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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. 

Environmental challenges facing SA mining

By: Keith Campbell     7th September 2001 THE mining industry in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) is faced by three main environmental challenges. 

China, India woo local mining technologies

By: Kenneth Creamer     7th September 2001 China and India, awakening giants hungry for new mining technologies, are looking to South Africa and other mining nations to modernise their mining sectors. 

More spin-offs from gem plant construction

7th September 2001 A five-year loading and hauling contract worth R40-million a year has been awarded to Super Stone Mining, of Kimberley, Northern Cape. 

High-tech dry mill installed at platinum mine

7th September 2001 The first multimillion-rand high-tech dry mill from Particle Separation Systems has been installed in one of South Africa’s largest platinum-producing mines. 

New heavy-minerals smelter for KZN

31st August 2001 Go-ahead for the construction of a R1-billion smelter project associated with the R2-billion IHM mineral sands project being built in Kwazulu-Natal has been received following an agreement between Kumba Resources and Australian-based Ticor. 

SADC in beneficiation push

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2001 SADC is determined to beneficiate the products of its mining industry 

Research to promote more use of downstream resources

By: Keith Campbell     24th August 2001 SOUTH African metallurgical and mineral processing research and development (R&D) organisation Mintek is vigorously pursuing a wide range of beneficiation technologies 

New off-the-shelf technology wanted

By: Zonika Botha     24th August 2001 The world’s largest gold producer, Anglogold, has renewed its commitment to invest in continuous research and development programmes to realise its quest for operational excellence. 

Big socio-economic plan emerging to secure jobs for miners

17th August 2001 South African mining has, in the past two years, been contemplating several proposed changes to the way it conducts its business. The most critical of these will come on the back of the proposed Minerals Development Bill, which has received much publicity. However, an ambitious, but less... 

Big socio-economic plan emerging to secure jobs for miners

17th August 2001 South African mining has, in the past two years, been contemplating several proposed changes to the way it conducts its business. 

International collaboration on SA bioleaching project

By: System Author     3rd August 2001 South Africa’s State-owned minerals research organisation Mintek, together with technology partner Bactech Enviromet Corporation of Canada, have taken the bioleaching of base metals a step closer to commercialisation. 

Twelve India–SA projects

By: Keith Campbell     3rd August 2001 Progress is being made in the India–South Africa geological and mineral resources co-operation programme. 

Start planned for big Oz iron-ore mine in 2002

20th July 2001 The feasibility study for the Hope Downs iron-ore project in the Pilbara region of Australia is due to be concluded at the end of the year by which time the technical evaluation and financial modelling will be in place and the appropriate environmental submissions to the regulatory authorities... 

Vanadium recommendations accepted by Swiss firm

20th July 2001 Although Swiss mining company Xstrata does not agree with all aspects of a report into alleged exposure to vanadium compounds issued by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), it is happy with the recommendations made and will be implementing them as soon as possible. 

Gem plant gets a bigger budget and better features

20th July 2001 Several improvements have been implemented on De Beers’ combined treatment plant, in Kimberley, Northern Cape, raising the project‘s value to R780-million. 

New high-speed impact crusher to be launched

20th July 2001 North West Province company Askari Mining & Equipment is set to launch new high-speed impact crusher technology on the local market. 

Top new mining technologies probed

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2001 Mining companies proving willing to introduce new technology, and to educate and empower their people in using this technology optimally, will continue mining far into this new century. 

Bioleaching plant commissioned in China

13th July 2001 Minerals technology research and development organisation Mintek, of Johannesburg, and its partner, BacTech Enviromet Corporation, of Canada, have announced that their custom bioleaching treatment plant – with initial capacity of 65 000 oz of gold a year in Shandong Province, People’s... 

Five thickeners ordered for N Cape gem plant

13th July 2001 East Rand company Baker Process has received an order from Fluor Daniel SA for a deep-cone paste thickener package, the first of its kind to be manufactured in South Africa. 

Illegal mining hits Ethiopia

13th July 2001 Ethiopia loses revenue worth $25-million a year due to illegal mining for gold, the Ethiopian mines and energy ministry has revealed. 

SA minnow sells flotation technology to Finnish giant

13th July 2001 Hitech software company Crusader Systems, of Pretoria and Stellenbosch, the developer of one of the first instrumentation and control products that converts froth image-analysis to useful plant measurements and controls, known as the FrothMaster, has sold the product to a subsidiary a Finnish... 

South African firms building DRC diamond-mine

6th July 2001 South Africans are in the throes of expanding a diamond-mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mining Weekly can today report that Gauteng company Senet, of Edenvale on the East Rand, already has personnel on site at the mine situated in south-west DRC. 

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