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Opencast Quarries News

Demand for commodities buoys industry

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2011 There has been sustained growth of opencast mining operations globally as demand for commodities buoys the industry, says mining and exploration management software developer Micromine Pitram sales manager Dennis Kattowitz. 

Vele colliery

By: Lindiwe Molekoa     6th May 2011 The Vele colliery has the potential to produce five-million tons a year of coking coal, which will ramp up from one-million tons a year at the start. 

Waterberg coal project

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2011 The Waterberg coal project comprises eight farms in the Waterberg coalfield totalling some 7,8 ha. The proposed project entails the construction of an opencast coal mine on the Smitspan farm. The definitive feasibility study (DFS) has shown that the Smitspan farm contains sufficient coal to... 

Eastern Cape development agency pumps R1,5m into granite initiative, earmarks R30m for trial mining

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd April 2011 The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), an organisation focused on economic development in the province, has thrown its weight behind a local granite-mining project. 

Automated production control reaches underground mines

By: Eleanor Seggie     6th August 2010 Australian mining software company Micromine is capitalising on the current trend towards installing wireless networks in underground mines.  

DMR accepts mining rights application for planned Waterberg coal mine

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th July 2010 Diversified Australian mining company Firestone Energy reports that the application by Sekoko Coal, for a coal-mining right on the Waterberg joint-venture coal project has been accepted by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). 

Benga feasibility study being accelerated following 84% reserve increase

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th May 2010 The joint venture (JV) between Australian miner Riversdale Mining and Indian steel giant Tata Steel, which is developing the Benga coal projec,t in Mozambique, has fast-tracked the feasibility study to develop the project as a 20-million-ton-a-year project after an 84% increase in the project’s... 

New product to hit shores soon

By: Tracy Hancock     7th May 2010 The South African opencast mining industry is awaiting the arrival of the ROC T35M top hammer, a product of industrial productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco, which is suited to a variety of quarries, but is particularly effective in loose rock and poor ground situations. 

Infrasors transfers listing to JSE main board

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st February 2010 By moving its listing from the AltX to the JSE, infrastructure materials group Infrasors has taken the next step in its growth path to becoming a mature mining company, CEO Trevor Robinson said on Monday. The company, which listed on the AltX in July 2007, on Monday transferred its listing to... 

Impact crusher range available locally

18th September 2009 Minerals and materials processing technology specialist IMS Engineering has introduced a range of Hazemag combined secondary and tertiary hard-rock impactors with reversible rotors and grinding paths to generate coarse and fine products. 

Training to assist with product efficiency

By: Lindsey Berry     18th September 2009 Engineering equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment has a number of training courses available to assist customers in the quarry industry to improve production efficiency. 

Mobile crushing units to compensate for fluctuations in demand

By: Lindsey Berry     18th September 2009 An increase in the use of mobile crushing units in quarrying is a possible solution to compensate for fluctuations in demand. 

Independent audits contribute to increased quarry safety

By: Lindsey Berry     18th September 2009 The Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) reports that it has noticed a number of benefits for local quarries that take part in health and safety and environmental audits. 

Chrometco in R66m limestone, dolomite deal

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2009 AltX-listed diversified miner Chrometco on Monday announced a R66-million deal with Lime-Chem which might lead to the construction of a 500-t/d limestone/dolomite kiln operation, the company said. Chrometco said it had entered into an agreement with William Edward Bramley and Moorgarth Holdings... 

Engineering company involved in Khumani expansion project.

By: Jonathan Faurie     22nd May 2009 Diversified engineering company Iritron, as sub-contractor to engineering company DRA Mineral Projects are involved in the feasibility study for the expansion of the Assmang Khumani iron ore project in the Northern Cape. 

$1bn Lumwana copper project raises Zambian hopes of resuscitating its economy 

By: Jonathan Faurie     1st May 2009 Zambia, once viewed as a Central African economic power house, wants to reclaim some of its former glory as Africa's biggest greenfield copper project, Lumwana, is commissioned. 

South African coal exports expected to rise in 2009, but rail will determine by how much

By: Jonathan Faurie     27th March 2009 South Africa has an expanding coal-export terminal, but an uncertain rail capacity. 

Eqstra subsidiary named opencast mining contractor at Vele colliery

By: Jonathan Faurie     13th March 2009 Mining contractor MCC, a division of Eqstra Holdings, has been selected as the preferred partner to conduct opencast mining operations for coal-focused Coal of Africa's 74% owned, Limpopo based, Vele Colliery. 

Equipment supplier expands African footprint despite economic crunch

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th November 2008 Despite the current economic crisis, mining equipment company Pilot Crushtec’s African footprint has significantly expanded over the past year and looks to grow further in the future. 

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,... 

Sentula names new CEO for opencast subsidiary

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th September 2008 JSE-listed Sentula Mining on Friday announced the appointment of Dirk Miller as CEO of its subsidiary, Scharrighuisen Opencast Mining, with effect from October. Miller would be succeeding Clint Moorcroft, who would be stepping down as CEO to head up Scharrighuisen’s operations. 

