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Infrastructure design of Tin mine at Uis settlement begins

by Rodney Pienaar

The AfriTin engineering team has kicked off the infrastructure design of the Tin mine at Uis.

The scope of the team’s work include civil structural and mechanical designs and drafting. 

The availability of suitably qualified engineers to prepare for operations is a testament of Namibia being a favored investment destination for construction of large projects of this nature said Anthony Viljoen the chief executive officer of AfriTin Mining.

“The planning work needed to identify, design and begin construction of the plant site will be undertaken through the use of high resolution satellite imagery that has already been purchased and topographical interpretation is currently being prepared,” he said.

He added that AfriTin has appointed Namibian engineering firm, Crush Plant and Utility Spare which specialises in the construction and installation of crushing equipment to match it to required specifications and associated installations at mine site. 

Viljoen further said that through its Namibian Subsidiary Dawn Africa Investment, AfriTin has procured equipment which includes a jaw crusher; three cone crushers; stacking and conveying equipment and electrical switchgear. 

“AfriTin has procured the entire front end crushing component for the processing circuit at the Uis Tin mine currently under development. And following the successful transformation of Bushveld Minerals from explorer to a producer the de –merger allows Afritin to become the only pure play tin company listed on the AIM,” Viljoen said. 

He added that AfriTin Mining is a newly formed company which has acquired the tin assets of Bushveld Minerals in Namibia and South Africa. 

AfriTin's flagship project is located in the north-west of Erongo region.

“Comprised of three separate mining licenses, Uis is a brownfield near –term production opportunity which was once one of the largest opencast tin mines of its kind in the world. The project contains historical resources estimates of over 70 000 000 tonnes of mineralised pegmatite with approximately 95 000 tonnes of contained tin as prepared by SRK consulting in 1989,” Viljoen has concluded.