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Diversified Miners News

Diamonds make way for mushrooms

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The South African mining industry has a new commodity in the form of the oyster mushroom. 

Nike, watch out . . .

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 . . . here come the branded precious metals and minerals 

Guyana decision in Sept

By: System Author     27th August 1999 The government of Guyana hopes to decide on the preferred bidders for its bauxite privatisation programme early in September. 

Diamond perestroika

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Millennia may come and go but diamonds are forever 

Smile resources are IT

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Editorial 

SA snakes into Oz nickel

By: System Author     20th August 1999 The global reach of Anglo American’s nickel holdings has expanded with the A$250-million acquisition of 23% of the shares in Australian mining and mineral exploration company Anaconda Nickel. 

Goliaths of the past are the Davids of today

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Mining corporations and financial services for the mining sector 

From Soweto to the CSO

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Entering the new millennium will demand a fine balance between all the participants in the diamond industry, from mining to retail level. 

SA firm emerging as fourth largest nickel producer

By: System Author     13th August 1999 By 2001, resources group Billiton will have come from nowhere six years earlier, to emerge as the fourth-biggest nickel producer in the world. 

Guyana privatisation evokes local interest

By: System Author     6th August 1999 South African diversified minerals group Billiton – now domiciled in London – has been shortlisted in the Guyanese government’s bauxite privatisation programme, while a South African-owned junior has won the right to search for gold and diamonds in the west of the country,... 

Treasure-chest of SA mining technology on offer to world

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 A treasure-chest of mining and minerals know-how, which was once the sole tightly-guarded preserve of the world’s largest mining company, is now being opened for sale to the world, Mining Weekly can today report. The London Stock Exchange-listed Anglo American plc is putting new sparkle... 

New coal leader outlines R1,1bn spend

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The perception that Billiton’s coal business in South Africa is merely a cash cow to be milked by the now London-listed resources group for ventures beyond the borders of the country is incorrect, newly-appointed Ingwe Coal MD Eddie Scholtz tells Mining Weekly. In an exclusive interview,... 

Coal monitor installed

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 new dual-energy transmission (Duet) system for direct through-belt ash-in-coal determinations has been installed by AngloCoal at its New Vaal colliery. The low-cost, low-maintenance system was installed within days of its release at a recent Southern African trade show. Manufactured by Scantech... 

SA’s big diamond dive intensifies

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The deep-sea diamond-mining capacity of De Beers Marine is set to increase significantly due to a R200-million investment in a new deep-sea mining vessel – the !Gariep (pronounced with a !click). The new vessel was bought in Singapore and was fitted and converted by Genrec in Durban harbour... 

Titanium surplus is dwindling

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Delays in commissioning Iscor’s heavy-minerals project at Richards Bay in Kwazulu-Natal, and the closure of Broken Hill Proprietary’s Beenup operation in Australia, have stalled the possibility of significant titanium surpluses over the next two-to-four years, Minerals Bureau mineral... 

Final decision on project

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Final discussions on Iscor’s heavy-mineral project (HMP) are to be held this month, spokesperson Analien Fouche tells Mining Weekly. The project aims to produce titanium-dioxide slag, rutile, zircon, and pig-iron from ilmenite. A mine is to be developed onstream near Richards Bay on the... 

Production is more than doubled

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The mineral sands and processing plant near Saldanha on the Cape West Coast, Namakwa Sands, has more than doubled its production capacity following the installation of a second high-tech facility for smelting ilmenite, reports operations manager Steve McComb. The new facility, which requires a... 

Scada system sets record

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Most likely the largest personal computer (PC)-based supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system in Southern Africa, and one of the largest in the world, has been supplied to the R2-billion expansion project at Orapa diamond-mine in Botswana. The contract was awarded to control-system... 

New hands-free diamond sorting to be launched

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Within months, the Jwaneng diamond-mine in southern Botswana will be ready to introduce completely ‘hands-free’ diamond processing. The operation is in the final throes of a R460-million project to introduce South African technology that will automate its processing and sorting,... 

New-millennium diamond mine

By: System Author     16th July 1999 lthough the commissioning of the R2-billion expansion project at Orapa diamond-mine 240 km west of Francistown in Botswana got off to a slow start, project manager Dave Porter tells Mining Weekly that the project is ahead of the original completion date of January 1, 2000. Undertaken by Debswana,... 

No reason to carp at R63-million contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The main supply contract for the completely-automated recovery plant (Carp) at the Orapa diamond-mine in Botswana was awarded to wholly-owned De Beers subsidiary Debex, an X-ray diamond-sorting equipment company, towards the end of 1996. The Carp was supplied in November last year at an estimated... 

