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Gem exploration successes reported

23rd August 2004 Australian Stock Exchange listed-Kimberley Diamond Company (KDC) last week announced continued exploration success on the Ellendale Mining Lease. 

Drilling underway at two Norway projects

19th August 2004 Mining and exploration company Diamond Fields International (DFI) this week reported the results of the initial drill programme at the Ogna nickel/copper project in south-west Norway, saying that a total of 1280,7 m of drilling was completed between May 25 and June 17. 

Additional drilling carried out at Mali gold project

19th August 2004 Diversified junior miner Etruscan Resources this week announced that additional detailed auger sampling carried out on the Djelimangara Permit in Mali, West Africa has confirmed the continuity of a significant gold anomaly as previously reported. 

First results from Pakistan copper drill

18th August 2004 Emerging copper-miner Tethyan Copper Company yesterday released the first results from the drill-out of its H4 Starter Project in Pakistan, including an intersection of 111 m at 1,38% copper. 

Chrome producer awards underground mining contract

17th August 2004 Contract miner Murray & Roberts RUC said yesterday it has secured the Dwarsrivier chrome-mine underground mining contract. 

Contractor moves ahead with surface-drilling projects

16th August 2004 Mining services company Murray & Roberts RUC reports that it is currently undertaking a number of surface-drilling contracts throughout Southern Africa. 

PGM miner renews security outsourcing deal

23rd July 2004 An integrated security, surveillance and access control technology maintenance contract between platinum producer Lonmin and Intervid, has been renewed for a period of twelve months with effect from July. 

Boart Longyear invests in BEE drilling venture

14th July 2004 Global supplier of drilling services, products and systems to the natural resources, construction and quarrying industries Boart Longyear and Anglo American's business development and empowerment initiative, Anglo Zimele, have joined forces with empowerment partner Calulo Investments to form... 

Oz miner to start drilling at newly-acquired deposit

18th June 2004 Australian gold producer Avoca Resources is set to start drilling at the Higginsville gold project, in Western Australia, after shareholders yesterday approved its A$4,5-million acquisition of the project from international gold company Gold Fields. 

Gold-miner shows ‘hole-director’ success

By: Zonika Botha     11th June 2004 Mining company Gold Fields is improving its drilling accuracy at its two Gauteng mines, Kloof and Driefontein, and at its Beatrix mine, in the Free State, through an innovative system called the ‘hole director’. 

Drilling starts on Peru gold project

19th May 2004 Minerals firms Candente Resources and Orex Ventures announced this week that exploration hag started on the El Tigre gold property in Peru. Geophysical crews have begun a ground magnetics survey, which falls under the phase one exploration programme, being funded by Orex as part of an option to... 

Alliances remain important

By: andrea marais     14th May 2004 There is a strong move among the global mining groups to establish alliances, partnerships and working relationships with their suppliers, says the mining managing director for Barloworld Equipment, the Southern African Caterpillar dealer, Chris Gibb. “This is driven by a desire to leverage... 

Implats to install resource management solution

4th May 2004 Platinum miner Impala Platinum plans to install a new mineral resource management (MRM) system, offering an integrated business solution for the management of its mining production in the Rustenburg area. 

PGM explorer gears up another phase of drilling

4th May 2004 Prospector Platinum Group Metals (PTM) reports that a third phase of diamond drilling as well as a down-hole geophysical survey is being planned for the Lakemount nickel, copper, platinum group metals project, following the completion of 1 680 m of drilling in an additional eight holes during... 

Increased production output achieved through streamlined processes

By: lauren rota     23rd April 2004 A local manufacturer of tools for drilling and rock-cutting has been selected as a group supplier in an economy-of-scale exercise aimed at reducing costs. 

Drop-raise drillrig improves mineworker safety

By: lauren rota     23rd April 2004 After a year of development, a prototype drop-raise drillrig has been undergoing field tests since February this year.? 

Zambian copper-mine receives a ninth underground drill

23rd April 2004 Mopani Copper, in Kitwe, on the Zambian Copper Belt, has had its operations expanded, which has called for the supply of new equipment.? 

Strip-and-line technique used to overcome raiseboring risks

23rd April 2004 A South African raise-drilling contractor, in joint venture with an Australian company, has completed a raise-drilled portion of a ventiliation shaft at an Australian mine.? 

Drilling designs boost geotechnical- and waterwell-drilling capacity

23rd April 2004 To expand its offering to the geotechnical sector and consolidate its reach into this growing business, a global supplier to the natural resource industry, headquartered in South Africa, has acquired sole rights to the designs of Denmark-based Knebel Drilling’s line of geotechnical and... 

