BlueRock Diamonds has resumed operations at its Kareevlei mine in the Northern Cape in South Africa following a suspension ordered by the country's Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The DMR suspended operations at the mine after an inspection on July 6 revealed changes needed to processing plant procedures, guard rails on the plant and trackless mobile machinery (TMM). "After a frustrating few weeks I am delighted that we are now back into production," said CEO Adam Waugh said. "Our team has worked hard over the last five weeks to rectify all matters to the satisfaction of the DMR," Mining Weekly reported.
At the time of the suspension, Waugh explained that the TMM requirements related to machinery owned by contractor Diacar which has since withdrawn from its earthmoving service agreement with BlueRock after reviewing the DMR requirement to bring its fleet up to the required standard. “Our relationship with Diacar was already being assessed as part of the review process in order to ensure that we were operating on the best possible terms. The result of the DMR inspection and Diacar’s decision not to implement their requirements has expedited this process and we expect to be able to resolve this matter either through appointing another contractor or through leasing and operating the equipment ourselves during the final stages of effecting the final changes to our plant,” he explained.