Bakubung shaft sinking remains on track

Shaft-sinking activities at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine, in the North West, remain on track, with the main and ventilation shafts now having reached a depth of 770 m.

Source: Mining Weekly
Author: Kimberley Smuts

Shaft sinking started in 2012, following the receipt of $600-million in financing from the China Development Bank. Initially, the sinking of the ventilation shaft was ahead of work on the main shaft, but, owing to additional development work, both shafts are now at the same depth. The first three station breakaways on 69, 72 and 77 levels have been completed by both shafts. The ventilation shaft has exposed both the Merensky and upper group two (UG2) reefs, while the main shaft has exposed the Merensky reef and will shortly pass through the UG2 reef.

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