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Contract Mining News

M&R says it’s not overly exposed to culled mining project pipeline

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2012 JSE-listed construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which is increasingly pinning its fortunes to continued growth in the mining, oil and gas sectors, moved to assure investors on Thursday that it was not overly exposed to some of the recently announced mining-project cutbacks.... 

Contract mining and plant rental division pushes up Eqstra profit

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2012 JSE-listed Eqstra on Tuesday reported improved financial results for the 2012 financial year, boosted by increased aftermarket sales in its industrial equipment division, as well as an upsurge in rental activity from its contract mining and plant rental division. Profit increased to R488-million... 

India looking to lure foreign contract miners

By: Ajoy K Das     3rd July 2012 The Indian government has proposed fleshing out a model framework for a mine development and operation (MDO) agreement in a bid to lure foreign investments into contract mining. “In the last few months, few contract mining projects have taken off. But for it to gain momentum, policy thrust was... 

SA mining skills in high demand but short supply

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th May 2012 The ability of recruiters to source technically skilled South African mining labourers is becoming increasingly difficult and these expertise will soon be in serious short supply, says project support specialist Mecs Africa MD Roland Glass.  

Mining specialists team up for Beeshoek project

25th May 2012 Concor Opencast Mining, a division of construction firm Murray & Roberts Construction, and mining specialist Basil Read Mining, in a joint venture (JV), have embarked on a contract to extend the perimeter of an existing pit at raw materials supplier Assmang’s Beeshoek iron-ore mine, near... 

Emigration causes decline in mining skills

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th May 2012 The activity level of the contract mining and outsourcing industry is increasing but the skilled labour shortage remains a major challenge as experts are still leaving South Africa for political and safety reasons says mining contractor Redpath Mining technical services and marketing GM Dirk... 

Tyre firm seeks to further penetrate the African market

By: Dimakatso Motau     6th April 2012 Beltyre Africa, the Belshina tyre distributor for Africa, states it is vigorously aiming to market its product range into the African market, this year. 

Aveng consolidates mining businesses into one Africa-focused unit 

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2012 South African construction group Aveng has consolidated its opencast and underground mining business into a single R6-billion-revenue unit, which will pursue the expanding resources-linked opportunities arising globally, but especially in Africa. CEO Roger Jardine says Aveng Mining is already... 

German company to host bauma trade show in South Africa in 2013

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th December 2011 Trade fair company Messe München International is bringing its international tradeshow bauma to South Africa for the first time in September 2013. 

M&R Cementation achieves BBBEE Level 5

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd December 2011 Construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts (M & R) Cementation has achieved broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) level-five status, following an audit by an independent verification body. 

Sentula headline earnings flat, CEO sees volatile period ahead

By: Henry Lazenby     18th November 2011 JSE-listed mining services provider and coal miner Sentula Mining on Friday reported a R230-million loss for the half-year ended September 30, despite a 10% revenue increase to R1.35-billion. Headline earnings, which strip out certain one-off costs, remained unchanged at 10.6c a share when... 

Sentula issues interim trading update

By: Henry Lazenby     16th November 2011 JSE-listed Sentula Mining on Wednesday said it expected to report a loss of between 38.47c a share and 38.97c a share for the six months ended September 30. This compared with the earnings a share of 9.89c in the same period last year. 

Global company awarded shaft sinking and equipping contract for Mopani

4th November 2011 Zambia-based, mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation has been awarded the shaft sinking and equipping of the synclinorium shaft for miner Mopani Copper Mines, Nkana mine, in Zambia. 

German firm unveils upgraded maintenance management system

By: Dimakatso Motau     28th October 2011 Metallurgical plant and machine construction company SMS Siemag, in Germany, has introduced the upgraded integrated maintenance management system (IMMS) to the global market. 

Chinese firm buys into local engineering company

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th October 2011 Chinese engineering group Dadi Engineering Development Group has acquired a 20% stake in South African project engineering firm ProMet Engineers Africa. 

Growth opportunities abound but challenges remain

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2011 Global engineering and technology corporation Metso’s mining and construction technology segment has received an order intake, its largest to date, of €1.185-million during the second quarter of this year. This is up from €841-million in the first quarter. 

Multiple projects progressing on schedule

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2011 Metallurgical and chemical solutions provider Outotec is progressing on schedule with the €119-million design and delivery of a new manganese sinter plant, the largest in the world, for the Kalagadi Manganese project, near Hotazel, in the Northern Cape, says marketing communications manager for... 

Project management firm awarded iron-ore DFS

2nd September 2011 Engineering and project management company Amec has been awarded a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for iron-ore developer Ferrum Crescent Limited’s Moonlight iron-ore project, in the Limpopo province.  

DRC cobalt increase driving technology

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2011 Cobalt extractive metallurgy and process engineering technology developments over the past two decades are helping miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and elsewhere to meet the increasing world demand for cobalt. 

