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SouthernEra announces new East limb drill results

27th November 2002 Platinum group metals producer, SouthernEra Resources has announced initial results from the second phase drilling programme at the company’s 100%-owned Millennium Platinum Project on the Eastern Bushveld in South Africa. 

Loan sought for water project

22nd November 2002 Malawi – The Malawian parliament has authorised that country’s ministry of finance to obtain a US$3-million loan from the International Development Association (IDA) for a national water development project in addition to the $75-million loan it acquired from IDA for the project. 

Hydraulic rigs operational at quarry

15th November 2002 Two Furukawa HCR12 hydraulic drill rigs are being supplied for drilling at Willow Quarries outside Pretoria. 

Platinum contracts a boon for shaft sinker

12th November 2002 Leading shaft sinker, Cementation Mining Skanska, is busy on several new contracts, with particular emphasis on the new developments on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex, which many experts are dubbing “the new Rustenburg” of the mining industry. 

Canadian miner announces drill results at gem prospect

31st October 2002 Canadian miner, SouthernEra Resources has released a report on microdiamond results, returned from the Sue and Sputnik kimberlite pipes at the Yamba Lake Project in the Northwest Territories. 

Cameroon order for control stations

11th October 2002 Local company Bartec Barlian has received an order from Cameroon for ComEx explosion-protected local control stations and junction boxes for use in zones one and two hazardous areas. 

Shaftsinker awarded contract for five declines

9th October 2002 Leading mining contractor, Murray & Roberts RUC has secured yet another Anglo Platinum development contract, this time on the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex. 

Explorer intersects good grades at SA PGM project

9th October 2002 Canadian miner, Anooraq Resources announced outstanding results from drill hole AR008, cored on its Rietfontein property, part of the company’s extensive land package on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. 

Partner sought for new crushing tech

4th October 2002 An experimental rig, which uses new technology for crushing and milling, was one of the award-winning prototype designs at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Institute Awards, held in Johannesburg last month. 

Canadian firm intensifies Northern Bushveld drilling

3rd October 2002 President and CEO of Anooraq Resources Corporation, Ronald W Thiessen, has announced that, in addition to the multi-rig drilling programme currently underway at the new PGM-nickel-copper discovery on its Rietfontein property, the Company has commenced other exploration programs on its extensive... 

Competitive contract mining market still lucrative

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 Contract mining market in South Africa continues to be fiercely competitive, with about 20 participants competing for a R2-billion market. 

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. 

Rock-breaking technology being patented

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 Open cast mining contractor and plant-hire company MCC is the preferred distributor of a South African developed non-explosive technology set to bring substantial benefits to the mining and construction industry worldwide. 

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. 

Contract labour an increasingly popular concept

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 Twenty years ago, it would have been unheard of to approach a mine or a project management team with the prospect of using contract labour, however, today more and more mines and mega-projects in particular, are realising the benefits of not only employing permanent staff. 

Growing trend to outsource facilities management

27th September 2002 Mining companies seem, very slowly, to be seeing the benefit in outsourcing their facilities management to external companies so they can concentrate on their core business. 

Mining contracting company restructures

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 The restructuring of mining contracting company Murray & Roberts RUC, which was completed in July has been more than a mere name change, but rather about forming a new company with a far wider service offering. 

Technology being developed to enable person-free excavation

By: vanessa vasques     20th September 2002 “The latest buzz words in terms of mining technology are person-free excavations.” This is the word from Murray & Roberts RUC manager marketing and business development Pete Ferreira. 

South African raisedriller reports a full order book

20th September 2002 Local raisedrilling specialist Murray & Roberts RUC reports that it has a full order book, and Marius Oosthuizen, GM responsible for raisedrilling activities, attributes this to the company’s extensive experience and expertise. 

Gasfield development

20th September 2002 Name of the project and location Gasfield development, South Africa Project description South Africa could see its own natural gas flowing as early as 2004 from a field just 100 km off its West Coast. The Ibhubesi (Zulu for lion) gasfield is controlled by US exploration and production company... 

Outsourcing doorway into coal for new entrants

By: marisa rodrigues     13th September 2002 The practice of contracting out mining operations to specialist service providers is becoming increasingly common in both underground and surface mining operations. 

