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SA gold group hits the mark with terrific Target

By: Keith Campbell     1st March 2002 Avgold's new, fully mechanised, R2,3-billion Target gold mine has achieved full production of 100 000 t/month of ore, ahead of schedule and under budget – this is the story of Target's development. 

Demand grows for electronic detonators

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2002 South Africa’s leading explosives manufacturer, African Explosives Limited (AEL), is optimistic that demand will continue to firm for its electronic detonators, reporting strong growth in Africa for the product as well as increasing interest from the rest of the world. 

Mine techno firm in US enviro deal

22nd February 2002 Mining equipment and technology provider, Boart Longyear has expanded its US-based environmental drilling business with the acquisition of DL Maher (DLM), a Massachusetts-based environmental and water development drilling contractor. 

PGM plant gets 50% throughput boost

22nd February 2002 An upgrade of the Kroondal platinum-concentrator plant for Aquarius Platinum has been completed ahead of time and below budget by project manager and design consultant Dowding, Reynard & Associates (DRA). 

PGM refining division generates fine earnings

22nd February 2002 Business at South Africa’s second-largest platinum company’s refining arm is booming. 

First walking sea-mining platform by mid-year

15th February 2002 The West Coast of Africa is an area of growing activity for diamond companies, which have mined a total of 100-million carats of marine diamonds from it to date. 

Kimberley recovery plant on track for July

15th February 2002 Construction is on schedule and on target at the new Kimberley Mines diamond recovery plant, with the principal civil works having been completed. It is expected that the plant will be fully operational by July. 

Kloof – Africa's hydropower power house

8th February 2002 It has been suggested that technology development and implementation in the underground tabular orebody mining industry over the past 20 years has produced a remarkable lack of tangible or meaningful technical progress. 

Kloof – Africa's hydropower power house

8th February 2002 It has been suggested that technology development and implementation in the underground tabular orebody mining industry over the past 20 years has produced a remarkable lack of tangible or meaningful technical progress. 

SA rock engineers to host groundbreaking conference

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2002 For the first time in the 40-year history of the International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM), a South African has been elected president. 

Real-time monitor of coal-mining systems

By: Laura Franz     25th January 2002 After the successful conclusion of a year-long pilot study, environmental and process instrumentation company Sperosens, of Pretoria, is ready to release a new on-board telemetry and safety interlocking system to the local coal-mining sector, reports Spero Group engineering and product support... 

Newcomer breaks through SA market

18th January 2002 Although still a relatively new kid on the block, non-explosive mining product manufacturer Altex has made great strides in establishing itself in numerous countires, the company reports in a press release. 

Breaking boulders safely

18th January 2002 The propellant-based system from RockTek known as RocKracker has been developed to break oversize boulders without the safety concerns on noxious gases or explosives and detonators. 

Good progress on non-explosive technology

18th January 2002 International company Brandrill has reported solid progress for the 2001 financial year in the development and commercialisation of its penetrating cone fracture (PCF) rock-breaking products and associated excavation technologies. 

Mineral science council makes progress on magnesium project

By: Keith Campbell     18th January 2002 MINERALS and beneficiation science council Mintek has achieved an important milestone in the development of its magnesium furnace project. 

Big shaftsinking firm sold to UK company

9th January 2002 Resources giant Anglo American Corporation announced that it has disposed of its entire shareholding in Shaft Sinkers. The purchaser is AMCO Investments, a UK-based company with which Shaft Sinkers has been associated over many years in Switzerland, Zambia, Botswana and at Cleveland Potash in the... 

Technique developed to enhance orebody information

14th December 2001 Industrial research council CSIR is developing a borehole radar system specifically suited to the South African mining industry. 

Marine gem miner experiments with new dredging technology

By: Keith Campbell     14th December 2001 Trans Hex Group is experimenting with new offshore dredging techniques, while slowing down its inshore mining platform project and commissioning its new diamond mining ship, MV Namakwa 

Mining industry's first electric rockdrill

14th December 2001 World number one gold producer AngloGold, and Hilti Corporation, a world leader in products for the construction and building maintenance industries, are testing the first electric rockdrill ever developed for use in the field of mining. 

