On Friday 30 October, just after 1 pm, the first blast was taken at the portal to B2Gold’s Wolfshag Underground Mine, turning a new chapter in the history of mining in Namibia with the introduction of the first underground gold mine in the country. A press release issued by the company explained that the central part of the underground mine will be located 275m below the surface and accessed via a single 1300m-long decline. Fresh air will be supplied to the underground workings via a 4m wide ventilation raise equipped with an emergency escape ladderway and active dewatering of the underground mine will be done from the surface by means of a large diameter dewatering well. The mine is estimated to contain 210 000 ounces of gold contained in 1.2 million tonnes of ore which will be extracted over a period of four years from January 2022 to August 2025 at a production rate of 1100 tonnes per day.