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Irma Venter

Irma Venter

Irma Venter is a Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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New truck fleet for heavy minerals

3rd August 2001 A new fleet of nine trucks has replaced the five-year-old fleet of eight at Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Energy Bill to be tabled in 2002

3rd August 2001 The first draft of the new Energy Bill will be on the table by next year, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka tells Engineering News. 

Mines not implementing safety techniques – Simrac

27th July 2001 A strategic rethink will see the Safety in Mines Research Advisory Committee (Simrac) reposition itself by the end of the year, says chief director Harold Motaung. 

Hot price for big N Cape sun chimney

27th July 2001 The environmental impact assessment (EIA) and feasibility study for Eskom’s project in the Northern Cape to generate electricity using energy from the sun started this month. 

Africa's dreadful technology divide widens

27th July 2001 The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) human development index (HDI) for this year shows a widening gap between Africa and the rest of the world, especially in terms of a lack of integration into the information technology (IT) age. 

Top new mining technologies probed

20th July 2001 Mining companies proving willing to introduce new technology, and to educate and empower their people in using this technology optimally, will continue mining far into this new century. 

Car exports accelerate but component makers struggle

20th July 2001 South Africa’s motor industry development programme (MIDP) will probably be seen as one of the country’s greatest economic success stories to date – a bestseller strategy aimed at ensuring that the country manufactures vehicles and components at internationally-competitive levels. 

Engineering contracting companies merge

20th July 2001 Three closely-associated South African engineering contracting companies have merged to form Murray & Roberts Engineering Solutions, which will target business in emerging economies. 

When being a woman miner was illegal

13th July 2001 When South Africa’s first woman mining engineer graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 1994, it was against the law for her or any other woman to work underground in the country’s mines. 

. . . and gold No 2 plans investing in catch-up programme

13th July 2001 South Africa’s second-largest producer of gold, Gold Fields’ technology section head Ken Matthysen says the high gold price experienced in the past did not encourage the implementation of newer cost-saving technologies at South Africa’s mines. 

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