Zambia-focused manganese company Kaboko Mining has purchased a processing plant which will be used to crush and process the ore from it’s northern Zambian manganese project at Mansa.The modular processing plant is a semi-mobile, three stage plant with the mobile jaw crusher to be used on site to reduce the size of ore extracted while the secondary jaw crusher and cone crusher, being the third component, will be installed at the company’s railing siding near Serenje, Zambia by end of Q2, 2013. The company says that following initial crushing, on-site ore from the Mansa project will be trucked to the rail siding for further crushing and processing before being sent to port via rail. The plant is capable of taking raw manganese ore at a feed size of 300 mm and at a rate of 80 – 100 tph to produce a crushed ore size of 20 mm.
Mine development has commenced on site at the Mansa project with the mobilisation of personnel and equipment as well as completing infrastructure construction and installation, including repairing the local access bridge damaged during the wet season.Kaboko Mining is currently developing the mine plan for the Mansa project with a scoping study being prepared by an independent consultant, Minxcon, which is anticipated to be completed early Q2 2013. The company points out that it then intends to undertake a further exploration program to drill 24 holes (1 200 m) targeting extension of the existing mineralisation zone in Q2 2013, following which Minxcon will prepare a resource statement in accordance with the Joint Ore Reserve Committee code.