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Hydrocyclone contract for Zim platinum project

21st June 2002 A contract for the design and supply of hydrocyclones for the Mimosa platinum-mine expansion project has been awarded to Linatex Africa. 

Firm helps police with explosives education

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st June 2002 South African explosives manufacturer African Explosives Limited has developed and donated explosives educational aids to the South African Police Service’s bomb squad, for use in the education of youth in the dangers of explosives. 

Project manager appointed for Mimosa work

21st June 2002 Project manager and design consultant Dowding, Reynard & Associates (DRA) has been given the go-ahead by Mimosa Mining to proceed with the Phase III upgrade of its concentrator plant. 

Agency to back minerals development, research

21st June 2002 Science council Mintek recently established a subsidiary company, Mindev (Pty) Ltd, as part of its mandate to increase the domestic beneficiation of South Africa’s minerals and metals. 

hydropwer plant (hydropower project)

14th June 2002 Name of the project and location Hydropower plant, Hubei province, central China. Project description Construction of a hydropower plant, located on the Yangtze river in central China, which, upon completion, will be the largest hydropower plant in the world. Total installed capacity will be 18... 

New drilling innovation for the African coring market

By: vanessa vasques     14th June 2002 Australian-based company DHT Technologies has developed the Retractabit, a revolutionary technology that has the potential to save diamond-coring drillers significant time and money by enabling them to change drill bits on-site down the drill hole. 

Exploration boom triggers contractor's expansion

By: vanessa vasques     14th June 2002 The current boom in platinum mining and exploration has resulted in the dramatic expansion of exploration drilling contractor Geosearch, of Johannesburg. 

Good results from electronic initiators

14th June 2002 THE introduction of electronic initiation systems (EIS) at Sasol’s Syferfontein coal-mine’s opencast operation has reduced the percentage of coal fines generated by the blast process by at least 4%. 

Diamond recovery made easier by new plant

14th June 2002 Local company Dowding, Reynard & Associates (DRA) has developed a dense medium separation (DMS) plant, available in two versions, which is capable of recovering diamonds and diamond indicator grains down to 300 micrometres from prospecting samples. 

Grizzly feeder refurbished at Botswana mine

14th June 2002 Mining equipment supplier Humboldt Wedag South Africa, a subsidiary of the German multinational supplier KHD Humboldt Wedag, has been contracted by the Debswana Mining Company to refurbish an existing Humboldt Wedag resonance grizzly feeder, for use at the new Debswana Damtshaa mine in Botswana. 

First-time diamond application for screen

14th June 2002 The first OmniScreen to be used in a diamond application has been supplied by IMS Engineering to Namdeb Diamond Corporation. 

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. 

Slow civil-engineering recovery is hurting industrial-minerals sector

By: Deborah Spicer     14th June 2002 What was the R4,2-billion industrial-minerals sector two years ago is likely to continue or even decrease its modest contribution to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) despite indications that the civil-engineering sector, with which it is associated, is showing a turnaround. 

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. 

First walking gem-mining platform by August

7th June 2002 Seawalker, an eight-legged self-contained walking jack-up platform, will be shipped to South Africa in August this year to dredge and mine diamonds in the notorious West Coast surf. 

Growth strategy for mining tech firm

7th June 2002 Ever since resources giant Anglo American CE Tony Trahar ended two years of uncertainty about the future of the Boart Longyear group when he announced that the company will be retained as a core business in the group, the mining techno firm has embarked on a high-growth strategy. 

State sets up mineral-beneficiation subsidiary

7th June 2002 State metals and minerals researcher Mintek has established a local 100% owned company, Mindev, to support the commercialisation of its technologies in industry and to enable it to be pro-active in carrying out its national mandate to facilitate greater mineral beneficiation. 

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. 

Dealer restructures its KZN operations

7th June 2002 Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) has restructured its Kwazulu-Natal operations to expand its market share and enhance service levels in this region. 

