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Opencast Quarries News

Tyre shortage will be over by end of 2008, De Beers director Farnaby predicts

By: Martin Creamer     24th October 2007 The tyre shortage that is dogging the mining industry will be over by the end of 2008, De Beers director Debbie Farnaby predicts. 

Local specialist exports quarry screens to Dubai

21st September 2007 A R10-million export order to Dubai has been secured by bulk materials handling and minerals processing specialist Osborn. 

Locally manufactured machine produces results

21st September 2007 A R1,9-million investment in capital equipment would demand careful investigation before commitment in any industry, and such was the case for southern Cape quarry company Denron Quarries. 

Large contract for mining equipment supplier

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st September 2007 The local office of international manufacturer and supplier of equipment to the mining and quarrying industry Manhattan Corporation is finalising a large contract with an undisclosed mining operation in Southern Africa. 

Aggregate producer acquires complete crushing and screening solution

21st September 2007 Earthmoving and materials-handling company Barloworld Equipment has supplied producer and supplier of crushed aggregate Raumix of Bloemfontein with a complete crushing and screening solution. 

Local supplier to represent Japanese pump manufacturer

21st September 2007 Local pump supplier Pumptron has been selected by Japanese heavy and abrasive slurries pump manufacturer Toyo Pumps as their representative in Southern Africa. 

Proactive oil analysis systems lead to savings

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st September 2007 Local oil analysis laboratory Yellotec offers cost savings and equipment lifespan extension by implementing proactive oil analysis systems rather than reactive oil analysis systems. 

Association to focus on health, safety and the environment

By: Chanel de Bruyn     21st September 2007 Following a review of aspects of the quarrying industry and the association's members, the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) has decided to focus on improving health and safety, as well as improving the environmental compliance by members. 

Diesel technician apprenticeship programme way to overcome losses

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2007 The now well-known mantra of 'skills, skills, skills,' also rings true for the construction and mining machinery industry. 

DME to meet Lafarge on mining rights conversion

By: Matthew Hill     25th May 2007 South Africa's Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) will be hosting a workshop with cement producer Lafarge in mid-June, to clarify issues and assist in the conversion of the firm's mining rights, an official said on Tuesday. 

New wheeled loader rolls onto SA market

11th May 2007 The Hyundai HL730-7 wheeled loader, part of the new generation of Hyundai machines, is taking the local market by storm says local Hyundai distributor HPE MD Alan Grady. 

Scharrig buys further 8% of Geosearch for R50m

By: Nelendhre Moodley     12th April 2007 South African mining services company Scharrig Mining (Scharrig) on Thursday announced the acquisition of a further 8% in Geosearch Exploration and Drilling in exchange for R50-million worth of Scharrig ordinary shares. 

Nikanor awards $78m DRC dewatering contract

5th February 2007 Aim-listed copper- and cobalt-miner Nikanor said on Monday that it has awarded a $78-million dewatering contract to a consortium of Belgian and South African companies for its Kamoto-Virgule Oliveira (KOV) copper-cobalt mine, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) Copperbelt. 

'Unprecedented growth' in aggregate and sand demand

By: Clement Deane     1st December 2006 The aggregate and sandsector is experiencing unprecedented growth, says chairperson of the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) Harley Dent. He attributes this to large-scale infrastructural development leading up to the 2010 soccer World Cup, to be hosted in South... 

No risk from Optimum ownership change, Schamin says

By: Nelendhre Moodley     30th November 2006 Mining services supplier Scharring Mining (Schamin), which posted strong interim results on Thursday, said that robust demand for its services would ensure it would not be affected by coal-miner Ingwe’s plans to dispose of its Optimum colliery. 

Problems persist for local aggregate sector

By: Clement Deane     22nd September 2006 The quarrying sector is experiencing some challenges that are inhibiting its progress, according to director of the Aggregate and Sand Producers of Southern Africa (Aspasa) Nico Pienaar. In an exclusive interview with Mining Weekly, Pienaar explains that there are a number of issues that South... 

Local firm expands African footprint

By: Clement Deane     22nd September 2006 Supplier of mining and mineral processing plant and equipment Manhattan Corporation has recently been involved in several large mining projects in Africa. 

Crushing and screening firm reports demand increase

By: Clement Deane     22nd September 2006 Supplier of crushing and screening equipment Pilot Crushtec reports a continuing rise in demand for its equipment. 

Quarries turn to impact-crushing technology

22nd September 2006 Growing pressure to curb the use of natural sand has seen an increasing number of South African quarries turn to impact-crushing technology to manufacture sand from rock, says IMS Engineering’s Shannon McEwan. 

