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Big new strata-support firm looking at Africa

2nd August 2002 The local arm of the global group Dywidag-Systems International (DSI) opened its doors in Johannesburg earlier this month. 

SA firm in explosives-software alliance

2nd August 2002 Australian-based mining research body Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) and South African company African Explosives (AEL) have agreed to pool resources to develop explosives solutions. 

Electronic-delay-detonator deal struck

2nd August 2002 A leading supplier of explosives to South Africa’s opencast mining and quarrying industry, BME, has signed a cooperation agreement with French-based mining and explosive engineering multinational Delta Caps International (DCI). 

Low-impact hydraulic buffer cuts costs

By: marisa rodrigues     26th July 2002 Southern Africa’s leading supplier of hydraulic buffers, Horne Hydraulics, has introduced a new product that is more suitable and cost-effective for applications in which multiple impacts on the hydraulic buffer are less likely. 

Mining equipment supplier's maintenance crew brushes up hydraulics knowledge

By: marisa rodrigues     26th July 2002 In order to continually improve maintenance and extend service levels of its equipment, multinational mining equipment supplier Sandvik decided to implement a full electro hydraulic training programme for their maintenance and service crews in South Africa and Africa earlier this year. 

Technology deal in pursuit of Namibian copper

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th July 2002 Mineral and metallurgical specialist Mintek and Canada’s BacTech Enviromet have concluded an agreement with Namibia’s Haib Copper to exploit the massive Haib deposit near Noordoewer, in the south of the country, using their proprietary heap-bioleaching technology. 

Demand for hydropowered drillrigs grows in South Africa's ageing mines

26th July 2002 Reduced pneumatic pressure in ageing South African mines with increasing underground mining distances is fuelling the uptake of hydro-powered equipment. 

SA drilling outfit globalises

26th July 2002 The drilling division of Cementation Mining Skanska is currently active in seven different countries, including South Africa. 

Forzando South (coal project)

26th July 2002 Name of the project and location Forzando South, Mpumalanga. Project description The expansion of Total Coal Holdings’, Forzando South coal mine, because of solid sandstone layers in the area, mining will consist of conventional, semi-mechanised board-and-pillar methodology. Value... 

SA engineering group pursues CIS mining, processing projects

26th July 2002 South African company Bateman has recorded significant success in mining, minerals, oil and gas projects in the Commonwealth of Independent States to date. 

Rock winder refurbished at Zambian copper-mine

19th July 2002 Specialist winder consulting firm Dowding, Reynard & Associates Technical Services (Drats) has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract to direct the refurbishment and upgrade of a Koepe rock winder underground at the Mopani copper-mines in Zambia. 

Mining week to showcase local supplier industry

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th July 2002 Electra Mining Africa 2002 has been selected to host the Mining Week Show, an exciting initiative launched at the February 2000 Mining Summit. 

Southern Africa coordinates its sustainable-development efforts

By: vanessa vasques     19th July 2002 Released in April this year, the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) report for the Southern African region includes recommendations on how best the mining and minerals sector can contribute to the regional move to sustainable development. 

EMD plant (beneficiation project)

19th July 2002 Name of the project and location Electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) processing plant. Project description Mineral research body, Mintek, has signed an agreement with the US Trade and Development Agency (TDA), which will provide a grant of R2,1-million to determine the viability of an EMD... 

African expansion continues

19th July 2002 South African-based African Explosives Limited (AEL), which is reportedly Africa’s leading explosives producer, is moving into new markets in west and east Africa as it strengthens its focus on being the major supplier of explosives products, services and solutions to the mining industry... 

Explosives software alliance announced

19th July 2002 The next six months into early 2003 could ‘explode’ into something big for Australia’s Julius Krutschnitt Research Centre (JKMRC) and South Africa’s African Explosives with both groups looking towards a long-term arrangement based around AEL’s use of software... 

Diamond, gold-mines embrace Oz gravity-separation solution

By: vanessa vasques     19th July 2002 From humble beginnings in the back-yard of those that established it, Gekkos Systems, which specialises in gold and diamond gravity-separation processes, is today a multimillion-dollar company bringing innovative technology to the mining industry across the world. 

Dry-mining systems in demand in Africa

By: vanessa vasques     19th July 2002 German-based materials-handling company MAN Takraf Fordertechnik, which has a subsidiary company, MAN Takraf South Africa, based in Johannesburg, has been awarded a contract to construct an overland conveying system at Tobene in Senegal. 

Minerals beneficiation push in E Cape

17th July 2002 An agreement has been signed between the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and State metallurgical research group, Mintek, in a bid to boost the prospects for minerals development in the Eastern Cape. 

