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$105m earmarked for Karowe expansion in 2023

By: Mariaan Webb     29th November 2022 Vancouver-based Lucara Diamond will spend up to $105-million next year on the underground expansion of its Karowe mine, in Botswana. In its 2023 operating guidance, the company says that its focus will be predominantly on shaft sinking activities, along with the construction of the bulk air... 

M&R Cementation appoints MD following incumbent's 2023 retirement

By: Donna Slater     7th November 2022 Underground mining contractor Murray & Roberts (M&R) Cementation has appointed Japie du Plessis MD designate, effective March 1, 2023, following the retirement of incumbent Mike Wells, who will leave the company at the end of February. Wells’ retirement marks the end of a mining career spanning... 

Jacobs Transport’s young, compliant fleet shifts to bigger business premises 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2022 Transportation service provider Jacobs Transport has outgrown its current yard space and will be redesigning the company’s modus operandi to conform with business requirement flow. The company talks to Creamer Media about this, and more, at this year's Electra Mining Africa exhibition. 

Master Drilling lists diversification plans as it reports stellar interim performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2022 JSE-listed Master Drilling had one of the best interim periods in its 36-year history in the six months ended June 30, with all business units having contributed positively to earnings, while healthy demand for drilling services continued globally. CEO Danie Pretorius tells Mining Weekly that... 

Lucara starts shaft sinking at Botswana expansion project

By: Mariaan Webb     11th August 2022 Canada-based miner Lucara has started sinking the main shaft at its Karowe diamond mine expansion project, in Botswana, although it says that the transition from pre-sinking has taken longer than planned. The TSX- and LSE-listed miner says that it has identified opportunities to decrease the... 

BBE Projects nearing delivery of Venetia underground cooling system

By: Donna Slater     10th August 2022 Project delivery company BBE Projects is in the final stages of completing its delivery of a turnkey air-cooling system for diamond miner De Beer’s Venetia diamond mine, in Limpopo, which is currently approaching the final stages of its transition from openpit to underground mining. BBE Group,... 

BBE completes refrigeration and air-cooling system for Venetia Diamond Mine underground project

10th August 2022 BBE Projects was contracted to design, supply, construct and commission a turn-key air-cooling system for the Venetia Diamond Mine, which is currently approaching the final stages of its transition from open pit to underground mining. Client background 

UMS fast-tracks projects with front-end engineering capability

14th June 2022 Over the last five years, the United Mining Services (UMS) Group has evolved its operations to combine the capabilities of the UMS METS and UMS Shaft Sinkers businesses to facilitate a seamless project transition for clients from concept to prefeasibility, feasibility and into execution.  With... 

M&R's Mining platform achieves strong recovery, order book at pre-pandemic levels

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2022 Engineering and mining contracting firm Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) Mining platform says its order book has recovered to pre-pandemic levels. M&R Mining Platform CEO Mike da Costa adds that the platform has made a strong recovery from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Murray & Roberts' mining business makes strong recovery

6th June 2022 The Mining Platform of Murray & Roberts, one of the world’s leading mining contracting businesses, is fast putting the economic effects of the COVID pandemic behind it and its order book has now recovered to pre-pandemic levels. “Our order book was eroded in the immediate aftermath of the global... 

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