In the stark and arid Northern Cape, 60km from Pofadder, lies the world’s largest undeveloped zinc resource. Gamsberg, part of Vedanta’s Zinc International SA operations, started first-phase production in 2018 and the project is expected to act as an anchor for the company’s ambitious growth plans, adding as much as 600,000 tons of zinc to the company’s annual production in its final phase. Vedanta Zinc International is a subsidiary of Vedanta, a diversified resources company in India. It is one of the largest foreign direct investors in India and aims to become one of the largest in SA too. Vedanta bought Anglo American’s zinc assets in 2011, which included Black Mountain Mine, the developer of Gamsberg, Skorpion zinc operation in Namibia, and the Lisheen zinc mine in Ireland that is being closed. Exploration drilling by Vedanta allowed it to extend the life of the zinc assets and has led to the development of Gamsberg, SA’s largest recent mining project with an investment of $400m...

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