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 decline system
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.

Booysendal location within the Bushveld Complex

Booysendal property

Map of the Booysendal property

Reverse decline system

Reverse decline system

The adoption of a reverse decline system (the first in the industry) offers a cost-effective and optimal environmental solution reducing the footprint to 19 hectares for the first Booysendal module.

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