Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 30 October 2008 – Emerging South African resources company Simmer and Jack Mines Limited (Simmers) has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Transvaal Gold Mining Estates Limited (TGME) has started the leaching process at its new heap leach pad at Elandsdrift ahead of schedule.
A company statement issued here said the Mpumalanga-based mine finally received permission in early October to begin mining activities, and had been aiming to commission the pad at the end of the month.
“We`ve begun irrigating the pad, which signals the official start of the heap leach procedure, and we expect to see the first gold from the project in December this year,” said Simmers CEO Gordon Miller
The Elandsdrift heap leach pad is a pilot project designed to confirm the metallurgical parameters of the leach extraction process on a sand dump, and is expected to increase TGME`s total production in Q4 of its 2009 financial year to 133% above production in Q2. The project is expected to yield a total of 5 777 ounces of gold over a period of 13 months.
Elandsdrift is one of four pilot heap leach pads that the company has planned to commission in the next three years as part of a feasibility study to confirm the potential for low-cost, low-risk surface mining in the area. Production from the four pads is expected to yield 80 000 ounces of gold over four years from the resource of 163 000 ounces defined to date. More resources are expected to be defined as further drill results from the company`s surface exploration programme become available.