Eqstra to cease distributing Terex mining equipment by end 2013

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2011 Contract mining and equipment group Eqstra Holdings would cease distributing Terex mining equipment at the end of 2013, said Eqstra CEO Walter Hill on Tuesday. Reporting on the company’s financial results for the year ended June 30, he noted that Eqstra had a contract in place until the end of... 

PGMs project moving forward

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2011 JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum’s Frischgewaagd-Ledig platinum-group metals (PGMs) project, in the Western Bushveld Complex, is moving forward with the next step of starting civil works. 

Phoenix project has smooth take-off

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2011 The construction of the chrome tailings retreatment plant (CTRP) at precious metals producer Pan African Resources’ Phoenix Platinum project, in the North West, has progressed well and is significantly ahead of schedule and within budget, says mining operations executive Ron Holding. 

JIC Mining Services clinches contract for underground development at Rustenburg PGM project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th August 2011 South African underground mining contractor JIC Mining Services has been contracted by Canadian mining company Platinum Group Metals for phase one underground development of twin 1 200 m central decline tunnels into the Project 1 platinum deposit for the purposes of retrieving a bulk sample and... 

SA firm Redpath clinches R67m contract to build sand tunnel at Botswana’s Ghaghoo diamond mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th July 2011 International diamond producer Gem Diamonds has awarded a R67-million contract to contract mining firm Redpath South Africa for the development of a sand tunnel at the recommissioned Ghaghoo diamond mine, in Botswana. 

Record-breaking steel headgear at Gold Fields’ South Deep

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd June 2011 Gold Fields has completed the world’s tallest steel headgear, standing at 87 m, at its South Deep Twin Shafts complex, near Westonaria, in the North-West. The 1 900 t structure, which used 100% South African made materials, has steelwork value of about R40-million and was installed by South... 

Key to success lies in education

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Employing the right people for the job at hand is the key to the success of plant hire company ALS BEE, part of the ALS group, says ALS BEE MD Bethuel Mokotedi.  

Kito electric hoists for platinum mine

20th May 2011 Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker group, has supplied 24 Kito electric hoists to a platinum mine in the Rustenburg area. 

JV wins more contract work in West Africa

20th May 2011 Underground rock-mining company Barminco and diversified mining and services company Ausdrill’s 50:50 joint-venture (JV) African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) has started three new underground contract mining projects in the West African region with three leading gold-mining companies. 

Changing methods of sinking vertical shafts in mining

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Mining infrastructure, construction and services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation is changing the way mines and contractors work with vertical shafts through the introduction of its advanced shaft-lining technology. 

Mining service providers seeing industry growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Mining service provider JIC Mining Services CEO Jacques Roux believes the general climate in the contract-mining industry is becoming more buoyant, with opportunities available and out on tender. 

Win-win contract to ensure successful partnerships

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2011 Law firm Webber Wentzel Attorneys partner Megan Jarvis says that, for a contract-mining agreement to be successful, it needs to be equally beneficial for both the mining contractor and the holder of the mining rights. 

Barloworld warns on mining product lead times as orders return to record levels

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2011 Industrial brand manager Barloworld expects the recovery in orders, sales and profitability recorded during the six months to December 31, 2010, to accelerate further in the second half, with order books continuing to increase across most of its businesses. The JSE-listed group, which is best... 

Contract miner Leighton says floods halt activities

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th January 2011 ASX-listed contract miner and construction specialist the Leighton Group on Wednesday reported that a number of its contract mining operations in Queensland had been affected by the severe weather conditions in Queensland. In taking precautions with employee safety, some of the operations have... 

Project management group sees increase in industry

5th November 2010 The small projects division of local mine engineering and project management company DRA Group, DRA Turnkey Projects, reports that it is currently undertaking a number of new projects in Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Angola. 

Improving operations management to 
enhance production

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th August 2010 Targeted consulting and implementation services company Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings CEO and MD Ian Huntly says that most platinum mines, as well as other deep-level mines, do not have access to enough reliable information on their below-ground operations. 

Platinum projects on the go for 
engineering firm

By: Eleanor Seggie     20th August 2010 Engineering projects firm TWP Projects has signed the main engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for South African platinum-miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats) No 17 shaft project in Rustenburg, in North West province. 

Additional work 
awarded at 
Unki mine

20th August 2010 Construction firm Cosira Group has been awarded the additional Unki conveyor structural, mechanical and piping (SMP) project in Zimbabwe. 

Contracts secured despite tough competition

By: Tracy Hancock     9th July 2010 The competition to secure contracts in the African mining industry has become increasingly stiff from Australian and Canadian companies, reports process engineering and project management company Bateman Engineering Sub-Saharan Africa MD Tollie Nel. 

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