Underground crushing plant handles 565 t/h

14th December 2001 Leading rock and mineral processing company, Metso Minerals South Africa has won a R3-million order to supply two Nordberg model C110 single-toggle jaw crushers and two Nordberg vibrating grizzly feeders to Avgold’s new Target gold-mine, reports manager Alan Fletcher. 

South African screen for Saudi desert mine

14th December 2001 A vibrating screen produced by Linatex Africa, on the East Rand, will be installed at one of the most desolate mines in the Saudi Arabian desert. 

Supplying mine's trackless machinery needs

By: Zonika Botha     14th December 2001 Leading equipment supplier Sandvik Tamrock has held a multimillion rand service and maintenance contract with Avgold’s Target Mine since development work begun on the 203 level decline shaft in 1997. 

Gold major’s SME drive supports 89 firms

By: Laura Franz     7th December 2001 Gold producer AngloGold’s small and medium enterprise fund, Masakhisane, is currently generating a turnover of some R81,7-million from the 89 small businesses it has invested in since its establishment in 1998, Mining Weeky can report. 

Project to raise fluorspar output by 50%

7th December 2001 Mid-tier mining group Metorex is completing a multimillion-rand capital programme at its Vergenoeg fluorspar mine, which will see a 50% increase in production over the next three years and which has lifted the recovery rate by 24% to date. 

Slag-treatment plant contract is awarded

7th December 2001 A contract for the slag-treatment and reductant plant at Ticor SA’s mineral processing facility in Empangeni has been awarded to Barker Flynn, a subsidiary of Argent Industrial. 

Big two-way conveyor for West Coast

7th December 2001 Johannesburg materials-handling contracting company Tekpro Projects has been awarded the turnkey installation of an extensive convyeyor system, with an initial project value of about R30-million. 

Local firm sells first hard-rock drill-rig to PGM mine

30th November 2001 Mining equipment firm Rham Equipment has rolled out its first locally designed and manufactured hard-rock drill rig. 

New rock-breaking process developed

23rd November 2001 Present drill and blast methods used in the South African Mining industry rely heavily on the use of conventional explosives. 

Non-explosive bouquet from research giant

By: Joanne Delaurentis     23rd November 2001 The introduction of higher levels of mechanisation on South African mines will result in increased safety and decreased cost of mining operations, reports CSIR Miningtek programme manager Pat Willis. 

Firm breaks new ground with innovation

23rd November 2001 Manufacturer of explosives, initiating systems and blasting services African Explosives Limited is intensifying its focus on partnering with its customers to release the wealth of Africa with leading mining solutions in an effort to consolidate its position as an international provider of... 

Tech partnership continues despite delays

23rd November 2001 Gold giant AngloGold remains encouraged with the interim results of its partnership with blasting technology expert Brandrill to develop a non-explosive penetrating cone fracture (PCF)-based continuous slope mining system for its South African narrow vein gold-mines. 

Century-old firm still producing

23rd November 2001 International company Ensign-Bickford has been designing, manufacturing and marketing non-electric explosive initiation systems since 1836. 

Rotary kilns installed for magnesite conversion

23rd November 2001 One of two new rotary kilns installed by mining and chemical company Chamotte at its works near Malelane, in Mpumalanga, has been commissioned. 

New machine info system

23rd November 2001 The Volvo Matris machine tracking information system was seen for the first time at Babcock Equipment’s Volvo Construction Equipment open day in Johannesburg. 

Women are staking their claim in geology

By: Laura Franz     16th November 2001 When Lesley Turner announced her decision to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather, WSF Cameron (a gold-prospector and miner), to pursue a career in geology at a time when there were very few women in the field, her parents were not impressed. 

Auctions dispose of unwanted plant

16th November 2001 Due to the high holding costs of redundant mining assets as well as increasing profit and cost concerns, the liability, security, insurance and maintenance of redundant plants and shafts is becoming an area of significant concern, reports Aucor director Clive Winterstein. 

Technology future for SA gold junior

By: Keith Campbell     16th November 2001 PRESIDENT Steyn Gold Mines Ltd, which is selling, for$32-million, to Canada’s Thistle Mining, its operational President Steyn Gold Mines (Pty) Ltd, is looking at a future of being a mining technology provider. 

Excavator cleans around mine

16th November 2001 The relationship between New Vaal Colliery and Hitachi Construction Machinery South Africa is continuing, with the mine purchasing an EX 22 mini excavator from the machinery supplier. 

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