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(last updated 19 Oct 2017)


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In South Africa, uranium is a by-product of gold mining.

> See also: Database Index: Uranium Mining in Sub-Saharan Africa (African Development Information Services)

Historical uranium production to 1996 (395k PDF - Chamber of Mines)

 

Beatrix mine, Free State Province

Beisa Reef mining area

Dec. 31, 2016ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size: 6,177 t U3,288 t U7,050 t U35 t U
Ore grade: 0.061% U0.092% U0.091% U0.093% U
Mineral Resources are inclusive of Mineral Reservers

[ISSUES]

Driefontein mine

Driefontein
(in tailings)
Dec. 31, 2014
ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size: 8,587 t U8,587 t U  
"Ore" grade: 0.0054% U0.0054% U  

> Aerial view Driefontein: Google Maps

[ISSUES]

Kloof mine

Kloof
(in tailings)
Dec. 31, 2014
ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size: 8,489 t U8,489 t U  
"Ore" grade: 0.0032% U0.0032% U  

> Aerial view Kloof: Google Maps

[ISSUES]

South Deep mine

South Deep
(underground)
June 30, 2009
ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:    4,455 t U
Ore grade:    0.0062% U

South Deep
(in tailings)
June 30, 2009
ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:   3,356 t U 
"Ore" grade:   0.0063% U 

> Aerial view South Deep: Google Maps

[ISSUES]

Western Area

The uranium recovery plant of the mine was closed in 1998 for economic reasons.

Hartebeestfontein / Buffelsfontein

Buffelsfontein
underground, 30 June 2014
ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:  2,610 t U2,144 t U5,007 t U
Ore grade:  0.019% U0.024% U0.036% U

[ISSUES]

(uranium recovery shut down)
(mining halted after March 9, 2005, earthquake and restarted Nov. 2005)

Stilfontein tailings reprocessing project

Mine Waste Solutions
(formerly Hartebeestfontein / Buffelsfontein tailings)

Buffelsfontein and
Hartebeestfontein
tailings dams, Dec. 31, 2016
ReservesResources
provedprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:658 t U11,747 t U7,228 t U11,786 t U 
"Ore" grade:0.0051% U0.0068% U0.0059% U0.0068% U 
(Resources include Reserves!)

> Download Technical Report on the Mine Waste Solutions Tailings Recovery Project, Jan. 1, 2010: SEDAR (5.9M PDF)
> Download Technical Report on the Mine Waste Solutions Tailings Recovery Project March 31, 2008: First Uranium (5.7M PDF) · SEDAR (5.7M PDF)
> Download Buffelsfontein Technical Report Nov. 1, 2007 (Pre-Feasibility of the Buffelsfontein Tailings Recovery Project): First Uranium (8.2M PDF) · SEDAR (8.2M PDF)
> Download Buffelsfontein Technical Report Nov. 8, 2006 (2.7M PDF) · revised Dec. 5, 2006 (2.7M PDF) · revised Jan. 31, 2007 (1.1M PDF) · revised May 22, 2007 (4.6M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Buffelsfontein - Independent Audit Report, Jan. 18, 2006 (4.5MB PDF)

> Aerial view Hartebeestfontein / Buffelsfontein tailings dams: Google Maps

[ISSUES] · [OLD ISSUES]

Cooke Section / Old Randfontein Section

Cooke surface dumps
Dec. 31, 2014ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size: 20,868 t U17,046 t U3,822 t U 
"Ore" grade: 0.0075% U0.0075% U0.0073% U 

> Download Technical Report July 2013: Gold One (2.4M PDF)

> Aerial view Cooke Tailings Dam: Google Maps

Cooke 1-3 underground
Dec. 31, 2016ReservesResources
provedprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:     
Ore grade:     
Mineral Resources are inclusive of Mineral Reservers

> Download Technical Report July 2013: Gold One (6.2M PDF)

[ISSUES]

