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‘Big’ small contractor

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Durban-based civil engineering, drilling and blasting company Eire Contractors is reported to be the biggest of the smaller-volume customers of Sasol Mining Explosives (SMX), states MD John Moffatt. The company is blasting 300 t of SMX explosives a month and, although not being able to compete... 

Explosives group is bang on target

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The drive by the Sasol group of companies towards the goal of becoming a leader in the global explosives market is spearheaded by a market-focused commitment to product and service innovation, states Sasol Mining Explosives’ (SMX) MD Dewet Deetlefs. A manufacturer and marketer of commercial... 

New detonators a hit

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The introduction of electronic detonators into the existing detonator market can only enhance operating productivity for mines, reports Ensign-Bickford South Africa (Ebsa) MD Ray Gibbison. He explains that, although the company controls most of the surface detonator market, low-technology... 

Hi-tech advances a blast

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The release of Sasol Mining Explosives’ (SMX) new electronic detonator in mid-1998 by Sasol Mining Initiators (SMI) – the developer, manufacturer and international marketer of the product – was brought forward because the company is committed to a phased, though far-reaching... 

Ekati Project Canada

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Name: Ekati Project Location: The mine is located in a remote tundra region near Lac de Gras in the Northwest Territories (NWT), about 200 km south of the Arctic Circle. Brief description The mine is situated on a 853 000-acre claim block (which includes 8 000 lakes) and is Canada’s first... 

Portable pilot flotation plant

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The adage ‘dynamite comes in small packages’ is ringing true at Lonrho’s Karee platinum mine near Rustenberg, in the North West Province, where a R1,5-million portable pilot flotation plant is being commissioned. The pilot plant, known as a flotability characterisation test rig... 

World to SA: Catch up!

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Official explosion-protection and flameproofing training for South African engineers and technicians appears to be sparse, and compares poorly internationally, says South African Flameproof Association (Safa) chairperson Ken Bryant. He points out that a generalised approach to education is... 

Haulers for coal mine

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Diesel-engine flameproof specialist Explosion Protected Equipment (EPE) of Wynberg, Gauteng, has supplied three dry-system flameproofed underground-hauler engines to Ingwe Coal’s Khutala mine in Mpumalanga. EPE is the sole South African distributor of the Pyroban Minepower Dry System, which... 

Retrofit system is no damp squib

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Diesel-flameproofing equipment specialist Elgin Flameproof of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has developed and is manufacturing a dry flameproof system with retrofit capabilities on to commonly-used wet scrubbing systems, reportedly making it considerably cheaper than the imported dry flameproof systems... 

Hazardous-area spec defined

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Engineering-inspection company SGS of Olifantsfontein, Johannesburg, is collaborating with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to write a specification for a more economical diesel vehicle for underground use outside Zone 1 hazardous areas of mines where there is a possibility of methane... 

New process to manage explosions

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A new explosion-management process has been developed by CSIR Mining Technology in response to the prevail- ing problem of human error creeping into risk-management practices. “There are very few processes that incorporate the human role or the management role into the risk-assessment and... 

R13m Ugandan contract

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Industrial electrical contractor B&W Electrical of Alberton, Gauteng, is completing a R13-million electrical contract for a process plant in Uganda in line with stringent flameproof standards. MD John Barrow explains that a section of the plant is a classified area, and therefore has to comply... 

Mining equipment supplier opens first Southern African training centre

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Local supplier of Caterpillar mining equipment Barlows, in Isando, Gauteng, has opened the doors to the first regional training centre certified by Caterpillar Overseas Southern Africa (Cosa). Speaking at the opening of the new facility this month, Cosa MD Ben Darrow said that the company had,... 

Musselwhite Thunder Bay, Ontario

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Name: Musselwhite Location: 500 km north of Thunder Bay, north-western Ontario, Canada Brief description: Musselwhite is a $190-million fast-track open-pit and underground gold-mine as well as a new 3 300 t/day plant. Products: Gold Geology: The mine’s gold-bearing zones are centred within... 

Put up or close, Maduna warns small-scale miners

By: System Author     30th April 1999 South Africa’s thousands of small-time, illegal miners will be forced into legality over the next few years or face losing the source of their livelihoods. Speaking at the launch of the National Small-Scale Mining Development Framework, Minerals and Energy Minister Dr Penuell Maduna said... 

The Kroondal XV: tiny team, tall task

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Never in the field of South African mining has so much been contracted out by so few to so many. The 45% Australian-owned Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Kroondal Platinum Mines (KPM) employs a ‘tiny team’ of 15 staff – hence Mining Weekly’s Kroondal XV rugby metaphor.... 

South Africa’s purple gold

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 In what is believed to be a world first, purple-coloured gold has been faceted for use in jewellery for the local and export market by research and development organisation Mintek. The purple gold, which is an intermetallic compound of gold and aluminium, has been known to chemists and... 

SA know-how put to test

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The metallurgical test-work – on which the Australian-initiated Kroondal Platinum Mines plant design is based – was carried out by the State-owned South African minerals-technology organisation Mintek, of Randburg, which has extensive platinum-processing experience. Measurements,... 

19% of capex spent so far

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Some R60-million has been expended so far on the Kroondal Platinum Mines (KPM) project, representing just over 19% of the R311-million budgeted to do the complete job, financial manager Graham Ferreira tells Mining Weekly. In addition to the R60-million already paid out, a total of R160-million... 

