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Mining Services News

Electrical equipment for hazardous areas

12th October 2001 Electrical equipment, wiring and accessories specialist Legrand manufactures the ATX range of electrical equipment designed specially to enhance safety in hazardous areas on the mines. 

Change in legislation on the cards

12th October 2001 Although technologies used in the manufacturing and development of explosion-protected products have not seen fundamental shifts over the last decade, legislation regarding the use of these products is subject to change. 

Flameproof switches for lights

12th October 2001 A manufacturer of light fittings for hazardous areas has standardised on Bartec micro limit switches for fluorescent light diffusers. 

Fire-detection system installed

12th October 2001 An infrared fire-detection and warning system has been installed at a fuel depot in Botswana using a combination of South African and Italian technologies. 

Flameproof motors offered

12th October 2001 The flameproof Brook Cromptons W flameproof motor range from Rexnord-Hansen South Africa, offer a number of benefits such as low lifetime cost and mechanical adaptability to users and original-equipment manufacturers. 

More assistance provided for small-scale miners

12th October 2001 A technology demonstration centre has been set up by metals and minerals research organisation Mintek, of Johannesburg, to assist grassroots operators and small business in the field of mining. 

Peak mine efficiency with IT system

12th October 2001 An integrated mining information system from Caterpillar can assist mines in achieving peak efficiency, reports supplier Barloworld Equipment. 

Mines academic gets award

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2001 With the advent of Technikons gaining the right to award professorships, the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) awarded a Professor Emeritus to Dr Jos Lurie, former head of the TWR’s School of Mines and senior director of the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy. 

Old mill made 'as good as new'

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2001 Advanced refurbishing of mining equipment is being carried out by Manhattan Mining Equipment of Gauteng. 

SA firm wins worldwide sales rights

5th October 2001 German firm KHD Humboldt Wedag has allotted the worldwide sales rights of its screens to its wholly-owned South African operation. 

Installation completed at diamond-mine

5th October 2001 Local company Electron Technologies has successfully completed an electrical and instrumentation installation at the secondary crusher on De Beers’ Venetia Mine, 80 km west of Messina in the Northern Province. 

New incentives hoped to lure investors to Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     5th October 2001 In a bid to attract investors to its mining sector, Malawi is offering several incentives. 

300 recommendations to boost mining's sustainability

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2001 THE Southern African region of the global Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development programme has completed its basic research programme & made 300 recommendations to its stakeholders. 

Merger creates a new force in mining services

5th October 2001 Metso Minerals, formerly known as Nordberg, has merged with Svedala to form a new global market leader in the supply and service of processes for industries related to rock-size reduction, classification, minerals separation and recovery, materials-handling and wear protection. 

Gearboxes drive coal terminal

5th October 2001 About 400 Hansen gearboxes drive the conveyors on Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s (RBCT’s) conveyor systems, shiploaders and stacker reclaimers. 

Range of opencast machines

5th October 2001 German manufacturer of open-pit mining equipment for continuous operation, MAN Takraf, has developed a new series of surface miners with capacities ranging from 300 m3/h to 2 000 m3/h and cutting depths of up to 1,2 m. 

Mining orders from Chile, Kazakhstan

5th October 2001 International mining equipment supplier Sandvik’s Mining and Construction business area has received several large orders for advanced equipment to underground mines in Chile and Kazakhstan for mining of copper. 

Screens for Botswana mine

5th October 2001 The reliability, low operating cost and high screening efficiency achieved over the last 20 years by Humboldt Wedag screens at Debswana’s Jwaneng diamond-mine in Botswana has resulted in the installation of two new screens. 

Redesigned conveyor drive frame

5th October 2001 International materials-handling firm Halbach & Braun has redesigned and created a new generation of conveyor drive frames for use anywhere. 

New distributorship for local firm

5th October 2001 Motor vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa has appointed Liebherr Africa as the distributor for the Western Star range of off-road haul trucks for the mining and heavy-duty haul application markets. 

Company makes platinum debut

5th October 2001 Following the acquisition by DBT of Germany of the US mining equipment supplier Long-Airdox earlier this year, local subsidiary DBT South Africa has acquired the local operations of the US firm. 

Improved backhoe loader available

5th October 2001 The pace of development in backhoe-loader (BHL) technology is constantly driven by the need to provide greater performance while, at the same time, offering lower operating costs for the owner. 

New excavator for fluorspar-mine

5th October 2001 The Okorusu fluorspar-mine, 60 km north of Otjiwarongo in Namibia, has taken delivery of a Caterpillar 365B excavator from Barloworld Equipment Namibia. The mined fluorspar ore is blasted, excavated, crushed, milled and finally concentrated to 97% purity. 

New tooth gives excavator more bite

5th October 2001 The fitting of a specially-designed ripper tooth to a Liebherr R984C excavator has dramatically improved mining productivity at Trans Hex’s Saxendrift diamond-mine, the supplier reports. 

Truck helps find diamonds

5th October 2001 Materials-handling equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment has announced the first local sale of a Caterpillar 730 articulated truck to HC van Wyk Diamante in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. 

Chrome operation gets new machines

5th October 2001 The reputation of Volvo equipment and the support provided Babcock Equipment has lead a Pretoria plant-hire company to purchase three materials-handling machines for its new opencast operations. 

Mining's 'Ms Safety' gets tough

28th September 2001 She has proved that action speaks louder than words, having made history in the country as the first South African inspector to close down a mine until such time that it could ensure safety. 

Talks on big Angolan gem project heat up

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2001 Mining at what could be the world’s biggest kimberlite diamond-mine is still awaiting approval, pending the outcome of negotiations between the Angolan government and Canadian company SouthernEra. 

Innovation the engine of growth

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts, RUC Holdings Limited of the East Rand hardly needs any formal introduction. 

Contractor seeks to broaden its horizons

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Outsourcing non-core activities is becoming an acceptable method of conducting business in the local and international mining industries. 

Flexibility, savings fuel outsourcing

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Flexibility and cost-effectiveness are the two key factors driving the mining industry to replace permanent staff with contract workers, Central Technical Services (CTS) co-directors Don Radnidge and Chris Clarke tell Mining Weekly. 

Services supplied to coal industry

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Restructuring, early retirements and retrenchments have left once fully-staffed mining companies with no other choice than to outsource non-core business activities to outside contractors and specialists. 

Sinking of platinum shafts continues

28th September 2001 Leading shaftsinkers Cementation Mining are on site at Karee Number Four shaft to sink and construct the main and ventilation vertical shafts as part of a managed partnership with the mine’s owner Lonmin Platinum and project manager Read, Swatman & Voigt. 

Million tons of waste rock screened a month

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Formerly known as Saldanha Plant Hire, the SPH group is focused on providing comprehensive materials-handling solutions to the mining industry. 

Diamond giant outsources training

28th September 2001 Diamond giant De Beers has awarded a management training contract to the Centre for Management Development (CMD), a leader in corporate training and organisation. 

Contractor enters new field

28th September 2001 Local company Transbor has entered the contracting field through Geosearch International. 

Indicator cuts down diamond-mine costs

28th September 2001 Customers of Barloworld Equipment are reported to be saving money as a result of the firm’s maintenance and repair agreements. 

Outsourcing mining technical services

28th September 2001 Outsourcing of skilled technical services in the mining industry has grown during the past decade and this trend is set to continue and even accelerate, particularly in view of ever-increasing commodity prices, AST Mining chief operating officer Julian Upshall reports. 

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