Randfontein, Gauteng

Cooke 4 shaft (formerly Ezulwini project, Randfontein Four Shaft)
Dec. 31, 2016ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:     
Ore grade:     

> Download Technical Report Aug. 2013: Gold One (3.1M PDF)
> Download Technical Report (Preliminary Assessment) Jan. 6, 2009 (5.8M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Technical Report (Preliminary Assessment) Jun. 5, 2008 (2.7M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Technical Report Nov. 8, 2006 (1.9M PDF) · revised Dec. 5, 2006 (1.9M PDF) · revised May 9, 2007 (2.7M PDF) (SEDAR)

[ISSUES] · [OLD ISSUES] · [DECOMM. ISSUES]

Beaufort West deposit - Karoo Basin

Size: 23,000 tonnes U
Ore grade: 0.08% U

Palabora

(uranium recovery shut down in August 2001)

Springbok Flats deposit, Limpopo province

April 2010ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:    81,923 t U
Ore grade:    0.042% U

[ISSUES]

Vaal River area mines

Great Noligwa mine

(now incorporated in Moab Khotsong mine)
[ISSUES]

Kopanang mine

Dec. 31, 2016ReservesResources
provedprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:483 t U297 t U 3,936 t U518 t U
Ore grade:0.028% U0.028% U 0.063% U0.052% U

[ISSUES]

Moab Khotsong mine

Dec. 31, 2016ReservesResources
provedprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:783 t U6,112 t U 17,132 t U6,400 t U
Ore grade:0.030% U0.043% U 0.068% U0.069% U

[ISSUES]

Vaal River surface tailings

Dec. 31, 2016ReservesResources
provedprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:1,194 t U26,222 t U 32,956 t U 
"Ore" grade:0.011% U0.0076% U 0.0076% U 

[ISSUES]

West Wits area projects

Mponeng project

Dec. 31, 2016ReservesResources
provedprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:   7,730 t U2,003 t U
Ore grade:   0.025% U0.025% U

Tau Tona project

Dec. 31, 2016ReservesResources
provedprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:   1,102 t U 
Ore grade:   0.029% U 

West Wits surface tailings

Dec. 31, 2016ReservesResources
provedprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:   11,365 t U 
"Ore" grade:   0.0059% U 

Bonanza South deposit (Klerksdorp area)

Size: 270 tonnes U
Ore grade: 0.0076% U

Shiva Uranium Pty Ltd

Dominion deposit (Klerksdorp area)

(uranium recovery shut down, currently producing gold only)

Sep. 30, 2014ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Dominion Upper Reef
Size:   9,180 t U8,816 t U
Ore grade:   0.032% U0.033% U
Dominion Lower Reef
Size:   5,823 t U414 t U
Ore grade:   0.036% U0.040% U

> Download Technical Report Nov. 10, 2014 (20MB PDF) (Oakbay)
> Download Technical Report March 29, 2008 (5.5M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Technical Report March 2, 2007 (5M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Technical Report Aug. 1, 2006 (3.8M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Technical Report June 14, 2006 (5M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Technical Report Feb. 17, 2006 (7.7M PDF) (SEDAR)

[ISSUES] · [OLD ISSUES]

Shiva Uranium Pty Ltd

Rietkuil deposit (Klerksdorp area)

Sep. 30, 2014ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Rietkuil Upper Reef
Size:   25,439 t U17,070 t U
Ore grade:   0.041% U0.036% U
Rietkuil Lower Reef
Size:   3,832 t U5,170 t U
Ore grade:   0.034% U0.033% U

> Download Technical Report Nov. 10, 2014 (20MB PDF) (Oakbay)
> Download Technical Report Feb. 17, 2006 (7.7M PDF) (SEDAR)

[ISSUES]

Shiva Uranium Pty Ltd

Denny Dalton uranium/gold project

Size: 9350 tonnes U
Ore grade: 0.03% U

Western Rand Joint Venture projects

[ISSUES]

