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Contract Mining News

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. 

Company completes Malawi drilling contract

26th April 2002 Exploratory drilling company Geosearch International has completed a drilling programme in southern Malawi on behalf of Bastillion Resources. 

Fibre-reinforced shotcrete increases underground safety

26th April 2002 Underground mining is an inherently risky and dangerous business as witnessed by many tragic events both locally and internationally in the past few decades. 

Multitasking drillrigs launched in SA

26th April 2002 Atlas Copco, of Johannesburg, has launched a new multitasking crawler drillrig, known as the ROC D7, with the supply of the product to a large diamond-mining firm in South Africa. 

Techno firm acquires rockdrill business

18th March 2002 Mining technology firm Boart Longyear has acquired the Swiss-based rockdrill division of SIG Produktionstechnik. 

Big shaftsinking firm sold to UK company

9th January 2002 Resources giant Anglo American Corporation announced that it has disposed of its entire shareholding in Shaft Sinkers. The purchaser is AMCO Investments, a UK-based company with which Shaft Sinkers has been associated over many years in Switzerland, Zambia, Botswana and at Cleveland Potash in the... 

Mining industry's first electric rockdrill

14th December 2001 World number one gold producer AngloGold, and Hilti Corporation, a world leader in products for the construction and building maintenance industries, are testing the first electric rockdrill ever developed for use in the field of mining. 

Local firm sells first hard-rock drill-rig to PGM mine

30th November 2001 Mining equipment firm Rham Equipment has rolled out its first locally designed and manufactured hard-rock drill rig. 

Firm expands to handle larger drilling projects

16th November 2001 Drilling company Percusso Bor has expanded its range of Ingersoll-Rand equipment from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) to enhance its range of diesel compressors. 

Black-empowerment success on KZN dunes

16th November 2001 A geological exploration project in the coastal dunes south of Esikhawini, Kwazulu-Natal, by heavy-minerals miner Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) has spawned significant empowerment and job opportunities. 

SA tech helps cash-strapped Congo mine

26th October 2001 Hydropower systems designer Steinm 

Innovation the engine of growth

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts, RUC Holdings Limited of the East Rand hardly needs any formal introduction. 

Contractor seeks to broaden its horizons

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Outsourcing non-core activities is becoming an acceptable method of conducting business in the local and international mining industries. 

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