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Contract Mining News

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. 

Shaftsinkers get another lifeline

22nd April 2005 Rubber specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has completed the development of, and started to market, a concrete placement hose to be used for casting during shaftsinking. 

The introduction of innovative two-piece rockdrilling bits

22nd April 2005 Spes Machines – the South African rockdrilling tool manufacturer with ISO 9001-2000 accreditation – has recently introduced another innovative product to the rockdrilling market – a two-piece down-the-hole (DTH) button bit for drilling holes larger that 250 mm in diameter. 

Contracts galore for drilling contractor

By: abdul cook     22nd April 2005 Master Drilling in South Africa has grown into a well-established drilling contractor since its modest beginning in 1986. 

Drilling to start at Oz nickel sulphide prospect

21st April 2005 A drilling programme to test a coincident geophysical and geochemical target at the Talia Hill project, in Australian, has been agreed to by BHP-Billiton, says Mithril Resources. 

Underground contractor in empowerment move

By: Terence Creamer     15th April 2005 Black-owned investment company Aka Capital, which is led by business luminary Reuel Khoza, has acquired 26% of underground mining-contracting company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation Africa for an undisclosed sum. 

Gravimeter takes exploration to new heights

By: abdul cook     4th February 2005  

Geophysical tool launched in South Africa

By: abdul cook     4th February 2005 Gauteng-based Manhattan Corporation has introduced a new geophysical tool to South Africa. 

Minerals law will open up South Africa for exploration

4th February 2005 The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, which came into effect last year, brings South Africa in line with neighbouring countries and with the likes of Australia and Canada, our main competitors in the mining field. 

Everest South Mine

4th February 2005 Name and location Everest South Mine, located 30 km west of Lydenburg, Mpumalanga. Project description The project involves the establishment of a 225 000 oz platinum-group metals (PGMs) mine. It is planned that the reef will be accessed from a terrace, and will be mined underground towards the... 

Local project house to lead US fast-track PGM study

28th January 2005 Local project house Bateman has been appointed by PolyMet Mining as its coordinating consultant for its fast-track NorthMet study, in north-eastern Minnesota, in the US. 

Low-profile rig rebuilt after record service

By: andrew lanham     10th December 2004 The first Axera low-profile drillrig to be commissioned at a mine in South Africa has undergone a major rebuild which took three months to complete. 

Contract miner has big safety focus

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th October 2004 Contract-mining and shaftsinking company Cementation Mining, now 79,2%-owned by Murray & Roberts, has reached the one-million fatality-free shift for the third time in just over three years. 

Safety emerges as big focus area

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th October 2004 Engineering-contracting group Murray & Roberts is set to entrench its leading position in the local and, increasingly, in the global mining industry following its recent acquisition of Skanska’s 79,2% stake in shaft-sinking and contract-mining company Cementation Mining. 

New contract-mining force eyes global opportunities

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th October 2004 Engineering-contracting group Murray & Roberts is set to entrench its leading position in the local, and increasingly in the global, mining industry following its recent acquisition of Skanska’s 79,2% stake in shaft-sinking and contract-mining company Cementation Mining. 

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. 

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. 

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