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 Sandfire’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 as part of a major new district-scale program.
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.
Click here for the most recent Tshukudu Exploration update.
Sandfire also provides regular updates on its exploration initiatives as part of its quarterly reporting. Click here for more details.
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.