Gold

Gold incorporates gold exploration, gold mining and gold processing. It also incorporates gold price, gold production, refining, hedging, investment, jewelry, gold reserves, deep-level mining, mechanisation, automation, gold mining technologies, gold pour, nanotechnology, ETFs, gold futures market, rock drill, long hold stoping and gold demand.

ELB ENGINEERING SERVICES

The company provides innovative solutions to the mining, minerals, ports and industrial sectors. Its core platform is cooperation agreements with worldleading technology and knowhow providers.

ELB Engineering Services has four technology clusters in the company — Bulk Handling, Pneumatic Conveying and Associated Equipment, Modular Process Plants, and Life Extension Services. The demands from the global market on world-class expertise have taken their toll on the South African resource pool, and to this end ELB has opened a technology / engineering centre in Germany, providing machine and rebuild design capability backed by a design office. This office allows ELB to augment its in-house capability with the best machine design ability.

TWP EXPANDS

Nigel Townshend
TWP Holdings CEO
Nigel Townshend

TWP Holdings Limited CEO Nigel Townshend says that the company is going through massive expansion, driven largely by the booming demand for resources. “To achieve sustainable growth we need to follow the trends and needs of new and existing clients as they shift their search for metals and minerals to underexplored parts of the world and at greater depths than ever before,” he adds.

WATER MANAGEMENT – IMPROVED SYSTEM FOR MINES

Research and development specifically aimed at more cost-effective management of mine water usage has led local water treatment specialists, TAG Water Systems/MC Process, to design a new turnkey water treatment system, the first of which has been commissioned in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“Clean potable drinking and process water, to run the plant, was the motivation to develop a dual purpose system.” says TAG managing director Rogan Roulstone. “To meet the criteria we designed a dissolved air flotation (DAF) system with a combined potable drinking water treatment unit that recovers process water unfit for human consumption, but suitable for re-use in the plant,” he adds.

DCD-DORBYL THRIVES

DCD-Dorbyl Heavy Engineering has been commissioned by various divisions of Outotec – a leading global provider of process solutions, technologies and services for the mining and metallurgical industries – to produce no fewer than 19 ball and SAG mill shells for customers in three African and six overseas countries. This is a set of orders which will take the company well into 2008, according to marketing manager Bennie Bosch.

BANRO GEARS UP

Although Banro itself is not speculating on actual gold production dates, one can logically assume that if the relevant feasibility studies produce satisfactory results next year, the company could have two gold mines operating and producing in the DRC by 2011.

The company’s four DRC properties – Twangiza, Kamituga, Lugashwa and Namoya – cover a distance of 2 600 km2 along the Twangiza- Namoya Gold Belt, which stretches 210 km from northeast to south-west. Twangiza – the most advanced of the company’s four projects – is located approximately 45 kilometres south-southwest of Bukavu, in South Kivu Province.

NEW SIMMERS PROJECT

Simmers chief executive officer Gordon Miller has announced that the company’s Buffelsfontein mine – in conjunction with First Uranium Corporation – has commissioned an initial technical assessment to investigate the deepening of Buffelsfontein’s Strathmore Shaft. The shaft is located on the down dip southern-most extent of the mine, approximately 2 km south-east of its number 10 shaft, near Klerksdorp in North West province.

GOLDFIELDS MOVES AHEAD

So says Gold Fields executive vice president: international operations Glenn Baldwin in an exclusive interview with Mining Review Africa.

Currently Gold Fields is achieving total annual gold production of more than 4 million ounces from its mines in Africa, Australia and South America, and has ore reserves of 65 million ounces and mineral resources of 179 million ounces. It is listed on the NYSE, LSE, JSE, DIFX, Euro next and Swiss Exchanges.

UPS AND DOWNS – GOLD EXPANSION AND EXPLORATION CONTINUES

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Aerial photo of Iduapriem plant
with old heap leach heaps
in the background

This is the word from company executive officer: Africa open pit mines, Fritz Neethling, in an exclusive interview with Mining Review Africa.

FOUR NEW PROJECTS

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Randgold CEO Mark Bristow
at Loulo in Mali

Confirming this in an exclusive interview with Mining Review Africa, chief executive officer Mark Bristow reveals that – subject to a final feasibility study and conditions permitting – Randgold’s third gold mine in west Africa is scheduled to start production in Côte d’Ivoire in the second half of 2010. “There are definite indications that the Tongon project – 628 km north of Abidjan in the north of the country – will be pouring gold in three years’ time,” he says.

ENGINE BLOCK RECLAMATION IS A VIABLE OPTION

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An engine block on Metric Automotive
Engineering’s Rottler machine

Pressure to deliver – in the mining industry and all other sectors, both locally and internationally – has caused lead times for plant and equipment to become excessive.

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