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Contract Mining News

Partner sought for new crushing tech

4th October 2002 An experimental rig, which uses new technology for crushing and milling, was one of the award-winning prototype designs at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Institute Awards, held in Johannesburg last month. 

Canadian firm intensifies Northern Bushveld drilling

3rd October 2002 President and CEO of Anooraq Resources Corporation, Ronald W Thiessen, has announced that, in addition to the multi-rig drilling programme currently underway at the new PGM-nickel-copper discovery on its Rietfontein property, the Company has commenced other exploration programs on its extensive... 

Competitive contract mining market still lucrative

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 Contract mining market in South Africa continues to be fiercely competitive, with about 20 participants competing for a R2-billion market. 

Outsourcing at chrome-mine proving successful

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 Dwarsrivier mine, situated near the town of Steelpoort, in Mpumalanga, is a completely outsourced operation. 

Rock-breaking technology being patented

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 Open cast mining contractor and plant-hire company MCC is the preferred distributor of a South African developed non-explosive technology set to bring substantial benefits to the mining and construction industry worldwide. 

Engine breakdowns minimised by on-site diesel technicians

27th September 2002 Expanded on-site mine support service provided by Cummins Diesel South Africa, is reportedly helping to reduce running costs, minimise downtime and lengthen engine life at some of South Africa’s biggest open-cast mining operations. 

Contract labour an increasingly popular concept

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 Twenty years ago, it would have been unheard of to approach a mine or a project management team with the prospect of using contract labour, however, today more and more mines and mega-projects in particular, are realising the benefits of not only employing permanent staff. 

Growing trend to outsource facilities management

27th September 2002 Mining companies seem, very slowly, to be seeing the benefit in outsourcing their facilities management to external companies so they can concentrate on their core business. 

Mining contracting company restructures

By: marisa rodrigues     27th September 2002 The restructuring of mining contracting company Murray & Roberts RUC, which was completed in July has been more than a mere name change, but rather about forming a new company with a far wider service offering. 

Technology being developed to enable person-free excavation

By: vanessa vasques     20th September 2002 “The latest buzz words in terms of mining technology are person-free excavations.” This is the word from Murray & Roberts RUC manager marketing and business development Pete Ferreira. 

South African raisedriller reports a full order book

20th September 2002 Local raisedrilling specialist Murray & Roberts RUC reports that it has a full order book, and Marius Oosthuizen, GM responsible for raisedrilling activities, attributes this to the company’s extensive experience and expertise. 

Gasfield development

20th September 2002 Name of the project and location Gasfield development, South Africa Project description South Africa could see its own natural gas flowing as early as 2004 from a field just 100 km off its West Coast. The Ibhubesi (Zulu for lion) gasfield is controlled by US exploration and production company... 

Outsourcing doorway into coal for new entrants

By: marisa rodrigues     13th September 2002 The practice of contracting out mining operations to specialist service providers is becoming increasingly common in both underground and surface mining operations. 

Impala Platinum decline projects

13th September 2002 Name of the project and location Impala Platinum (Implats) decline projects, North West Province. Project description Implats is undertaking a number of decline development projects at its main operational unit, Impala Platinum mine. The programme is aimed at maintaining production from the... 

Alternative water source use possible for mine cooling

6th September 2002 In 2000, a technological breakthrough was achieved by Bonchem, a division of Synthachem Technical Services, when mine fissure and clarified mining water was used successfully as a source of make up for mine cooling systems. 

Marula platinum project

6th September 2002 Name of the project and location Marula Platinum Project, Limpopo Province. Project description Impala Platinum in a joint-venture with Mmakau Mining and an empowerment consortium representing Limpopo Province communities is developing a platinum mine with the potential to produce 175 000 ounces... 

State gem miner awards concessions

By: Martin Czernowalow     5th September 2002 State-owned gem miner Alexkor has awarded shallow-water mining and beach mining concessions to private operators, thus securing employment for 179 miners who were retrenched at the end of last year. 

Xolobeni project (heavy minerals project)

23rd August 2002 Name of the project and location Xolobeni project, South Africa. Project description The development of the Xolobeni deposit, on the south east coast of South Africa, including a new smelting operation. Value R225-million. Duration The prospecting permit was extended until 2004. Description of... 

Kudu exploration

23rd August 2002 Name of the project and location Kudu exploration, Southern Africa. Project description Energy Africa and Chevron Texaco is attempting to prove up more reserves in the field, opening up the potential for more markets and development options including a liquefied natural gas (LNG) scheme. The... 

Demand for hydropowered drillrigs grows in South Africa's ageing mines

26th July 2002 Reduced pneumatic pressure in ageing South African mines with increasing underground mining distances is fuelling the uptake of hydro-powered equipment. 

SA drilling outfit globalises

26th July 2002 The drilling division of Cementation Mining Skanska is currently active in seven different countries, including South Africa. 

Forzando South (coal project)

26th July 2002 Name of the project and location Forzando South, Mpumalanga. Project description The expansion of Total Coal Holdings’, Forzando South coal mine, because of solid sandstone layers in the area, mining will consist of conventional, semi-mechanised board-and-pillar methodology. Value... 

Mechanisation exceeds expectations at mine

28th June 2002 World-class development rates are being exceeded with equipment supplied by Sandvik Tamrock to the contractors doing development work at Modikwa mine in the Limpopo Province. 

New drilling innovation for the African coring market

By: vanessa vasques     14th June 2002 Australian-based company DHT Technologies has developed the Retractabit, a revolutionary technology that has the potential to save diamond-coring drillers significant time and money by enabling them to change drill bits on-site down the drill hole. 

Exploration boom triggers contractor's expansion

By: vanessa vasques     14th June 2002 The current boom in platinum mining and exploration has resulted in the dramatic expansion of exploration drilling contractor Geosearch, of Johannesburg. 

Giant drillrigs at work at Zim platinum-mine

17th May 2002 One of South Africa’s biggest and most experienced mining contractors, MCC, recently took delivery of two 45-t Driltech D40KS surface blasthole drillrigs which have been despatched to Zimbabwe for development work on the Zimbabwe Platinum Mines (Zimplats) Ngezi project. 

Hydraulic crawler drill acquired

17th May 2002 Blasting and Excavating (B&E) recently expanded its range of Ingersoll-Rand equipment to include an ECM-660 hydraulic crawler drill from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM), exclusive distributor of Ingersoll Rand mining and quarrying equipment for Southern Africa. 

SA contractor's new excavation technologies in global demand

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 International mining contracting company RUC Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Murray & Roberts group, has placed great emphasis on developing cost-effective and appropriate alternatives to conventional mining methods which are time consuming, labour intensive and pose high safety risks. 

African projects aplenty for UK shaftsinker

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 Wholly-owned by AMCO Investments, a UK-based company, Shaft Sinkers is thought to be Africa’s most experienced international contractor in shaft sinking, mining contracting, construction, large underground excavations and tunnelling, MD Peet Nel tells Mining Weekly. 

Mines take delivery of drilling equipment

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 As specialist in providing cost-effective solutions to the mining industry, Hydro Power Equipment (HPE) is delivering new drilling equipment to two of its clients this month, director Andr 

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. 

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