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Contract Mining News

New projector technique drills down drilling time

By: nkolola halwindi     21st November 2003 A portable projector, fitted with a precision-drilled metal graticule which projects upon the rock-face the required drill pattern for tunnel sizes ranging from 10 m2 to 40 m2, is creating interest at De Beers Finsch diamond-mine in the Northern Cape. 

Aussie explorer seeks BEE partners

31st October 2003 Australian exploration company Nkwe Platinum, which is prospecting various properties in South Africa, is in negotiations with various black empowerment partners in order to "secure interests in new prospects and to provide further security in the application for other prospects". 

Venezuela’s Chavez says mining revocations ‘legal’

28th October 2003 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Sunday defended his government's recent cancellation of mining concessions as "absolutely legal", saying some foreign miners and their local business allies were stealing gold and diamonds without paying taxes. 

PMI announces good Ghana drill results

6th October 2003 Canadian miner PMI Ventures has announced further encouraging results from its second drill programme on the package of exploration concessions and applications which comprise its Ashanti II Gold Project, located along a 50 km length of the axis of the Asankrangwa Gold Belt, in southwestern Ghana. 

Atlas Copco acquires two SA drilling-equipment firms

3rd October 2003 After approval from the regulatory authorities, Swedish exploration drilling equipment company Atlas Copco yesterday announced that its South African operations had acquired the businesses of two local companies. 

Great Basin advanced Burnstone drill programme

3rd October 2003 Canadian miner Great Basin Gold said ongoing, multirig drilling at the Burnstone gold property, in the Witwatersrand goldfield of South Africa, continues to define and expand gold-bearing areas of the Kimberley Reef, one of the main mineralised horizons. 

Mining activities earn 30% of construction company’s turnover

By: Helene Le Roux     26th September 2003 Mining industry related activities account for more than 30% of construction company Murray & Roberts’ annual turnover. 


By: Helene Le Roux     26th September 2003 The scaling down of mining operations does not necessarily have to imply the demise of the surrounding towns and residential areas that were originally developed to serve workers in the mining industry. 

One of the first contract miners in the platinum industry

By: Helene Le Roux     26th September 2003 In 1998, contract-miner and shaft-sinker Cementation Mining Skanska became one of the first companies to perform large-scale contract mining in the platinum industry. 

New bulldozer proving popular, reports company

26th September 2003 Capital Equipment manufacturer Komatsu reports that its D275A-5 bulldozer, introduced into the local market late last year, is proving to be among the most popular 50 t class dozers in the region, especially among mining and bulk earthworks contractors. 

Supplier believes its strength lies in being an outsourcing partner

By: Helene Le Roux     26th September 2003 Capital equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment reports that its strength as an outsourcing partner is enabling it to maintain and grow its market share in the mining industry. 

Company highlights the advantages of outsourcing project cost management

By: Helene Le Roux     26th September 2003 Most mining companies outsource the functions of cost control and contract management when implementing large projects. 

New details from Burkina Faso drill programme

15th September 2003 Canada’s Etruscan Resources has announced results of diamond drilling programmes, carried out by Ashanti Goldfields, on the A2 Main of the Youga gold deposits in Burkina Faso, West Africa. 

SA blasting technology marketed in S America

8th September 2003 A South African-developed blasting technology is finding growing acceptance in South America. 

Ghana gold drill programme advancing

19th August 2003 Canadian exploration company PMI Ventures reports that drilling is progressing on the company’s Fromenda project in Ghana, following up on earlier encouraging results. 

Still joins Great Basin board

18th August 2003 Junior gold miner, Great Basin Gold, announced on Friday that it had appointed South African mining entrepreneur Robert Still as a director of the company. 

Canadian miner continues SA drill programme

8th August 2003 Drilling by Canadian miner Platinum Group Metals, on the Elandsfontein property, immediately adjoining Anglo Platinum's Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine, continues to intersect the platinum bearing reefs, the company said. 

Canadian miner starts second Ghana drill programme

7th August 2003 Canadian miner PMI Ventures has announced the start of its second diamond-drilling programme for the year on the Fromenda concession, located on the Asankrangwa Gold Belt in southwest Ghana. 

Equipment giant eyes African exploration market

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st August 2003 Swedish-owned company Atlas Copco South Africa’s (ACSA’s) decision to acquire the businesses of Professional Diamond Drilling Equipment (PDDE) and Mining Drilling Services (MDS) is aimed at expanding the company’s involvement in the mineral-exploration field in Africa in the... 

