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Diamonds News

A new R140-m plant opened

29th June 2001 Security provider Swisslog Trans-Tele's air-tube transportation systems have strengthened the security of two South African diamond sorting operations. 

R1,7m upgrade for CTP substation

29th June 2001 The Jack Matthews substation at the De Beers central treatment plant in Kimberley is being upgraded, at a cost of R1,7-million by switchgear and electrical distribution specialist Reyrolle. 

Screens supplied to diamond-mines

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Weighing, feeding and screening manufacturers Schenck Ash's linear motion screens are making big in-roads into the Southern African diamond-mining industry. 

Construction of new mine imminent

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Construction of the small new diamond-mine Damtshaa, in Botswana, will get under way later this month, says De Beers operations director Gavin Beevers. 

State delays Angola's biggest diamond-mine

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Canadian Mining company SouthernEra is still committed to Angola and remain optimistic about the potential of the Camafuca project, despite delays by the Angolan government in the awarding of the mining licence for what will become the biggest diamond-mine in the country. 

New life breathed into decade-old mines

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Diamond giant De Beers is determined to extend the life of its Kimberly diamond-mines well into the new century, says operations director Gavin Beevers. 

More orders for global materials-handling firm

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Mining and materials handling specialist Krupp MMH is processing two more orders for heavy-duty apron feeders for Debswana's Jwaneng and Orapa Mines. 

Diamond project well under way

29th June 2001 With the important announcement of the new Combined Treatment Plant (CTP) for Kimberley Mines, diamond giant De Beers have shown tangible faith in the future of Kimberley Mines and its region. 

Rubber-lining contract awarded

29th June 2001 Transvaal Rubber Company Truco has been awarded the rubber lining contract for the new Combined Treatment Plant (CTP) project at De Beers Kimberley Mines, managed by Fluor, while the structural steel platework contract went to Genrec Engineering of Wadeville, Johannesburg. 

Air helps safeguard diamonds

29th June 2001 Speaking at the opening of the R140-million new central plant at Trans Hex's flagship Baken mine, near Alexander Bay, Northern Cape Premier, Manne Dipico said that a better South Africa could only be achieved if business made bold decisions and invested in South Africa. 

Diamond exploration on six legs instead of eight

By: Zonika Botha     29th June 2001 Marine exploration on an elaborate eight-legged walking jack-up platform is making way for a more moderate six-legged version, Mining Weekly can today report. 

Diamond-cutter upbeat about the industry

29th June 2001 Medium-sized diamond cutting factory based in Doonfontein South African Teemane Company specialises in the cutting and polishing of diamonds of two carats rough and over. 

Containerised processing-plants offered

29th June 2001 Design and manufacturers of diamond processing plants, ADP Projects, is leading the modular plant market into the future with its containerised designs. 

Firm's aggressive development plans continue

By: Joanne Delaurentis     29th June 2001 Provided that the currently aggressive mode of Trans Hex exploration and research and development plans continue and prove successful, the Mining Weekly estimates that up to R850-million could conceivably be spent on expansion and capitalising new projects in the next 5 years. 

SA diamond giant's Canadian foray

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2001 Diamond company De Beers' first underground mine outside Africa will probably be commissioned in 2004, says international projects GM Dave Porter. 

Gem giant spends 8m 'e' dollars

By: Keith Campbell     26th June 2001 SOUTH African diamond giant De Beers is revolutionising the way it does business by embracing electronic-business. 

N Cape firms to get R60m from gem project

22nd June 2001 Significant progress has been made on De Beers’ R610-million Kimberley Mines combined treatment plant (CTP), in the Northern Cape. 

Tanzanite hopes rise after long delay

By: Laura Franz     22nd June 2001 South African coloured gemstone group African Gem Resources (Afgem) is set to begin mining on a site in the Lelatema mountains of Northern Tanzania before year-end, where the world's only known reserves of the rare coloured-gemstone tanzanite are found. 

Grade improvement at Messina

By: Zonika Botha     22nd June 2001 A bulk underground grade sample taken from the Upper Group Two (UG2) and Merensky platinum reefs has shown a 9% grade increase, SouthernEra Chairperson Dr Christopher Jennings tells Mining Weekly. 

