EXPLORATION AND MINING

Mineral Exploration

Mining and exploration portfolio covers a diverse array of technical, administrative and logistical support services. The exploration support services include scoping(Phase 1) covering all the activities related to Exclusive Exploration Licenses (EPLs) including the following:

  • Review and collect all the existing local and regional geological, geophysical and environmental data sets about the proposed exploration area in order to understand the potential or likely mineral targets;
  • Undertake Environmental Assessment required for signature of an Environmental Contract required before any field – based exploration activities can be undertaken;
  • Purchased and processed existing Government regional aerial geophysical data sets (magnetics and radiometric);
  • Undertake remote sensing (satellite data interpretation) and aerial photographic interpretation in order to delineate geologicalstructures and possible depositional environmental for all the commodities targeted;
  • Prepare regional / local preliminary geological maps based on existing data sets covering all the commodities targeted for use in the field mapping;
  • Test the proposed mineral dispositional model at regional level;
  • Digitise all data sets and Preparation of Quarterly and Scoping / Annual Exploration Report for the first year with recommendations for the second year exploration programme.

Scoping studies are often followed by detailed exploration programme covering prefeasibility (Phase 2) andfeasibility (Phase 3) as well as other technical and tenement management services related to the mineral licenses. The detailed exploration programme will take many forms based on the findings and targets delineated during the scoping phase with respect to specific mineral commodity groups. Techniques that are often used includes but not limited to the following:

  • Prospector walking through the bush with a geological hammer mapping the local geology and sampling the soils and rocks at different localities;
  • Ground geophysical measurements;
  • Geochemical sampling;
  • Trenching and sampling;
  • Limited and detailed drilling and sampling;
  • Laboratory testing; and
  • Possible test mining.

 

Mining

Mining support services range from preparation of feasibility reports and Mining License (ML) application and compliance support services, support in the infrastructure planning, design, construction, production, closure, decommissioning and aftercare support services. Both Risk-Based Solutions and Foresight Group Namibia through Foresight Resources hold a number of Exclusive Prospecting License (EPL) in different parts of Namibia covering base and rare metals, dimension stone, industrial minerals, non-nuclear fuel, precious metals, precious stones and semi-precious stones

Mineral Tenement Management Services

Holding a mineral license (Exclusive Prospecting Licences – EPLs or Mining Licenses-MLs) in Namibia requires the licenses holder to meet all the regulatory requirements as prescribed in the Minerals Act administered by the Ministry of Mines and Energy. Such mineral exploration and mining requirements includes submission of quarterly and exploration reports, renewal application as well as meeting the requirements of other laws effecting mineral exploration and mining including environmental, water, health and safety. In summary the following are some of the services that Risk-Based Solutions (RBS) provides with respect to mineral tenement management services:

  • Providing a comprehensive monitoring service, giving appropriate and timely notification of actions required;
  • Providing factual appraisals of status of minerals titles held, or other tenements of interest;
  • Conducting searches to identify land descriptions and property owners;
  • Preparation and lodgement of quarterly reports as required by the Minerals Act;
  • Completion and timely lodgement of all  the prescribed tenement forms feesand reports;
  • Facilitation of the mineral licence renewals and lodgement;
  • Provide knowledgeable and technical advice of the various acts and their technical interpretation;
  • General mining and exploration property management including the application for other required mineral license conditions such as environmental contracts;
  • Assisting with annual, relinquishment and final rehabilitation reports, including lodgement;
  • Liaison with various government departments on behalf of the clients, as required;
  • Troubleshooting, remedial advice and action with respect tolandowner/Government dispute resolution;
  • Cartographic and geological drafting;
  • International projects consulting,management and logistic services as may be required by the client.