Started in 2004, Impala 16 Shaft was instrumental in the designing and construction of Impala 17 Shaft complex, where key learning points from the former were adopted and applied. The project includes sinking of the Main and Ventilation Shafts, together with the underground development operations, building up to the production target of 250 000 tons per month. The Main Shaft will have a final depth of 1657m at 10.0m diameter and the Ventilation Shaft will be 1400m deep with a cross-sectional diameter of 6.8m. Both shafts are concrete lined.
Implats makes a vital contribution to job creation, the national fiscus and community upliftment. PGMs are the second largest export revenue generator (after gold) for South Africa. As a group, the country’s platinum miners provide direct employment to about 26% of all mining employees. Combined with the businesses that serve and sell to these operators, the platinum sector supports more than 450 000 individuals.