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Copper-Nickel Platinum, Other Minerals Identified In Eswatini

Eswatini Daily News
By: Ntombi Mhlongo

Opportunities to invest in the mining sector have been availed following the discovery of four major minerals’ potential occurrences in the country.

This transpired during the presentation of the findings of the Multi-Disciplinary Geoscience Mapping in the Manzini and Hhohho regions.

The findings were presented by acting Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Jabulani Mabuza. “It is pleasing to mention here that four major minerals potential occurrences were identified from the results of the survey. These are gold, iron ore, diamond, and Copper-Nickel-Platinum group Elements.

Gold mineralization is confirmed in areas northwest of the country. It stretches from the Nsingizini area in the north to Lomati (current Lomati Mine lease), Luhhumaneni area, and Forbes Reef area in the south. As much as some of the areas were known, a much bigger deposit size has been identified from the models,” Mabuza said. Iron ore targets were identified from various areas north of the current Ngwenya Iron Ore Mine. Three of the deposits lie in the Malolotja Game Park being Makonjwa Hils and Luhhumaneni. There is another target north of the current Lomati Mine.

Interpretation of the collected data revealed a large area of otherwise unknown Copper-Nickel-Platinum Group Elements. This is split into three target areas: Siphocosini, Mhlambanyatsi, and Lamgabhi-Luyengo.

“The mystery of the Dvokolwayo diamond deposit has been unraveled. For a long time, it has confused geologists as to how there is only one diamondiferous kimberlite when the general understanding is that kimberlites occur in clusters. Three diamond targets have been revealed from the survey surrounding the dormant Dvokolwayo Diamond Mine,” highlighted the minister.

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