Chileans take a shine to Zambian copper

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A team of 14 engineers and geologists from Chile’s state-owned copper company, Codelco, is now in Southern Africa, working with Anglo American plc staff on their proposed copper joint venture (JV) in Zambia. The Chileans, who include metallurgical engineers and mining engineers, are... 

Colliery upgrade completed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The upgrade of the plant at Bank Colliery was completed within schedule and budget, and with minimal disruption to the plant’s operations, a success which Brian Barton, the lead Anglo American Technical Services (AATS) control and instrumentation engineer on the project, attributes to the... 

New X-ray scanner for mine security

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 IN collaboration with De Beers group security, Debtech has produced an X-ray scanner for security applications which is a strong, quick, safe and effective deterrent to the concealment of illegal items on or within the human body. Scannex is an ultra-low-dose, full through-body scanning X-ray... 

Gamsberg’s low grade a real impediment

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The international trend in the zinc market towards the development of mines with higher grades could put pressure on the proposed R4-billion project at Gamsberg in the Northern Cape, which is a large low-grade orebody. Last year, Anglo American announced that it would pursue a study of the... 

Diamond industry hit from all sides

By: System Author     25th June 1999 At the time of going to press all signs were positive that diamond giant De Beers was about to resume exporting diamonds to its marketing arm, the Central Selling Organisation (CSO), in London, with it in the process of assembling goods for export. The interruption in exports was due to a dispute... 

Mining merger mania to continue

By: System Author     18th June 1999 lobalisation through mergers and acqui- sitions is set to continue in the mining environment. AMB Securities analyst Paul Smith says in the light of Anglo American’s takeover of Minorco it is not at all surprising to see the South African group now rated as the world’s largest mining... 

Are coal’s ‘farm fences’ destined to come down?

By: System Author     18th June 1999 It happened in the gold industry when the restrictive ‘farm fences’, which had kept South African gold-mines penned into geologically-irrelevant lease areas, were taken down. Now it looks set to happen in the coal business, as South African coal companies move to boost efficiencies in... 

Low-cost diamond advantage

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A small diamond-mine in the Northern Province, discovered on ‘The Oaks’ farm, which yielded more than 7 400 carats in the first three months of operation, is referred to by De Beers chairperson Nicky Oppenheimer as an important advantage in an increasingly competitive environment, in... 

Africa’s most advanced diamond-training school

By: System Author     18th June 1999 With South Africa being a significant producer of gem-quality diamonds, various efforts are being undertaken to develop its downstream diamond industry. The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Training School in Johannesburg, funded by the Diamond Foundation and De Beers, provides the opportunity for... 

SA production increases

By: System Author     18th June 1999 PROVISIONAL statistics indicate that South Africa’s rough-diamond production for last year amounted to about 10,5-million carats, an increase of 4,6% (some 460 000 carats) on the 10,04-million carats produced in 1997, reports Minerals Bureau chief mineral commodity specialist Ashok... 

Diamond software shines on

By: System Author     18th June 1999 With an ever-increasing drive to increase profits, the diamond-mining industry has now started to invest more in the development and use of software aimed at effective resource management, reports Gemcom director Ian Jones. “Historically, the resource-management divisions at mines have... 

Diamond-mining screen products

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Screen-product specialist Mesh- cape Industries, of Edenvale, Gauteng, supplies products to the diamond-mining industry. These include expanded handrailing, woven-wire screens and woven-wire mesh, polyurethane, perforated materials, floor grating, vee-wire products and filtration units.... 

Stepping into the mining-house breach

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The changing mining industry is providing new opportunities for consulting engineers serving the mining industry. The phasing out of the old mining-house concept in particular is resulting in tenders being invited for work which was previously the preserve of the mine owners themselves. A firm... 

Commodity renaissance: First course or dessert?

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The flurry of activity in resource shares on world stock markets, which began at the start of the year, has slowed, but there is still significant and growing interest in the sector. And while some are labelling it as the start of a ‘commodity renaissance’ others are not sure whether... 

‘Fingerprinting’ technology for gold applied to concentrates

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Gold fingerprinting technology as developed by Anglo American Research Laboratories (AARL) has led to the identification of the origin of about R12,4-million-worth of gold bullion between 1994 and 1996. Now a pilot study is under way to refine the application of this technology on... 

Declines progress

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Both the South mine material and conveyor declines at Anglo American Platinum’s Bafokeng-Rasimone platinum mine in the North West Province have reached level three elevation. Awarded to shaft-sinking company Cementation Mining, the R165-million contract involves the development and... 

Dinosaurs into mammals

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The disappearance of so many of South Africa’s once-world-famous mining houses should not be the occasion for dismay, but for hope and anticipation. “The disappearance of the traditional mining houses is not a sign of failure but of renewal – the dinosaurs are turning into... 

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