Specialist Consultants to the Mining Industry


Mining Studies

The MSA Group’s popular introductory course “Mining in a Day” has been presented at international conferences in London, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Mauritius and Johannesburg.

The philosophy underpinning our approach to mining is to assist our clients in minimising their technical and financial risk, while optimising the value drivers of a project.  What sets The MSA Group apart is:

  • We are fully independent of equipment manufacturers and suppliers, so can select the most scale & purpose appropriate, innovative solutions for our clients’ projects;
  • We provide a bespoke offering, where we take care to understand our clients’ requirements and tailor our involvement to deliver a specific, focussed product;
  • We pass on the benefit of the many years of experience that our consultants command, in the form of added value to the client’s project team; and
  • Providing ongoing advice and support through integration with the client’s team.

MSA’s experience ensures compliance with the various regulatory codes and international best practice guidelines.

The MSA Group’s popular introductory course “Mining in a Day” has been presented at international conferences in London, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Mauritius and Johannesburg.


MSA Mining Studies offers a continuum of services from late exploration through to feasibility.

Mineral Resource and Reserve Estimates

  • Our top calibre team have experience in many commodities: Gold, Iron Ore, Platinum Group Elements, Chrome, Nickel, Copper, Tin, Zinc, Lead, Uranium, Rare Earth Elements, Coal, Diamonds and a number of industrial minerals such as Graphite and Aggregates
  • We are competent and qualified to report in all the major mining regulatory environments (e.g. JORC, NI 43-101, SAMREC)
  • Our regional experience covers most mineral deposit styles on five continents


  • The Mining Studies department works very closely with MSA’s Environmental department to provide an inclusive service to our clients, including:
    Environmental Management, Mineral Tenure, Permits and Licensing, Legal Review, Compliance Assessment & Auditing, Socio-Economic Assessment, Training and Energy and Carbon Management

Mineral Asset Valuations

  • MSA have experience in the valuation of mineral assets covering most commodities and mining regions
  • We have reported into all the major jurisdictions and according to the various codes  (e.g. CIMVAL, VALMIN, SAMVAL)
  • We have developed an extensive database to benchmark values and can respond quickly to enquiries for private acquisitions

Corporate Advice

  • MSA’s senior consultants have all held top management positions in the mining industry, and can assist with strategic reviews and planning
  • We understand the minerals industry from top to bottom and regularly assist clients with technical, strategic and financial option evaluation and decision-making
  • We have been technical advisors to clients for a range of successful listings and fund raisings

Due Diligence Reviews

  • MSA have completed many due diligence reviews to back up financing or merger & acquisition transactions
  • We understand the technical, financial and regulatory risks attached to mineral projects
  • We endeavour to add value beyond a mere technical appraisal of risks by offering suggestions for improvements in value whenever we can

Mine Optimisation

  • With expert skills for both open pit and underground mining operations, we have demonstrated capability to deliver innovative solutions to mining inefficiencies
  • We take a holistic view to identifying potential inadequacies and pursue integrated solutions to optimise operations and strategies

Techno-Economic Studies

  • MSA have completed Scoping Studies, Preliminary Economic Assessments (PEAs) and Prefeasibility Studies for a number of projects
  • Our consultants have hands-on experience in managing Bankable Feasibility studies
  • Specific skills include: mine financial modelling, mining, mineral processing, tailings, water and bulk utilities, infrastructure, marketing, human resources, ESG (environmental, social, government), rehabilitation and mine closure


Our clients include the largest multi-national mining companies, banks, juniors, private equity funds, State-owned enterprises, sovereign wealth institutions, government departments and infrastructure developers.  We have worked on 5 continents and in over 50 countries, with a particular focus on Africa and the Middle East. As a Group, MSA executes between 150 and 200 projects per year.

  • Prefeasibility Study – Gold, Ivory Coast
  • Expert Opinion Valuation – Coal, RSA
  • Scoping Study – Platinum, Zimbabwe
  • Mineral asset valuation – Gold, RSA (3 clients)
  • Due Diligence – Coal, Zimbabwe
  • Technical review of Mine Plans – Gold, Mali & DRC
  • Review of Integrated Development Plan – Uranium, Niger
  • Mineral asset valuation – Coal, RSA
  • Mineral asset valuation – Platinum, RSA
  • Mineral asset valuation – Gold, South Sudan
  • Due Diligence – Copper, DRC
  • Due Diligence – Gold, West Africa
  • Prefeasibility study – Gold, Sierra Leone
  • Technical review of Feasibility Study – Coal, RSA
  • Due Diligence – Nickel, RSA & Botswana
  • Prefeasibility study – Rare Earth Elements, Malawi
  • Technical review of Feasibility Study – Copper, Botswana
  • Mineral asset valuation – Base Metals, Saudi Arabia
  • Scoping Study – Nickel, Botswana
  • Mineral asset valuation – Chrome, RSA
  • Due Diligence and Valuation – Iron, Swaziland
  • Independent Engineer – Platinum, Zimbabwe
  • Independent Engineer – Niobium, Tanzania
  • Technical review for acquisition – Coal, South Africa
  • Mineral resource and reserve audit – Gold, Tanzania
  • Due Diligence – Coal, South Africa
  • Due Diligence – Copper, Botswana
  • Mine design and optimisation – Coal, Iran
  • Technical review – Coal, Tanzania
  • Mineral resource review – Tin, Rwanda
  • Ore reserve estimation – Graphite, Mozambique


André van der Merwe
André is Head of the Mining Studies department. He has 28 years’ experience in the mineral industry, ranging from grass-roots exploration, through to project development and mining. André has been in senior positions, both in industry and consulting, since 1997. He has successfully managed large projects and has advised clients during many corporate transactions and listings on international bourses, as well as private fund raisings.

André has a particularly strong background in Mineral Asset Valuation, reporting into all the major mining jurisdictions.

Philip Mostert
Philip is a geologist with 13 years’ experience, initially on deep level Witwatersrand gold mines where he managed major capital surface and underground exploration. He spent 6 years at Eskom SOC Pty (Ltd)’s Primary Energy Division, where he was involved in numerous technical evaluations and management of coal supply agreements. In his capacity as Senior Manager: Technical Services at Eskom he was accountable for management of all technical disciplines (geology, coal quality control and assurance, mining, electrical and mechanical engineering).

Mining Studies Capability

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Mineral Resources Capability

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Some of our recent clients include AFI Corporate Advisors, Barclays Bank, Blackthorn Resources, Burundi Mining Metallurgy, Bushveld Minerals, BSC Resources, Caledonia Mining Corporation, Chromex/Ruuki, Coal Mining Madagascar,
Cronimet, DiamonEx, Eastplats, Enermin Africa, Ernst and Young (EY), ESKOM Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Equeco Resources, Frontier Rare Earths, Greenhill Resources, KFW IPEX Bank, KPMG, Motapa Diamonds, Nevsun Resources, Nimini Holdings, Norilsk Nickel Africa, Obtala Resources, Paladin Energy, Pangea Group, Paragon Diamonds, Petmin Ltd, Qingdao, Rainbow Rare Earths, Randgold Resources, Red Crescent Resources, Redox Diamonds,
Reptile Uranium, SAIL Mining, Sumitomo Corporation, Sunridge Gold, Syrah Resources, Thani Dubai Mining, Toshiba Corporation, Traxys Africa and Universal Coal.