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Opencast Quarries News

'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. 

Excavators hard at work at open pit platinum-mine

13th May 2005 Four Liebherr R984C Litronic-crawler excavators move 400 000 m3 of the overburden, selected material and ore body from Zimplat’s Ngezi platinum-mine in south-western Zimbabwe, every month, working 20 hours a day, seven days a week. 

New loaders hit SA market

13th May 2005 The new generation Galeo-series range of Komatsu small and medium wheel loaders, comprising a total of eight models, has recently been introduced into the local market by Komatsu Southern Africa. 

New horizons for Wonderstone

By: andrew lanham     3rd December 2004 Ottosdal is a small town in the North West province that Mining Weekly passes through on the way to places such as Black Mountain or Beeshoek, or the mines of Namibia. 

Overall industry outlook is positive . . .

By: Liezel Hill     24th September 2004 After more than four years of dismal sector commentary from the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa), director Nico Pienaar tells Mining Weekly that the industry is finally experiencing an upturn. 

. . . but borrow-pits remain a problem

By: Liezel Hill     24th September 2004 The stone-crushing industry has experienced a remarkably buoyant 2004, reports Institute of Quarrying Southern Africa (IQSA) director Frans Van Wyk, as, with the exception of the northern Kwazulu-Natal market, an upswing has been experienced throughout the country. 

Quarry orders R1m worth of equipment

By: Liezel Hill     24th September 2004 Johannesburg-based equipment suppliers IMS Engineering recently supplied some R1-million worth of crushing and screening equipment to Scirocco Enterprises, operating at a quarry in Zambia. 

Botswana, Zambia deals complete

By: Liezel Hill     24th September 2004 International supplier of process plants, mining and mineral processing equipment and turnkey mining projects, Manhattan Corporation is also supplying crushing equipment to the South and Southern African quarrying industries. 

Blast data management system developed

By: Liezel Hill     24th September 2004 Explosives company Bulk Mining Explosives reports that it has added a further technological supplement to complement its successful BlastMap blast planning and management software. 

BEE quarry deal finalised

24th September 2004 Prima Quarries (Pty) Ltd and Mega Oils have signed a unique black economic empowerment (BEE) deal that is a breakthrough for the quarrying industry in the Western Cape, and places the Prima Quarries group well ahead of the requirements of the Mining Charter. 

Polymers assist in transporting hot and heavy-duty materials

24th September 2004 Industrial polymer bed liners have proven their efficiency and durability when it comes to transporting heavy-duty, abrasive materials, such as asphalt, coal, gravel, sand, limestone and even quarry materials. 

Air conditioning units improve operator efficiency

24th September 2004 The new health and safety regulations are having a positive effect on opencast mining and earthmoving productivity. 

Loader range is set to grow

24th September 2004 Due to global customer demand, Bell Equipment Company will grow its wheeled loader range during the course of the next two years. 

Wire producer continues to supply quarrying hubs

By: Liezel Hill     24th September 2004 Leader in diamond cutting technology Wendt Longyear is wholly owned by Boart Longyear, part of Anglo American. 

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