- Resumption of full-scale mining operations at Turk Mine in Zimbabwe
- Initial production rate of 250 tonnes per day at Turk Mine
- Initial output targeted at 700 to 750 ounces of gold per month
- Immediately available production capacity at Turk Mine of 400 tonnes
- Output targeted to rise to 1,150 to 1,200 ounces of gold per month by
- Average cash cost anticipated at approximately US$425 to US$450 per
ounce in October 2009
- 11 years of proven and probable mine reserves at October 2009
- Further additional incremental production increases planned as
expansion projects completed.
- US$1.3 million received and 100% retained from gold sales during the
restart of the mine development program
TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - Ian R. Saunders, President and CEO of New Dawn
Mining Corp. (TSX: ND) announced that New Dawn's 100% wholly-owned Turk Mine
in Zimbabwe has resumed full-scale mining operations.
The current initial production rate of 250 tonnes per day should result
in approximately 700 to 750 ounces of gold being produced monthly at an
average cash cost of approximately US$500 to US$550 per ounce.
Over the next several months, New Dawn intends to hire an additional 200
experienced miners and raise mine output to 400 tonnes per day to achieve a
production target of 1,150 to 1,200 ounces of gold per month at a average cash
cost of US$425 to US$450 per ounce. New Dawn anticipates achieving this target
by October 2009. As production continues to increase beyond October 2009, cash
costs are expected to further decline.
Total existing capacity at Turk Mine is currently rated at 400 tonnes per
day, but current expansion projects, which are nearing completion, will
increase existing capacity to 650 tonnes per day. New Dawn plans for further
production increases every 6 to 9 months to maximize existing capacity and
fully utilize the projects currently underway to expand daily mining and
Additionally, during the restarted mine development program, which was
reported on 26th February 2009, until the commencement of full-scale mining
operations in early May 2009, New Dawn's gold sales totaled approximately
US$1,300,000. New Dawn retains 100% of it gold sales as a result of changes
under the new Monetary Policy Statement implemented in Zimbabwe in late
"This resumption of full-scale mining operations and the initiation of
our projects and programs to ramp up output at our operations in Zimbabwe
signify a turning point in the history of New Dawn. I would like to thank all
our shareholders, employees and other stakeholders in our Company, who kept
faith in us, while we addressed and overcame the extreme difficulties in
Zimbabwe that affected us since the latter part of 2008," said New Dawn
President and CEO Ian R. Saunders. "In the coming weeks and months ahead, we
look forward with great enthusiasm to reporting further developments at the
Turk Mine to our shareholders."
New Dawn is also currently reviewing additional value accretive
opportunities in the region and expects to report to shareholders in this
regard as appropriate.
About New Dawn ...
New Dawn Mining Corp. is a junior gold company concentrating its efforts
in southern Africa. New Dawn is well established there with three mines, two
production facilities, a skilled and experienced workforce and significant
Two recent NI 43-101 reports documented an aggregate of 969,546 ounces of
gold reserves and resources grading between 2.9-6.1 g/t, with additional
inferred mineral resources of 355,873 ounces of gold grading between 3.90 -
5.91 g/t. Reserves and Resources are based upon a 2.45 g/t cut-off and
US$875/oz gold price at the Turk and Angelus Mines and a 2.0 g/t cut-off at
US$750/oz gold price at New Dawn's Blue Dot Property. For further information
on New Dawn's gold reserves and resources, visit the Company's website at
www.newdawnmining.com or filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com .
New Dawn wholly owns the Turk and Angelus Mines in the upper southwest
area of Zimbabwe, with a production facility currently capable of processing
up to 400 tonnes per day or 12,000 tonnes per month; and owns a 74% interest
in the Blue Dot Property in South Africa, with a production facility there
rated at 180 tonnes per day or 5,500 tonnes per month. The Company maintains a
highly experienced work force of over 800 people.
The Company has additional assets that form a portfolio of exploration
properties, and include the Consolidated Bubi Gold Fields, consolidated
Midlands Gold Fields and consolidated Shurugwi Gold Fields properties, all of
which are located in Zimbabwe.
The TSX has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the
adequacy or the accuracy of this release. Statements in this press release
regarding the Company's business which are not historical facts are
"forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties, such as
estimates and statements that describe the Company's future plans, objectives
or goals, including words to the effect that the Company or management expects
a stated condition or result to occur. Since forward-looking statements
address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve
inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results in each case could differ
materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.
The contents of this news release were supervised and reviewed by Ian R.
Saunders, B.Sc., who is President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of
New Dawn Mining Corp., and who is a Qualified Person within the meaning of NI
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AGORACOM: http://www.agoracom.com/ir/NewDawn where they can post questions and
receive answers or review questions and answers already posted by other
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information as to the future financial or operating performance of the
Company, its subsidiaries and its projects, constitute forward-looking
statements. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "contemplate,"
"target," "plan," "intends," "continue," "budget," "estimate," "may,"
"schedule" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding
targets, estimates and assumptions in respect of gold production and prices,
operating costs, results and capital expenditures, mineral reserves and
mineral resources and anticipated grades and recovery rates. Forward-looking
statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions
that, while considered reasonable by the Company, are inherently subject to
significant business, economic, competitive, political and social
uncertainties and contingencies. Many factors could cause the Company's actual
results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any
forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Company. Such factors
include, among others, risks relating to reserve and resource estimates, gold
prices, exploration, development and operating risks, political and foreign
risk, uninsurable risks, competition, limited mining operations, production
risks, environmental regulation and liability, government regulation, currency
fluctuations, recent losses and write-downs and dependence on key employees.
See "Risk Factors" in the Company's May 29, 2008 Prospectus. Due to risks and
uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties identified above, actual
events may differ materially from current expectations. Investors are
cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future
performance and, accordingly, investors are cautioned not to put undue
reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty
therein. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this Management
Discussion and Analysis and the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to
update publicly such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or results or otherwise.
For further information:
For further information: Investor Relations Contact: Richard Buzbuzian,
(416) 585-7890; President and Chief Executive Officer: Ian R. Saunders, (416)
585-7890; Visit us on the internet: http://www.newdawnmining.com or Email us