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Drilling equipment's SA mining applications explored

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 Having secured the sole dealership of Vermeer products in Southern Africa two years ago, Wirtgen South Africa, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Wirtgen, of Germany, is presently investigating how the company’s underground horizontal directional-drilling equipment can be applied in local... 

Drilling firm eyes mining industry

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 Previously trading as Directional Drilling Services, Navigational Drilling Systems, of the East Rand, has substantial experience in the field of horizontal directional drilling. 

Hydropowered drill's record results

26th April 2002 Positioned as a dependable partner in water-powered mining, Sulzer Hydromining, of Johannesburg, specialises in the design, manufacture and maintenance of high and low pressure, water-powered drills for hand-held and mechanised applications. 

Rod at core of exploration drilling success

26th April 2002 Exploration drilling costs have always borne close scrutiny and now, in the face of a globally depressed market, that is more true than ever. 

New hydraulic drills for contract blaster

26th April 2002 Contract company Mabunda Blasting, of Tzaneen, in the Limpopo Province, purchased several Ingersoll-Rand hydraulic drills from Consolidated Rock Machinery, (CRM), the appointed distributors of the Ingersoll-Rand range of construction and mining products. 

New drill produces reliable performances

26th April 2002 US company Reedrill has delivered a MK35HE-PS Mine King jumbo electro-hydraulic drill to the Manitoba division of Inco. 

Mechanising steep dipping underground excavations

26th April 2002 The Alimak raise climber technology is being used worldwide but, to date, this cost-effective technique has not been popular in the South African mining industry, Samat Mining GM: gold division Don Munro reports. 

Firm dominates local drilling tools market

26th April 2002 Leading manufacturer and distributor of underground rock-drilling tools Tungrok Mining, of the East Rand, has captured a large portion of the local percussion-drilling tools market. 

Company completes Malawi drilling contract

26th April 2002 Exploratory drilling company Geosearch International has completed a drilling programme in southern Malawi on behalf of Bastillion Resources. 

Fibre-reinforced shotcrete increases underground safety

26th April 2002 Underground mining is an inherently risky and dangerous business as witnessed by many tragic events both locally and internationally in the past few decades. 

Multitasking drillrigs launched in SA

26th April 2002 Atlas Copco, of Johannesburg, has launched a new multitasking crawler drillrig, known as the ROC D7, with the supply of the product to a large diamond-mining firm in South Africa. 

Techno firm acquires rockdrill business

18th March 2002 Mining technology firm Boart Longyear has acquired the Swiss-based rockdrill division of SIG Produktionstechnik. 

Big shaftsinking firm sold to UK company

9th January 2002 Resources giant Anglo American Corporation announced that it has disposed of its entire shareholding in Shaft Sinkers. The purchaser is AMCO Investments, a UK-based company with which Shaft Sinkers has been associated over many years in Switzerland, Zambia, Botswana and at Cleveland Potash in the... 

Mining industry's first electric rockdrill

14th December 2001 World number one gold producer AngloGold, and Hilti Corporation, a world leader in products for the construction and building maintenance industries, are testing the first electric rockdrill ever developed for use in the field of mining. 

Local firm sells first hard-rock drill-rig to PGM mine

30th November 2001 Mining equipment firm Rham Equipment has rolled out its first locally designed and manufactured hard-rock drill rig. 

Firm expands to handle larger drilling projects

16th November 2001 Drilling company Percusso Bor has expanded its range of Ingersoll-Rand equipment from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) to enhance its range of diesel compressors. 

Black-empowerment success on KZN dunes

16th November 2001 A geological exploration project in the coastal dunes south of Esikhawini, Kwazulu-Natal, by heavy-minerals miner Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has spawned significant empowerment and job opportunities. 

SA tech helps cash-strapped Congo mine

26th October 2001 Hydropower systems designer Steinm 

Innovation the engine of growth

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts, RUC Holdings Limited of the East Rand hardly needs any formal introduction. 

Contractor seeks to broaden its horizons

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Outsourcing non-core activities is becoming an acceptable method of conducting business in the local and international mining industries. 

Flexibility, savings fuel outsourcing

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Flexibility and cost-effectiveness are the two key factors driving the mining industry to replace permanent staff with contract workers, Central Technical Services (CTS) co-directors Don Radnidge and Chris Clarke tell Mining Weekly. 

Services supplied to coal industry

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Restructuring, early retirements and retrenchments have left once fully-staffed mining companies with no other choice than to outsource non-core business activities to outside contractors and specialists. 

Sinking of platinum shafts continues

28th September 2001 Leading shaftsinkers Cementation Mining are on site at Karee Number Four shaft to sink and construct the main and ventilation vertical shafts as part of a managed partnership with the mine’s owner Lonmin Platinum and project manager Read, Swatman & Voigt. 

Million tons of waste rock screened a month

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Formerly known as Saldanha Plant Hire, the SPH group is focused on providing comprehensive materials-handling solutions to the mining industry. 

Diamond giant outsources training

28th September 2001 Diamond giant De Beers has awarded a management training contract to the Centre for Management Development (CMD), a leader in corporate training and organisation. 

Contractor enters new field

28th September 2001 Local company Transbor has entered the contracting field through Geosearch International. 

Indicator cuts down diamond-mine costs

28th September 2001 Customers of Barloworld Equipment are reported to be saving money as a result of the firm’s maintenance and repair agreements. 

Outsourcing mining technical services

28th September 2001 Outsourcing of skilled technical services in the mining industry has grown during the past decade and this trend is set to continue and even accelerate, particularly in view of ever-increasing commodity prices, AST Mining chief operating officer Julian Upshall reports. 

Outsourcing helps mine save effort

28th September 2001 Local company Outsource Decisions and Management Services (OD&MS) is said to be a market leader in outsource management consulting, servicing the mining industry as well as other public and private sectors. 

Firm wins R300m platinum contract

28th September 2001 Australian company Brandrill’s 51% owned South African mining services subsidiary Brandrill Torrex (BTX) has secured a R290-million underground mine development contract at Impala Platinum’s new Maroelabult platinum-mine near Brits, North West Province. 

Drillrods continue to perform well

14th September 2001 Another case of good performance from JKS Boyles Platinum series Tuff Rods has been recorded at Sasol Coal. 

Second ultradeep contract for firm

24th August 2001 Following the successful completion of four ultra deep diamond drill holes Cementation Mining’s drilling division has been awarded the second phase of the Kloof surface exploration drilling contract worth R16-million. 

New software program available

24th August 2001 A drill hole presentation and plotting program, with many innovative features, is now available in South Africa. 

New drillrig for platinum-mines

24th August 2001 Platinum- and chrome-mines are among those that have taken advantage of Boart Longyear Seco’s customer-driven design strategy. 

Fourth jumbo drill reaches SA

24th August 2001 The fourth Axera D07 to come off Sandvik Tamrock’s production line in Finland has been shipped to South Africa to undergo trials at the Maandagshoek platinum-mine in Mpumalanga. 

Company divisions sold off

24th August 2001 Local company Smith Mining has sold its rotary drilling division to Thiessen Team Mining Products, part of the Thiessen group of companies based in Vancouver, Canada. 

New rebar helps prevent rockbursts

24th August 2001 Rock bursts that occur in deep-level tunnelling operations and cause severe damage can be contained using yieldable reinforcement in the surrounding rock, such as that provided by the installation of Durabar, states SRK Consulting associate Dave Ortlepp. 

Africa's largest loaders working on coal-mine

24th August 2001 The largest front-end loader in Africa, the LeTourneau L1800, has been delivered to Middelburg Mine Services by P&H MinePro Services. 

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