Tshipi é Ntle’s Tshipi Borwa mine’s first manganese ore.

Tshipi é Ntle’s Tshipi Borwa mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape has mined its first manganese ore.

It took 11 months of continuous 24 hour-a-day operations to shift the waste rock overlaying Tshipi’s ore resources. Tshipi blasted its first ore on the 10 October, several weeks earlier than planned. Ore loading commenced within hours.

Justin Pitt, managing director of Safika Resources, said “We are very pleased with the progress of Tshipi to date and we are now stockpiling the manganese to be loaded on to the first train that will leave the mine for Port Elizabeth in November. From there it will be shipped to the Far East in December.”