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Hydraulic crawler drill acquired

17th May 2002 Blasting and Excavating (B&E) recently expanded its range of Ingersoll-Rand equipment to include an ECM-660 hydraulic crawler drill from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM), exclusive distributor of Ingersoll Rand mining and quarrying equipment for Southern Africa. 

SA's big breakthrough in non-explosive technology

17th May 2002 A newly established South African company, Pyrotech Mining Systems, based in Centurion, Pretoria, has developed a breakthrough system in non-explosive and continuous mining technology. 

Supplier completes mining equipment supply chain

17th May 2002 Having established itself as a leading supplier of specialised materials handling equipment, opencast infrastructure (shiftable and extendible conveyors, as well as in-pit crushing plants) and custom-designed minerals processing equipment, Krupp Mining and Materials Handling (KMMH) now also... 

SA's top five mining capital equipment exporters

By: Joanne Delaurentis     17th May 2002 South African mining capital equipment exporters are beginning to realise their potential placing in the global environment, and are launching into markets that were previously untouched by local mining equipment suppliers. 

R100m openpit contract kicks off

17th May 2002 "South African earthmoving contractors, associated principally with the civil engineering construction industry, have increasingly over the last 15 years put their earthmoving and equipment maintenance expertise at the disposal of mining corporations to undertake contract mining operations, "... 

German surface miner could replace coal-mine's truck-and-shovel methods

By: candice haase     17th May 2002 A subsidiary of MAN Takraf Fordertechnik, MAN Takraf South Africa, is engaged in the development of more effective surface mining technologies at present. The West-rand based firm is in negotiations with Kumba Resources, formerly Iscor Mining, for the commissioning of a surface miner for use at... 

Illegal mines plague S Africa's aggregate and stone producers

By: candice haase     17th May 2002 The Aggregate and Stone Producers’ Association of South Africa (ASPASA) is immediately affected by an increase in the number of illegal mines in South Africa, according to director Nico Pienaar. 

On-site services drive smart partnerships

By: candice haase     17th May 2002 Barloworld Equipment’s move toward specialist catering for the mining industry will allow it to understand and, consequently, meet the specific needs of its customers, says director and GM of Barloworld Equipment: Mining John Polykarpou. 

Earthmoving equipment range in demand with Southern African diamond-miners

17th May 2002 A leading supplier of earthmoving plant, concrete equipment and cranes, as well as local distributor of Western Star trucks, Liebherr Africa, reports that its excavators and wheel loaders have become invaluable at large and small diamond diggings throughout southern Africa. 

New bulldozer series to be unveiled throughout 2002

17th May 2002 The first of Komatsu’s new Galeo (an acronym for genuine answers for land and environment optimisation) series of mining and construction equipment has hit the Southern African market in the form of the 67 t D375A-5 bulldozer, successor to the previous Avance series D375A-3. 

Environmental management cuts costs

17th May 2002 Significant cost savings have been realised at Kroondal Platinum Mine as a result of prior planning and proactive management of the environment. 

IT facilitates selection of load-and-haul equipment

17th May 2002 Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa can offer it customers access to a state-of-the-art computer simulation programme that will facilitate the correct selection of equipment for load and haul application within the opencast mining sector. 

Gold finds hi-tech niche

16th May 2002 Minerals research council Mintek has unveiled the first product to come out of Project Autek – an initiative to identify and develop potential industrial applications for gold. 

SA research breakthrough may lead to Oz plant

13th May 2002 South African minerals researcher Mintek has developed a process to produce electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD) from low-grade manganese ores that eliminates the costly up-front pyrometallurgical prereduction step. 

Cripple Creek & Victor ( gold project)

10th May 2002 Name of the project and location Cripple Creek & Victor (CC&V) Expansion Project, USA. Project description The project will increase average annual gold production by 40% and extend the life-of-mine from 2008 to at least 2013, yielding an additional 2,8-million ounces. Average life-of-mine cash... 

11 small mining projects shortlisted for investment focus

10th May 2002 THE Department of Minerals and Energy has compiled a list of 11 small to junior-scale mining projects in South Africa that are in the market for investment. 

Junior has industrial-minerals growth plan

By: Keith Campbell     3rd May 2002 SMALL diversified mining group New Kleinfontein is to expand its production of industrial minerals and increase its market share. 

SA eyes 82-million tons of coal exports by 2004

By: Deborah Spicer     3rd May 2002 A memorandum of understanding between the National Ports Authority (NPA) and the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), that allows the terminal’s phase-five expansion to go ahead despite a lack of concensus on the lease agreement for the portion of NPA-owned land on which the expansion is due... 

