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Contract Mining News

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. 

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. 

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