oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Namakwa Sands leads West Coast development
|Article Title||Namakwa Sands leads West Coast development|
|© Publisher:||South African Institution Of Civil Engineering (SAICE)|
|Journal||Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese|
|Publication Date||Nov 1962|
|Pages||19 - 21|
|Keyword(s)||Brandse-Baai, Cape West Coast, Mineral deposits and Vredendal|
The heavy mineral deposits at Brandse-Baai are situated on the Cape West Coast about 80 km west of Vredendal and extend 14 km inland from the coastline. The world-class heavy mineral ore reserves cover about 5 000 ha, with the three valuable heavy minerals of interest to Namakwa Sands being ilmenite, zircon and rutile. A mineralised coastal dunefield lies just north of the main deposit. Although it has the potential to provide a further R400 million worth of minerals, it will not be mined for environmental reasons, while a 300 m beachfront area will similarly be protected from mining activities.
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