Zondereinde mine

Zondereinde Mine

Zondereinde mine is located on the upper end of the western limb of the South African Bushveld Complex. Operational since 1993, the mine is established and continues to operate at steady state levels and remains cash generative and profitable producing some 300 000oz annually. Future production at Zondereinde mine is estimated to continue for a further 16 years.

Key facts and statistics

Wholly-owned by Northam Platinum Limited
Northern part of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex in Limpopo province; adjacent to the Anglo Platinum’s Amandelbult operation
Access and infrastructure
Well-established infrastructure: tarred roads, railway, water and power
Project extent
7 625 hectares; strike length of 8km
7.7Moz (3PGE+Au)
81.7Moz (3PGE+Au)
Life of mine
16 years
Underground mining operations on the Merensky and UG2 reefs at an average depth of 1 750 metres
Underground equipment driven by hydropower
Surface operations include a Merensky and UG2 concentrator plant, a smelter and base metals removal plant (BMR)
Production profile
Steady state output of approximately 300 000oz (3PGE+Au) annually
Precious metals refining Performed by WC Heraeus GmbH (Heraeus) in terms of toll-treating agreement
In-house, independent marketing to established global customer base
F2011 capex
R328.3 million
F2012 capex
R646.4 million
F2011 cash costs
R283 934/kg

Underground mining operations exploiting two reefs - the Merensky and UG2 reefs - via a twin shaft system at depths varying between 1 294 and 2 115 metres below surface. Mining activities are driven by hydropowered equipment, a technological innovation pioneered by Northam, and which has now become common practice in deep-level mines.

Surface infrastructure comprises two concentrator plants (for both Merensky and UG2 ore), a smelter and base metals removal plant (BMR) where copper (Cu) and nickel (Ni) are extracted from the high grade PGM concentrate, and a slag treatment plant. Final PGM concentrate is refined at the Heraeus precious metals refinery in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the Heraeus Refinery South Africa (HRSA) and at its refinery in Hanau, Germany.

Northam markets its metals to an established customer base both domestically in South Africa and in the major economic centres of the world including North America, Europe and Japan. The company is known as a reliable and independent supplier of metals of London and Zurich 'good delivery' status.

See the Operational review and Reserve and resource statement for the latest published in formation on operations at Zondereinde.

Zondereinde location within the Bushveld Complex

Zondereinde property

Map of the Zondereinde property

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