4Arrows has a good understanding of mining in a hard rock mining environment with a strong presence in the Northern Cape where it is estimated that approximately 85% of the world’s manganese deposits are situated. 4Arrows has proven itself as a competent mining contractor responsible for the contract mining operations at the following mines:
- UMK (United Manganese of Kalahari)
- KMR (Kudumane Manganese Resources)
UMK is the fourth largest producer of manganese in the world. This mine is situated in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municiaplity in the Northern Cape. UMK is strategically located with good access to rail infrastructure, and has a state of the art load out station to enable rapid train loading. UMK sells its product to both local and international markets.
The management of 4Arrows has been involved with UMK since its inception approximately 10 years ago. The mining requirement at UMK started with a mere 80 000 tons per month with the current loading, hauling and on-mine logistics operation, moving in excess of 3.5 million tons of waste and ROM on a monthly basis.
KMR is in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municiaplity in the Northern Cape, approximately one kilometer from the Hotazel town. The company started operations in May 2012, when 100 000 tons of bulk sampling material was extracted in terms of the prospecting right. Full scale mining production followed in June 2013, after obtaining a Mining Right.
The mining requirement at KMR started with a mere 50 000 tons per month with the current loading, hauling and processing operation, moving in excess of 2.5 million tons of waste and ROM on a monthly basis. The operations are performed at two different pits with the ore processing operation performed centrally close to the railway loading facility.
The expected life of mine is 10 to 15 years for the open pit mining operations after which underground mining will commence for an estimated 30 years.