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Bauba Platinum Farms Mining Project





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Bauba A Hlabirwa Mining Investments (Pty) Ltd, is applying for a Mining Right to an area of approximately 16 500 ha in the north-eastern Bushveld Igneous Complex, located 60 - km south-east of Polokwane and approximately 14 km north-west of Steelpoort in the Limpopo Province.


Based on the results obtained from the Prospecting Right (Ref. 256/2006PR) conducted on the same farms, Bauba A Hlabirwa Mining Investments (Pty) Ltd, (Bauba) is applying for a Mining Right to an area of approximately 16 500 ha in the north-eastern Bushveld Igneous Complex, located 60 - km south-east of Polokwane and approximately 14 km north-west of Steelpoort in the Limpopo Province. The prospecting area comprise eight privately owned farms. The project is referred to as the Bauba Platinum Farms Mining Project. Exploration activities have been undertaken across the farms in order to define the mineral resource. Bauba appointed Red Kite Environmental Solutions (Pty) Ltd as the independent Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) to undertake the necessary scopes of work required to obtain Environmental Authorisations, Mining Rights and Water Use Licenses for the proposed Bauba Platinum Farms Mining Project. Project Overview It is envisioned that the proposed project will be divided into three phases. Phase 1 will consist of opencast mining for Platinum Group Metals on the farm Waterkop 113 KT. The open cast pit will be mined in a typical grid by grid truck and shovel method. Initially there will be topsoil stripping and stockpiling, then subsequent drilling and blasting of rock (interburden etc.) rock face thereafter. Handling of Run of Mine (ROM) with large front-end loaders and trucks will complete the open cast mining. Waste rock will be stockpiled until such time as there is sufficient space available inside the pit for storage of waste. Then the waste rock will be placed in mined out areas as the face is advanced. ROM will be transferred to an off-site processing plant via haul trucks for further processing. Phase 2 will consist of Vanadium, Titanium and Iron exploration activities on all properties (excluding Waterkop 113KT) to refine and upgrade the platinum resource confidence. Phase three will entail the development of two underground mines. The Proposed Project intends to mine Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) such as Platinum, Palladium, Rhodium and other associated minerals. Phase 3 of the proposed project will utilise underground board-and-pillar mining methods with an initial shaft being sunk at specific locations within the Northern and Southern Cluster areas. Following exploration activities across the five farms comprising the Northern Cluster Prospecting Right (Schoonoord 462KS, Indie 474KS, Zwitzerland 473KS, Fisant Laagte 506KS and Waterkop 113KT), a feasible Target Area has been identified in which the initial shaft (approximately 24°19'6.87"S, 29°48'4.32"E) may be sunk and surface layout infrastructure developed. The Target Area covers an area of approximately 150 ha of which 5 ha is assigned for the initial shaft development and 145 ha has been deemed applicable for the main shaft (24°19'22.27"S, 29°49'19.44"E) area and associated mine structures and infrastructure laydown area. The Target Area is located on Farm Schoonoord 462KS. Early access to the orebody is achieved through a shaft in the north western portion of the northern cluster (initial shaft). This shaft, to a depth of 1,800 mbs, will provide early access to the shallower portion of the ore body starting approximately at 1,500 mbs whilst waiting for the sinking of the main shaft system accessing the centre of the ore body at a depth of 3,000 mbs. The primary shaft will be used to hoist all the ore and waste generated from the northern cluster. Sinking and equipping of the primary shaft will continue whilst development of the primary access commences from the initial shaft. This development will consist of a triple decline system that will connect the two shafts. A Target Area within the Southern Cluster Prospecting Right (Groot Vygenboom 284 KT, Genokakop 285KT and Houtbosch 323 KT) has been identified on a relatively flat area atop of the Leole Mountain Range, which covers an area of approximately 50 ha, which includes an initial shaft (approximately 24°36'16.15"S, 30° 2'28.60"E) development area. The main shaft (24°35'33.00"S, 30° 2'4.41"E) area and associated mine structures and infrastructure laydown areas will be strategically placed within the Target Area. The Target Area is located on Farm Groot Vygeboom 264KT, which is sparsely populated with the Komane Community located approximately 2 km north of the proposed Target Area, and the Phuti Mogologi Secondary School located 1.5 km south. Access to the Merensky and UG2 horizons on the Southern Cluster is via a vertical shaft from surface with to a depth of 1800 metres. The shaft is positioned close to the eastern boundary of the southern mining cluster to reduce the vertical distance needed to access both reef horizons on this mining property. Trackless equipment will be employed in order to hoist the mined mineral and waste rock from underground. Mined ore will be hoisted to the surface where it will be temporarily stored in separate Merensky and UG2 silos prior to being transferred via conveyor for further beneficiation. It is anticipated that Bauba may construct a concentrator and smelting infrastructure in order to concentrate PGMs prior to transport to offsite refineries via road. Existing infrastructure and services in the area are limited, and services such as access roads, power and water supply will need to be established. Infrastructure that will need to be constructed includes, but is not limited to, administration offices, change houses (including ablution facilities), workshops, ventilation shafts/ refrigeration systems, conveyor systems, storage silos, concentration plant, smelting plant, pollution control dams and water separation systems (clean and dirty water separation), sewage treatment plant and water treatment plant. Furthermore, waste discard dumps will need to be developed for the storage of waste rock from mining activities and tailings from beneficiation activities.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 14:14




Dept CaseReference DueDate FinalDecision
LP30/5/1/2/3/2/1/ (10150) EM 30/05/2018



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