Official opening of Gamsberg
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opened Vedanta Zinc International’s Gamberg mine – near Aggeneys in South Africa’s Northern Cape province – on 28 February 2019.
Gamsberg Phase 1, representing a US$400 million investment by Vedanta in South Africa, has a life of mine (LoM) of 13 years and will see 4 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of ore produced from the open pit and 250 000tpa of concentrate from the concentrator plant.
In his keynote address, President Ramaphosa said: “We welcome this substantial investment by Vedanta, which not only deepens South Africa’s relationship with India but also signals Vedanta’s confidence in the future of South Africa’s mining industry.
“We welcome Vedanta as a partner that is committed to help us achieve our development goals in a manner that is sustainable, transformative and inclusive”.
For more, read the full Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the official opening of the Vedanta Gamsberg mine
Gamsberg – with a reserve and resource of more than 214Mt at a grade of between 6% and 6.5% zinc and an estimated LoM of 30+ years – was discovered more than 40 years ago but was held undeveloped in the portfolios of various South African mining houses until acquired by Vedanta as part of the Black Mountain Mining complex in 2011.
Vedanta gave the project the go-ahead in 2014 and the first blast took place just eight months later, in mid-2015. Investigations into Phases 2 and 3 are under way and will see ore mined increase to 8Mtpa and concentrate production first to 450 000tpa, then to 600 000tpa. It will reflect an additional investment of between US$350-400 million.
Vedanta is simultaneously pursuing a feasibility study into the development and construction of a smelter/refinery complex, speaking to a shared commitment by Vedanta and the south Africa Government to local metal beneficiation.