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Company clinches R76-million contract

24th January 2003 Johannesburg company Metallurgical Design & Management (MDM) have been awarded a R76-million contract to design, supply, construct and commission the new 230 000 t/m milling/carbon in leach (CIL) plant for the Afrikander Lease mine. 

Company expands horizon beyond Zambia

By: marisa rodrigues     24th January 2003 Established in 1998 with a view to providing the recently privatised Zambian copper industry with a one-stop crushing and milling machine shop, East Rand company Baldmin Engineering Works has since expanded its influence and is focusing on growing its market within South Africa. 

Two new screens for colliery expansion

24th January 2003 Humboldt Wedag has been awarded the contract to supply a total of two USLE screens for the Kleinkopje Colliery plant expansion project. 

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. 

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. 

Three ULP machines arrive in SA

By: Zonika Botha     20th January 2003 Three new ultra low-profile (ULP) machines that are poised to revolutionalise the mining of South Africa’s narrow-vein stopes have arrived in South Africa. 

Company scoops several mining equipment repair contracts

By: Helene Le Roux     17th January 2003 The largest manufacturer and supplier of hydraulic components and systems in Southern Africa, the Hytec Group, has its own specialised cylinder manufacturing and repair division – Hytec Engineering. 

Hydraulic trainer emphasises the need for safety and education

By: Helene Le Roux     17th January 2003 “Safety should be paramount when using hydraulics,” says Garnett Cross, director Garnett Cross Hydraulic Courses.? 

Microhydropower systems present mines with new opportunities

By: Helene Le Roux     17th January 2003 Micro-hydropower systems present conventional compressed-air mines with a new opportunity to use more efficient hydropower equipment in front-end development operations. 

Hydraulic lifting equipment proving popular

By: Helene Le Roux     17th January 2003 East Rand based Bellambie Mining and Industrial has increased its turnover of high-pressure hydraulic lifting equipment fivefold in the past year, thereby also increasing its market share in this product range significantly. 

Three ULP machines arrive in SA

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 Three new ultra low-profile (ULP) machines that are poised to revolutionalise the mining of South Africa’s narrow-vein stopes have arrived in South Africa. 

Canadians begin Wits Basin drill programme

17th January 2003 Canadian miner, Great Basin Gold, has announced that a major, multi-rig diamond-drilling programme has commenced on the Burnstone Gold Property located in the famous Witwatersrand goldfield of South Africa. 

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. 

International society to hold its 29th annual conference in Nashville, US

17th January 2003 The International Society of Explosives Engineers will host its 29th yearly conference on explosives and blasting technique at the Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, US, from February 2 to February 5. 

Chile runs with bioleaching ball

By: Keith Campbell     17th January 2003 Bioleaching, the process that uses bacteria to help extract metal from ore, and which was perfected in South Africa, now seems set to be taken into the 21st Century through the exploitation of the dramatic advances in genetics, but in Chile, not South Africa. 

Implats studies refinery expansion plan

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th January 2003 South African platinum producer, Impala Platinum (Implats) is launching a pre-feasibility study for a proposed increase in refining capacity of the Enhanced Platinum Metals refinery (EPMR), near Springs in Gauteng. 

Good results from Rietfontein drill

9th January 2003 Canadian PGM miner, Anooraq Resources, has announced another set of good assay results from core drilling on its Rietfontein property, 275 km north of Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Harmony – Mintek join forces to create new beneficiation group

12th December 2002 The world’s fifth-largest gold producer, Harmony Gold Mining Company, and Mintek, the leader in minerals and metals technology in South Africa, yesterday announced that the parties had signed a memorandum of understanding to create Musuku Beneficiation Systems, an integrated manufacturing... 

Canadian PGM search to start in Jan

12th December 2002 Canadian mining group, Pacific North West Capital (PFN) has announced that its joint venture partner, Anglo American Platinum Corporation, has approved a Phase VI $5,3-million exploration programme, to be carried out in 2003 on the River Valley platinum group metal (PGM) property, near Sudbury,... 