Mining giant won't sell timber business

By: Joanne Delaurentis     26th April 2002 Natural-resources company Anglo American is to retain its mining-supply subsidiary, Mondi Mining Supplies, a division of Mondi, as a core business, reports Mondi Mining Supplies MD Clive Freeman. 

SA contractor's new excavation technologies in global demand

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 International mining contracting company RUC Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Murray & Roberts group, has placed great emphasis on developing cost-effective and appropriate alternatives to conventional mining methods which are time consuming, labour intensive and pose high safety risks. 

African projects aplenty for UK shaftsinker

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 Wholly-owned by AMCO Investments, a UK-based company, Shaft Sinkers is thought to be Africa’s most experienced international contractor in shaft sinking, mining contracting, construction, large underground excavations and tunnelling, MD Peet Nel tells Mining Weekly. 

Mines take delivery of drilling equipment

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 As specialist in providing cost-effective solutions to the mining industry, Hydro Power Equipment (HPE) is delivering new drilling equipment to two of its clients this month, director Andr 

Drilling equipment's SA mining applications explored

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 Having secured the sole dealership of Vermeer products in Southern Africa two years ago, Wirtgen South Africa, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Wirtgen, of Germany, is presently investigating how the company’s underground horizontal directional-drilling equipment can be applied in local... 

Drilling firm eyes mining industry

By: Zonika Botha     26th April 2002 Previously trading as Directional Drilling Services, Navigational Drilling Systems, of the East Rand, has substantial experience in the field of horizontal directional drilling. 

Hydropowered drill's record results

26th April 2002 Positioned as a dependable partner in water-powered mining, Sulzer Hydromining, of Johannesburg, specialises in the design, manufacture and maintenance of high and low pressure, water-powered drills for hand-held and mechanised applications. 

Rod at core of exploration drilling success

26th April 2002 Exploration drilling costs have always borne close scrutiny and now, in the face of a globally depressed market, that is more true than ever. 

New hydraulic drills for contract blaster

26th April 2002 Contract company Mabunda Blasting, of Tzaneen, in the Limpopo Province, purchased several Ingersoll-Rand hydraulic drills from Consolidated Rock Machinery, (CRM), the appointed distributors of the Ingersoll-Rand range of construction and mining products. 

New drill produces reliable performances

26th April 2002 US company Reedrill has delivered a MK35HE-PS Mine King jumbo electro-hydraulic drill to the Manitoba division of Inco. 

Mechanising steep dipping underground excavations

26th April 2002 The Alimak raise climber technology is being used worldwide but, to date, this cost-effective technique has not been popular in the South African mining industry, Samat Mining GM: gold division Don Munro reports. 

Firm dominates local drilling tools market

26th April 2002 Leading manufacturer and distributor of underground rock-drilling tools Tungrok Mining, of the East Rand, has captured a large portion of the local percussion-drilling tools market. 

Company completes Malawi drilling contract

26th April 2002 Exploratory drilling company Geosearch International has completed a drilling programme in southern Malawi on behalf of Bastillion Resources. 

Fibre-reinforced shotcrete increases underground safety

26th April 2002 Underground mining is an inherently risky and dangerous business as witnessed by many tragic events both locally and internationally in the past few decades. 

Multitasking drillrigs launched in SA

26th April 2002 Atlas Copco, of Johannesburg, has launched a new multitasking crawler drillrig, known as the ROC D7, with the supply of the product to a large diamond-mining firm in South Africa. 

New R65-million expansion now under way at Bly

By: Marius Roodt     19th April 2002 South Africa’s fourth-largest gold-mining company Durban Roodepoort Deep (DRD) is implementing a nine-year R65-million expansion project at its Blyvooruitzicht (Blyvoor) gold-mine near Carletonville, Gauteng Province. 

New backfilling system saves costs

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2002 A new system of backfilling may soon expand beyond South Africa’s borders to countries like Australia, Canada and Germany. 

Millions for environmental rehab

By: Marius Roodt     19th April 2002 South Africa’s fourth-largest gold-mining company Durban Roodepoort Deep (DRD) has put a six-year plan in place to rehabilitate the environment after the closure of its surface operations at Durban Roodepoort Deep gold-mine (Durban Deep). 

Africa's mining sector a boon for pumpmaker

By: Keith Campbell     19th April 2002 Africa now accounts for 20% of Weir-EnviroTech's turnover & the company seeks to increase exports; also, new belt tensioning system developed. 

Junior coal firm in export push

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2002 Junior coal-miner Carolina Coal is in the process of growing its export market by 50% to 70% in the next three years. 

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