Australian mining company Orion Minerals has awarded a 6-month trial mining contract to South African contractor Newrak Mining Group for operations at the Prieska Copper Zinc-Mine in the Northern Cape Province.

The trial will assess various underground mining methods, utilizing an ITC120 continuous loader and two 20-tonne bi-directional trucks to enhance safety, reduce cycle times and lower development costs.

During this period, Orion will train local community members for enterprise development and skills transfer.