Botswana|Consulting|Mining|PROJECT|Refining|srk|SRK Consulting
Botswana|Consulting|Mining|PROJECT|Refining|srk|SRK Consulting

K.Hill manganese project, Botswana – update

9th October 2020

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor


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Name of the Project
K.Hill manganese project.

The Kanye basin, in south-eastern Botswana.

Project Owner/s
Giyani Metals Corp.

Project Description
A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) has demonstrated the strong potential of the project.

The project envisages an operation with a nine-year life-of-mine, producing 245 000 t of high-purity electrolytic manganese metal.

The PEA proposes traditional truck-and-shovel mining methods. The proposed process for the production of electrolytic manganese metal includes comminution, leaching, solid/liquid separation and solvent extraction, as well as electrowinning and refining.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
The project has a pretax net present value, at a 10% discount rate, of C$491-million and an after-tax internal rate of return of 90.6%, with a payback of 1.5 years.

Capital Expenditure
Preproduction capital expenditure is estimated at $369-million.

Planned Start/End Date
The project aims to break ground in July 2020.

Latest Developments
Giyani Metals Corporation has appointed UK-based sustainability and life-cycle assessment consultancy Minviro to provide an International Organisation for Standardisation- (ISO-) compliant life-cycle assessment (LCA), including a carbon footprint evaluation, for its K.Hill manganese project.

The work that will be conducted by Minviro over the coming months will help Giyani understand how to best achieve its commitment to deliver a low-carbon footprint, high-purity manganese product and how the K.Hill manganese project compares against its peers.

The ISO has a set of standards published on LCA – ISO 14040 and 14044. The standards outline the best practice requirements and principles to be undertaken for an LCA study. ISO compliance includes a third-party review by an independent panel. The results are then enabled to be disclosed publicly and used for comparison with different primary production methods of raw materials.

This will provide Giyani with an independently verified rating that is recognised by potential end-consumers.

Minviro will evaluate opportunities for Giyani to achieve a zero-carbon footprint.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
SRK Consulting (PEA); Tetra Tech and Royal IHC (feasibility study) and Minviro (ISO-LCA).

Contact Details for Project Information
Giyani Metals Corp, tel +1289291 4032 or email


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