South Africa gets new US$190m manganese mine
By Christy Filen
Kudumane Manganese Resources (KMR) launched its new mine just outside Hotazel today with an inaugural blast in the explosive and ceremonial sense.
The first open pit phase of the R1.5bn manganese mine is tipped to produce 1.5mt of ore by the end of 2013. Production is expected to peak within seven years as it moves underground with the miner targeting 2.5mtpa output. The life of mine is estimated at 30 years.