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Zondereinde mine is located on the upper end of the western limb of the South African Bushveld Complex.

Operational since 1993, the mine is established and continues to operate at steady state levels and remains cash generative and profitable producing some 280 000oz of platinum group metals (PGMs) annually. Zondereinde mines both the UG2 and Merensky reefs. Given the geological complexities associated with mining the Merensky reef, the mining ratio is steadily shifting to a UG2 60: Merensky 40 ratio, so to balance the depletion of the resource. As such the combined head grade has more recently dropped, but is anticipated to stabilise at approximately 4.9g/t.

Nevertheless, the revised ore mix has contributed to better cost performances from Zondereinde.

The deepening project was started in order to open up additional more planar Merensky reef. This project is progressing well and is being equipped with a conveyor and a chairlift. On 16 level the lateral development has started with the crosscuts to the reef.

In October 2016, Northam acquired contiguous additional resources abutting Zondereinde from Anglo American Platinum’s Amandelbult mine. The resource will enable Northam to continue mining higher grade Merensky ore for a longer period and extends Zondereinde’s life of mine to beyond 30 years.

 

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