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Year-end commissioning for Kimberley project

14th June 2002 The De Beers Kimberley Mines Combined Treatment Plant (CTP) project is on track to reach full production by the end of the year. 

The disappearing act of Gauteng's golden dumps

By: Keith Campbell     10th June 2002 The Hloekisa Project is a proposal to reprocess all gold mine dumps on the Witwatersrand, not just the profitable ones, as an environmental remediation programme. 

Platinum ore no match for chute systems

7th June 2002 The installation of Weba Chute Systems at Anglo Platinum’s Amandelbult UG2 Concentrator has resulted in a marked reduction in the high wear associated with the UG2 material being processed at this platinum-mine in the Northern Province. 

Tower cranes are to raise gold production

7th June 2002 Johannesburg-based SA French, the Southern African distributors for Potain, has recently supplied two new tower cranes for use in the 220 000 t/m gold plant at South Deep mine, in Gauteng, which is a joint venture between Western Areas and Canadian miner Placer Dome. 

The disappearing act of Gauteng's golden dumps

By: Keith Campbell     7th June 2002 The Hloekisa Project is a proposal to reprocess all gold mine dumps on the Witwatersrand, not just the profitable ones, as an environmental remediation programme. 

Novel technology treats fines, discard materials

24th May 2002 The CSIR Tunnel-Kiln technology is a novel and alternative method of treating fine and discard materials to unlock hidden value that has so far been inaccessible. 

Supplier completes mining equipment supply chain

17th May 2002 Having established itself as a leading supplier of specialised materials handling equipment, opencast infrastructure (shiftable and extendible conveyors, as well as in-pit crushing plants) and custom-designed minerals processing equipment, Krupp Mining and Materials Handling (KMMH) now also... 

SA research breakthrough may lead to Oz plant

13th May 2002 South African minerals researcher Mintek has developed a process to produce electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) from low-grade manganese ores that eliminates the costly up-front pyrometallurgical prereduction step. 

11 small mining projects shortlisted for investment focus

10th May 2002 THE Department of Minerals and Energy has compiled a list of 11 small to junior-scale mining projects in South Africa that are in the market for investment. 

Junior has industrial-minerals growth plan

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2002 SMALL diversified mining group New Kleinfontein is to expand its production of industrial minerals and increase its market share. 

Africa's mining sector a boon for pumpmaker

By: Keith Campbell     19th April 2002 Africa now accounts for 20% of Weir-EnviroTech's turnover & the company seeks to increase exports; also, new belt tensioning system developed. 

Junior coal firm in export push

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2002 Junior coal-miner Carolina Coal is in the process of growing its export market by 50% to 70% in the next three years. 

Platinum concentrator plant is to be completed in Sept

12th April 2002 Project manager and design consultant Dowding Reynard and Associates (DRA) has been given the go-ahead to proceed with the Voorspoed concentrator project for Messina Platinum Mining. 

Level control for flotation circuits

12th April 2002 Reliable level control is critical to achieving consistent metallurgical performance in mill flotation circuits, but is not easy to achieve. 

SA mining goods sector targets China's gold-mining market

By: Keith Campbell     22nd March 2002 South Africa is targetting China, and particularly that country’s gold mining sector, as an export market for local mining and processing technologies, equipment and services. 

Talks halted on Nigerian minerals projects

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th March 2002 The mineral-processing and mining equipment-manufacturing projects which metallurgical-technology organisation Mintek seemed to be on the verge of implementing in Nigeria with local partners are now in abeyance, a senior official tells Mining Weekly. 

Need for SA valuation code urgent

15th March 2002 The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) was invited by its Australian counterpart (AusIMM), to prepare a paper for the International Valmin 2001 conference in Sydney, held in October last year. 

PGM plant gets 50% throughput boost

22nd February 2002 An upgrade of the Kroondal platinum-concentrator plant for Aquarius Platinum has been completed ahead of time and below budget by project manager and design consultant Dowding, Reynard & Associates (DRA). 

PGM refining division generates fine earnings

22nd February 2002 Business at South Africa’s second-largest platinum company’s refining arm is booming. 

