Booysendal is Northam’s second mine and remains the company’s primary vehicle for growth. Located on the eastern limb of South Africa’s Bushveld Complex, near the town of Mashishing, the property covers an extensive undeveloped UG2 and Merensky reef mineral resource (103 million ounces of 3PGE+Au).
The mine is planned to produce some 2 250 000 tonnes of ore per annum at steady state, generating around 160 000oz of metals in concentrate (3PGE+Au), together with associated precious and base metal by-products.
It is at an advanced stage of development and construction and it is scheduled to be commissioned in H2 of 2013 and should reach steady state production in F2015.
Key facts and statistics
- Wholly-owned by Northam Platinum Limited
- Eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex in Mpumalanga Province; adjacent to the Everest and Mototolo operations. Closest town is Mashishing (formerly Lydenburg)
- Access and infrastructure
- Tarred road access from Mashishing; private road across Der Brochen
property. 5MW power available for construction; permanent power currently
being installed. 5MW self generation power in place. Water use secured
- Project extent
- 15 151 hectares; strike length of 14.5km and dip approximately 10° to the west.
- Life of mine
- 50 years and beyond
- Project status
- 5 000 development metres completed; reverse declines have intersected the
reef declines. Reef stockpile of 180 000 tonnes on surface; concentrator plant
nearing completion; ongoing rehabilitation
- The UG2 North mine is being developed as a mechanized room and pillar
operation. Underground operations will be serviced by a cluster of four
declines (three on reef and one in the footwall), and are accessed by a reverse
- F2012 capex
- R1.7 billion
- F2013 capex
- R1.3 billion
See the Operational review and Reserve and resource statement for the latest published in formation on operations at Booysendal.