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Atha Africa Ventures

Detailed Engineering Design Study

01/ Location Dirkiesdorp, South Africa
02/ Project Timeframe

February 2012 – August 2017

03/ Services Offered



Mindset was engaged by Atha Africa Ventures (Atha) to investigate its prospect in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Mindset provided a Pre-Feasibility Study and a detailed Engineering Design study  on the venture, referred to as the Greenfield Yzermyn Underground Coal Mining Project.

The Yzermyn project aims to deliver quality – grade coal for domestic markets, Eskom and export markets while managing the production and logistics costs effectively according to Atha Africa Ventures.


/ Preparation of a mine planning geologic model based on available information & that obtained from a progressive drilling programme

/ Input to future drilling programs to cover the target & remainder of the area

/ Identification of potential locations for surface facilities & mine accesses (recommendation on which is most cost effective & capable of being permitted)

/ Identification & evaluation of the most likely mining options

/ Preparation of mine plans for all realistic alternatives

/ Analysis of the coal processing options based on existing data

/ A market analysis based on the potential mining products

/ A work plan for the next phase of work

/ Final designs within guidelines of the EMP and WUL

/ Ventilation study

/ Detailed mine model, design & layout
– Box cut and decline shafts design & positioning
– Screening and Crushing Plant design
– Shaft design for men and material
– Design of the mine entrance and access road

/ Detailed mine production sequence & schedule

/Process selection & process facility

/Surface infrastructure including power supply by generators

/ Storm water management system



Mindset delivered a Pre-feasibility Study and a detailed Engineering Study detailing the geological characteristics of the area as well as description of the mineral resources. A mine plan and schedule, together with initial surface and site infrastructure details. A capital estimate and indication of operating costs was calculated in order to provide a financial evaluation of the project.