During a meeting held in the Foreign Minister’s Tel Aviv office, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, referred in particular to the blockage this morning of a convoy of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which was trying to reach the south of Gaza.Describing that incident, a UN spokesman in New York said UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen had been blocked at an Israeli check point for an hour and a half as he was on his way from Gaza to the Khan Yunis and Rafah refugee camps “to get a first-hand look at the recent damage from the fighting which took place there.”Spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters that Mr. Hansen and his party “were eventually allowed to proceed after UN staff contacted officials at the highest level at Israeli Ministry of Defence in Tel Aviv.”In his meeting with the Foreign Minister later that day, Mr. Roed-Larsen stressed the critical importance of UNRWA’s work and expressed his full support for the efforts of its Commissioner-General.The discussion covered a range of issues, including security questions, political issues, the economic crisis in the Palestinian territories and the humanitarian situation.Foreign Minister Peres invited Commissioner-General Hansen and Mr. Roed-Larsen to meet with him tomorrow to discuss a full range of issues related to humanitarian access.Reached by phone in Gaza, a spokesman for Mr. Roed-Larsen told the UN News Service that the meeting would take place.
Anglo Coal has placed a R2.9-million order with Weir Minerals Africa for the supply of ten horizontal, single and double deck screens for installation at its coal handling processing plant in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Delivery is planned for April 2012. Anglo Coal is a longstanding Weir Minerals Africa customer and the screens will replace older units supplied by the company that are due for replacement owing to wear and tear, as well as competitor units. Weir Minerals Africa’s Santosh Gunpath says the screens, in various sizes from 1.8 m wide to 3.6 m wide, are being supplied with 3CR12 stainless steel deck frames and stringers for corrosion protection. They are currently in production at the company’s Alrode facility and will be supplied via Weir Minerals Africa’s Middelburg branch.These screens are suitable for sizing applications, dense media recovery and dewatering in coal handling plants. They also serve the hard rock industry in similar applications, for example, sizing, desliming, grading and scalping.“They are widely used in these sectors and are ideal wherever linear motion screens are required,” Gunpath says. “The screens are very robust and designed to maximise machine availability.“Although this is well established technology, Weir Minerals Africa is committed to researching continuous improvements in design and performance with the global design centre of origin for screens located in South Africa. The results of current research will be launched to market within the next two years,” Gunpath adds.