PGM explorer in West limb land purchase

30th July 2003 Platinum junior Jubilee Platinum, and AIM-quoted exploration company, announced yesterday that its 90% owned South African subsidiary Maude Mining & Exploration had entered into prospecting and purchase option agreements on a new land package. 

Rand Refinery awarded quality certification

By: laurian clemence     28th July 2003 South African gold refiner, the Rand Refinery of Germiston, was on Friday awarded two internationally-recognised quality certificates by accreditation agency Bsi. 

New crawler drill to mine Lichtenburg limestone

18th July 2003 Gauteng-based Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) has delivered a new Ingersoll-Rand (IR) ECM-660 hydraulic crawler drill to Lafarge, for use at its Tswana lime-site, in Lichtenburg. 

Raisedrill hole completed at platinum-mine

18th July 2003 Wholly-owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts, Murray & Roberts RUC has completed a ?raisedrilled hole at Lonmin’s Hossy shaft ahead of schedule, and without any incidents. 

Lease award for Kenyan mineral-sands project imminent

1st July 2003 Canada’s Tiomin Resources expects to finally receive a special mining lease for the Kwale titanium-bearing mineral sands project, located 50 km south of the port city of Mombasa, next week. 

Hossy shaft raisedrill hole completed

1st July 2003 South African firm Murray & Roberts RUC, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Murray & Roberts, announced the completion of a raisedrilled hole at platinum miner Lonmin’s Hossy shaft, ahead of schedule and without incidents. 

Atlas Copco acquires drilling equipment firms

16th June 2003 Industrial group Atlas Copco South Africa said on Friday that it has signed an agreement to acquire two companies, specialising in the manufacture and distribution of exploration drilling equipment. 

New Mali drill programme commences

19th May 2003 Canada’s Etruscan Resources has announced that drilling has commenced on the Finkolo gold property in Mali. 

Chamber to host mine-safety event

By: laurian clemence     16th May 2003 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa, in conjunction with the International Social Security Association (ISSA), will be holding a conference on "Mines and Quarries: Prevention of Occupational Injury and Disease" from May 19 –21. 

Shaftsinking contract at Doornkop South awarded

16th May 2003 South African gold producer Harmony Gold has awarded mining contractor Murray & Roberts RUC (RUC) the Doornkop South Reef shaftsinking, development and construction contract, in addition to the engineering design and draughting portions of the project. 

Canadian miner announces Ghana drill results

9th May 2003 Canadian mining company PMI Ventures has announced results of the first of eight to ten diamond drill holes (1 050 m in total), that comprise the first phase of the 2003 drill programme. 

Canadian miner exercises option on Wits property

6th May 2003 Canada’s Great Basin Gold has announced that it will proceed to exercise the first of two option tranches under its Burnstone Property acquisition. 

SA mining equipment company makes three acquisitions

25th April 2003 South African mining equipment company, Boart Longyear has concluded three acquisitions so far this year, all aimed at strengthening its position as a manufacturer and supplier of products and services to the global mining industry, says group MD Paul Brunner. 

Company takes on second crawler drill

25th April 2003 Mining contractor MCC Mining has taken delivery of its second Ingersoll-Rand (IR) pneumatic crawler drill from CRM. 

Monorail-mounted drilljig developed and patented

By: Marius Roodt     25th April 2003 A new drilljig is set to revolutionise mining in South Africa, says DDT Mechanised Mining Services director Dennis van Niekerk. 

SA company makes big advances in vertical raisedrilling technology

By: Marius Roodt     25th April 2003 South African multinational Murray & Roberts is well-positioned to provide its clients in the global mining industry with a single point of responsibility for project design and implementation, says Murray & Roberts RUC MD Henry Laas. 

Three export orders completed

25th April 2003 Gauteng-based PG Drilling has completed three orders received from neighbouring states for drillrigs and equipment worth more R10-million. 

Hydropower drilling system developed for pneumatic mines

By: Marius Roodt     25th April 2003 Although hydropower is still not common on South African mines, a Johannesburg company is moving to provide hydropower drilling applications to mines around the country. 

New raisebore machine is commissioned at PGM mine

By: Marius Roodt     25th April 2003 Northwest Province company Master Drilling is a pioneer of innovative mining equipment and techniques, says technical director Koos Jordaan. 

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