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Pan African Nearly Ready to Restart Mining

The producer meets its targets within R40m budget to refurbish two Evander gold mine shafts

Pan African Resources will complete the refurbishment of its two Evander gold mine shafts by the middle of April and within its R40m budget.

Pan African said in February that it was shutting Evander’s underground workings for up to 55 days after independent and internal engineering studies revealed shortcomings at both its operating shafts.

Once the shafts are reopened on April 15, there are 6,000 tonnes of ore to be hauled to the surface.

"The processing of these tonnes will assist with the expeditious ramp-up of Evander Mines’ underground production profile," the company said.

During the shaft closure Pan African replaced piping, repaired shaft bottoms, removed excess steel and replaced damaged infrastructure. It also took the opportunity to prepare its working areas, including building extra dams underground to better control the removal of water, improving ventilation and retraining employees to work more safely.

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