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Mining Services News

Autodilution systems improve efficiency

22nd June 2001 Process equipment manufacturer GL&V Dorr-Oliver has installed and commissioned its first two DynaCharge autodilution systems in Southern Africa, at Ingwe Coal's Middelburg mine in Mpumalanga. 

Concentrator proves popular in ferrochrome processing

22nd June 2001 Increasing acceptance of Multotec Process Equipment's spiral concentrators in the ferrochrome industry has seen four installations of these spiral separation plants commissioned at Southern African and foreign mines over the past 18 months. 

Contract for transfer chutes awarded

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd June 2001 East Rand firm M&J Engineering has won a contract to supply all the transfer chutes for overland and plant applications at Maandagshoek platinum-mine, on the Northern Province-Mpumalanga border. 

SA to host international symposium

15th June 2001 The topics which will be covered include artificial intelligence, automation and remote control, communications systems, innovative mining systems and concepts, non-explosive rock breaking, real time monitoring, and robotics. 

Control system gains popularity

15th June 2001 A contract has been awarded to Svedala’s Cisa division to optimise the milling circuits at Gold Fields Kloof No 1 gold plant, in Westonaria. 

Cost efficiency becomes critical on mine machines

15th June 2001 The greatest cost to mines in real terms is not the purchase price of a mining machine, but its operating costs over time, reports equipment supplier Liebherr. 

Small diamond miners dig bigger machines

14th June 2001 Mining and construction equipment supplier Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa reports a marked swing among independent diamond digging operations towards larger hydraulic excavators. 

Defence offsets take off, but civilian deals still grounded

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 Defence companies involved in the R37-billion (officially - some sources outside government put it at R50-billion) re-equipping programme are eager for a thorough investigation into allegations of corruption. 

South Africa to get low-sulphur diesel

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 A new diesel with a sulphur content as low as 0,3% will be launched countrywide next year by petroleum giant BP. 

Five cranes to minerals reclamation plant

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 A minerals reclamation plant under construction in Kimberly has resulted in a R2-million order for five overhead cranes from Germiston based Condra. 

Firm wins zirconium conveying contract

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 Local company Elsby Engineering, in alliance with Screw Conveyors and Materials-Handling Equipment, has been awarded the contract to supply two screw conveyors and a lump breaker for Palabora Mining in Mpumalanga. 

Second large truck supplied to coal-mine

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 Johannesburg company Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa (HCMSA) has received an order for a new 436 t operating weight, 280 t load capacity Euclid EH 4500 rigid-frame dump truck from Grootegeluk Colliery in the Northern Province. 

Logistics - the final frontier

8th June 2001 There is still room in many corporations to make signficant improvements in the area of logistics. 

Innovative technology for materials-handling

8th June 2001 Striving to be more than just another contractor, Bateman Materials-Handling has invested to develop innovative technology to supplly comprehensive solutions to its customers' handling problems and increase customer resource efficiency. 

Local firm wins zirconium conveying contract

8th June 2001 Local company Elsby Engineering, in alliance with Screw Conveyors and Materials Handling Equipment, has been awarded the contract to supply two screw conveyors and a lump breaker for Palabora Mining in the Northern Province. 

Supply-chain firm grows mining services

8th June 2001 Responding to the latest supply-chain management trends within the industry, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed supply-chain and logistics services firm, Supergroup, is positioning itself to best be able to repond positively to its clients' needs. 

One-stop materials-handling service

8th June 2001 Southern African materials-handling company Barloworld Handling is focusing on providing a total solutions-based one-stop service 

Trackless breakthrough in mine's development

1st June 2001 One of South Africa's newest gold-mines, Avgold's Target mine, is leading the pack in the development of new, mechanised mining methods. 

Platinum miner plans to beat Zimbabwe blues

By: System Author     1st December 2000 $47m, 15-year expansion on cards at Hartley Complex 

Messina project on track

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Platinum 

Don’t discount mining’s contribution

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Despite concerns that the mining industry is in decline, Chamber of Mines president Rick Menell asserts that the local mining ‘cluster’ is making a rich and varied contribution to the national economy, and is well advanced in having a substantial effect on development in the Southern... 

Mindpower is Mintek’s magic

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Internationally-renowned South African science council Mintek, which specialises in the development of mineral processing and beneficiation technologies, is threatened by the gap between the salaries it can pay its scientists and those paid by the private sector. 

Expansion to produce an extra 395 000 ounces

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Platinum 

Fairy-tale-like discovery in the middle of Malian nowhere

By: System Author     1st December 2000 A local farmer who owned a shovel was hired to dig an exploratory hole – the first step to unearthing five million ounces of gold in the middle of Malian nowhere 

Copper project advances

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Top Zambian copper projects 

R45m materials-handling contract awarded

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Platinum 

R13bn to flow to SA from Konkola, says Menell

By: System Author     24th November 2000 More than half of the capital outlay made in various large-scale projects in Southern Africa returns to South Africa through the purchase of services and supplies. 

Furnace No 3 possible at Namakwa

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Anglo American plc 

Brownfields exploration the best kind of exploration, says Danchin

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Anglo American plc 

Escaping the commodities curse

By: System Author     17th November 2000 South African mining, processing and minerals beneficiation science council Mintek will, in future, also be looking at non-mining spin-offs of its technologies. 

Oil production is set to increase

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Mining in Africa 

Decision within two years on taking Kalgold underground

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Gold producer Harmony will decide in 18 to 24 months whether it will commit to an underground development at its Kalgold opencast operation. 

New rig drills, breaks, supports

By: System Author     10th November 2000 A new continuous-mining system, which is said to provide an effective solution to some of the problematic safety and production issues surrounding tabular orebody mining, has been developed by global equipment manufacturer Boart Longyear. 

Explosives information to be stored on database

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Quarrying 

Water ‘voltage’ wowing mines

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Hydropower making big strides in SA’s deep-level mines 

Changes under way at society

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Ventilation 

Germans remain upbeat about SA mining prospects

By: System Author     27th October 2000 German mining contracting, construction, mining and construction equipment manufacturer Deilmann-Haniel’s recent decision to buy 43% of South African-based Samat Mining represents a vote of confidence in the South African mining industry. 

Equipment Web portal mooted

By: System Author     13th October 2000 The need for greater cohesiveness among mining-equipment suppliers worldwide has prompted some to investigate the viability of establishing an Internet-based sales portal. 

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