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152 MINING |Mount Burgess Mining Mount Burgess Mining has taken a rather winding road to get to the position it is in today, with a 100%-owned base metals project straddling the border of Namibia and Botswana. When chairman and managing director Nigel Forrester listed the company
in 1985 its priorities rested on gold exploration in Western Australia. Having exploited gold deposits throughout the 1990s which included the well-known discovery of the high grade
Red October gold deposit in
Lake Carey, Western Australia, Forrester and the team had a wealth of exploration experience which they then decided to apply through focusing on Africa.
Initially Mount Burgess entered Namibia
to focus on diamond exploration in the Tsumkwe region of Northeast Namibia, where it found three kimberlites. Although these kimberlites were not diamondiferous, during this exploration it became apparent that the area being explored for diamonds also contained a Neoproterozoic belt which spanned the border between NE Namibia and NW Botswana, which was highly prospective for base metals. Forrester went to Botswana and secured that portion of the belt to discover it already had base metals exploration on it including zinc, lead and silver.
That brings us to where the company is today, driving forward with the Kihabe Base Metals Project located in Western Ngamiland, Botswana, 700km Northwest of the capital Gaborone and 350km to the nearest town of Maun in Botswana.
The project had historic drilling undertaken by BHP Billiton in the 1980s before Namibia became independent and had provided some very good results. However, Forrester says Billiton ran into problems, as at the time the project was extremely remote and di cult to access from within Botswana. While the Dobe border gate between Botswana and what was then South West Africa (now Namibia) was actually on the project exploration licence,
it had been closed for political reasons, as at that time South West Africa was under the control of South Africa’s apartheid government.
With the Dobe border gate being closed it was not possible to transport concentrate
to the Grootfontein railhead, so that it
could be railed down to Walvis Bay port for shipment to a smelter. Consequently, Billiton abandoned the project which Mount Burgess picked up in 2003. Through negotiation with both the Namibian and Botswana Mining Ministries, Forrester got the Dobe border gate re-opened such that the project can now be accessed from both Botswana and Namibia.
Since then Mount Burgess has been well occupied developing the Kihabe resource and the Nxuu resource, which combine to around

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