TO support construction activities of the mine complex, Kalagadi Manganese (KM) requires about 10mVA. Eskom committed to make available only 3MVa to KM during the construction phase, while additional power (total 13MVa) could be made available only in July 2012 following the construction of the power from the Ferrum substation. To access the 3MVa, Kalagadi had to build power lines from the Hotazel substation to the Umtu substation, at a total cost of R5.7 million.

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ON Saturday, September 24, Kalagadi Manganese reached a major milestone of sinking the main shaft to 281m underground. According to the Project Director, Thulo Malumise, ―this is a major milestone on the project.

Read more: Mine construction progress

THE engineering design on the sinter plant has pro- gressed beyond 80% comple- tion in line with the agreed schedule with German con- tractor, Outotec. Also, an updated 3D model of the sinter plant has been completed.

Read more: About the Sinter Plant

DEAR ALL, we launch this de- but edition of Kalagadi News with an immense sense of pride. The aim of the publication is to regularly provide updates to our staff and stakeholders with the latest news, developments and the progress made on a number of projects as well as other related initiatives. I am excited to share with you a number of successes made thus far.

Read more: Letter from the Chairperson

[] -- IF SOUTH Africa's mining industry needs a good news story during one of its most uncertain periods, it will probably be the soft-spoken Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, chairperson of Kalahari Minerals.

Read more: Daphne's good news