From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report.
Platinum group metals miner Northam last month completed the drilling and reaming of the first shaft of its Number 3 Shaft expansion project. The new shaft, at 1 380 metres deep and 4.8 metres wide, is designed to handle personnel and materials, while two additional shafts will handle rock-haulage and ventilation duties.
Master Drilling CEO and founder Danie Pretorius speaks to Mining Weekly’s Donna Slater about the shaft construction project.
Master Drilling CEO and founder Danie Pretorius:
Northam chose to use Master Drilling’s raise boring method as a result of the miner having underground access to the pilot hole of the new shaft, as well as to keep costs down and risk of injury minimal. Northam CEO Paul Dunne explains.
The Zondereinde mine is noteworthy in the platinum group metals industry and is unique in a few aspects. Paul Dunne explains.
Northam CEO Paul Dunne:
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