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Mining Weekly Features

Asian crisis causes cracks in global granite industry

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The need to become more competitive, as well as to survive economically, has prompted the granite industry to put more effort into developing geological models for mining areas, Kelgran Africa MD Henry Laas tells Mining Weekly. “We believe that, with a better understanding of geology, we... 

R1,5m deal cast in stone

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A contracting deal between Diamond Winter South Africa and Impala Granite and Stone for more than R1,5-million was finalised last month. In terms of the contract, Diamond Winter will supply Impala Granite & Stone with saw blades and segments as well as other diamond tools for a year.... 

Cutting-edge of quarry products

By: System Author     16th April 1999 As part of the ongoing drive to improve the quality of diamond products manu- factured at Boart Longyear, the company has implemented an innovative new production process designed to yield more consistent, reproducible segments for cutting and drilling, as well as beads for diamond-wire... 

Metal-coating for diamonds

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Metal-coated diamonds introduced by GE Superabrasives will take sawing and drilling applications into the next millennium, maintains manager Roger Lambson. The stone industry’s ongoing quest for durable, high-performance cutting tools has led to the widespread adoption of diamond saws, wire... 

R12m order for mine-hoist systems

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Believed to be the biggest single order of its kind from a mining group, a project to install 27 Ecam mine-hoist monitor systems for Anglo American Platinum in the Northern Province is being completed this month by Tellumat of Mondeor, Gauteng, sales and marketing manager Alan Eltze tells Mining... 

Costs plummet with used equipment

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Previously-used equipment, including vertical-transport machinery, can be as good as new equipment, provided it is inspected and refurbished to meet quality and safety standards, argues Man-hattan Mining Equipment Supplier MD Chris Pouroullis. By taking the risk out of pre-owned equipment and... 

New winder for platinum-mine

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A large winder for the Eastern Platinum mine is being supplied by Winches and Winders, of Kempton Park, Gauteng, for use on the newly-developed Newman incline shaft. Featuring 160 kW installed power, the single-drum Fulton winder has double calliper brakes 1,8 m in diameter with a 2,2 m-wide... 

‘Pink’ chain for mining

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A chain offering a working load limit up to 50% higher than other grade 80 sys- tems, as well as increased safety features, has been introduced to the South African mining industry by Gauteng supplier Zartech. The Rud VIP chain range has been designed to allow a higher degree of elongation than... 

Hydraulic-buffer contract clinched

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Gauteng hydraulic-systems supplier Horne Hydraulics is strengthening its hold on the vertical-transport industry with the award of two contracts for the installation of hydraulic buffers for Palabora Mining in the Northern Province and Western Areas last month, reports technical sales manager... 

Getting the hang of rope testing

By: System Author     9th April 1999 An independent facility for testing speci- mens of steel-wire ropes and issuing test-result certificates, operated by CSIR, will be incorporated into its Miningtek division this month so as to serve the mining community better. Since the life of a winding rope may extend over several years,... 

Big R350 000 lift

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A R350 000 contract to supply and install a passenger and goods lift for service and maintenance access for the mid-South crushing and conveying system at Beeshoek mine in the Northern Cape for Associated Manganese Mines of South Africa is being completed this month by Libra Plant Sales and... 

New chain hoist set to strike sparks

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Gauteng mining-equipment supplier Bellambie Mining & Industrial has launched a new Kito electric chain hoist with lifting capacities between 125 kg and 20 t. The ER series, which has lower headroom than any previous models, features a newly-designed compact, single die-cast aluminium body which... 

80% of SA waste from mining

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Eighty per cent of all waste generated in South Africa is considered to be mining waste, Department of Mineral and Energy (DME) mine rehabilitation director Alexander Clark tells Mining Weekly. This figure includes overburden. At present, mining waste is regulated by the DME in terms of the... 

Landmark judgment ‘saves’ Vaal region

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A full bench of the Supreme Court of Appeal has placed the environment at the forefront of all future planned mining projects, bringing South Africa in line with international practice. In a landmark judgment secured by the community-based organisation Save the Vaal Environment (Save) on March 12... 

Mining gets green light

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Mining companies have come out tops in the yearly survey of environmental reporting in South Africa. The awards are made by one of South Africa’s leading business and advisory firms, KPMG, in association with the University of Pretoria (UP), and awards are based on an evaluation of the... 

Mining enviro sector still too ‘green’

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The mining environmental industry will become more controlled in the near future, as this is a neglected area at present, particularly with regard to the rehabilitation of disused mines, predicts Environmental Impact Consultancy (EIC) director Danny Liebenberg. In order to achieve this, South... 

Phosphate mine is turned into big fossil park

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Three years of rehabilitation work on Samancor’s Chemfos phosphate mine near Langebaanweg has culminated in its rebirth as the West Coast Fossil Park. After more than 30 years of mining the phosphates in the area, the operation was wound down in 1993. Samancor required a rehabilitation... 

Fanning the mine-noise problem

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A leading South African supplier of underground ventilation fans, Howden Safanco, has introduced a silenced auxiliary mine ventilation fan to its product range. It is aimed at providing a solution to the noise problem that is prevalent in most mines in South Africa today. Stricter control on... 

‘Liquid gold’ project flows on

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Local environmental consul- tant Rison Consulting has achieved a 10% accuracy level in simulating the rise of the water level in the western mining basin of the Witwatersrand region for a two-year period. This information is crucial for the Amanzi Water Treatment Venture (AWTV), a project aimed... 

