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Safer blasting processes explored by explosives manufacturer

21st November 2008 Blasting solutions and explosives manufacturer African Explosives (AEL) is at an advanced stage of a project that will result in high quality and safer blasting solutions, states AEL director of research and technology Dr Piet Halliday. 

Local explosives company records biggest contract to date

21st November 2008 Blasting solutions and explosives manufacturer African Explosives (AEL), has signed its biggest explosives supply contract in more than 100 years, since the establishment of the company, reports AEL.  

Electronic detonator blasting increases safety

21st November 2008 In a move to improve the cost-efficiency of mining operations in engineering and mining, contracting company Concor Mining has adopted the use of electronic detonation blasting (EDB) technology from a local supplier. 

Explosives company aligns its operations with new regulations

21st November 2008 Explosives manufacturer African Explosives (AEL) states that it is in a position to assess, register qualifications and ensure that all its on-mine operating personnel are compliant with the Department of Minerals and Energy's (DME's) mining legislation, which came into effect in July, last year. 

Non-destructive blasting implemented globally

21st November 2008 A drive towards creating a non-destructive and environment-friendly blasting solution for the mining industry has lead to the development of automated and advanced explosives technologies, reports non-explosive rock breaking technology manufacturer NXCO Mining Technologies. 

Law firm concentrates on community involvement 

By: Jacqueline Holman     14th November 2008 Law firm Bell Dewar and Hall head of mining practice Bruce Dickinson says that a crucial element that most firms practicing law in the mining sector overlook or do not fully appreciate or understand is the role of traditional leadership and community involvement in mining projects. 

Shift in mining sector contracting strategies

By: Jacqueline Holman     14th November 2008 Specialist legal and commercial consultancy MDA Consulting director Vaughan Hattingh says there is a shift in larger capital projects within the mining sector towards contracting strategies. 

New acquisitions and foreign investment in minerals sector

By: Jacqueline Holman     14th November 2008 Law firm Bowman Gilfillan partner practising in mining, regulatory and environmental law Claire Tucker says there are a fair amount of new acquisitions and foreign investors acquiring interests in the South African mineral sector. 

New-order mining rights four years into new mining regime

14th November 2008 Legal firm Bowman Gilfillan partner practising in mining, regulatory and environmental law Claire Tucker and associate Twaambo Muleza say that the implementation of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) radically transformed the law governing rights to mineral resources in... 

4WD training simulator launched 

By: Fatima Gabru     7th November 2008 Simulator training equipment company Immersive Technologies launched its first four-wheel drive light vehicle conversion kit for advanced equipment training simulators in June. 

African mine insurance suffers losses 

By: Darren Parker     7th November 2008 International insurance and reinsurance broker Glencairn MD South Africa Nick Hall says that the global insurance market has suffered a spate of losses and financial difficulties in 2008, with regards to mining interests, and Africa is no exception. 

Is mechanisation in African hard-rock mining the way to go? 

By: Darren Parker     7th November 2008 The drive for mechanisation throughout the global mining industry has gained further impetus in Africa on the back of mining equipment supplier Sandvik Mining & Construction focussing considerable attention in the hard-rock mining sector. 

EIA report gets thumbs-up in DRC 

By: Darren Parker     7th November 2008 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) minister of mines signed off the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) report for the Tenke Fungurume copper/cobalt mining project, in Kinshasha, at the beginning of October. 

Motor supplier focuses on increased African presence

By: Darren Parker     7th November 2008 A focused approach to application requirements and an exceptional level of product availability has seen motors and drives company Zest secure a place as a significant supplier of electric motors, variable speed drives, transformers, diesel generator sets, switchgear, motor control centres (MCCs)... 

Alliance Mining posts 161% increase in interim earnings

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd November 2008 JSE-listed mining services and products provider Alliance Mining Corporation on Monday reported a 161% increase in headline earnings for the six months ended August, despite challenging the trading and economic conditions. The company stated that the earnings reflected a strong demand from the... 

Sludge level analyser undergoes trial period

By: Darren Parker     31st October 2008 An automatic sludge level and effluent turbidity analyser has been installed at gold miner Gold Fields’ Kloof gold mine for a three-month trial basis and has proven to be an “invaluable” asset to the mine’s milling operations, says Kloof mine official Gerald Solai. 

Level detection technology opens up a new dimension

By: Darren Parker     31st October 2008 Instrumentation manufacturer and supplier Allpronix has introduced the APM 3DLevelScanner into South Africa, after several hundred units have already been installed for a wide range of applications in European markets. 

Inner engine eye

31st October 2008 International petroleum company Shell has introduced VideoCheck, a digital inspection apparatus that allows one to conduct a visual inspection of the surfaces of components that are difficult to access inside machinery. 

Sentula searching for missing R242m, institutes civil and criminal action

By: Martin Creamer     31st October 2008 South African mining services and coal-mining company Sentula Mining has uncovered “irregular” activity involving the apparent misappropriation of R242-million. Forensic auditors have discovered “blatant overvaluation” of equipment, as well as equipment trade-in and equipment sale... 

