Zimplats, a member of the Implats group, continues to benefit from uninterrupted operation and remained relatively unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Mined tonnage increased by 2% due to improved fleet productivity and increased production from the new Mupani Mine, which is still in development.
Mill throughput of 1.67 million tonnes declined marginally due to planned maintenance at the Ngezi concentrator during the quarter, while grade and recoveries were stable, resulting in a 2% decline in 6E concentrate produced of 148 000 ounces (Q1 FY2020: 151 000 ounces).
Routine smelter maintenance in Q1 FY2020 resulted in elevated matte volumes relative to concentrate production during that quarter, which normalised in the current period. As a consequence, 6E volume in matte was 6% lower at 142 000 ounces.