Local ADT firm a whizz in Oz

By: System Author     26th March 1999 In a big coup for exports, South African company Bell Equipment has emerged as the frontrunner in the sale of articulated dump-trucks (ADTs) in Australia by securing a massive 39% of the market. Newly-released sales figures for 1998 show a remarkable leap from the previous year’s 20%... 

New mining truck drives in

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A novel range of mining trucks in the 190 t to 327 t range has been launched by Liebherr. The T282 was launched in October in the US, and is the first diesel-electric ac-drive haul truck, featuring a payload capacity of 327 t and two independently-operating axles. The ac drive allows easy... 

Drilling company makes an impact

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Newly-formed contract drilling company Ibora Drilling is engaged in drilling operations in Maputo mainly for the extraction of suitable-grade rock for construction of the road network for the Mozal Aluminium smelter, a deal said to be in the high seven-digit bracket. The Nelspruit company has... 

Making a case for innovation

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Refinements and innovations in its earthmoving equipment range are providing a solution to the ‘cost per ton’ question for alluvial diamond diggers in the North West Province, says CSE Equipment divisional director Rod Watson. The company has been supplying independent alluvial... 

Drilling contract progresses

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An estimated R6-million exploration contract at Anglogold’s Fochville drilling project in the North West Province by wholly-owned Anglo American subsidiary Boart Longyear is clocking up significant progress. Mining Weekly has learnt that one of the two deep-hole sites is on track for... 

Latest-model wheel loader

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The latest-model granite-specification and standard Komatsu loader in the 43-t-plus class has been introduced locally by Komatsu Southern Africa. The new machine, the WA600-3, replaces the widely-used and well-proved WA600-1, the standard version of which is mainly used for loading in open-pit... 

Off-highway trucks shift their weight

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Three new Cat 769D off-highway trucks from Barlows Equipment are making a significant contribution to operations at Slater Coal, near Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal where they are shifting large volumes of sandstone overburden. The three new off-highway trucks are currently hard at work, with their... 

Size DOES count!

By: System Author     26th March 1999 In geographical areas with abundant soft coal or lignite deposits, this fossil fuel is mined on a very large scale – on the order of several hundred million tons a year in Germany alone, explains Hartmut Schimkat of Siemens. To cope with the enormous quantities of waste sand that must be... 

R57m access tunnelling contract

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A R57-million primary-access tunnelling contract has been awarded to RUC Mining Contracting Company by Anglogold. The contract comprises 12 km of twin-end tunnelling on 105 level, about 2 300 m below surface at Anglogold’s Elandsrand mine near Carletonville. The contract was awarded based... 

R80m opencast-mining contract

By: System Author     26th March 1999 MINING company and Concor Roads division Concor Opencast Mining has been awarded a contract worth R80-million from Amplats for the opencast mining operations at the Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. The three-year contract calls for the company to handle all opencast operations,... 

Advanced excavator

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An advanced new JCB excavator said to offer higher productivity, lower running costs and environmental benefits has been launched by Blackwood Hodge. The 45 t JS4540 becomes the new flagship for the company’s tracked-excavator range, and has reportedly got off to a good start, with the... 

Big valve order on target

By: System Author     19th March 1999 High-pressure ball-valve manufacturer RGR Technologies is in the process of manufacturing nine 150 mm class 600 ball valves and four 150 mm RGR concentric check valves for Avgold’s Target gold-mine in the Free State. The new mine is expected to produce 330 000 oz/y of gold, with 90 000 t/m... 

40 valves for gold-mine

By: System Author     19th March 1999 In a contract valued at R70 000, Macneil Steel & Valve, of Germiston, Gauteng, delivered about 40 valves to East Driefontein gold-mine in the North West Province in November last year. “The actuated diaphragm and butterfly valves will be used on the mine’s slurry-processing... 

New cryogenic valve

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Specialist manufacturer of hi-tech, high-quality ball valves, Hi-Cap Engineering, of Germiston, Gauteng, has launched a new cryogenic valve aimed at the mining industry, among others. “We believe we are the only manufacturers of this type of valve in South Africa, with all other such... 

Maintaining SA mining

By: System Author     12th March 1999 On-site maintenance and ongoing technical consultation are the key to survival in the ever-competitive mining-maintenance industry, Max Power Services marketing manager Pierre de Koker tells Mining Weekly. The company has initiated an on-site maintenance strategy to the value of almost... 

Component-maker in revamp

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Local earthmoving equipment and component remanufacturer Komatsu Rebuild Centre, of Isando, Gauteng, has celebrated its own revamp. Komatsu Reman, as it will now be known, will operate as an independent business unit under GM Taizo Shiono. The renovated centre, the only remanufacturer in the... 

Hi-tech approach to reap benefits of maintenance

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Over the last ten years the mining industry has developed significantly in terms of its scientific approach to maintenance, reports University of Pretoria maintenance engineering principal lecturer Jasper Coetzee. Although the approach is still not as scientific as Coetzee would like it to be, he... 

‘Fix-it-when-it breaks’ still prevails

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Mines have traditionally had a very centralised engineering function but, in the pursuit of improved effectiveness, many have now opted to decentralise the maintenance function into business units, explains asset management consultant Amis-SA director Roland Bergh. Bergh believes that the problem... 

Maintenance a key to profits

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Successful maintenance should be viewed as a contributor to business profits, argues SAP SA enterprise-resources planning vendor Gerhard van Niekerk. “Successful maintenance management is no longer about creating systems to maintain certain levels of plant availability.” He adds that,... 

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