oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Namakwa Sands leads West Coast development

Volume 4, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



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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