Boots on the Ground: Remote Exploration Services

The MiningIR team normally get caught up in reporting from company boards and tidy presentations at conferences, we probably don’t give enough space to the teams on the ground getting covered in dirt and providing buffets for mosquitos. This week Martin Giger, our African Correspondent shines a light RES (Remote Exploration Services).

RES are a relatively young geological consultancy based in Cape Town but with operational bases in Johannesburg, Botswana, Namibia as well as Zambia. Founded in 2006, it came to life as a spin-off of the MS group (Mineral Services).

Teams protecting samples and kits as they cross a river in Central Africa

Teams protecting samples and kits as they cross a river in Central Africa

With this lineage, RES is accordingly heavily influenced by Dr. John Gurney, an eminent authority on the field of diamond exploration and one of the most important hubs between academic geological research and the industries over the last forty-odd years. Said influence does not only apply to mineral exploration but would also show for instance in their endeavour holding a lecture at the University of Botswana, covering an introductory course in modern day techniques and strategies of mineral exploration, and their support for an University of Cape Town-led postgraduate field trip with mine visits.

Surface sampling in the African heat

Surface sampling in the African heat

RES is a versatile player, employing a highly motivated team of geologists and mineralogists who connects over their mutual passion and expeirence. their main target of course is finding mineral resources, from base metals to rare earth elements and uranium. For the latter, RES is licensed to employ the RadonX™ technology. In view of the potentially escalating water crisis in western South Africa and Cape Town in particular, RES have begun several high stakes contracts in hydrogeological surveying.

With Brett van Coller, RES has a capable and competent managing director at their head with over 22 years of experience in the exploration industry. At his side and no less capable stands technical director Peter Hollick with even more experience. Both connect over their passion for exploration and their drive towards excellence, virtues that have trickled down to inspire the whole team. High in-house dynamics and a youthful spirit guarantees the proactive flexibility expected from smaller operators.

Surface sampling in the African heat

Surface sampling in the African heat

As a consultancy, RES derive their work both from exciting junior companies in need of comprehensive data collection and analysis, as well as majors seeking individual specialised consultants.

As their name implies, no jungle is too thick, no slope too slippery. From the snowy, precipitous mountain ranges of Lesotho to the unforgiving dune fields of Mauritania, The team have undertaken projects in 28 countries all over the African continent.

The team explore geophysical anomalies in central Africa on foot

The team explore geophysical anomalies in central Africa on foot

RES sees itself well-positioned in what appears to be the long-awaited turnaround of the down-cycle in the mining industry over the recent years, as inferred by the great number of junior gold exploration companies becoming active again all over the continent.

Many of those activities target formerly eschewed and under rexplored high risk African countries, as they promise to provide the highest reward ratios – a scope well within the comfort zone of RES. Equipped with tremendous enthusiasm and a comprehensive suite of geophysical, laboratory and operational gear, the company is confident in supporting the industry to embrace the current mining boom.


Article written by Martin Giger for MiningIR.com


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