Number 20 Shaft is a site located on the Implat’s Impala Project. The Impala Project is located just outside Rustenburg, South Africa.
Mining at the Rustenburg complex started in 1969 and continues to this day. To expedite production at 20 Shaft Byrnecut South Africa has been contracted to assist and train Impala’s personnel in the trackless development methods and systems.
Byrnecut’s scope of works includes decline and lateral development as well as rehabilitation. Byrnecut also manages all fleet maintenance.
Using tried and tested mining and maintenance methods, Byrnecut’s safety and training procedures were implemented at 20 Shaft to maximise the machine availability and therefore increase development rates. Focus on the safety and training aspects of mechanised development also helped the project reduce the risks associated with hand held development activities in large profile drives.
Impala Platinum engages traditional hand held stoping methods producing 150,000oz of Platinum per year.