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Explosives News

Explosive alliance

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 Explosives specialist AEL is considering a phased capital expenditure plan worth some R90-million to automate and increase its detonator manufacturing capacity, specifically including electronic detonators. 

Restructuring campaign under way at AEL

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2004 South Africa’s oldest explosives company, AEL, has launched a broad-ranging restructuring campaign that is likely to affect all aspects of its business, from its ownership to the product it manufactures. 

Explosives firm committed to growth in Africa

23rd January 2004 Explosives producer African Explosives Limited (AEL) has moved into the new year firmly committed to growth in Africa. 

The explosives industry and the problem of cost

16th January 2004 The South African mining and quarrying industries this year stand to benefit significantly from improved services designed to provide cost-effective solutions to their blasting problems. 

Local arm of Spanish manufacturer increases production of new product

By: zeena isaacs     16th January 2004 The South African branch of Spanish explosives manufacturer, Dantex Explosives, reports that it has significantly increased production of its new nonexplosive product, Rioflex, to about 200 t/m last year. 

Strong rand aids drive to develop new mining methods

By: zeena isaacs     16th January 2004 The South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (SAIMM) reports that there is an active drive from explosive manufacturers and mining houses to develop new mining methods. 

Integration sees improved blast accuracy emerging

By: zeena isaacs     16th January 2004 Explosives company Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) reports that it has integrated its new BlastMap blast-planning and management software system with its blast design programme for electronic detonators, Visual Blast, resulting in more accurate and controlled blasting. 

BME takes opportunistic approach to growth

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th December 2003 South African specialist chemical services group Omnia said the cost-efficiency and safety of its products was positioning it to strengthen its position in the mining explosives sector even further. 

Explosives firm mulls new plant

28th November 2003 Leading explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited (AEL) is considering the establishment a new plant next year to re-introduce local production of black powder. 

Explosives company opts for a new approach

By: zeena isaacs     21st November 2003 Explosives company African Explosives Limited (AEL) is in the process of altering its client approach strategy to a service-orientated approach in the narrow-reef mining sector. 

Ammonium nitrate shortage is having a domino effect

By: zeena isaacs     21st November 2003 Blasting solutions company Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) reports that the shortage of ammonium nitrate worldwide, coupled with the rand-dollar exchange rate has affected the local explosives industry. 

Explosives firm completes software integration of e-detonation product

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th November 2003 A leading supplier of explosives to South Africa’s opencast-mining and quarrying industry, Bulk Mining Explosives (BME), reports that it has successfully integrated its BlastMap blast-planning and management software with an electronic-detonating system developed by a French company it... 

African earnings nearly a third of explosives company’s revenue

14th November 2003 Coming off another successful growth year in international operations – and facing the prospect of ongoing expansion opportunities in Africa – African Explosives Limited (AEL) will continue to focus on this continent in 2004, and further consolidate its position as the... 

Cluff, Khumalo differ on deal terms

27th October 2003 UK miner Cluff Mining has confirmed that differences have arisen between it and a Mzi Khumalo-linked company known as Rosario over Rosario's entitlement to new Cluff shares under an acquisition deal struck in the middle of last year - Khumalo is also a shareholder and director of Cluff. 

Newmont announces $90m tender offer

24th October 2003 Denver-based gold miner Newmont Mining Corporation yesterday announced that its subsidiary, Newmont Capital, had launched a tender offer for any and all of the 7,5% guaranteed notes due in 2005 of another Newmont subsidiary, Newmont Finance. 

Efforts under way to standardise explosion-protection training

By: candice haase     10th October 2003 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) and the South African Flameproofing Association (Safa) have begun investigating methods to standardise training in explosion protection. 

Flameproof the new requirement

By: candice haase     10th October 2003 As a result of legal requirements and a number of methane ignition-related tragedies underground, gold-mines are reported to be going flameproof. 

The relationship between variable speed drives and Ex certification

10th October 2003 The explosion protection (Ex) certification of any motor is said to be no longer valid when the motor is supplied from a variable speed drive (VSD). 

Explosive empowerment deal announced

By: nkolola halwindi     10th October 2003 Drilling and blasting contractor Blasting & Excavating (B&E) has joined forces with black mining engineer Joy Rabotapi to form a new empowerment company, Siyavuya Mining. 

