Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 30 January, 2008 – London-based international mineral and exploration company African Copper plc – tri-listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the AIM and in Botswana – has selected the Mincom Ellipse enterprise asset management software system for its Mowana Mine project in Botswana, a company announcement revealed here today.
Mincom Limited is an international company headquartered in Brisbane, Australia with more than 25 years’ experience in providing business solutions to asset intensive industries such as mining, utilities, transport, defence and government in more than 40 countries – among them South Africa.
Ellipse is Mincom’s flagship asset management software application that allows businesses to get the most out of their assets by ensuring that they do not fall prey to unforeseen problems, breakdowns or inefficient operation.
Currently in initial developmental phase, African Copper is removing overburden above its prospective open-pit mine in Botswana in preparation for the production of saleable copper concentrates. Mining is due to begin any day now, and the first copper concentrate is expected to be delivered in April 2008.
“The process of the establishment of the new operations, and the ongoing expansion of its Mowana mine near Dukwe, is a very asset-intensive operation,” says Mincom Africa managing director Mike Evans. “This will require minimum downtime with maximum output to ensure that stakeholders’ expectations are met with regard to copper concentrate output.”
To this extent, African Copper will make use of Mincom Ellipse’s best metal mining practises to build the business backbone by automating established business processes.
“This will give Mowana mine enterprise resource planning capabilities with a strong emphasis on asset management, paving the way for reduced costs associated with asset movement and maintenance,” continued Evans.