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  • General 2015-05-10
    The Tati area was the site of the earliest European gold discovery in southern Africa by Carl Mauch in 1866. Incomplete records and estimates indicate that from 1866 to 1963 over 200,000 ounces of gold were produced from mines in the Francistown area. Several mining companies investigated the viability of the abandoned mine between 1963 to the late 1980s when Phelps Dodge Inc. acquired the Shashe group of mines (the Map-Nora and Golden Eagle areas). In 1991 St Francis Prospecting acquired the rights and reopened the Monarch gold mine (underground) and established an open cut mine at Golden Eagle, soon closing them in 1994. In 1994, Gallery Gold Botswana (Pty) Ltd (“Gallery Gold”) entered into a joint venture with St Francis. Gallery Gold purchased the then operating Monarch Mine (now closed) in 1994 and conducted small scale mining operations at Monarch and in the Golden Eagle area until mid 1998. After extensive exploration efforts, Gallery Gold Ltd. discovered a significant anomaly in the region of the Mupanipani Hills 30 kilometres southeast of Francistown. Follow up trenching led to the discovery of gold mineralisation associated with strongly silicified iron rich cherty sedimentary horizons. Subsequent reverse circulation drilling in 1999 in several areas led to the discovery of what is now the operating Mupane Gold Mine. At the Signal Hill area, gold mineralisation was recognised by a Seltrust/Falconbridge joint venture in 1982. The prospect subsequently underwent a series of changes of ownership culminating with a mining lease being held by Sigmor Mines (Pty) Ltd. Gallery Gold entered an option agreement with Sigmor that was exercised in June 2002. Construction of the processing plant was completed in October 2004. Open pit mining commenced at the Tau pit in May 2004. Processing commenced and the first gold pour occurred in November 2004. Full gold production was achieved in January 2005 and the project had its official opening in February 2005. The Mupane Gold Mine was acquired by IAMGOLD through its acquisition of Gallery Gold on March 22, 2006.

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    The closure of mines in Botswana had placed emphasis on the absolute necessity for low-cost mining production, E Consult MD Keith Jefferis said on Wednesday. “If we think we can continue as a mining country without being a low cost producer that will be a big mistake,” economist Jefferis told the Botswana Resource Sector Conference.

Mupane News

  • IAMGOLD Sells Position in Galane Gold 2016-03-16

    TORONTO, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - IAMGOLD Corporation ("IAMGOLD" or the "Company") announced today that it has sold all 21,875,000 common shares of Galane Gold Ltd. ("Galane") (TSX-V: GG) held pursuant to that agreement by which Galane, indirectly, acquired ownership of the Mupane...


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