SA rock-blasting technology promoted in South America

By: nkolola halwindi     19th September 2003 A South African technology is reportedly set to change the face of rock blasting in South America. 

Explosives firm in R5,5m BEE transport deal 

28th August 2003 South African mining explosives supplier, Bulk Mining Explosives (BME), has unveiled a R5,5-million a year black economic empowerment (BEE) procurement deal in association with Cargo Carriers’ new owner driver scheme. 

Firm explores North African opportunities

18th July 2003 One of Africa’s growing explosives producers African Explosives Limited (AEL) is investigating opportunities to expand its business into North Africa. 

Explosive African growth

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th July 2003 Local company Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) has doubled its African export earnings over the last two years, resulting in the rest of the continent’s share of total profits increasing to about 30%, MD Trevor Grant tells Mining Weekly. 

New mine needs only a tenth of usual workforce

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th July 2003 Twenty thousand rand a month is the average salary per employee at South Africa’s most modern gold-mine, Mining Weekly can today exclusively report. 

Way being opened for underground cellphone services

13th June 2003 The country’s second-largest cellular network provider, MTN, is preparing for the next generation of underground communication systems and together with African Explosives Limited (AEL), one of the largest suppliers of blasting accessories in South Africa, has performed intensive tests to... 

Explosives will always be part of mining

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th May 2003 Although efforts are being made to introduce non-explosive mining methods in South Africa and elsewhere, Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) MD Trevor Grant insists that there will always be room for mining explosives. 

Diamond giant developing two new technologies

11th April 2003 ?Entering De Beers’ offices in the south of Johannesburg, is equivalent to walking through the doors of a top-secret government research facility. 

Grootegeluk gets electronic detonators

By: Deborah Spicer     11th April 2003 Last month, explosives supplier Bulk Mining Explosives (BME) signed its first one-year contract to supply Kumba Resources’ Grootegeluk coal-mine with electronic-delay detonators. 

Mining explosives group buys electro-detonator firm

27th March 2003 South African firm Bulk Mining Explosives (BME), the leading supplier of explosives to the local open cast mining and quarrying industry, has acquired the assets and technology vested in international mining and explosives engineering company, Delta Caps International (DCI), for R15-million plus... 

Explosives Bill passed by NCOP

26th March 2003 The Explosives Bill was unanimously passed by the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday. 

First growth for narrow-reef explosives in 10 years

7th March 2003 Demand for narrow-reef mining explosives has grown for the first time in ten years, African Explosives Limited (AEL) MD Graham Edwards has told analysts. 

SA explosives man appointed to global body

7th March 2003 A South African is one of two explosives executives appointed as the first international directors of the prestigious International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE). 

New tech links pyrotechnic blasting and electronic blast control

28th February 2003 For the first time in South African mining history, it is believed that the narrow reef industry can now enjoy the benefits of centralised electronic blasting systems, irrespective of whether it conducts blasting operations with new electronic detonators or traditional pyrotechnic systems. 

Methane - managing this elusive killer

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2003 The professionals don’t really like to call it a problem. To them, it is more like a fact of life. Something to be managed, controlled. But death is a fact of life, too, and if the management and control of methane and other flammable gases in South African mines is not done properly, the... 

Methane – managing this elusive killer

By: Keith Campbell     7th February 2003 The professionals don’t really like to call it a problem. To them, it is more like a fact of life. Something to be managed, controlled. But death is a fact of life, too, and if the management and control of methane and other flammable gases in South African mines is not done properly, the... 

Explosives producer to expand its African focus in 2003

24th January 2003 After a successful year in which its international operations showed substantial improvement, African Explosives Limited (AEL) sees ongoing growth opportunities in Africa, and will continue to focus on this continent in 2003. 

Hi-tech underground bulk systems improve safety and productivity, says company

17th January 2003 Having played a leading role in the general swing towards underground pumpable explosives in South African underground mines, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is intensifying its drive to improve its underground bulk systems UBS), technology, products and people to meet increasing future demand. 

Explosive mining methods to remain prominent in hard-rock underground operations

By: nkolola halwindi     17th January 2003 Although non-explosive mining technologies are being developed, explosives will continue to play a major role in hard rock underground mining as they continue to be the most cost-effective method of breaking rock, says Bulk Mining Explosives MD Trevor Grant. 

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