AfriTin Mining was established in 2017 to acquire the tin assets of Bushveld Minerals Limited. The company was listed on AIM in November of the same year and is focussed on creating a portfolio of conflict-free, tin producing assets. The company owns two tin projects: the Uis brownfield mine in Namibia and the Mokopane project in South Africa.
The Uis Tin Project
The Uis Tin project, located in Namibia, was discovered in 1911 and developed by Iscor of South Africa as the largest hard-rock tin mine in the world. Production ended in 1990 as a result of low tin prices.
During December 2018, AfriTin undertook the first large-scale blast of mining material at Uis, which was crushed and stockpiled in preparation for the commencement of the Phase 1 Pilot Plant. This Pilot Plant was recently upgraded to facilitate the production of tantalum concentrate alongside the primary tin concentrate. Full-scale concentrate production is forecast for late-2019 following a four month production ramp up after commissioning.
Commissioning of the Pilot Plant began in May 2019, with the first phase designed to process about 500,000 tonnes of ore per year, to produce around 700 tonnes of tin concentrate per year. The second phase will see production ramp up to around 5,000 tonnes of tin concentrate per year, containing approximately 60% Sn on a 71-91% recovery rate.
The Mokopane Tin Project
Mokopane is an exploration stage tin project located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The area has a historic production of some 22,000 tonnes of tin metal from the Bushveld Complex granites.
A scoping study was released in 2014, which estimated a production ~700 tonnes per year with a mineral resource of some 18,500 tonnes of tin.
|Mine Type||Open Pit|
|Output (t/y Sn)||5,000|
|Mine Life (years)||14|
Non-JORC-Compliant Mineral Resource
|Ore (Mt)||73||Metal (t)|