Former Rockwell CFO appointed as MDM Engineering FD

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th October 2008 Mineral processing and project management group MDM Engineering on Tuesday announced the appointment of Dominique de la Roche as financial director, with immediate effect. De la Roch would replace Mark Summers, who previously undertook this role, in addition to several other responsibilities.... 

Terrane awards engineering design, procurement contract for BC mine

By: Liezel Hill     27th October 2008 TSX Venture Exchange-listed Terrane Metals has awarded the detailed engineering design and procurement contract for its Mt Milligan copper/gold project, in British Columbia, to Wardrop Engineering. Wardrop recently completed a feasibility study report for the construction and operation of a... 

Sandvik opens office in Namibia to cope with soaring demand 

By: Leandi Kolver     24th October 2008 “Namibia is currently experiencing a surge of growth in its mining and mineral exploration sectors just like many countries in Africa. It has a particularly significant expansion in uranium,” he says.  

TWP’s project pipeline up 60% to R140bn

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd October 2008 With a project pipeline valued at R140-billlion, up R52-billion from a year before, TWP Holdings was now the largest engineering service provider in Africa, the JSE listed group said on Thursday. In its interim results for the six months ended August 31, the company stated that the board was... 

‘Naked potential criminality and fraud’ at Sentula, says chairperson Sam Jonah

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2008 “Naked potential criminality and fraud” appeared to have taken place within the JSE-listed, but currently suspended, Sentula Mining, Sentula chairperson Sir Sam Jonah said on Wednesday. “In all my public life, and I have been around the block a few times, I have never seen such nakedness in... 

Uranium Exploration finds replacement for outgoing MD

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2008 ASX-listed Uranium Exploration Australia has selected a new MD to replace Patrick Muntz, who will be stepping down. The company stated that under Muntz’s leadership it had advanced the evaluation of one of the largest and most prospective ground positions within the Olympic Dam/Stuart Shelf... 

Implats takes top honours at stainless steel awards

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2008 Platinum producer Impala Platinum Refineries has been named the overall winner of the Stainless Steel Awards for 2008. The entry from Impala Platinum was one of 42 submitted from across South Africa, and it also won the best stainless-steel product award. 

Society set on developing skills base

By: Loni Prinsloo     17th October 2008 The future of the ventilation discipline within the mining industry is extremely favourable. However, the Mine Ventilation Society (MVS) warns that several challenges still need to be dealt with to ensure stability and even greater success in the South African mining industry. 

Engineering firm implementing energy-efficiency technology in mines

By: Loni Prinsloo     17th October 2008 Ventilation and refrigeration consulting engineering firm Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) is currently implementing energy management refrigeration systems for mines to reduce overall energy consumption and to manage energy consumption during peak electricity demand times. 

Achieving success with customised cooling systems

17th October 2008 Heating, ventilation and cooling specialist Booyco Engineering reports an approbative market response on its custom engineered cooling system, the Booyco Bushcooler. 

Joburg blasting conference to focus on the latest technologies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2008 The sixteenth annual Explosives, Drilling and Blasting Technologies conference is to be held in Johannesburg on November 6.  

Ontario promotes mining equipment, services in Mexico

By: Liezel Hill     16th October 2008 Representatives of Ontario's Ministries of Northern Development and Mines and International Trade and Investment will be in Mexico next week to promote the Canadian province's mining equipment and services sector. The Ministries are cohosting a booth at the Expo-Minera Sonora 2008 trade show,... 

Zimbabwe could exacerbate South Africa’s skills shortage – Ernst & Young 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2008 Zimbabwe righting itself could exacerbate South Africa’s already strained human-resource situation, Ernst & Young mining sector leader Adrian Macartney said on Wednesday. Releasing an Ernst & Young report which found that the mining industry had reached critical levels of skills shortage... 

Top South African engineer shot dead 

By: Martin Creamer     13th October 2008 A top South African engineer has been shot dead by robbers at his home in Edenvale. Louwrens van der Merwe, 44, the electrical and instrumentation director of Dowding Reynard and Associates (DRA) of Johannesburg, was intimately involved in the supply of power to new mining projects, a DRA... 

VR Steel to sell Hofmann products in SA

By: Chanel de Bruyn     13th October 2008 Steel products manufacturer VR Steel will represent Australian dragline and shovel supplier Hofmann Engineering in South Africa, in a deal that is expected to earn the firm R50-million a year. The steel manufacturer said in a statement that on Monday that it would stock the full range of Hofmann... 

Energy-efficient motor programme enters second year

By: Darren Parker     10th October 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom’s demand side management (DSM) programme, which encompasses the energy efficient motors (EEM) programme, is well underway, says Eskom EEM project manager Oren Prato, as the second year of the project begins. 

New transmissions product range added to bearings offering

By: Darren Parker     10th October 2008 International bearing manufacturer SKF South Africa has introduced a mechanical power transmissions department to its business model. 

Motor supplier branches out

10th October 2008 Zest has established a branch operation in Mpumalanga, near the Middelburg and Witbank coalfields, prompted by an increased installed base of Weg products in the vicinity as a result of end user contracts. 

New power transmissions company enters market

By: Darren Parker     10th October 2008 Power transmission components manufacturer Silver A Power Transmissions has announced its entrance to the power transmissions market as a new black economic empowerment supplier of Dytro rigid flange couplings and locking elements. 

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