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Botswana: First underground gold mining begins in Botswana

Botswana’s gold producer, Galane Gold, has kicked off the first ore mining from it Tau deposit in the northern part of the country, a development expected to enhance the company’s performance.

Galane Gold, the Canadian miner listed on both the TSX Venture Exchange and the Botswana Stock Exchange, on Tuesday said mining commenced in the fourth quarter of 2013 and the forced portal entry at the bottom of the existing Tau pit has been completed.

In addition, the company said installation of the entire infrastructure required, appointment of an underground contractor and the development work required to reach ore had started.

“This is a major step in the evolution of the company both with regards to a change from open pit mining to underground mining and our plans to extend mine life through further exploration,” said Ravi Sood, Galane Gold’s chief executive officer.

Sood said the project had been completed within six months and from the company’s own operating cash flows.  

Last year, the company indicated its intention to exploit the reported measured and indicated resource of 128.6 thousand ounces of gold for Tau through underground mining.

Meanwhile, Galane Gold has put together a mine plan based on the reported resource to mine approximately 85,000 ounces of gold over the next three and a half years.

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