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Mining Services News

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. 

Monorail takes on narrow inclined raise challenge

12th April 2002 The transport of equipment, materials and people to mechanise mining up narrow inclined raises and into gullys is difficult without a means of effective transport. 

New excavation technologies developed

12th April 2002 The South African mining industry is constantly looking for technology that offers more efficient operation as well as cost savings. 

Marine diamond-mining technology triumphs

By: vanessa vasques     12th April 2002 The process of mining at sea will never be easy as miners will always have to contend with a hostile environment hampered by storms, high winds and rough seas. 

Maximising the 'neglected side' of human development

12th April 2002 The future simply is not what it used to be. As markets become tougher and investors demand ever greater returns, the hard, bottom-line value generated by the organisation – at all levels and in all functions – has to be maximised as never before. 

Verdict of finalised deep-mine project

12th April 2002 The collaborative research project DeepMine, which saw mining houses; research institutions; government and labour come together to research the potential of mining at ultra-depths (further than 3 000m), has drew to a close in March with some interesting findings. 

R50-million envisaged for SA mining's future perfect

By: vanessa vasques     12th April 2002 A collaborative research initiative was launched in March to investigate current mining operations in order to make them safer, more healthy and more profitable. 

Future mining project breaks HR ground

By: vanessa vasques     12th April 2002 The project undertaken by AngloGold South African region called Projek Katleho is well under way and is starting to implement mining systems to improve safety and productivity. 

The world's first modular belt-tensioning device

12th April 2002 Pump, valve and process engineer specialist Weir-EnviroTech together with Oscillating Systems, has developed what is reportedly a first-of-its-kind modular belt-tensioning device which maintains a speed ratio between two shafts whilst in operation. 

Platinum concentrator plant is to be completed in Sept

12th April 2002 Project manager and design consultant Dowding Reynard and Associates (DRA) has been given the go-ahead to proceed with the Voorspoed concentrator project for Messina Platinum Mining. 

Level control for flotation circuits

12th April 2002 Reliable level control is critical to achieving consistent metallurgical performance in mill flotation circuits, but is not easy to achieve. 

Global positioning system for Botswana diamond-mine

5th April 2002 Leader in high-tech mine management solutions Modular Mining Systems is in the process of installing the ProVision high-precision global positioning system (HPGPS) and other modular equipment at Debswana Diamond Mining Company’s Jwaneng diamond-mine in Botswana, in Southern Africa. 

Malawi to hold mining exhibition

By: Marcel Chimwala     29th March 2002 MALAWI - Malawi will hold a mining exhibition from July 25 to 27 in its commercial capital Blantyre to allow local and international mining companies sample the mineral potential of the country. The theme of the exhibition is mining for economic diversity. 

New tech rocks heavy-metal plant

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2002 New technology which is being implemented at the Kumba Base Metals Zincor zinc refinery in Springs on the East Rand, promises to improve the possibilities for heavy metal recovery. 

SA mining goods sector targets China's gold-mining market

By: Keith Campbell     22nd March 2002 South Africa is targetting China, and particularly that country’s gold mining sector, as an export market for local mining and processing technologies, equipment and services. 

Mining industry in grip of outsourcing fever

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd March 2002 A major trend in the mining industry in the last few years has been outsourcing of the management of mobile equipment to the supplier. 

Equipment suppliers face mounting competition

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd March 2002 Suppliers and contractors of mobile mining equipment are having to become increasingly competitive in order to secure orders and contracts, believes Bell Equipment marketing director: mining Terry Gillham. 

Colliery replaces earthmovers

22nd March 2002 Anglo Coal’s Kleinkopje colliery, based just south of Witbank, has a history of using Euclid rigid-frame dump truck and coal haulers supplied by Hitachi Construction Machinery South Africa (HCSA). 

New excavator destined for SA

22nd March 2002 The CX800 hydraulic excavator is now available in South Africa in its final form and is the latest addition to Case’s proven range of CX excavators. 

New trailers up heavy mineral haulage

22nd March 2002 The mining division of Unitrans Freight has taken delivery of a fleet of ten Afrit side-trip trailers for its operation at Namaqua Sands, in the Western Cape. 

Jumbo hydraulic rock-breaker released

22nd March 2002 Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM) announces the release of the Ingersoll-Rand’s Montabert V65 hydraulic rock breaker, one the largest units of its kind suitable for breaking oversize boulders in the opencast mining and quarrying industries. 

Diesel utility-vehicle gets makeover

22nd March 2002 In June 2000 Mining Weekly featured the introduction of the UK-developed Buffalo 611cc Diesel Quad Bike into the mining industry, a new breed of workhorse structurally and mechanically developed for heavy-duty use under extreme conditions. 

Trucks fill mining niche

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd March 2002 Equipment supplier Liebherr Africa has two new products which are both proving to be successful in their applications for the mining industry. 

Refurbed equipment offers big cost savings to mines

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd March 2002 Kumba Resources’ Thabazimbi iron-ore mine has been able to achieve significant cost savings over the last few years through refurbishing old equipment instead of buying new units. 

Techno firm acquires rockdrill business

18th March 2002 Mining technology firm Boart Longyear has acquired the Swiss-based rockdrill division of SIG Produktionstechnik. 

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