Successful upgrades cater for growth

By: Fatima Gabru     19th September 2008 Aggregates and readymix cement producer Lafarge has successfully upgraded and expanded its geographical footprint in the past six months, says Aggregates and Readymix MD Ulrich Aumuller.  

Well-timed blasts produce finer fragmentation

By: Fatima Gabru     19th September 2008 Explosives manufacturer BME has been using its electronic delay detonators (EDDs) in specialised designs at quarries and mines that apply much shorter time-delays than normal, resulting in the production of a much finer rock fragmentation. 

Construction supplier well positioned for growth

By: Fatima Gabru     19th September 2008 The onsite crushing plant of a R90-million contract to supply the Medupi power station project with coarse and fine aggregate for the first phase of the project, will start delivering material this month, says building and construction supplier Afrimat’s CEO Andries van Heerden. 

SA firm to distribute Astra trucks in Southern Africa 

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2008 Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal based High Power Equipment (HPE) has gained the rights to become the sole Southern African importer and distributor of the Astra ranges of rigid dump trucks and articulated dump trucks. 

Capital equipment group spreads its mining wings with Chinese excavator

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2008 Member of the JSE-listed Bidvest group, McCarthy Heavy Equipment (MHE), is expanding its offering to the mining industry, with the introduction later this year of the 70 t Sany excavator - adding to the 20 t, 23 t, 30 t and 42 t machines already available. 

Mining equipment firm relocates and consolidates to gear up for growth

By: Dennis Ndaba     12th September 2008 Mining, construction, cranes and road-building equipment supplier Terex Africa has moved into its new multimillion rand premises in Kempton Park, north-east of Johannesburg. 

Perception that miners do not receive support from DTI is erroneous – Deloitte

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd August 2008 There is a perception in the mining industry that it does not receive adequate support from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in the form of grants because there is a special capital expenditure tax deduction system available for mining companies. 

We’re ‘well ahead’ in global mine-truck monitoring by satellite – Bell 

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2008 Indigenous South African mining equipment manufacturer Bell is “well ahead” of its global competitors in telematics, CEO Gary Bell says of his company’s proprietary advances with the satellite transmission of computerised truck-maintenance information. 

Auditors approve Sentula’s ’09 profit forecast

By: Matthew Hill     29th July 2008 Sentula Mining’s share price rose rapidly in late trade JSE on Tuesday, after it said that its auditors had approved its 2009 profit forecast as “acceptable”. The forecast in question had resulted in the company having its shares suspended on the local bourse, after a director said on a... 

South African radar system contributes to safety in Namibian mine

11th July 2008 Gold-miner AngloGold Ashanti has selected South African radar specialist Reutech Radar Systems’ (RRS’s) movement and surveying radar (MSR) system as its preferred solution to improve operational safety and risk reduction in its Navachab openpit mine, in Namibia. 

Lafarge signs R13,2m compensation deal with N West community 

By: Matthew Hill     27th June 2008 Cement producer Lafarge South Africa would pay R13,2-million to a community in Bodibe, near Lichtenburg, to compensate for government's displacement of families, from 1981 to 1983, at a quarry that the company operates. Lafarge said on Friday that it had signed a compensation agreement with the... 

Sentula expects profit to increase to R400m, shares rise

By: Matthew Hill     27th June 2008 Mining services and coal development company Sentula on Friday said it expected to make a post-tax profit of R400-million for the year to March 2009, which would be a 70% increase on the previous year's figure of R234-million. The announcement came after trading in the company's shares was... 

Sentula more than doubles profit, CEO upbeat about future

By: Matthew Hill     25th June 2008 Mining services company Sentula Mining reported that its after-tax profit for the year ended March 31 had more than doubled to R234-million from the restated figure of R93-million. The JSE listed company rose 7,96% in Johannesburg, trading at R12,20 a share at 09:08. 

Dolomite production soars and operating life trebles as Infrasors redesigns pit

By: Guy Copans     16th May 2008 Industrial and construction minerals producer Inrasors holdings’ Lyttelton Dolomite operation, producing aggregate and metallurgical dolomite, had a pit redesign last year that has provided the market with a 25% increase in throughput, with triple the life-of-mine at 28 years, said... 

Looming diesel shortage could mean trouble

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2008 Global diesel demand has more than doubled since 1994, raising the fuel’s price dramatically. The increase can be attributed to a number of factors, including a significant industry boom in South Africa, India and China, a recent proliferation in diesel-powered consumer cars, or even the... 

Ground breaking safety and control system

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2008 A safety and security system that allows real-time monitoring and control in opencast mines, has been developed by measurement systems company, GroundProbe. The new pit alarm system is a complex innovation in literal ground breaking science, spawned from the simple idea to integrate technologies. 

New version of mine control system better suited to opencast operations

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2008 The Western Australian provider of mining and exploration software products and services, Micromine, recently launched the latest version of its Pitram mine control system. The third-generation product was revealed to be a complete rewrite, backed by brand new design, goals and objectives. 

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