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Oct 2002 - Zimplats

Zimplats / Makwiro Platinum – Profitably Commissioning Ngezi

  • By the end of the June Quarter 2002, following several modifications to the plant (as it had never run as Hartley at full capacity), the concentrator was operating at its 6000tpd design capacity of 2.2mtpa and ZIM was in positive cashflow, its 70% held Makwiro Platinum having produced and sold 18,680oz Pt in the quarter or 38,400oz PGE .
  • Given ZIM’s vast landholding containing delineated ore resources, there are significant upside scenarios for Zimplats and its resulting share price. In our opinion, there are 3 key factors influencing ZIM’s future, namely the success of the underground trial at Ngezi, the decision on a new plant probably in 2003, and the integration of Mwakiro and Impala into a simpler corporate structure.
  • A study appears likely to occur in 2003 to decide on the scope of the first expansion which could involve a doubling of production. The first expansion may be influenced by the progress of the trial underground mine, as to what mix occurs with possibly a new open-cut further north.
  • The underground mining at Ngezi has the advantage of having time on its side to develop a mining method since the open-cut is currently supplying the mill requirement of 2.2mtpa, and it can base its design on the (AQP/IMP) Mimosa mine to the south which has spent 6 years refining its underground mining method.
  • Written by: Keith Goode
  • Friday, 25 October 2002

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