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Contract Mining News

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. 

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... 

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