JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Diamond company De Beers is inviting bids for the construction and operation of an aquaculture farm in Limpopo province, where it has the large Venetia diamond mine.
The Anglo American group company wants qualified parties to submit expressions of interest in the venture, which will be sited at the spirulina plant in Musina as part of Venetia’s social and labour plan commitment.
The aim of the project is to create employment opportunities to advance social and economic welfare in the Musina local municipality.
A feasibility study of the climatic conditions and water availability at the existing spirulina plant has been positively concluded and proposals will need to include the marketing and selling of products as well the possible redesign of the spirulina plant to suit the needs of an aquaculture farm.
Those bidding must be South African entities, which are black economically empowered in line with the Department of Trade and Industry codes, with 25% +1 share ownership by historically disadvantaged South Africans and also black-women involvement.
The selected aquaculture investor will be required to establish a partnership with a trust made up of De Beers Zimele representatives and give employment preference to residents of the local district municipalities.
Tenders must be submitted by no later than 14:00 on July 17.
In 2011, De Beers, its black economic-empowerment partner Ponahalo and fish company Irvin & Johnson, set out to develop a R40-million abalone project at Kleinzee in the Northern Cape.