Mineral science council makes progress on magnesium project

By: Keith Campbell     18th January 2002 MINERALS and beneficiation science council Mintek has achieved an important milestone in the development of its magnesium furnace project. 

Rotary kilns installed for magnesite conversion

23rd November 2001 One of two new rotary kilns installed by mining and chemical company Chamotte at its works near Malelane, in Mpumalanga, has been commissioned. 

World's largest screens ordered for diamond plant

16th November 2001 A R10,5-million contract for the supply of specialised screens – including some of the world’s largest double-deck ‘banana’ screens – has been secured by Linatex Africa for installation at De Beers Consolidated Mines’ Kimberley Mines plant. 

Empowerment-in-mining plans

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th October 2001 Black economic empowerment (Bee) companies are set to benefit over the next few years from several projects worth billions of rands being promoted by mineral and metallurgical parastatal Mintek. 

Mintek defends hazardous-waste work

26th October 2001 State metals and minerals researcher Mintek says that the organisation’s work performed for now-liquidated Australian zinc producer Pasminco on hazardous waste is of value to the environment worldwide and should be applauded, rather than slated. 

More assistance provided for small-scale miners

12th October 2001 A technology demonstration centre has been set up by metals and minerals research organisation Mintek, of Johannesburg, to assist grassroots operators and small business in the field of mining. 

New incentives hoped to lure investors to Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     5th October 2001 In a bid to attract investors to its mining sector, Malawi is offering several incentives. 

300 recommendations to boost mining's sustainability

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2001 THE Southern African region of the global Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development programme has completed its basic research programme & made 300 recommendations to its stakeholders. 

Merger creates a new force in mining services

5th October 2001 Metso Minerals, formerly known as Nordberg, has merged with Svedala to form a new global market leader in the supply and service of processes for industries related to rock-size reduction, classification, minerals separation and recovery, materials-handling and wear protection. 

SA company helping Russian giant to go international

By: Keith Campbell     28th September 2001 SOUTH Africa’s Bateman Project Holdings is participating in the facilitation the first overseas project by the giant Russian Norilsk nickel-mining corporation. 

South Africa in 'Russia with love'

By: Irma Venter     21st September 2001 Russia is not for the faint-hearted as much as Africa is not for ‘sissies’, and South Africans have acted opportune in exporting their ‘can-do attitude’ to the icy-cold former cradle of communism. 

SA product sells globally

21st September 2001 State-owned minerals research institution Mintek has furthered the development of a software platform from which a range of metallurgical process stabilisation and optimisation modules can be run. 

New sensors to revive ore sorting

21st September 2001 Scientists from Australian research organisation CSIRO are developing a new breed of fast sensors for use in the online analysis and identification of mineral ores. 

New bioleach plant for China

21st September 2001 A new bioleach facility has been successfully commissioned in China with input from South Africa. 

ISO 9000 – is legal due diligence now required?

By: Claire Tucker     21st September 2001 The 2000 update of the ISO 9000 series introduces a ‘legal requirement’ into the ISO 9000 system. 

The big growth or yield debate

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2001 Recently Anglo American CE Tony Trahar was confronted with a challenging question about the positioning of the multi-commodity group. He was asked by a London-based analyst whether he wanted Anglo to be a ‘high-growth’ or a ‘high-yield’ company. 

Collaborative coal study begins yielding results

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2001 A collaborative research initiative launched in 1999 by coal-mining houses and research and educational institutions is already producing positive results for the industry which, of late, has increasingly become aware of the need to surmount certain technical hurdles to retain its position as a... 

Innovation essential to beat high chrome and also high costs

By: Zonika Botha     7th September 2001 The high chrome content in Upper Group Two (UG2) platinum reef as well as the ever-increasing cost of narrow-reef underground mining are posing twin challenges to South Africa’s technical fraternity. 

Decision this year on SA aluminium expansion

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     7th September 2001 The recently-merged BHP Billiton group will decide on whether or not the planned expansion of its wholly-owned Hillside Aluminium smelter will be implemented before the end of the year, a senior company official tells Mining Weekly. 

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