Canadian miners see great opportunity in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     9th December 2002 Canadian companies see South Africa’s new mining dispensation as reason for optimism and not pessimism. 

Canada sees great opportunities in South Africa’s mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     6th December 2002 Canadian companies see South Africa’s new mining dispensation as reason for optimism and not pessimism. 

Prototype drilling system used at Moab

By: marisa rodrigues     6th December 2002 Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts RUC is using unique rotary vertical drilling system (RVDS) at AngloGold’s greenfields mine in the Free?State, Moab Khotsong. 

Global gold industry supports processing technology research

6th December 2002 The worlds’ leading gold companies are making significant investments in collaborative research and development aimed at tackling some of the key economic and sustainability issues that are pressuring current and future business returns, reports Amira International, an industry association... 

US gold operation’s life-of-mine extended

By: marisa rodrigues     6th December 2002 Over a century since mining first began in the historic Criple Creek mining district, 80 km from Colorado Springs in the US state of Colorado, the Criple Creek & Victor mine (CC&V) continues to produce gold. 

The facts about the decline projects

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2002 Mining operations consist of 13 operational shaft systems covering an area of 120km2. Each shaft develops and mines about 8 km2. Impala currently mines around 15 million tons of ore a year, which yields 1,8 million ounces of platinum group metals (pgms) including more than a million ounces of... 

Mechanised stoping first for SA's second-largest platinum company

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2002 A mechanisation “first” is under way at one of Impala Platinum’s 13 operational shaft systems in Rustenburg. 

Modular jig design for industrial-scale plants

By: Keith Campbell     29th November 2002 THE jigging joint venture (JV) between Bateman Titaco and South African science council Mintek has launched its latest development, a fourth-generation industrial-scale modular jig. 

Newly-merged mine-winder company

By: Zonika Botha     29th November 2002 With the formal merging of Siemag South Africa, a subsidiary of German firm Siemag Netphen, and Blane & Company Engineers, one of South Africa’s oldest mine-winder refurbishment specialists, a new company called Siemag Blanes has been established to service the needs of the mining industry. 

SouthernEra announces new East limb drill results

27th November 2002 Platinum group metals producer, SouthernEra Resources has announced initial results from the second phase drilling programme at the company’s 100%-owned Millennium Platinum Project on the Eastern Bushveld in South Africa. 

Gold miner mulls deep-level Joburg prospect

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th November 2002 An aggressive initiative to revive the Argonaut project by the world’s thirteenth-largest gold producer, South Africa’s Durban Roodepoort Deep (DRD), could radically change the face of the local mining industry. 

Fume-free mining technology being re-evaluated

By: candice haase     25th November 2002 The Mining Systems pro-gramme of CSIR Miningtek has been involved in studies of various fume-free, non-explosive, rockbreaking methods for a number of years. 

Fume-free mining technology being re-evaluated

By: candice haase     22nd November 2002 The Mining Systems programme of CSIR Miningtek has been involved in studies of various fume-free, non-explosive, rock-breaking methods for a number of years. 

Loan sought for water project

22nd November 2002 Malawi – The Malawian parliament has authorised that country’s ministry of finance to obtain a US$3-million loan from the International Development Association (IDA) for a national water development project in addition to the $75-million loan it acquired from IDA for the project. 

Drill monitoring and navigation system installed at colliery

22nd November 2002 The application of Megapump, a repump emulsion explosive, can increase blast performance and reduce costs in underground operations. 

Responsible explosives management mooted

By: candice haase     22nd November 2002 The growing awareness of the risks surrounding the manufacture, transport and use of chemicals among explosive manufacturers worldwide is also gaining impetus in the South African explosives sector, explains African Explosives Limited (AEL) product compliance manager Annita Jardine. 

Double win for electronic detonators

22nd November 2002 The introduction of electronic detonators at the Martha gold-mine in New Zealand has resulted in benefits for both the mine and the residents who live alongside it. 

Repump emulsion explosives reduce costs, says firm

22nd November 2002 The application of Megapump, a repump emulsion explosive, can increase blast performance and reduce costs in underground operations. 

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