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Quarrying

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. 

Supplier unveils R140-million quarry acquisition

22nd September 2006 South Africa’s largest black economically-empowered, locally-owned ready-mix concrete and aggregate supplier, W G Wearne, would acquire W de Bruyn Sandwerke and its various properties for R140-million, the company announced in a statement earlier this month. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

. . . 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Boom 6 months for equipment supplier

By: Liezel Hill     24th September 2004 The current boom in the South African quarrying industry is welcomed by mobile crushing, screening and washing solutions business Pilot Crushtec, which has sold more sand-washing plants in the last six months that the previous three years, having supplied eight complete turnkey plants to quarries... 

Crunch time

By: zeena isaacs     31st October 2003 The quarry industry is a tough industry to be involved in, says Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa director Nico Pienaar. 

Demand for aggregate stagnant since 1994 – Institute

By: zeena isaacs     31st October 2003 According to statistics, the volumes of aggregate required locally have remained the same since 1994, with the number being 23-million tons to 24-million tons a year, which is below the average per capita tons required in developed countries, chairperson of the Institute of Quarrying Johan... 

From waste to profit – turning rock into sand

By: zeena isaacs     31st October 2003 South African crushing and screening equipment supplier IMS Engineering highlights the importance for quarries to produce sand from aggregate sizes of which there is an overabundance, since natural sand is declared a nonrenewable resource. 

Association calls for industry-wide health and safety evaluations

By: candice haase     1st November 2002 As the mining industry awaits the implementation the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, Aggregate and Stone Producers Association of South Africa director Nico Pienaar has faith in the Department of Minerals and energy and the government’s efforts in this regard. 

New skills unit standards by 2004

By: candice haase     1st November 2002 With the recent furore over the financial elements of the leaked Mining Charter, it seems that the public lost focus of one of the critical elements in the industry. 

Shaft-mounted drive suited to quarrying

By: candice haase     1st November 2002 A product that will benefit conveyor-belt applications in the quarrying sector is the addition of Falk Corporation’s Quadrive shaft-mounted speed-reducer to the range distributed by Voith Turbo, a South African subsidiary of the German engineering giant. 

BEE stone-crusher eyes Moz opportunities

By: candice haase     1st November 2002 The development of recently black-empowered stone-crushing company Stone and Allied Industries is pinned to a possible joint venture that will see Stone & Allied Industries extending its horizons to include Mozambique. 

Bloem quarry installs new sand impactor

1st November 2002 Cape Town crushing contractor, C&A Engineering has ordered a new sand impactor for use at the Lefarge Olive Hill quarry, in Bloemfontein, where it will be used for crushing excess aggregate fractions of dolorite to manufacture sand for asphalt. The AP-KV 1010 is a Hazemag sand impactor supplied... 

German surface miner could replace coal-mine's truck-and-shovel methods

By: candice haase     17th May 2002 A subsidiary of MAN Takraf Fordertechnik, MAN Takraf South Africa, is engaged in the development of more effective surface mining technologies at present. The West-rand based firm is in negotiations with Kumba Resources, formerly Iscor Mining, for the commissioning of a surface miner for use at... 

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