Our flagship project
Wesizwe's Bakubung Platinum Mine (BPM) project is being developed through the group's wholly owned subsidiary, Bakubung Minerals (Pty) Limited, and comprises an underground mine accessed by twin independent vertical shafts and a shorter third shaft. The main shaft will be for workers and materials, whilst the second shaft will be for ventilation. The third shaft will be for support functions, added ventilation and for use as an escape route. The main shaft will have a hoisting capacity of 250 000 tonnes of ore and 15 000 tonnes of waste per month. An initial 230 000 tonnes a month will be mined from the Merensky Reef, with the balance coming from the secondary UG2 Reef. After the Merensky Reef is depleted, between 10 to 15 years from the start of production, the full 250 000 tonne capacity will comprise UG2 ore only. The Merensky Reef and the UG2 ore will be mined through semi-mechanised or hybrid methods using drills on the face and large haul dump vehicles for cleaning. Crushing will be done underground at the crusher stations to reduce the rock to a size less than 150mm in diameter.