Slurry handling materials design

Director of technology at Weir Minerals, Friedrich Bradner, says that in the competitive slurry handling market, companies need to be one step ahead of their competitors to remain sustainable.

“We employ 50 research and development engineers at our Artarmon technology group facilities who are involved in finding new and improved design and construction materials for our product solutions.

The global economic crisis – worldwide impact on mining companies

Janne Duncan
Janne Duncan

By Janne Duncan, Partner, Macleod Dixon LLP, Toronto office

The current economic crisis has negatively impacted virtually every industry. Demand is down for almost all goods and services. This has hurt commodity prices for base metals such as copper, aluminum, nickel and zinc, which are driven by industrial demand. Precious metal prices, such as gold and silver, have generally held up better than base metals, however, day-to-day prices, particularly for gold (which is viewed as a hedge against economic uncertainty), are extremely volatile.

Heavy duty slurry pumps with agitator

Toyo, the world renowned Japanese manufacturer of pumps for heavy and abrasive slurries, has been present for many years in Africa, notably in mining applications.

This manufacturer has developed a large range of pumps with a unique built in agitator. The patented agitator lifts the sediments, creates a homogenous mixture and allows stirring up of solids that have settled in the liquid. The design of the Toyo pump makes continuous pumping of high concentration of abrasive materials possible (up to 70% in weight). It is exactly what is needed for pumping solids in mines.

Underground Support Solution

Minova RSA, a member of Minova International and the Orica group of companies offers innovative underground rock support solutions to the African mines.

On request of customers, Minova RSA designed and manufactured the largest Autorock support drill rig to date, capable of installing roofbolts in a 7.5° slope decline at a height of up to five metres.

Our brief, Ferreira, managing director of Minova RSA says, was to develop a drilling rig with the following criteria:- 

Appropriate Process Technologies – new heights for mineral processing

Small mining conjures up reclusive old timers in days gone by, or perhaps hoards of clay covered artisanals digging up river courses today. But there is a whole new movement happening, a new fresh energy growing from within this sector looking to be recognised and acknowledged for what it is – the appropriate way to utilise these vast, unconventional resources. Commonly known as small scale mining or artisanal mining this sector has been in the wings of mining for ages.

Supply of Uniforms

The Kit Group recently signed a multimillion rand deal to supply security company ADT its full range of uniforms and accessories and in addition, its unique vendor management system.

This is the first time a security company is moving beyond the traditional method of controlling the distribution of its uniforms to its guards, with the expert technology of the management system. The cost of distributing uniforms and accessories can become exorbitant if it is not properly managed or maintained.

Coal contract boosts order book

Brain Harley
Managing director
of B&W,
Brain Harley

South African electrical and instrumentation contractor, B&W Instrumentation and Electrical has boosted its order book with a R90 million contract from a major Mpumalanga colliery. Brain Harley B&W MD says he is pleased to have been awarded the contract and that the company remains cautiously optimistic about the future.

Charter Airline Service for Mining Sector

Charter airline

The fixed wing charter services of National Airways Corporation provides regular flights to mining executives, investors, government officials and technical personnel for destinations within South Africa and across the African continent.

Centamin reserve up by 72%

[img:Centamin%20truck_0.jpg|Load and Haul underway
at Centamin’s Sukari
mine in Egypt
]Perth, Australia --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 09 April 2009 - Gold explorer Centamin Egypt Limited (Centamin) – the Australian company which holds the first mining licence for gold or precious metals in Egypt – has announced that  the latest reserves estimate for its Sukari gold mine in Egypt shows an increase of 72% to a total of more than 6.4 million ounces.

GMA’s record production

[img:GMA%20stat_0.jpg|GMA’s Amesmessa
gold project in
]London, England --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 08 April 2009 - GMA Resources plc – incorporated in Australia and listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market – says its Amesmessa gold mine in Algeria has completed a highly successful first quarter of 2009.

The company announcement released here revealed that in March 2009, production at Amesmessa had amounted to 3 401 ounces of gold and 654 ounces of silver. This was the highest monthly gold production the mine had ever produced.

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