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Updates / Milestones

Year 2006/2007 

  1. Following the management changeover, the company completed the recovery programme during which quantity and quality of output were stabilised.
  2. New crushing plant modifications were installed to better handle the particular physical nature of the Maroeloesfontein ore body.
  3. Water supply has been improved significantly, following severe shortages in the previous year.
  4. Water proofing of the entire plant was completed ± 95%. Only minor enhancements are outstanding.
  5. Complete container loading and bagging facility was constructed on site and commissioned.
  6. A new addition was made to the DMS (density media separation) section of the plant to improve recoveries and quality. This was commissioned in 2007/2008, once the waste-handling system had been upgraded to handle the additional volume.
  7. A generator was acquired to assist in running the plant due to periodically unreliable electricity supply.

 

Year 2007/2008 

  1. Production continued in line with the recovery programme.
  2. Output set-backs were experienced in the 4th quarter of that year due to excessive rain, which restricted access to the mining pits during December ’07 and January ’08.
  3. Barmac crusher modifications were undertaken and successfully completed.
  4. The overall availability of water supply was improved during the year with a number of initiatives being implemented and addressed, such as the further securitisation of ground water sources, the improvement of water re-cycling, additional water storage, as well as water supply agreements reached with various outside sources. Further initiatives were considered during 2008/2009 to eliminate this risk entirely.
  5. The inconsistent supply of electricity was further addressed during 2007/2008 with a second generator being installed.
  6. A new stores building and facility were built.
  7. A new motor / pump store was built.
  8. Further “water proofing” was installed.
  9. The maintenance building and facility were enhanced.
  10. The in-plant water handling system was modified to eliminate the need for chemicals and mechanical waste handling.
  11. The size fraction handling system in the final product and the magnetic separation plant were enhanced to better segregate different product size fractions.
  12. Additional magnets were installed.
  13. The slimes dam was “reinforced” and is now fully functional.
  14. Laboratory facilities were upgraded.
  15. An additional crushing line and screening section were added.
  16. Installation of a “drier feed bin”.
  17. An additional, yet separate, bagging, loading, dispatch and storage line was installed.
  18. Mining pit 2 was established.
  19. An upgraded feeder system for the DMS was installed, and the cyclones were upgraded and enhanced for better automated process control.
  20. The construction of housing in a company “village” was initiated.
  21. Prospecting on additional farms was conducted with the analytical results still pending. From these results a comprehensive mining plan will be drafted and submitted to the DME to expand reserves. The initial indications are very positive.
  22. A complete management restructuring programme was initiated, which includes new and formalised job descriptions and gradings.
  23. Several prospecting permits for additional farms in the area were obtained.
  24. During 2007/2008 the shareholders entered into an agreement with a BEE partner, Simang (Pty) Ltd, which now owns 26% plus of issued shares in AR

 

Year 2010/2011 

  1. Improvement of throughput by 30%.
  2. Improved access to mineable ore reserves.
  3. Improved product quality through better mining and process control.
  4. A further mining right application has been submitted.
  5. Production constraints were finally overcome, and the latest output target of annual output capacity in excess of 70 000 tons was achieved.
  6. AR is now conducting its own mining, and the contractor has been moved off-site. This was achieved one year earlier than was originally envisaged.
  7. Electrical power upgrades have been negotiated with Eskom and implemented.
  8. The operating team has devised and perfected methods of maintaining production even in the wettest weather conditions.
  9. AR now has access to and management control over sufficient water reserves to be realistically self-sufficient for the foreseeable future.
  10. The planning of various agricultural projects, which will embrace the greater community, are well advanced and if implemented will see a significant upliftment for the whole area. This will require a joint initiative with several government departments, but the potential benefits, for the area as a whole, could be meaningful for the unemployed and workers with limited skills.