The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has accepted Bauba Platinum’s application for a prospecting right in respect of chrome and platinum group metals (PGMs) over the farm Hartebeesfontein 445JQ.
South Africa – The farm is situated in the Brits area of the North West province and Bauba Platinum says that the prospecting right is expected to be granted imminently.
Furthermore, Bauba Platinum has announced that the Department of Environmental Affairs has granted an environmental authorisation over the farm. Whilst appeals have been lodged by two third parties against the granting of the aforesaid environmental authorisation, the board remains cautiously optimistic that both appeals will shortly be ruled in favour of the Bauba Platinum.
Chrome-bearing MG chromitite layers in the Upper Critical Zone of the Bushveld Complex are present on the farm, which is located approximately 4 km south of Brits. Initial desktop studies have revealed that the MG layers on the farm are present in the so-called “Brits Graben”, intersected by several sub-parallel faults.
The orebodies may have a dip of approximately 20 to 26 degrees (east of north-east) and presently host the potential for an opencast strike length of 2.7 km on the farm. Allowances for losses due to infrastructure or environmental sensitivity have not been assessed.