Sandfire Resources, through its in-country subsidiary Tshukudu Exploration, holds a dominant 26,645km2 landholding across the underexplored Kalahari Copper Belt in Botswana and Namibia.
Botswana is a safe, democratic, politically stable and mining-friendly jurisdiction with a supportive government (rated number 1 in Africa and number 45 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, is responsible for the day-to day activities of our operations in Botswana. Tshukudu works seamlessly with specialists from Australia and Sandfire’s executive management team, liaising on a daily basis.
Tshukudu has an 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 as part of a major new district-scale program. A substantial increase in drilling is initially planned within the 1,000km2 T3 Expansion Area targeting additional ore sources for the planned Motheo Production Hub. Drilling priorities include the A1, T2E, A27, A13 prospects, and the deeper NPF Contact.
The significant potential of the Kalahari Copper Belt is evidenced by Cupric Canyon’s world-class Khoemacau Project, located east of the T3 Project, where a total property sulphide resource of 502Mt @ 1.4% Cu and 17g/t Ag, including 185Mt @ 2.0% Cu and 27g/t Ag has been announced by Cupric Canyon (refer to Cupric Canyon’s website www.khoemacau.com for details).
Sandfire’s licences west of the Khoemacau Project cover the central portion of the Kalahari Copper Belt (see figure below) and include many structural domes and anticlines interpreted to start at shallow depth below an extensive near-surface calcrete layer.
Regional Location Plan with Tshukudu licence holdings showing T3 Project, A4 Dome and multiple exploration targets
The geological sequence and favourable structures which host copper mineralisation on the Cupric Canyon licences are interpreted to continue for more than 150km onto the Sandfire licences where they appear to be largely intact and are mostly untested. As a result, numerous priority targets have been identified for drilling by Sandfire.
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