The allocation of €100,000 for a feasibility study for the Lisheen Mine site has been broadly welcomed today as a very significant step forward in finding a replacement industry at the highly valued site, just eight miles from Thurles town.

The contract award to Aveng Moolmans involves the setting up and commissioning of a concentrator plant and associated infrastructure for the opencast mine, which is located on one of the world’s largest undeveloped zinc deposits, 20 km east of the town of Aggeneys, in South Africa’s Northern Cape.

ELB Engineering Services has been appointed to provide engineering, procurement and construction services at the Gamsberg zinc project in the Northern Cape.

Zinc International, the subsidiary of the London-listed and India-rooted Vedanta, is managing to achieve what both Anglo American and Gold Fields failed to do before it – build a zinc mine that has been 40 years in the making at Gamsberg in the Northern Cape.

Vedanta Zinc International CEO Deshnee Naidoo says struggles before the commodity price decline are what drove the company to cut costs aggressively, even before many other miners started doing the same.

Mined metal production from mining conglomerate Vedanta’s Zambia copper projects was higher quarter-on-quarter owing to improved recoveries for the half-year ended September 30.

Indian mining and energy company Vedanta is nearing completion of a $400m zinc project in SA and is considering doubling its size and building Africa’s second zinc refinery.

Black Mountain Mining (BMM), part of Vedanta Zinc International (VZI), has been awarded the prestigious Health and Wellness Award at the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s (SAIMM) MineSAFE 2016 Conference for its work on the ‘Black Mountain Cataract Surgery Project’.

Aspiring young scientists from schools in the //Karas Region will once again compete for top honours in the annual regional science fair that kicks off at Keetmanshoop on Wednesday next week.

//Karas Regional Governor Lucia Basson says training of people should be done with a programme in place that will benefit the trainees after completion of their training.