Freddies Consolidated

Producer in Free State, South Africa with commodities Gold, Uranium, PGE, Silver

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10071444
MRDS ID W014841
Record type Site
Current site name Freddies Consolidated
Related records 10158998

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: 26.66816, -27.82988 (WGS84)
Elevation 1346
Relative position NORTHWEST OF, AND ADJOINING, ODENDAALRUS TOWN LIMITS; 13 KILOMETERS NORTHWEST OF THE CITY OF WELKOM
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Geographic areas

Country State
South Africa Free State

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Uranium Secondary
PGE Secondary
Silver Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • GOLD, ONLY, IS RECOVERED AT THE PRESENT TIME. URANIUM RECOVERED DURING 1954 - 1966, AND CONSIDERED AS A FUTURE POTENTIAL COPRODUCT SMALL QUANTITIES PT AND AG RECOVERED BUT UNIMPORTANT IN SOUTH AFRICA TERMS. PT IS AN IMPURITY IN GOLD AND IS RECOVERED AT THE RAND REFINERY AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE PURIFICATION PROCESS.

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

Alteration

  • (Local) None

Analytical data

Result SEE ENTRIES UNDER PRODUCTION AND RESERVES

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic)
    Rock unit name Ventersdorp System-Lava
    Rock description Ventersdorp System-Lava
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Neoproterozoic
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metasedimentary Rock > Quartzite
    Rock unit name Upper Elsburg Conglomerates And Quartzites;Karroo System Conglomerates And Shales
    Rock description Upper Elsburg Conglomerates And Quartzites;Karroo System Conglomerates And Shales
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Shale
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Conglomerate

Nearby scientific data

(1) 26.66816, -27.82988

Geologic structures

Type Description Terms
Regional Unique Continuity Of Gold - Bearing Horizons Over Extended Area, Though Well Marked By Faulting, Folding And (Locally) Erosion And Redeposition Of Overlying Sediments.
Local Gentle Dip Regionally, With Folds And Faults Locally. Overlying Lavas, Quartzites And Conglomerates Are Massive.

Ore body information

  • General form TABULAR/BLANKET
    Dip 18 DEG E
    Thickness 0.18M
    Depth to bottom 1355M

Controls for ore emplacement

  • Gentle Uplift Of Continental Mass; Erosion; Peneplanation; Folding; Faulting; Volcanicity; Dike Injection And Build - Up Of Younger Sediments

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Medium
Significant No
Discovery method Ore-Mineral In Place
Year of first production 1954

Mining district

District name Orange Free State Area Of The Witwatersrand Goldfields

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner Ownership Distribution:
  • Type Operator
    Owner Freddies Consolidated Mines Ltd.
  • Type Owner
    Owner Western Holdings Ltd.
    Interest 50
  • Type Owner
    Owner Free State Geduld Mines Ltd.
    Interest 50
  • Type Owner
    Owner Note: Anglo Amer. Corp. Of South Africa Holds 20.94% Interest In Western Holdings
  • Type Owner
    Owner And Management Control In Both Western Holdings And Freddies Consolidated Mines Ltd.

Production statistics

  • Year 1976
    Period 1954 - 1976
    Material ORE
    Accuracy Accurate
    Description Cp_Grade: ^Wgtd. Avg. Grade: 0.361 Toz Au/Met Ton Ore Milled
    Importance Item Commodity Group Amount recovered Grade Recovery percentage
    Ore Gold Gold 10g/mt

Comments on the production information

  • FREDDIES CONSOLIDATED MERGED WITH FREE STATE GEDULD MINE (PRIMARY RECORD NO. W014848) DURING 1977 . 1977 PRODUCTION STATISTICS RELATED TO FREDDIES CONSOLIDATED LEASEHOLDINGS HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN FREE STATE GEDULD TOTALS AND AVERAGES, AND WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE SEPARATELY.

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • CHAMBER OF MINES ANALYSES OF WORKING RESULTS - 1984.

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Underground
    Overall depth 1355M

Comments on the workings information

  • MINING METHOD: CROSSCUTS FROM THE SHAFT TO ORE HORIZON (REEF) AT 150 - METER INTERVALS: DRIVES ALONG THE STRIKE AND WINZES DOWN - DIP COMPLETE DEVELOPMENT; STOPING AND BACKFILLING ("SCATTER MINING") WITH CRIBTIMBER SUPPORT AND PILLARS COMPRISE FINAL MINING PHASE.

Comments on development

  • EXPAN$: 4.5 (1975) ; MILL.CAP: 1.1 MIL. MET. T/YR. 1975 ; ECON.COM: A MEDIUM - GRADE GOLD PRODUCER WITH URANIUM POTENTIAL. CURRENTLY PLANNED TO BECOME PART OF ANGLO AMERICAN'S COMBINED ORANGE FREE STATE URANIUM RECOVERY SCHEME IN 1978. ORE HORIZONS CURRENTLY EXPLOITED: BASAL, ELSBURG AND KIMBERLEY REEFS. CURRENT OPERATING COSTS: $132.55/TROY OUNCE OF GOLD RECOVERED

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS W014841

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    WESTERN HOLDINGS LIMITED, ANNUAL REPORT 1975

  • Deposit

    MINERAL RESOURCES OF SOUTH - CENTRAL AFRICA; PELLETIER, R. A.; 1964

  • Deposit

    "THE ORANGE FREE STATE GOLDFIELD" (ANGLO AMERICAN CORPORATION OF SOUTH AFRICA LIMITED); 1960

  • Deposit

    SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD SHARES; IVOR JONES, ROY AND CO., INC., JOHANNESBURG; 197

  • Production

    ANALYSIS OF WORKING RESULTS, CHAMBER OF MINES OF SOUTH AFRICA, JANUARY - DECEMBER 1976 ; ANGLO AMERICAN CORPORATION OF SOUTH AFRICA LIMITED; ANNUAL REPORT 1978

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit 1/ MAX. THICKNESS REFERS TO BASAL REEF ORE HORIZON ONLY. ADDITIONALLY, THE OVERLYING ELSBURG REEF ( 0.10 METER ) AND KIMBERLEY REEF ( 0.12 METER ) ARE MINED INTERMITTENTLY.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-FEB-1977 Sweetwood, Charles W. Department of State