Black Mountain

Black Mountain Mining (BMM) comprises the Deeps and Swartberg Shafts, and the Gamsberg Project in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province.


Black Mountain Mining (BMM), at Aggeneys in South Africa's Northern Cape Province.

Exxaro Resources, a leading South African BEE company, owns 24.4% of Black Mountain, ESOP at 6% with Vedanta holding the balance of 69.6%.

BMM's current operation comprises two underground shafts – Deeps and Swartberg – and a processing plant. BMM is also developing the Gamsberg Project.

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. Production at Deeps is currently scheduled to cease in around 2020.

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. Plans are well advanced to deepen Swartberg, which will increase production to 1.6Mtpa of copper and lead ore, and 60ktpa - 70ktpa of metal-in-concentrate, depending on a favourable economic assessment. Further ramp up is planned for the future, taking copper and lead ore production past the 2Mtpa mark.


BMM mines zinc, lead, silver and copper, hoisting 1.7Mt of ore a year, and has a production capacity of 90,000tpa metal-in-concentrate.


BMM has been in operation since 1980 and was acquired from Anglo American by Vedanta Resources in 2010/2011.


BMM is one the largest private sector employers in the Northern Cape, employing around 1,500 people at the current operations, and a further 1,500 people at the Gamsberg Project (employees and business partner employees). Around 80% of BMM's employees are from the Northern Cape, including 60% from the Namaqua district (Khai-Ma and Nama Khoi municipal areas).


In 2015, 12 new local businesses were created and commercial opportunities to the value of R7.1 million were provided. Childcare and education support programmes benefit more than 1,800 children at a cost of R6 million per annum. We also support various youth and sports clubs as part of our corporate social responsibility programme.


In addition to the Gamsberg Project, VZI views the region as highly prospective and is undertaking extensive brownfields exploration to identify addition reserve and resources.

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