Rocketmine scores South32 deal

Deta Drone International has rebranded again.

The drone services company is now known as RocketDNA. It chose to announce its new name alongside a new contract signed with mining giant South32 for drone surveying in South Africa.

Worth ZAR14,795million, the five-year contract was signed between RocketDNA subsidiary Rocketmine and South32’s Hotazel Manganese Mines and will see the former carrying out drone-based surveys at two mining sites in South Africa.

“RocketDNA, formerly Delta Drone International Limited, a Global drones-as-a-service provider, is pleased to announce it has signed a contract with South32 (via Hotazel Manganese Mines (PTY) LTD) in South Africa for drone surveying services at two mine sites,” the company said in a statement.

South32’s manganese mining operations are concentrated in the in the manganese rich Kalahari Basin, in the South Africa’s Northern Cape province, which is home to 80 per cent of the world’s manganese.

The conglomerate has two mines in the area; as part of the Hotazel Manganese Mines (HMM) consortium, in which we South32 holds a 44.4 per cent interest. The rest of the shares are held by Anglo American Plc and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment entities.

Despite its new identity, RocketDNA remains an ASX listed multi-national drone-based data service and technology solutions provider for the mining, agricultural and engineering industries.

Through its subsidiaries like Rocketmine and Rocketfarm, it offers drone services that comprise aerial surveying and mapping, security and surveillance, and blast monitoring and fragment analysis (which comes through a fully-outsourced service with AI and fast data turnaround that allows enterprise customers to focus on operations on the ground while RocketDNA takes care of everything in the air).

With operations and offices in South Africa, Ghana and Australia, the company’s key clients include with Tier 1 and Tier 2 miners, South32, Newmont Mining, Red 5 and Seriti Coal.


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