA Mining have designed a new small shaft sinking headgear for petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Thubelisha mining project. 

Basil Read to acquire TWP in deal involving cash and shares

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th September 2009 Construction company Basil Read and engineering and contracting firm TWP Holdings have reached an agreement under which Basil Read would acquire the entire issued share capital of TWP. Basil Read would pay out more than 37,3-million new ordinary shares, as well as more than R143,6-million in... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation reaches wage deal, strike averted

By: Esmarie Iannucci     24th August 2009 Mining contractor Murray & Roberts Cementation said on Monday that the proposed strike by the National Union of Mineworkers had been prevented, as a two-year wage agreement was reached on Friday night. Spokesperson Eduard Jardim told Mining Weekly Online that under the agreement, wages would... 

Labour issues halt mining at Platmin’s flagship SA mine

By: Chanel de Bruyn     13th August 2009 Opencast mining activities at TSX- and JSE-listed Platmin’s Pilanesberg Platinum Mine (PPM) have been interrupted following the dismissal of about 500 employees of mining contractor, MCC, over an illegal strike action. The platinum-miner noted in a statement that the workers had taken part in an... 

Management, BEE grouping assume control of dust control systems maker

By: Loni Prinsloo     31st July 2009 Black economic empowerment (BEE) agency, the National Empowerment Fund (NEF), concluded a R41,9-million investment deal to finance a 100% buy-out of Colliery Dust Control (CDC) in Springs. 

Hostage drama slows production at Eastplats' Crocodile River mine

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th July 2009 Two days worth of production had, by Friday afternoon, been lost at the Zandfontein section of Canadian platinum-miner Eastern Platinum’s (Eastplats’) Crocodile River mine (CRM), near Brits, in South Africa’s North West province. About 500 contract workers from JIC and Sindele had started an... 

South African contractor clinches shaft sinking 
contracts at Botswana mine

By: Loni Prinsloo     10th July 2009 South African construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has recently secured two contracts at Bamang-wato Concessions’ (BCL) Selebi north shaft in Botswana. 

US company launches first smart services centre in Africa

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd July 2009 US mining services company Joy Mining Machinery, reports that the South African mining industry is the perfect industry for the company to develop and grow its Smart Services Centre concept, which it hopes to launch into the rest of the world. 

Comminution company completes Voorspoed diamond liberation contract

By: Jonathan Faurie     3rd July 2009 Comminution company Polycom, manufactured, supplied and commissioned a high pressure grinding roll (HPGR) for effective diamond liberation as well as a scrubber for disagglomeration to the Voorspoed diamond mine in the Free State. 

Shareholder foresees long-term relationship with DRA

By: Beth Shirley     26th June 2009 Investment company Shanduka Resources is confident that it will maintain its long-term commitment and 25,1% share in project house DRA Mineral Projects. 

Dense medium separation plants

26th June 2009 The use of dense medium separation (DMS) technology to recover diamond indicator minerals from prospecting samples has been largely the domain of diamond miner De Beers. 

Preconcentration applications

26th June 2009 Despite the current economic crisis, demand for metals and minerals continues to increase, says projects house DRA Mineral Projects.  

Drawing design office is where it all happens

26th June 2009 Project house DRA Mineral Projects’ reputation for completing projects on time and within budget has been a self-imposed target since its inception. However, this would not be attainable without the support of its design drawing office, considered the company’s most dynamic and busiest environment. 

Plant operations need to be cost and energy efficient

By: Beth Shirley     26th June 2009 While significant recovery of mineral material is of utmost importance in plant processing, it is equally important to ensure that high plant availabilities are achieved, while operating costs, including power consumption are reduced, says projects house DRA Mineral Projects director of process... 

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