The R1.74-billion Elikhulu operation is the Group’s third gold retreatment plant, and was built within budget and commissioned ahead of schedule in September 2018. Elikhulu is one of the lowest cost operations in Africa, producing some 65,000oz per annum at an AISC of USD708/oz, with an operational life of 12 years.
The plant processes 1.2Mt of historic tailings per month from the three existing slimes dams at Kinross, Leslie/Bracken and Winkelhaak. Reprocessing will result in the residues being re-deposed to a single tailings storage facility site, which will reduce our ecological footprint.
This operation consists of a technologically advanced, automated plant with a minimal labour requirement. Elikhulu is testament to our team’s ability to conceptualise, plan and complete substantial growth projects ahead of time and within budget.