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Contract Mining News

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. 

Drilling starts on Ghana gold prospect

18th April 2003 Canada’s PMI Ventures has announced that drilling has begun on its Ashanti II Deep Gold project in Ghana, West Africa. 

Burkina Faso gold find announced

18th April 2003 Gold miner Orezone Resource reported positive drill results from its Burkina Faso gold property in West Africa this week, that could prompt it to increase estimates of the site's grades and total ounces. 

Positive results from new Wits basin drill

11th April 2003 Canadian gold producer Great Basin Gold has announce the results of an independent resource estimate for the southeast zone of the Burnstone Property, which is located in Witwatersrand goldfield, some 80 km southeast of Johannesburg, in South Africa. 

RUC secures Modikwa contract

28th March 2003 A wholly-owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts Limited, RUC, has secured a platinum development and sinking contract at the Anglo Platinum/African Rainbow Minerals Modikwa Mine. 

Blasting contractor takes delivery of drillrig

21st March 2003 Tzaneen drilling and blasting contractor, Mabunda Blasting, has taken delivery of its fourth Ingersoll-Rand drill rig from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM). 

Canadian firm advances west-limb drilling

10th March 2003 Drilling by Canadian miner Platinum Group Metals Limited (PTM), on the Elandsfontein property, immediately adjoining Anglo Platinum's Bafokeng Rasimone mine is continuing, the company announced. 

Shaft sinker is proud of its safety record

By: marisa rodrigues     28th February 2003 Mining contractor Shaft Sinkers has been on site at AngloGold’s R3,8-billion greenfields mine, Moab Khotsong, near Orkney in the Free State, since work first began in the early 1990s. 

Work to begin on R1,27bn gold project in Gauteng

By: Martin Czernowalow     31st January 2003 South African gold producer Harmony Gold recently announced that it would proceed with a R1,27-billion ($140,6-million), three-phase mining project in Gauteng and that construction would start with immediate effect. 

Canadians begin Wits Basin drill programme

17th January 2003 Canadian miner, Great Basin Gold, has announced that a major, multi-rig diamond-drilling programme has commenced on the Burnstone Gold Property located in the famous Witwatersrand goldfield of South Africa. 

Good results from Rietfontein drill

9th January 2003 Canadian PGM miner, Anooraq Resources, has announced another set of good assay results from core drilling on its Rietfontein property, 275 km north of Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Canadian PGM search to start in Jan

12th December 2002 Canadian mining group, Pacific North West Capital (PFN) has announced that its joint venture partner, Anglo American Platinum Corporation, has approved a Phase VI $5,3-million exploration programme, to be carried out in 2003 on the River Valley platinum group metal (PGM) property, near Sudbury,... 

Prototype drilling system used at Moab

By: marisa rodrigues     6th December 2002 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts RUC is using unique rotary vertical drilling system (RVDS) at AngloGold’s greenfields mine in the Free?State, Moab Khotsong. 

SouthernEra announces new East limb drill results

27th November 2002 Platinum group metals producer, SouthernEra Resources has announced initial results from the second phase drilling programme at the company’s 100%-owned Millennium Platinum Project on the Eastern Bushveld in South Africa. 

Loan sought for water project

22nd November 2002 Malawi – The Malawian parliament has authorised that country’s ministry of finance to obtain a US$3-million loan from the International Development Association (IDA) for a national water development project in addition to the $75-million loan it acquired from IDA for the project. 

Hydraulic rigs operational at quarry

15th November 2002 Two Furukawa HCR12 hydraulic drill rigs are being supplied for drilling at Willow Quarries outside Pretoria. 

Platinum contracts a boon for shaft sinker

12th November 2002 Leading shaft sinker, Cementation Mining Skanska, is busy on several new contracts, with particular emphasis on the new developments on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex, which many experts are dubbing “the new Rustenburg” of the mining industry. 

Canadian miner announces drill results at gem prospect

31st October 2002 Canadian miner, SouthernEra Resources has released a report on microdiamond results, returned from the Sue and Sputnik kimberlite pipes at the Yamba Lake Project in the Northwest Territories. 

Cameroon order for control stations

11th October 2002 Local company Bartec Barlian has received an order from Cameroon for ComEx explosion-protected local control stations and junction boxes for use in zones one and two hazardous areas. 

Shaftsinker awarded contract for five declines

9th October 2002 Leading mining contractor, Murray & Roberts RUC has secured yet another Anglo Platinum development contract, this time on the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex. 

Explorer intersects good grades at SA PGM project

9th October 2002 Canadian miner, Anooraq Resources announced outstanding results from drill hole AR008, cored on its Rietfontein property, part of the company’s extensive land package on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. 

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