Instantly-paying mine

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A major economic advantage of the new Kroondal platinum operation is that all mining is on reef, both in the open pit and underground, Mining Weekly can today report. This means that there is no need for the construction of costly underground infrastructure to access platinum-bearing ore. The... 

A crushing victory

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 Twelve-million rands worth of crushing, screening and milling equipment has been sourced from one company for Kroondal. Successful bidder Nordberg, of Johannesburg, which is supplying a jaw crusher, cone crusher, vibrating screens and the rod mill for the metallurgical plant, says, however, that... 

Where plant operators’ buck stops

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The responsibility of the contracted plant operator begins with the flow of run-of-mine material from on-surface grizzleys, includes the overland conveyor and all associated surface infrastructure, and ends with the removal of the final platinum-group metal (pgm) concentrates by the road tanker... 

Where underground meets opencast

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 As the underground and opencast ores have two separate flotation characteristics, the ores will be crushed separately and stored in two separate silos ahead of the dense-media separator (DMS). The separate crushed products will be blended on to the main conveyor to the DMS, which is designed to... 

Cutting-edge of quarry products

By: System Author     16th April 1999 As part of the ongoing drive to improve the quality of diamond products manu- factured at Boart Longyear, the company has implemented an innovative new production process designed to yield more consistent, reproducible segments for cutting and drilling, as well as beads for diamond-wire... 

Costs plummet with used equipment

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Previously-used equipment, including vertical-transport machinery, can be as good as new equipment, provided it is inspected and refurbished to meet quality and safety standards, argues Man-hattan Mining Equipment Supplier MD Chris Pouroullis. By taking the risk out of pre-owned equipment and... 

Canada keen on SA water drill

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Locally and internationally, interest is being shown in using water power to drill in underground mines, Sulzer Hydromining manager Ulrich Kienle tells Mining Weekly. Locally, Northam, Kloof and Tau Lekoa mines have embraced the hydropower concept, with many others initiating smaller pilot... 

SA mixes it at last in real gold market

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The problem with many South Africans is that they view the local gold-mining industry purely from a production point of view. What is often overlooked and poorly understood is one of its most exciting aspects; gold banking, which serves as a vital intermediary between South African domiciled gold... 

South Africa’s new golden soap – does it really wash?

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 There is a quiet revolution taking place in the corridors of the SABC’s Henley Studios, in Auckland Park, where the daily soap opera, Isidingo – The Need, is shot. It takes the form of whizz-kid mine manager Derek Nyati, played by Hlomla Dandala, who is unlike any character to have... 

Gap for SA in Peru copper

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 At the beginning of last month one of the world’s top ten privately-owned copper producers completed the first element of a US$1,25-billion expansion and modernisation programme. The company is the American-owned Southern Peru Copper Corporation (SPCC), and the commissioning of the... 

Size DOES count!

By: System Author     26th March 1999 In geographical areas with abundant soft coal or lignite deposits, this fossil fuel is mined on a very large scale – on the order of several hundred million tons a year in Germany alone, explains Hartmut Schimkat of Siemens. To cope with the enormous quantities of waste sand that must be... 

Another platinum crown

By: System Author     26th March 1999 After the stock market crash in June last year nearly crushed the plans by Kroondal Platinum Mines (KPM) to establish its first platinum-mining operation, the R311-million project is on track to start full production in January 2000. KPM hosted a visit to the site earlier this month, at which... 

Drilling company makes an impact

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Newly-formed contract drilling company Ibora Drilling is engaged in drilling operations in Maputo mainly for the extraction of suitable-grade rock for construction of the road network for the Mozal Aluminium smelter, a deal said to be in the high seven-digit bracket. The Nelspruit company has... 

Drilling contract progresses

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An estimated R6-million exploration contract at Anglogold’s Fochville drilling project in the North West Province by wholly-owned Anglo American subsidiary Boart Longyear is clocking up significant progress. Mining Weekly has learnt that one of the two deep-hole sites is on track for... 

Ventilation shaft drilling work begins

By: System Author     26th March 1999 DRILLING of the 380-mm-diameter 965-m-deep pilot hole for the Impala No 1 ventilation shaft has been started by raiseboring contractor Rucbor. The contract, to construct the 5,1-m-diameter 965-m-deep ventilation shaft, was awarded to Rucbor following its proposal to use its well-proved... 

R80m opencast-mining contract

By: System Author     26th March 1999 MINING company and Concor Roads division Concor Opencast Mining has been awarded a contract worth R80-million from Amplats for the opencast mining operations at the Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. The three-year contract calls for the company to handle all opencast operations,... 

Refurbishing crushes price

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A R500 000 contract for a refurbished crushing and screening plant placed by the Hillside Aluminium Smelter in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, was awarded in September 1998 and completed in three months. The contract was undertaken by Brakpan, Gauteng, company Manhattan Mining, and procurement... 

Local ADT firm a whizz in Oz

By: System Author     26th March 1999 In a big coup for exports, South African company Bell Equipment has emerged as the frontrunner in the sale of articulated dump-trucks (ADTs) in Australia by securing a massive 39% of the market. Newly-released sales figures for 1998 show a remarkable leap from the previous year’s 20%... 

New mining truck drives in

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A novel range of mining trucks in the 190 t to 327 t range has been launched by Liebherr. The T282 was launched in October in the US, and is the first diesel-electric ac-drive haul truck, featuring a payload capacity of 327 t and two independently-operating axles. The ac drive allows easy... 

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