Vedanta Zinc International
Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) is the proud custodian of Vedanta Limited’s zinc assets in Africa. VZI is a grouping of zinc assets located in South Africa and Namibia, owned by the 6th largest Diversified Resources Company in the world, Vedanta Limited. VZI is the largest integrated zinc operation in Africa, with a vision to be a globally renowned brand in the base metals sector. The BMC cluster, Black Mountain Mining (BMM) and Gamsberg Mine, represents VZI’s South African operations while the Skorpion Zinc Mining and Refining operations are in Namibia.
VZI employs ~2700 people directly and indirectly of which ~99% are local South Africans, ~ 80% are from the Northern Cape, and ~60% from the Namakwa District, where operations are located
Phase 1 of VZi’s flagship mine, Gamsberg, was initiated with the first blast in July 2015. 4 million tonnes of ore is currently being mined annually to produce 250 000 tonnes of zinc metal-in-concentrate from a dedicated plant. It is currently the largest Zinc Mine in Africa with a staff complement of about 800 people.
BMM comprises two underground shafts – Deeps and Swartberg - and a processing plant. The Deeps shaft produces copper, lead, and zinc, with silver as a by-product. Annual production is of the order of 102Ktpa of zinc-equivalent metal-in-concentrate.
The Swartberg shaft produces primarily copper and lead, with silver as a by-product. Annual production is of the order of 13.5Ktpa of metal-in-concentrate.