Figure 1: Horomela 11327PR Location Map
Applied and was granted prospecting right over the remaining Extent, portion 2, 3, and 4 of the property Koeris 54 in the Namaqualand district of the Khai Ma Local Municipality in the Northern Cape Province. The prospecting right was lodged for the following minerals; nickel (Ni), manganese (Mn), lead (Pb), copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), cobalt (Co), silver (Ag), zinc (Zn) and barium (Ba). The Property is adjacent Vedanta Zinc International’s Swartberg and Gamsberg Projects.
Table 1. 11327 PR Summary
|FARM NAME||FARM PORTIONS||COMMODITIES||STATUS||GRANTING DATE||DURATION|
|Koeris||RE, 2, 3 & 4||Ba, Co, Cu, Fe, Pb, Mn, Ni, Ag & Zn.||Granted||30/09/2015||5 Yrs|
The Koeris 54 farm is underlain by Quaternary sediments that partially cover the Bushmanland Group supracrustals and these in turn overly a gneissic basement with some intrusions. The Bushmanland Group is divided into two subgroups; Aggeneys and Nab Subgroup. The variations in the two subgroups are shown in Table 2 below. It is accepted that there are lateral facies chances between the two subgroups, the Gams and Kouboom Formations are facies equivalents of Hotson Formation and the Wortel Formation is the equivalent of the Witputs Formation (Van Schalkwyk, 1991).
Table 2. Stratigraphic subdivisions of the Bushmanland Group (van Schalkwyk, 1991)
|AGGENEYS SUBGROUP||NAB SUBGROUP|
|Koeris Formation||Koeris Formation|
|Gams Formation||Hotson Formation|
|Wortel Formation||Witputs Formation|
The farm was explored in the 1970 and 1980s together with the adjacent farms by O’kiep Copper Company (Goldfields), African Selection Trust and Black Mountain Mineral Develpment(Phelps Dodge). A number of methods were carried out on the target area and these include; geophysics, geochemistry, geological mapping and drilling.
A helicopter magnetic survey, IP, gravity and ground magnetics were carried on the different targets on the farm. There are no records on any stream sediments on the farm, however soil sampling and systematic lithosampling were done on all the targets. The regional geology of the area was mapped and detailed mapping and structural interpretation on specific target areas was also done. Diamond and percussion drilling was done on the targets, with 16 diamond drilled holes and 35 percussion drilled holes.
Historical Drilling Plan
Figure 2: Licence 11327 PR Historical Drilling Plan
Figure 3: Licence 11327 PR Structural Geology
Despite being next to the Vedanta Black Mountain, access to the farm is very poor. The current road is only navigable by a 4×4 vehicle. However, this will be a small issue as the roads and access can easily be upgraded due to the short distance to Aggeneys which has sufficient infrastructure to support a mining operation.
Power lines will need to be constructed from the Aggeneys substation to Koeris 54 for approximately 15 km.
The nearest railway line is at Aggeneys, there may be no need to build a newline to join the Aggeneys line, as the ore or concentrates can be moved by road.
Access roads will need to be constructed to the N14 and Aggeneys Town.
For mining purpose water may be pumped through pipelines from the Pella pump station to Koeris 54, which is approximately 60KM.
- Prospecting work programme (PDF – 1.2MB)
- Granting Letter (PDF – 907KB)
- Acceptance Letter (PDF – 131KB)
- Report on the results of consultation (PDF – 268KB)
- Environmental Management Plan (PDF – 714KB)
- Confirmation of Granting of Prospecting Licences (PDF – 339KB)