Birchall on Giyani Metals’ manganese milestone.
“It is quite important milestone. It establishes the first basis of the true value of the company. It shows that we have sufficient material, probably for something like a 10-year mine life. In conjunction with that the hydrometallurgical testing shows that the process actually works for producing the key particle that we want to make, which is EMM, which is electrolytic manganese metal. That is the key metal that goes into the cathodes for battery electric vehicles and for stationary storage.” States Robin Birchall, CEO & Director of Giyani Metals Corp. (TSXV: WDG), in an interview with InvestorIntel Corp. CEO Tracy Weslosky.
Tracy Weslosky: I am speaking with you where? I understand you are in Africa.
Robin Birchall: I am in Botswana just dealing with some of the stuff that we need to on the ground here at the project.
Tracy Weslosky: You just put out a news release on your maiden resource from your K.Hill project. Can you tell us a little bit more about what is happening with Giyani Metals and what you were trying to say?
Robin Birchall: It is quite important milestone. It establishes the first basis of the true value of the company. It shows that we have sufficient material, probably for something like a 10-year mine life. In conjunction with that the hydrometallurgical testing shows that the process actually works for producing the key particle that we want to make, which is EMM, which is electrolytic manganese metal. That is the key metal that goes into the cathodes for battery electric vehicles and for stationary storage.
Tracy Weslosky: It is my understanding that the results will now allow you to proceed with your PEA. Is that correct?
Robin Birchall: Yeah, that is right. We are going to start with that as soon as possible. We have some calls on Friday with the team. We have 3 or 4 quotes then we will decide who is going to do that for us, probably on Friday. The timeline for that we have been quoted on is about 8 to 10 weeks. That will put us with a PEA sometime around Christmas. It will probably be delayed because of the Christmas period I would imagine.
Tracy Weslosky: I often encourage investors to take a look at the CEO’s background on Linkedin. I will tell you, you have an impressive professional career Robin. In addition to that you have just appointed a new board member. Can you kind of give the InvestorIntel audience a reminder of what kind of strength you have in your core team and management please?
Robin Birchall: Talking about me, I have quite a long background in the mineral resource sector; long time corporate financier and then moved over to the investor side; was appointed to a number of boards and executive positions. We built a mine at the company I was the executive chairman of and then I was asked to join Giyani at the end of last year. Since then we have added a number of board members. We added Mike Jones earlier in the year, somebody I worked with. Has a very long track record both on the corporate side, mine management side and on the finance side; worked in Botswana for 8 years. Then more recently with Duane Parnham deciding that he no longer wanted to continue as the chairman and looking to take a bit more time for himself and move towards retirement, we appointed Jonathan Henry who was the CEO of Gabriel Resources, quite a large gold mining company in Romania. He has a very long history of operating mines. He was a previous client of mine. We are quite privileged to add somebody of his caliber…to access the complete interview, click here
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