Platinum – the metal of the millennium

22nd June 2001 Justly, platinum is thought of as the metal of the new millennium. 

SA junior seeks to ramp-up Taung gem exploration

18th June 2001 Mining and exploration company Thabex Exploration has disposed of its 40% interest in Pioneer Minerals for a sum of R2,6-million in order to fund ongoing exploration of its subsidiary, Pure Diamonds, in the Taung district of South Africa’s North West Province. 

Cost efficiency becomes critical on mine machines

15th June 2001 The greatest cost to mines in real terms is not the purchase price of a mining machine, but its operating costs over time, reports equipment supplier Liebherr. 

Mining’s big B2B begins transacting

By: Laura Franz     15th June 2001 Limited transacting has begun through mining, minerals and metals e-marketplace Quadrem in a test phase involving the first group of companies integrated into its system, which includes South African mining giants De Beers, Anglo Platinum, Anglogold and Anglo Coal, reports CEO Michael Efting. 

SA diamond-processing plants for DRC

15th June 2001 International mining company Oryx Natural Resources has awarded a multimillion US dollar contract for the supply of diamond-processing plants for two of its mining sites near Mbuji-Mayi, in the DRC, to Johannesburg company Bateman Project Holdings. 

Gems, sex, lies and video  

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2001 State-owned diamond miner Alexkor is no stranger to peculiar stories, and here's another one. 

Stalwart marine miner conquering rough seas

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2001 Despite the hitches that diamond-miner Namco experienced last year when its Namssol 1 vessel broke in half and a number of the company’s subsidiaries were forced into provisional liquidation, the firm should still be considered a high-tech, high-risk, high-return company, believes corporate... 

Canada/SA project to take to water in November

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2001 The joint marine mining operations of South Africa’s Trans Hex and Canada’s Diamond Fields International (DFI) within the latter’s Mining licence III area off the Namibian coast near L 

Diamond sampling under way

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2001 Diamond producer De Beers is currently sampling its tailings at the Jagersfontein diamond-mine in the Free State. 

Community benefiting from diamond project

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2001 All contractors that will be involved with the De Beers combined treatment plant will have to fulfil a contract participation goal, which requires that a certain percentage of the contract benefit the Kimberley community. 

Device developed for shallow water mining

14th June 2001 Cape Town company Petrel Engineering has designed and manufactured a dedicated underwater diamond-mining device (DMD) to be used in shallow water mining operations. 

Hydraulic systems for marine mining

14th June 2001 Hydraulics supplier Hytech has been designing and supplying hydraulic systems to the marine diamond-mining industry for many years, especially to De Beers Marine. 

Environment more valued than diamonds

14th June 2001 Diamond producer De Beers Marine leads the world in diamond-mining at ocean depths of greater than 80 m. 

Small diamond miners dig bigger machines

14th June 2001 Mining and construction equipment supplier Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa reports a marked swing among independent diamond digging operations towards larger hydraulic excavators. 

Canada’s diamond producing potential sparkling

14th June 2001 Canada could be among the world’s leading rough diamond producers by 2005 thanks to the mining and exploration efforts of companies such as De Beers Canada. 

Lining material fins diamond application

14th June 2001 A lining material known as Simona HMG 1000 ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, has been introduced into the mining industry by De Beers which used it to line the box chutes at its new plant in Kimberly. 

Junior scours Potgietersrus for PGMs, gems

14th June 2001 A Canadian mining company, Caledonia Mining, and Sutherland Services, of the British Virgin Islands, have signed an agreement whereby Caledonia has the option to acquire 50% of Sutherland's interests in the Pruissen and Vier-En-Twintig Rivier properties near Potgietersrus in the Northern... 

New COO something of a coup

14th June 2001 The acquisition of experienced mining executive Mike Eksteen,53, is something of a coup for SouthernEra, the Canadian-listed group headed by South African Dr Chris Jennings. 

From gold back to diamonds

13th June 2001 South Africa’s leading black-owned and controlled diamond company New Diamond Corporation (NDC) has appointed Alan Smith as CEO with effect from July 1. 

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