Transformation of local cement industry progresses with Holcim BEE announcement

By: Jade Davenport     1st September 2006 The local cement industry is a step closer to meeting the black economic-empowerment (BEE) requirements of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) with the announcement of an empowerment deal between Holcim South Africa and newly-formed consortium AfriSam. 

Chamber of Mines has concerns about future electricity supply

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2006 The mining industry in South Africa needs answers, and as soon as possible, to fundmental questions about the country’s future electricity supply system. 

South African coal miner looks to continent for growth

By: Jade Davenport     30th June 2006 The coal arm of diversified mining house Metorex, Wakefield Investments, has embarked on a number of local and continental growth initiatives that include the expansion of three of its four mining operations in South Africa and the exploration of coalfields in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Few express interest in Limpopo mine expansion

By: Liezel Hill     5th May 2006 Response to a call for prequalification to participate in State-owned phosphate rock-miner and processor Foskor’s planned expansion project in Limpopo has been, “at best, disappointing”, project executive Anton Nienaber tells Mining Weekly. 

Efficiency improvement drive beginning to bear fruit

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd September 2005 International company Finstone has become one of the largest international stone producing and trading groups and its South African subsidiaries Marlin and Minaco have respectively grown into the largest dimensional block producer and natural stone processor in the African continent. 

New BEE quarry for the Eastern Cape

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd September 2005 Supplier of process plant, mining and mineral-processing equipment and turnkey mining projects Manhattan Corporation is actively involved in the South African quarrying industry and technical sales director Michael Pouroullis tells Mining Weekly that a new black-owned Eastern Cape quarry is in... 

Aggregate and sand industry poised for significant growth

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd September 2005 South Africa is experiencing one of its best economic periods in many decades and the medium-term outlook for the aggregate and sand industry remains positive with prospects for continued growth, supporting new investment in production capacity. 

Equipment supplier continues its African expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd September 2005 Specialist in the buying and selling of used stone crushing, mining, construction and transport equipment, Marsay Equipment, has recently continued its expansion into Africa, with deals in Guinea Bissau and Tanzania. 

Oil giant keeps opencast operation well lubricated

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd September 2005 One of South Africa’s main participants in the petroleum industry, Caltex, is supplying a comprehensive range of products and services to Moolman Mining, a large opencast mining company which moves over 12 million tons of material each month. 

Company nets three orders from cement producer

23rd September 2005 Reinforcing its reputation as a leading supplier of reliable, hard-wearing machines for the quarrying industry, Osborn has netted three orders from Holcim SA. 

New excavator for opencast

By: Mariaan Webb     13th May 2005 Volvo Construction Equipment, the Swedish-based original equipment manufacturer, has launched its new 70-t EC700B excavator at the recent ConExpo exhibition held in Las Vegas. 

Drillrig working at Rustenburg platinum-mines

13th May 2005 Based on the successful performance of the Atlas Copco LM500 drillrig it purchased 16 years ago, Concor Plant, the plant-hire division of the construction and mining firm, traded the old model in for a new machine – an Atlas Copco ECM585 drillrig from Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM). 

When to use refurbished or new machinery

By: Mariaan Webb     13th May 2005 New machinery and refurbished machinery are being used in opencast mining, but whether the one is better than the other is debatable. 

Company to expand track-mounted offering

13th May 2005 Having made mining-industry history with the launch of South Africa’s first locally-manufactured primary jaw crusher track unit, bulk-materials handling and minerals processing specialist Osborn is now manufacturing its first secondary gyrasphere crusher track mounted unit. 

Cost-reduction programme makes equipment maintenance easy

By: Mariaan Webb     13th May 2005 Tacfin, a subsidiary of the openpit mine engineering and project management company Tacmin, is an asset finance and support company that comprises former senior executives from manufacturing, engineering, geology, mining, construction, and banking houses. 

Opencast mining ends after nine years

By: Mariaan Webb     13th May 2005 Rustenburg Platinum Mines’ Amandelbult Section, with its core business of underground mining, using conventional and trackless mining methods, is the flagship of Anglo Platinum. 

Explosives company gears up for growth in coal sector

13th May 2005 With the increased demand for coal anticipated for both the South African domestic and export markets, African Explosives Limited (AEL) is at an advanced stage of upgrading its facilities in the Witbank area in the heart of the South African coalfields. 

Polymers assist in transporting hot and heavy-duty materials

13th May 2005 Industrial polymer bed liners have proved their efficiency and durability when it comes to transporting heavy-duty, abrasive materials, such as Asphalt, coal, gravel, sand, limestone and even quarry materials. 

Processing technology supports opencast mining industry

13th May 2005 Minerals and materials processing specialist IMS Engineering has introduced several industry-leading crushing and sorting solutions into the Southern African opencast mining environment, including primary impact crushers, primary gyratory crushers, jaw crushers and sorting technology. 

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