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Modern Mining July 2019In this month’s issue we have a country focus on Botswana. Taking pride of place is a report on Cupric Canyon’s US$397 million Zone 5 copper/silver underground mine, forming part of the overall Khoemacau project, but also covered are a flake graphite discovery south of Francistown by Tonota Resources and plans for a new bulk sampling programme by Tsodilo Resources at its BK16 property in the Orapa Kimberlite Field.

Other projects which feature in this issue include the Prieska copper/zinc project of Orion Minerals in South Africa’s Northern Cape and the Ity CIL project of Endeavour Mining in Côte d’Ivoire. Orion recently released the very positive results of a BFS on Prieska while the new Ity CIL operation, which poured its first gold in March this year, has already achieved commercial production.

Comment: Kibali – a decade in the making

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the acquisition of the Moto project in a remote corner of the DRC by Randgold (now merged with Barrick). Moto was subsequently developed as the Kibali mine, which today ranks as one of the world’s great gold mines. A combined underground and open-pit operation, it is forecast to produce 750 000 ounces of gold in 2019. Read more …

Syama achieves commercial rates of ore productionSyama achieves commercial rates of ore production

Australia’s Resolute Mining recently announced that its Syama Underground Mine in Mali has achieved commercial rates of ore production. According to Resolute, the new mine will be the world’s first fully automated underground gold mine. At full production, it will produce approximately 2,4 Mt/a of ore using a fully integrated automated mine fleet. Read more …

Drilling confirms continuity of Longonjo mineralisation

ASX-listed Pensana Metals has reported that recent drilling at its Longonjo NdPr project in Angola has confirmed the continuity of high-grade weathered mineralisation from surface. A Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) on the project is scheduled for completion in September this year. Read more …

Sandvik’s interoperability gives miners the ‘big picture’

In our cover story we look at technology developed by Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology which is allowing unprecedented sharing of data across different information systems to allow fully integrated management of mines. Read more …

New-look Ity gold mine performing strongly

TSX-listed Endeavour Mining has successfully transformed Ity, the oldest gold mine in Cote d’Ivoire, from a limited-life 950 kt/a heap leach operation to a much larger (4 Mt/a initially), long-life CIL operation. The new CIL plant is currently performing well with all key targets being met. The project was built without a single LTI being recorded and the first gold pour was achieved four months ahead of schedule. Read more …

Positive BFS supports the revival of PrieskaPositive BFS supports the revival of Prieska

A Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) has confirmed the strong economics of Orion Minerals’ proposed underground and open-pit mining operation at the past-producing Prieska copper/zinc project in the Northern Cape. The BFS examines a 10-year Foundation Phase delivering payable metal production of 189 kt of copper and 580 kt of zinc in differentiated concentrates. Estimated capex is approximatelyA$402 million (US$282 million). Read more …


Cupric’s Zone 5 mine in the Kalahari enters construction

The much-anticipated Zone 5 copper/silver mine of Cupric Canyon Capital (Cupric) in the Kalahari Copperbelt of Botswana will be one of the most advanced mechanised and automated underground mines in Africa. The project was officially launched recently at a ground-breaking ceremony led by the President of Botswana, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi. The Zone 5 site is currently a hive of activity with work on three massive boxcuts already well advanced. Read more …

First natural fl ake graphite discovery in BotswanaFirst natural flake graphite discovery in Botswana

One of the most interesting presentations at the recent Botswana Resource Sector Conference (BRSC) in Gaborone was by Nico Scholtz, Exploration Manager for Tonota Resources, who outlined the work being carried out by the company on Botswana’s first natural flake discovery. The project already has a JORC-compliant inferred resource in place and Tonota believes that there is considerable scope for this to be expanded. Read more…

Tsodilo to extract second bulk sample from BK16

Following positive results from the Phase I bulk sampling programme at its BK16 kimberlite project in the Orapa Kimberlite Field of Botswana, Tsodilo Resources, listed on the TSX-V, is to undertake a second – and much bigger – phase of bulk sampling at the BK16 site. Large Diameter Drilling (LDD) was used to obtain the first bulk sample but the Phase II programme will deliver 20 000 tonnes of kimberlite via surface bulk sampling. Read more …

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