By Gavin du Venage, South African Editor

The Gamsberg zinc mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province has now officially launched. The US$400 million project has a life of mine of 13 years and will produce 4 million tons per year (t/y) from its open pit, and another 250,000 tons annually of concentrate from its concentrator plant.

The project is being driven by Vedanta Zinc International, the India-based industrial and mining firm under their Black Mountain Mining complex. At its first phase, the mine employed more than 3,000 people at the height of construction. Around 800 to 850 people will be employed permanently, once Gamsberg is in production.
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