Karo Platinum has been awarded a Special Grant in the Great Dyke in the Mashonaland West District for an area of 23 902.9 ha.
A comprehensive exploration programme will be conducted to confirm and delineate the PGM ore body. This will be accompanied with a number of techno-economic studies resulting in a detailed bankable feasibility study for the Karo Project.
Karo Platinum will be responsible for the open cast and underground mining of the platinum concession, which is expected to mine approximately 14.4 Mtpa of run of mine ore. The conceptual designs are based on the operation of four open pit mining operations that will transition to underground operations.
Current operations on the Dyke have shown that an open-pit mining method can be practised in the upper areas where the reef occurs at surface. Thereafter mining will be conducted by the underground bord and pillar methodology by accessing the underground section from the lowermost points in the open-pits.