Explosives co-operation deal struck

17th July 2002 A leading supplier of explosives to South Africa’s open cast mining and quarrying industry, Bulk Mining Explosives (BME), has signed a co-operation agreement with international mining and explosive engineering company, Delta Caps International (DCI). 

Copper heap-bioleaching deal announced

15th July 2002 State-owned mining technology group Mintek and the BacTech Enviromet Corporation of Canada have signed a Heads of Agreement to exploit the Haib Copper Deposit in Namibia using the companies’ proprietary heap bioleaching technology. 

New KZN mines to satisfy 2006 TiO2 demand

By: Marius Roodt     12th July 2002 The heavy-mineral sands division of Kumba Resources and the Australian-listed titanium-dioxide (TiO2) feedstock producer Ticor, will have spent about R2,5-billion locally in its drive to become the world’s third largest TiO2 feedstock producer by 2005. 

Feasibility study concluded for $500-million Corridor Sands

By: Marius Roodt     12th July 2002 One of the world’s largest minerals companies, Western Mining Corporation (WMC) of Australia, which has an option to become the majority shareholder in the $500-million Mozambican Corridor Sands project, has completed a bankable feasibility study early this month, providing impetus for the... 

Richards Bay producer grows production base

By: Marius Roodt     12th July 2002 One of the world’s leading producers of titanium products, Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), of Kwazulu-Natal, foresees that increased competition could lead to an oversupply of feedstock to the titanium-dioxide(TiO2) pigment industry. 

Mozambique's first ilmenite mine on track

By: Marius Roodt     12th July 2002 Irish mining firm Kenmare Resources will be ranked as one of the top five titanium producers in the world once its Moma project in Mozambique comes on stream in 2004. 

Century-old geological society ponders future

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2002 The Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) is at 102 one of oldest and also one of the largest scientific and professional associations in the country. 

R1,3-bn smelter construction passes the halfway mark

By: Marius Roodt     5th July 2002 Platinum is set to do for Polokwane, capital of the Limpopo Province, what it did for Rustenburg, in the North West Province, by being the centre of gravity in Anglo Platinum’s (Angloplat’s) expansion projects on the Eastern Limb of South Africa’s platinum-rich Bushveld Complex. 

Finnish techno giant commits to project in the long term

By: candice haase     5th July 2002 Finnish technology supplier Outokumpu has committed itself to SA Chrome beyond its involvement in the engineering and supply of equipment and erection services for the construction of the smelter. 

A woman with an earthmoving-equipment passion

By: Deborah Spicer     5th July 2002 While female suppliers to the mining industry are still as rare as hens’ teeth due to the difficulty they encounter when entering this male-dominated field, some suppliers have been successful despite these obstacles. 

Ejectors used to remove corrosive vapours

28th June 2002 Vacuum specialist and chemical engineers Applied Vacuum has supplied small tank evacuation ejectors which uses compressed air to remove corrosive vapours from process vessels on the Modikwa concentrator plant. 

Mechanisation exceeds expectations at mine

28th June 2002 World-class development rates are being exceeded with equipment supplied by Sandvik Tamrock to the contractors doing development work at Modikwa mine in the Limpopo Province. 

R16-million glass reinforced polyester vessels commissioned

28th June 2002 Designer, manufacturer and erector of glass-reinforced polyester products for the mining, metallurgical and chemical industries Speedmark Plastics, which recently became a subsidiary of the Amiantit Group, of Saudi Arabia, has completed a R16-million contract at the Amplats Waterval Smelter plant... 

Scada system to control Modikwa concentrator

28th June 2002 The Modikwa platinum concentrator has been equipped with an Adroit supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system. 

Customised density-measurement solution

28th June 2002 Thermo Ramsey’s long-standing relationship with local platinum producers was recently reinforced with the ordering of several items of equipment for use in the platinum industry. 

Safety-first materials handling approach

28th June 2002 Well-known within the mining industry for the quality of its products and the good back-up service it provides, AIM (Spartan) has won several contracts from Anglo American Platinum Corporation to supply goods to its Modikwa project. 

Mining-pump seal set for September launch

By: Zonika Botha     21st June 2002 Mechanical seal manufacturer Burgmann Seals South Africa, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the international Burgmann Group in Germany, will launch a new low-cost reconditionable cartridge seal targeted specifically for use in pumps in the mining industry in September this year, marketing manager... 

Symposium seeks answer to 'value tracking' conundrum

21st June 2002 Managing the mining process to track the value of a resource through its transformations from the ground to its point of sale will be the focal point for the AusIMM Value Tracking Symposium being held in Brisbane, Australia in October. 

Copper oversupply remains despite cutbacks

21st June 2002 A new report from AME Mineral Economics, a leading independent research house, shows a pause in the long-term trend of declining copper production costs. 

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