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Contract Mining News

SA-German joint venture a winning combination

24th August 2001 In 1998 Germany company Deilmann-Haniel, in association with Samat Mining, were awarded a contract to equip the Selebi-Phikwe North shaft for BCL Mining in Botswana, a contract that would prove to be challenging and technically complex. 

Trainees drilled in use of rigs

24th August 2001 As the number of Ingersoll-Rand drillrigs represented by Barloworld Equipment grows on mines in sub-Saharan Africa, so demand increases for training to facilitate optimal running of the machines. 

Contractor drills itself into mining history

24th August 2001 Successful completion of pilot hole drilling at Impala Platinum’s new Number 1B shaft near Rustenburg in the North West Province has vindicated the effectiveness of contractor Rucbor’s advanced rotary vertical direction system technology (RVDS). 

New roofbolter saves wrists and fingers

24th August 2001 One of the latest products in the Hydro Power Equipment (HPE) range from Steinmuller Mining and Piping Systems is the stope roof bolter, which has already seen a hundred sales into the local market in the two months since its launch. 

Special equipment for SA diamond tooler

24th August 2001 Local company Professional Diamond Drilling Equipment (PDDE) has been asked to bid on manufacturing special “oversize” Coring equipment for JDA Diamond Tooling. 

Specialised explosives gain popularity

24th August 2001 Specialised explosive and initiating technologies produced by African Explosives Limited (AEL) are achieving wide acceptance for their ability to combine improved blasting efficiency with optimal safety in various mining applications – in South Africa and further afield in Africa. 

Swedish machines for local gold-mine

24th August 2001 Swedish mining equipment producer Rock Machine has supplied two overhauled H 

Power diesel drill now in SA

24th August 2001 The Southern African mining industry now has access to one of the most powerful diesel drills ever produced, the Pit Viper Series 351 from Ingersoll-Rand, represented locally by Barloworld Equipment. 

Firm enters contracting field

24th August 2001 Local company Transbor has entered the contracting field by taking an interest in Geosearch International. 

Finnish raiseborers for all applications

24th August 2001 Finnish company Oy Indau specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of a range of raiseborers for application within the mining industry. 

Ground-stabilisation products launched

24th August 2001 Finnish company Robit Rocktools has launched its Robex ground drilling tools for ground stabilisation. 

Firm still serving industry after 45 years

24th August 2001 German company BDT Hausherr has been manufacturing machines and equipment for drilling engineering for the last 45 years. 

Shaftsinker achieves worldwide acclaim

24th August 2001 Shaftsinking and contract mining company the Shaft Sinkers Group has been in operation for more than 40 years. 

Firm's drilling experience dates back 600 years

24th August 2001 Swedish firm Secoroc’s earliest experience of mining and steel dates back to the fifteenth century. 

New directional-drilling technologies

24th August 2001 Local drilling equipment supply company Professional Diamond Drilling Equipment has successfully introduced a number of directional drilling technologies into the local exploration drilling industry. 

Mali gold-mine settles down

24th August 2001 Mali gold-mine Morila, in which Randgold Resources has a 40% stake, produced 163 702 oz of gold in the three months to June, at a cash operating cost of $80/oz. 

New generation of grinding pins produced

24th August 2001 Norweigan company King Pin International has produced a new generation of grinding pins for redressing button bits and lightweight hand-held grinding machines. 

SA firm receives UK investment boost

24th August 2001 Local company Mazal Mining & Exploration is expected to move into a new stage of development intended to complete reserve assessment and double output with a R 9,5-million investment from UK-listed Ore Vest over the next six months. 

SA-Canada venture holds promise

24th August 2001 Listed mining and exploration company Thabex Exploration’s joint venture with Falconbridge of Canada is expected to further explore and assess the mineral potential of the South African firm’s Potgietersrus Town and Townlands’ prospecting rights, reports Thabex CEO Marius... 

Contractor reports good progress at FS mines

By: Deborah Spicer     10th August 2001 Mining contracting firm Grinaker-LTA is reporting good progress with the mechanised mining techniques that it is employing at the Target and Beatrix gold mines at present. 

Outsourcing of technical mining services

3rd August 2001 It is extremely expensive to finance the large capital outlays required to bring new mines into production, and to manage the development of these large projects. 

Hardrock drill adjusted for use in coal-mine

3rd August 2001 A drill dig that has been redesigned for use in underground collieries to penetrate stone dykes is proving its worth at Anglo Coal’s Goedehoop colliery, near Witbank in Mpumalanga. 

Drill-rig a gem on diamond-mines

20th July 2001 Diamond producer De Beers Namaqualand Mines has successfully used a Bauer BG36C large-diameter bucket auger drill-rig to explore alluvial diamond deposits on South Africa’s West Coast. 

SA firm develops new-technology hammers

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2001 South Africa’s sole remaining manufacturer of down-the-hole drilling tools is developing a new technology stoping hammer of unpredecented narrowness and effectiveness. 

Northern Cape zinc-mine expansion project on track

29th June 2001 Progress on the Black Mountain zinc-mine expansion project located in Aggeneys, Northern Cape, is on track. 

Platinum-mines mechanise to meet production demands

22nd June 2001 With all platinum producers announcing expansion plans to meet record world demand, Sandvik Tamrock has emerged a leader in the development of modern mechanised mining technology that will enable the raw material to be extracted more efficiently and cost-effectively. 

Pumpable explosives for underground

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd June 2001 In response to twenty-first century mining needs, Sasol SMX has developed a pumpable explosive product and delivery system for underground development ends and similar applications. 

German precision used at new shaft

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd June 2001 The 1 100 m ventilation shaft at Impala Platinum's new 1B Shaft near Rustenburg, in the North West Province, is being drilled by Rucbor's latest German-built rotary vertical drilling system (RVDS). 

Trackless breakthrough in mine's development

1st June 2001 One of South Africa's newest gold-mines, Avgold's Target mine, is leading the pack in the development of new, mechanised mining methods. 

Fairy-tale-like discovery in the middle of Malian nowhere

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A local farmer who owned a shovel was hired to dig an exploratory hole – the first step to unearthing five million ounces of gold in the middle of Malian nowhere 

Copper project advances

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Top Zambian copper projects 

Brownfields exploration the best kind of exploration, says Danchin

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Anglo American plc 

Oil production is set to increase

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Mining in Africa 

New rig drills, breaks, supports

By: System Author     10th November 2000 A new continuous-mining system, which is said to provide an effective solution to some of the problematic safety and production issues surrounding tabular orebody mining, has been developed by global equipment manufacturer Boart Longyear. 

Explosives information to be stored on database

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Quarrying 

Water ‘voltage’ wowing mines

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Hydropower making big strides in SA’s deep-level mines 

Germans remain upbeat about SA mining prospects

By: System Author     27th October 2000 German mining contracting, construction, mining and construction equipment manufacturer Deilmann-Haniel’s recent decision to buy 43% of South African-based Samat Mining represents a vote of confidence in the South African mining industry. 

Contract-mining force emerging

By: System Author     6th October 2000 An important contract-mining force could emerge over the next few months, should the proposed R1,3-billion acquisition of construction company LTA by emerging industry heavyweight, Aveng, succeed. 

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