Iron-ore mine awards conveyor belt contract

7th June 2002 Leading conveyor belt manufacturer Goodyear has won a multimillion-rand contract to supply about 11 000 m of conveyor belting to a large iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape. 

Zinc-mine takes delivery of forklift trucks

7th June 2002 Skorpion Zinc Mine in the south-western Namibian desert has just taken delivery of 15 Hyster forklift trucks. 

A clean sweep for Swedish equipment

7th June 2002 The order of another Volvo from the diamond digging industry is a further indication of the reliability and productivity of these machines in the toughest working environments. 

Mpumalanga mine replaces 20-year-old coal haulers

7th June 2002 An established track record for cost efficient and reliable operation saw three new Euclid-Hitachi CH 135 coal haulers being commissioned at Kleinkopje colliery, in Mpumalanga, at the beginning of this year. 

Diagnostic monitoring bridges technical gap

By: candice haase     7th June 2002 Diagnostic monitoring is a service that process plant specialist Bateman has recently offered its customers. 

South America beckons SA firm

7th June 2002 Gauteng-based crane and hoist manufacturer Condra has been invited to submit tenders to several mining expansion projects in South America. Management believes success is likely because of the high profile of the Condra brand in this region, and because of a solid record built up over fifteen... 

High-payload shuttle car added to series

7th June 2002 Joy Mining Machinery South Africa recently introduced a lower-profile high-capacity shuttle car to the region. 

Pta quarries corral new workhorses

7th June 2002 Canyon Rock recently took delivery of three new Liebherr hydrostatic drive wheel loaders for use in the company's Pretoria quarries. 

New loader for W Cape quarries

7th June 2002 Transand in Mossel Bay has taken delivery of the new 12,3-t model Liebherr L 538 wheel loader with stepless hydrostatic travel drive, to be used for materials handling at the company’s quarries. 

Equipment refurbisher sets new standards

By: candice haase     7th June 2002 Local firm Manhattan Mining Equipment is engaged in developing standards for equipment production refurbishment that will meet with the ISO 9001 ratings. 

Conveyor system contract awarded for southern Namibian zinc-mine

7th June 2002 Bateman Materials Handling has awarded the contract to Continental Meco for the manufacture and supply of conveyor idler assemblies for 21 belt conveyors and five belt feeders at the new Anglo American Skorpion Zinc Mine and refinery in southern Namibia, north of Rosh Pinah. 

20 km of conveyor belting to be sold

7th June 2002 One of the leading South African manufacturers and distributors of mining, marine and industrial products, Transvaal Rubber (Truco), is in the process of aggressive expansion into a number of markets not previously serviced by itself. 

Training increased due to growing demand

31st May 2002 Snowden Mining Industry Consultants, an international expert in technologies relating to mining and exploration, met with overwhelming demand for a series of customised training courses presented last year. 

The state of State diamonds

31st May 2002 Ailing State diamond-mining company Alexkor does not conjure up the image of a jewel, but this is how Department of Public Enterprises chief director: restructuring of state owned enterprises Andile Nkuhlu describes the mine, which is situated below the mouth of the Orange river, in the Northern... 

Big expenditure plans

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 South Africa’s third-largest coal-mining company Sasol Mining is budgeting a higher-than-usual capital expenditure of R465-million in its upcoming financial year that extends from July 2002 and June 2003, MD Jannie van der Westhuizen tells Mining Weekly in an exclusive interview. 

New face at the coalface

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 There is a new face at the coal face in Mpumalanga. It is that of Brandspruit Colliery operations manager Eliphus Monkoe – whose success at the Sasol Mining operation is also symbolic of the encouragingly positive side of the new South Africa. 

Final planning for new coal-mine

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Final planning is under way for the development of a R400-million extension to the south of the 25-year-old Bosjesspruit colliery in Secunda, Mpumalanga, for what will be a brownfields operation. 

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