Impala Platinum decline projects

13th September 2002 Name of the project and location Impala Platinum (Implats) decline projects, North West Province. Project description Implats is undertaking a number of decline development projects at its main operational unit, Impala Platinum mine. The programme is aimed at maintaining production from the... 

Alternative water source use possible for mine cooling

6th September 2002 In 2000, a technological breakthrough was achieved by Bonchem, a division of Synthachem Technical Services, when mine fissure and clarified mining water was used successfully as a source of make up for mine cooling systems. 

Marula platinum project

6th September 2002 Name of the project and location Marula Platinum Project, Limpopo Province. Project description Impala Platinum in a joint-venture with Mmakau Mining and an empowerment consortium representing Limpopo Province communities is developing a platinum mine with the potential to produce 175 000 ounces... 

State gem miner awards concessions

By: Martin Czernowalow     5th September 2002 State-owned gem miner Alexkor has awarded shallow-water mining and beach mining concessions to private operators, thus securing employment for 179 miners who were retrenched at the end of last year. 

Xolobeni project (heavy minerals project)

23rd August 2002 Name of the project and location Xolobeni project, South Africa. Project description The development of the Xolobeni deposit, on the south east coast of South Africa, including a new smelting operation. Value R225-million. Duration The prospecting permit was extended until 2004. Description of... 

Kudu exploration

23rd August 2002 Name of the project and location Kudu exploration, Southern Africa. Project description Energy Africa and Chevron Texaco is attempting to prove up more reserves in the field, opening up the potential for more markets and development options including a liquefied natural gas (LNG) scheme. The... 

Demand for hydropowered drillrigs grows in South Africa's ageing mines

26th July 2002 Reduced pneumatic pressure in ageing South African mines with increasing underground mining distances is fuelling the uptake of hydro-powered equipment. 

SA drilling outfit globalises

26th July 2002 The drilling division of Cementation Mining Skanska is currently active in seven different countries, including South Africa. 

Forzando South (coal project)

26th July 2002 Name of the project and location Forzando South, Mpumalanga. Project description The expansion of Total Coal Holdings’, Forzando South coal mine, because of solid sandstone layers in the area, mining will consist of conventional, semi-mechanised board-and-pillar methodology. Value... 

Mechanisation exceeds expectations at mine

28th June 2002 World-class development rates are being exceeded with equipment supplied by Sandvik Tamrock to the contractors doing development work at Modikwa mine in the Limpopo Province. 

New drilling innovation for the African coring market

By: vanessa vasques     14th June 2002 Australian-based company DHT Technologies has developed the Retractabit, a revolutionary technology that has the potential to save diamond-coring drillers significant time and money by enabling them to change drill bits on-site down the drill hole. 

Exploration boom triggers contractor's expansion

By: vanessa vasques     14th June 2002 The current boom in platinum mining and exploration has resulted in the dramatic expansion of exploration drilling contractor Geosearch, of Johannesburg. 

Giant drillrigs at work at Zim platinum-mine

17th May 2002 One of South Africa’s biggest and most experienced mining contractors, MCC, recently took delivery of two 45-t Driltech D40KS surface blasthole drillrigs which have been despatched to Zimbabwe for development work on the Zimbabwe Platinum Mines (Zimplats) Ngezi project. 

Hydraulic crawler drill acquired

17th May 2002 Blasting and Excavating (B&E) recently expanded its range of Ingersoll-Rand equipment to include an ECM-660 hydraulic crawler drill from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM), exclusive distributor of Ingersoll Rand mining and quarrying equipment for Southern Africa. 

SA contractor's new excavation technologies in global demand

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 International mining contracting company RUC Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Murray & Roberts group, has placed great emphasis on developing cost-effective and appropriate alternatives to conventional mining methods which are time consuming, labour intensive and pose high safety risks. 

African projects aplenty for UK shaftsinker

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 Wholly-owned by AMCO Investments, a UK-based company, Shaft Sinkers is thought to be Africa’s most experienced international contractor in shaft sinking, mining contracting, construction, large underground excavations and tunnelling, MD Peet Nel tells Mining Weekly. 

Mines take delivery of drilling equipment

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 As specialist in providing cost-effective solutions to the mining industry, Hydro Power Equipment (HPE) is delivering new drilling equipment to two of its clients this month, director Andr 

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