The Vedanta Zinc Black Mountain mine in the Northern Cape produces zinc, lead, silver and copper. It comprises the Deeps and Swartberg shafts and a processing plant, with the development of the new Gamsberg project well underway.
Oliphant said he was impressed by the progress made by the company since his last visit, and also by the crucial achievement of 1 million fatality-free shifts.
“These days, doubts are often expressed by some about the country as a suitable investment destination, and by others about companies’ commitment to investment and to responsible mining,” says Oliphant.
“It has been heartening to see the enthusiasm and commitment of Vedanta Zinc and its Black Mountain mine management and employees”.
The deputy minister was accompanied by Vedanta Zinc CEO Deshnee Naidoo during the visit.
They were briefed on the progress on the mining and metallurgy plant at Gamsberg and went on an underground visit at Swartberg where they evaluated the shaft’s safety and operational improvements as well as its growth plans.
Members of the operational and project teams were engaged in unpacking key issues the teams are dealing with, including new technology initiatives.
The team shared their thoughts with Oliphant on making Black Mountain mine an environment for women in mining, discussed the company’s housing initiatives, and the facility’s social investment activities in schools, medical facilities and training centres.
“We also acknowledge the fair regulatory approach of the Department of Mineral Resources in the region, which has assisted in sustaining and growing Black Mountain mine, while providing useful guidance to our efforts on transformation and development,” concludes Naidoo.
Feature image credit: Vedanta Zinc
(The Vedanta Zinc Black Mountain mine team)