Sandfire holds a dominant 11,700km2 landholding across the underexplored Kalahari Copper Belt in Botswana.
The exploration ground, held through in country-subsidiary, Tshukudu Exploration, was acquired through Sandfire’s acquisition of MOD Resources Ltd in October 2019.
Botswana is a safe, democratic, politically stable and mining-friendly jurisdiction with a supportive government (rated number 1 in Africa and number 32 globally by the Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies).
Botswana is committed to further diversifying its resource sector, which currently contributes ~80% of the country’s exports and ~30% of its GDP. The nation has a skilled workforce, good infrastructure and sound mining legislation and environmental controls.
'Tshukudu', meaning rhino in the Setswana language, manages all the daily on-site activities with specialist input from Australia. Tshukudu’s Board of Director’s meets on a regular basis and oversees in-country activities and compliance. Mr Gaba Chinyepi is the Executive Director and Country Manager of Tshukudu and liaises with Sandfifre’s executive management team on a daily basis.
Tshukudu Metals, a related entity, has opened a office in the nearby town of Ghanzi, which is the focal point for managing human resources and community relations in the Ghanzi District.
About the Project
The Kalahari Copper Belt is one of the world’s most exciting emerging copper producing regions, with Sandfire’s T3 Project and Curpric Canyon’s Khoemacau Copper Project both scheduled to deliver first copper production over the next 2-3 years.
The Kalahari landholding is prospective for sedimentary-style copper deposits, and includes several high-priority targets located in close proximity to the advanced T3 Copper-Silver Project, as well as regional targets with confirmed copper mineralisation.
A comprehensive exploration program across all project areas is currently underway and is expected to ramp-up as part of a major new district-scale program commencing in early CY2020.
The significant endowment of the region is highlighted by the 502Mt of defined resources at the neighbouring Khoemacau Project (source: Khoemacau Copper Mining, Botswana Resource Sector Conference Presentation, 10 June 2019).
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Sustainability Snapshot – Donation of books and football boots in Ghanzi
Sandfire’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Tshukudu Metals, supports the local Ghanzi community, with initiatives including donations of library books and football boots. The donation of library books to Ghanzi Public Library, which serves more than ten primary schools and out of school youth, will greatly assist the reading culture of the school children and to help improve their studies.
Read more about our sustainability initiatives here.