Mintails West Rand tailings project

Randfontein cluster
Mar. 15, 2010
(in tailings)
ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:  1700 t U1985 t U1812 t U
"Ore" grade:  0.0050% U0.0067% U0.0046% U

Soweto cluster
Mar. 15, 2010
(in tailings)
ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:   1954 t U2222 t U
"Ore" grade:   0.0037% U0.0029% U

> Download Technical Report Sep. 17, 2008 (3.3M PDF) · Technical Report Oct. 12, 2007 (PDF) (Mintails)

> Aerial view West Rand tailings dams: Google Maps
> Aerial view West Wits pit: Google Maps

[ISSUES]

Sibanye Gold West Rand tailings retreatment project

comprises Driefontein tailings, Kloof tailings, and Cooke tailings

Dec. 31, 2016
(in tailings)
ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size: 37,375 t U33,552 t U3,822 t U 
"Ore" grade: 0.0055% U0.0053% U0.0073% U 
Mineral Resources are inclusive of Mineral Reserves

[ISSUES]

East Rand (Ergo) tailings project

Elsburg tailings dam complex
Oct. 8, 2008
(in tailings)
ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:  5,725 t U  
"Ore" grade:  0.0033% U  

> Download Technical Report Aug. 11, 2008 (3.2M PDF) (Mintails)

> Aerial view Elsburg Tailings Dam: Google Maps

[ISSUES]

Benoni tailings project, Gauteng

Goldplat tailings storage facility
Jan. 17, 2016
(in slimes and footwall)
ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:  45 t U25 t U4 t U
"Ore" grade:  0.0052% U0.0051% U0.0061% U

> Aerial view: Google Maps

Blyvooruitzicht tailings project

[ISSUES]

Potchefstroom goldfield

Oct. 2009ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:    62,808 t U
Ore grade:    0.025% U
> Download Technical Report Oct. 2009 (1.6MB SEDAR)

Southern Free State Goldfield

De Bron-Merriespruit South (DBM) project

Dec. 31, 2014ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:     
Ore grade:     
> Download Technical Report Feb. 24, 2012 (3.2M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Technical Report Aug. 5, 2011 (5.2M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Technical Report Apr. 2011 (2.8M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Technical Report May 2, 2010 (5M PDF) (SEDAR)

Hakkies, Bloemhoek, De Bron and Robijn projects

Dec. 31, 2014ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:     
Ore grade:     
> Download Technical Report Oct. 20, 2009 (6M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Technical Report May 2009 (4.8M PDF) (SEDAR)
> Download Technical Report on the Scoping Study for the Bloemhoek Project, May 2008: Witsgold (2.9M PDF) · SEDAR (4.5M PDF)
> Download Technical Report Nov. 2007: Witsgold (4.5MB PDF) · SEDAR (4.5MB PDF)

Beisa North Project

Dec. 31, 2016ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:    13,605 t U
Ore grade:    0.092% U
> Download Technical Report June 30, 2009 (2.7M PDF) (SEDAR)

[ISSUES]

Mooifontein project, Southern Free State

Size: 1,065 tonnes U
Ore grade: 0.029% U

[ISSUES]

Waterval project

Feb. 2008ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:   157 t U120 t U
Ore grade:   0.030% U0.030% U

Henkries deposit

June 30, 2009ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:  350 t U792 t U588 t U
Ore grade:  0.052% U0.039% U0.025% U

[ISSUES]

Namakwa Uranium (Proprietary) Limited

 

Karoo projects

(now include Ryst Kuil Uranium Project [OLD ISSUES])

Mar. 12, 2014ReservesResources
provenprobablemeasuredindicatedinferred
Size:   8,423 t U13,462 t U
Ore grade:   0.11% U0.088% U

[ISSUES]

 

Mangalisa project, Free State

> Download Technical Report Dec. 19, 2011: Superior Mining Intl. Corp (4.2M PDF) · SEDAR

 

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