Minor drilling outfit Rosond wins big contract with Kumba Iron Ore

Family-run, South African drilling company Rosond has secured a contract with Kumba Iron ore worth R2 billion, replacing larger firms Master Drilling and Geoserve Exploration Drilling at two mines in the Northern Cape.

Rosond has worked on a greenfield exploration drilling programme for Anglo American-owned Kumba since 2012, and has now been awarded an additional three large brownfield exploration drilling contracts at the Sishen and Kolomela mines.

“All the work went out to tender last year. Clearly, we ticked all the boxes for Kumba and Anglo and they awarded us the entire contract,” said managing director Ricardo Ribeiro.

“It’s a lot of greenfield and brownfield exploration work and grade control drilling in the pits of the two mines,” he added.

Rosond possesses more than 60 years of drilling experience in South Africa and has been a long-term client of Anglo for over four decades. The company recently signed a R500 million contract with another Anglo subsidiary, the diamond miner Debswana, in Botswana.