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Mining Services News

Local innovation for world market

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 New mining technologies 

Symposium to focus on new mining technologies

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 New mining technologies 

South Africans to develop Mauretania mining

By: System Author     8th September 2000 South Africa’s Council for Geoscience has been awarded the contract to develop the ‘geoscientific infrastructure’ for Project Prism in Mauretania. 

Geologists hit jackpot

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Positive drilling results have raised hopes at Gold Fields’ Leeudoorn gold-mine, in the Witwatersrand Basin, allaying fears over the mere nine-months remaining ore-reserve and the mine’s future in areas below 39 level. 

Through-the-earth communication

By: System Author     8th September 2000 A combination of local- and Canadian-developed technology, which is expected to contribute significantly to miners’ safety, is due to be launched in South Africa this month. 

Crusher for Zambian Copperbelt

By: System Author     8th September 2000 The first of five refurbished crushers for Zambia’s newly-privatised copper-mines has crossed South Africa’s borders from Gauteng heavy-engineering firm Baldmin Engineering Works’ Benoni workshop. 

Positive predictions for base metals

By: System Author     8th September 2000 With the international demand for base-metals increasing, and the sector showing strong signs of recovery, Mining Weekly features reporter Anelle Janse van Rensburg speaks to Mintek GM Dr Roger Paul about the state of the industry and the future of the base-metal sector in South Africa. Do you... 

Process-enhancing technology expanded

By: System Author     1st September 2000 A joint venture between US chemicals company IBC and South Africa’s Bateman, which has led to the formation of MRT Africa, is driving the application of molecular-recognition technology in Southern Africa. 

Germans mull local production

By: System Author     1st September 2000 German company Deutsche Bergbay-Technik intends to eventually manufacture part of its mining equipment in South Africa as part of its long-term strategy for operations in the country. 

Adding environment to total cost

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Increasing international pressure on the mining industry to reduce and manage the effect of its operations on the environment has seen a number of local mining houses clean up their acts and move towards more sustainable practices. 

When a ‘clean-up’ is a gold-mine

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Gold-mining company Petmin chairperson Piet Nel reported this month that the company’s Skukuza clean-up operation has jumped from fourth to second in production standings in the Petmin stable, contributing 290 kg to the quarter’s overall gold production of 

Mining’s techno challenge

By: System Author     25th August 2000 The development of new technology is essential to allow the global mining industry to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. 

Exclusive tunnel-excavating machine agreement concluded

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Drilling, tunnelling & shaftsinking 

Drilling machine going to Namibia

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Drilling, tunnelling & shaftsinking 

Throwback to 104 deaths as station stopper tested

By: System Author     18th August 2000 A new kind of station stopper will be tested by Anglogold later this month at its TauTona mine, Carletonville, as part of an ongoing bid to ensure greater assuredness of miners’ safety. 

Mintek enters new era as a global centre of excellence

By: System Author     18th August 2000 With the year 2001 only just over four months away, Mintek, South Africa’s science council specialising in mining and metallurgical processing and beneficiation technology, has established itself as a world leader in its field, and has a real possibility of becoming the world leader. 

R315m Yatela contracts

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Contracts worth nearly $45-million have been awarded for the construction of the Yatela gold-mining project in Mali, West Africa. 

Old technology making a comeback

By: System Author     4th August 2000 Communication in mining 

Decreasing number of large projects a problem

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Hydraulics, pneumatics & hydropower 

Mines test ‘smartbolt’ alloy

By: System Author     7th July 2000 A new ‘smartbolt’ alloy, developed by Mintek, Gauteng, is being tested for use in coal and gold-mines, in the hope of monitoring load patterns and providing an early warning of potential breaking of the bolt. 

R60m silica investment

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Supplier of silica material to the local market SamQuarz has invested R60-million in a new plant at its facility in Delmas, Mpumalanga. 

Swedes in materials-handling advance

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The materials-handling division of the Scottish Weir group, Strachan & Henshaw, was bought by Swedish company Svedala last month to join its R1,3-billion-a-year worldwide bulk materials-handling business. 

Biggest dump-truck hauls its first load

By: System Author     9th June 2000 The largest rigid-frame dump-truck ever to be put to use in Africa, the Euclid R280 AC, has hauled its first load at Iscor’s Grootegeluk colliery in the Northern Province. 

Concern that Act does not cater for nature of logistics

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Materials-handling & logistics 

Local industry is shrinking

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Materials-handling & logistics 

Bigger market-share anticipated for company

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Materials-handling & logistics 

New in-stope drilling breakthrough made

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 A new drilling machine that is anticipated to replace hand-held drills has been released by Boart Longyear. 

57-t excavator introduced to SA market

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Opencast mining 

System to locate miners soon

By: System Author     12th May 2000 Mine & health safety 

Clear understanding of outsourcing role vital

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Contracting and outsourcing 

Contract mining becoming an outsourcing industry

By: System Author     5th May 2000 Contracting and outsourcing 

Sacked miners will be recalled if . . .

By: System Author     28th April 2000 As part of an agreement between Placer Dome Western Areas Joint Venture and the National Union of Mineworkers last week to recall employees retrenched in October last year, it was announced that mining operations on JV’s South Deep mine would continue. 

Cost-cutting measures being implemented

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Strata & regional control 

Ideas in outsourcing to be shared at seminar

By: System Author     14th April 2000 A seminar on the outsourcing of gold retreatment will be hosted by LTA Process Engineering and the Industrial Development Engineering Association this month. 

Quarrying industry ‘stabilises’

By: System Author     7th April 2000 The quarrying industry is stabilising after a period of constant decline. 

Supplier capitalises on synergies

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Global manufacturer and supplier of drilling and industrial products, equipment and mining contracting services Boart Longyear’s Gauteng division has undertaken a key strategic shift with the establishment of its new marketing and sales arm Boart Longyear RTI. 

New core barrel system

By: System Author     24th March 2000 A new latchlink core-barrel system offering time and money savings as well as reliability for the exploration drilling industry is now available from Gauteng firm Boart Longyear RTI. 

Continuous mining to reduce cost

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Earthmoving & surface-mining equipment 

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