Minelab establishes gold mining division
Harare – Minelab, a global leader in gold detection technology and hand-held metal detector devices has established a gold mining division to support artisanal small scale gold miners and prospectors in a number of African countries.
The countries include Sudan, South Sudan, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Somalia. Minelab general manager, Peter Charlesworth, said the new gold mining division consists of a specialised portfolio of products, accessories and support services which include on and off field training.
“This will allow us to provide expert advice on the best use of Minelab’s gold detectors so that miners can produce results in the toughest of mineralised soil conditions, in a cost effective way and with minimal disruption to the environment.
“We are very excited about our new Gold Mining division and believe that with our dedicated products and training programmes, safe, effective and profitable gold mining is only a step away for any serious prospector,” Charlesworth commented.
He said the firm’s technology can assist artisanal small-scale gold miners by increasing efficiency, productivity and safety.
In areas where traditional subsistence mining has taken place for generations, Minelab has introduced cutting edge technology and provided training and support to enable these communities to transform their gold mining activities and their lives for the better. Prospectors across Africa have also tasted success with the GPX 5000 gold detector.
Recently a prospector in Mali discovered a 1.2kg gold nugget and in the past few months there were finds in Zimbabwe (1 118g), Kenya (550g) and Guinea (276g) using Minelab’s gold detecting technology.
According to Sheila Kelleher, General Manager of Minelab’s Gold Mining Division, the company’s technology will boost the output and increase efficiencies of smaller gold producers on the continent.
“We anticipate that Minelab’s Gold Mining contribution will continue to build the connections between prospecting, community and the environment by advancing the usage of Minelab’s hand-held gold metal detector technology and in turn make a difference to the lives of the businesses and communities we work with,” she said.