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Contract Mining News

Flexibility, savings fuel outsourcing

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Flexibility and cost-effectiveness are the two key factors driving the mining industry to replace permanent staff with contract workers, Central Technical Services (CTS) co-directors Don Radnidge and Chris Clarke tell Mining Weekly. 

Services supplied to coal industry

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Restructuring, early retirements and retrenchments have left once fully-staffed mining companies with no other choice than to outsource non-core business activities to outside contractors and specialists. 

Sinking of platinum shafts continues

28th September 2001 Leading shaftsinkers Cementation Mining are on site at Karee Number Four shaft to sink and construct the main and ventilation vertical shafts as part of a managed partnership with the mine’s owner Lonmin Platinum and project manager Read, Swatman & Voigt. 

Million tons of waste rock screened a month

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Formerly known as Saldanha Plant Hire, the SPH group is focused on providing comprehensive materials-handling solutions to the mining industry. 

Diamond giant outsources training

28th September 2001 Diamond giant De Beers has awarded a management training contract to the Centre for Management Development (CMD), a leader in corporate training and organisation. 

Contractor enters new field

28th September 2001 Local company Transbor has entered the contracting field through Geosearch International. 

Indicator cuts down diamond-mine costs

28th September 2001 Customers of Barloworld Equipment are reported to be saving money as a result of the firm’s maintenance and repair agreements. 

Outsourcing mining technical services

28th September 2001 Outsourcing of skilled technical services in the mining industry has grown during the past decade and this trend is set to continue and even accelerate, particularly in view of ever-increasing commodity prices, AST Mining chief operating officer Julian Upshall reports. 

Outsourcing helps mine save effort

28th September 2001 Local company Outsource Decisions and Management Services (OD&MS) is said to be a market leader in outsource management consulting, servicing the mining industry as well as other public and private sectors. 

Firm wins R300m platinum contract

28th September 2001 Australian company Brandrill’s 51% owned South African mining services subsidiary Brandrill Torrex (BTX) has secured a R290-million underground mine development contract at Impala Platinum’s new Maroelabult platinum-mine near Brits, North West Province. 

Drillrods continue to perform well

14th September 2001 Another case of good performance from JKS Boyles Platinum series Tuff Rods has been recorded at Sasol Coal. 

Second ultradeep contract for firm

24th August 2001 Following the successful completion of four ultra deep diamond drill holes Cementation Mining’s drilling division has been awarded the second phase of the Kloof surface exploration drilling contract worth R16-million. 

New software program available

24th August 2001 A drill hole presentation and plotting program, with many innovative features, is now available in South Africa. 

New drillrig for platinum-mines

24th August 2001 Platinum- and chrome-mines are among those that have taken advantage of Boart Longyear Seco’s customer-driven design strategy. 

Fourth jumbo drill reaches SA

24th August 2001 The fourth Axera D07 to come off Sandvik Tamrock’s production line in Finland has been shipped to South Africa to undergo trials at the Maandagshoek platinum-mine in Mpumalanga. 

Company divisions sold off

24th August 2001 Local company Smith Mining has sold its rotary drilling division to Thiessen Team Mining Products, part of the Thiessen group of companies based in Vancouver, Canada. 

New rebar helps prevent rockbursts

24th August 2001 Rock bursts that occur in deep-level tunnelling operations and cause severe damage can be contained using yieldable reinforcement in the surrounding rock, such as that provided by the installation of Durabar, states SRK Consulting associate Dave Ortlepp. 

Africa's largest loaders working on coal-mine

24th August 2001 The largest front-end loader in Africa, the LeTourneau L1800, has been delivered to Middelburg Mine Services by P&H MinePro Services. 

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. 

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