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DRA Group acquires Taggart Global

DRA Group has agreed to acquire the Forge Group North America companies, formerly known as Taggart Global. The transaction is expected to close shortly. Complementary business A worldwide leader in engineering, construction, and operations services, Taggart is an excellent complementary business for DRA, adding extensive experience in coal preparation and diverse mineral and aggregate handling systems in North America, Africa, Australia and China. Founded in 1993, Taggart has long standing relationships with leading mining houses and utility companies worldwide. Full support DRA successfully concluded the purchase of Taggart with the full support of management who will remain with the...

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Choosing the right equipment for hire

Buying a heavy mining-class dozer is a considerable capital investment, particularly when the machine is required to earn an income in the plant hire business. Having bought several of these dozers in the past ten years since establishing Burma Plant Hire, Theuns Burger is all too aware of the requirements and which machines are able to run most profitably. When it comes to dozers, Theuns’ first choice is Komatsu. He knows that Komatsu machine availability is unmatched in the industry and they remain reliable for many years as long as they are properly cared for and maintained. He extends...

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The site psychologist

Now that the wages strike in the platinum sector by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is finally over, the real work begins, says Charissa Bloomberg. “There is so much work to be done in this area. Besides the breach of trust and loss of faith, production is now behind and everyone has to make up for lost time and money. It is a recipe for disaster. “With all the problems that the mining industry faces, I think a site psychologist can play a hugely supportive role. In fact, I cannot believe this has not happened sooner....

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New Eskom CEO ‘soon’, says Minister

Minister of Public Enterprises Ms Lynne Brown has said that the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eskom will be appointed within weeks. In a briefing to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Public Enterprises, Minister Brown said that she was treating the appointment of a permanent CEO with urgency. Acting CEO The position became vacant following the resignation of the previous CEO, Brian Dames. He left the position at the end of the financial year, and since then Collin Matjila has been Acting CEO. “This is why I intend taking this matter to Cabinet soon with a...

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Amplats assets should go to local buyer

The African National Congress (ANC) prefers it if a local company acquires the assets being put for sale by Anglo American Platinum. SA mining champion “Our dream is to have a South African mining champion,” ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, who formerly headed the National Union of Mineworkers, told reporters, according to Reuters. However, the ANC stressed that it would not influence the outcome of the transaction in any way. Not a choice of the ANC “It would be quite important to have a South African company buying those assets, but it is not a choice of the ANC....

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