Randgold resource base boosted by increased ounces at new mine

23rd April 2004 London- and Nasdaq-listed gold miner Randgold Resources expanded its total attributable resources from 7,67-million ounces to 7,95-million ounces in 2003 on the back of an increase from 4,26-million ounces to 5,32-million ounces at its Loulo project,?currently being developed as a new mine.? 

Drilling programme to define kimberlite cluster

23rd April 2004 The drilling programme at a north-eastern Angolan diamond project is underway.? 

Harsh conditions for Canadian project

By: lauren rota     23rd April 2004 Just 200 km south of the Arctic circle, on the 65 

Demand for drillrigs has increased

23rd April 2004 A local company’s drill drig sales have shown strong growth in demand. 

Further funding for university project

23rd April 2004 Since an initial donation by a nongovernmental US organisation for the drilling of two deep-diamond core holes in the Northern Cape, visitors from the institute have decided to fund an expansion to the project for the acquisition of further data for scientific research.? 

Bracing vehicle used in the excavation of tunnels for rail line

23rd April 2004 The New South Wales state government of Australia put out a tender for the excavation of twin 12,5 km-long tunnels which form part of Sydney’s new Chatswood to Epping rail line, and the contract was awarded to Thiess Hochtief JV (THJV). 

R25m drilling contract completed by 2005

By: lauren rota     23rd April 2004 A R25-million contract for platinum-exploration drilling in the Bushveld Complex should be completed by 2005. 

Tunnel toll-road will be unidirectional

23rd April 2004 Current plans to equip the second tunnel of the Hugenot Toll Tunnel so that uni-directional operation is finally achieved, will enhance the safety of the installation and ensure that it remains an efficient route linking the South Western Cape with the North.? 

Multimillion-rand tunnelling project under way

By: lauren rota     23rd April 2004 An eleven-month project is in the final stages of completion for the excavation of an underground tunnel as an upgrade to a local Gauteng municipality.? 

R30m acquisition creates benefits for all

By: lauren rota     23rd April 2004 For a BEE mining company that has long had a focus on graduating from ore-extracting activities to mining-construction operations, the purchase of a stake in one of South Africa’s most reputable shaft-sinking firms has been the start to the realisation of that goal. 

Metex JV advances Australian drill programme

20th April 2004 Australian Stock Exchange-listed Metex Resources, together with its joint venture partner, Granny Smith Mines (GSM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Placer Dome Asia Pacific (PDAP), has announce that recent RC drilling has identified broad zones of near-surface mineralisation at the recently... 

In Tampere, Finns make it fly

By: andrew lanham     16th April 2004 One has to see the Tamrock factory in Tampere to believe the level of cleanliness and efficiency the Finns have managed to achieve.?Mining Weekly was given an exclusive tour of this high-tech manufacturing facility. 

New jumbo made to order

By: andrew lanham     9th April 2004 IT is normal for mining and construction companies to depend on suppliers to provide equipment that is reliable, cost-effective, and delivered on time. But when a supplier develops new heavy equipment so that a client can complete a specific project, that is something out of the ordinary. 

Explorer achieves good drill results at Eritrea project

18th March 2004 Australian explorer Sub-Sahara Resources has achieved encouraging results from the ongoing drill programme at the Debarwa copper and gold project, situated within the Asmara joint venture project, in Eritrea. 

De Beers annual diamond sales jump, outlook good

5th February 2004 Diamond giant De Beers said today rough stone sales rose seven percent in 2003 to $5,5-billion - the top end of analysts' forecasts, although its contribution to parent Anglo American was lower than expected. 

Newly developed rail-carriage mounted drill proves its mettle

16th January 2004 A hydraulic drill system mounted on the chassis of a railway carriage is helping to speed up development in mines that use railway infrastructure for conventional mining operations. 

Beatrix receives company’s first hydropowered invert drop-raise drillrig

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th January 2004 Designer and manufacturer of hydropowered mining equipment, Hydro Power Equipment (HPE), delivered its first hydropowered invert drop raise drill rig to Gold Fields’ Beatrix Three Shaft last month. 

Canadian miner begins Lakemount drill programme

9th December 2003 Toronto-listed Platinum Group Metals (PTM) announced that drilling is under way at the Lakemount project where the company has acquired an option to earn and buy up to a 62% interest in the Lakemount property, from Western Prospector Group and an underlying property vendor. 

Radebe drills R30-million into shaftsinking group

By: Zonika Botha     5th December 2003 In yet another empowerment deal Mmakau Mining, a 100% black-owned mining company, has acquired a 25% plus stake in Shaft Sinkers, one of Africa’s most experienced mining contractors. 

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