Niemoller Marmer is a subsidiary of Elaria Holdings (Pty) Ltd. The location of this resource, Vioolsdrif is a small, but well-known border-post town on the N7 highway between Cape Town in South Africa and Windhoek in Namibia on the South African side of the border, directly south of the Orange River. The town has some small shops, a population of less than a thousand people and not much by way of infrastructure. The town functions around the border post, with police station and customs clearing houses.
In spite of the extremely hot and arid climate, some sheep and goat farming takes place in the surrounding area, and some fields (mainly lucerne) are irrigated by water from the Orange River. Tourist accommodation is mainly situated along the banks of the Orange River. The nearby town of Noordoewer is situated 6 km to the north directly across the border from Vioolsdrif, and similarly originated around the historic river crossing, which now functions as the Namibian border-post. Noordoewer has only slightly better infrastructure than Vioolsdrif, of which the petrol station and vehicle workshop is probably the most important.
The metamorphosed quartzitic shales that make up the Picture Stone are internationally a very rare occurrence. The material belongs to the Nama Sedimentary Formation of the Vioolsdrift Suite of the Namaqualand Metamorphic Complex. The yellow – brown material has its unique pattern provided by the Liesegang Rings.
The material is only found above a certain contour in the Vioolsdrift area (+-280m) and varies in depth from 10cm to several metres. With regard to extent of the deposit, the applicants are currently in possession of the valid prospecting permit for a +-644ha area south of the mining area which also contains good picture stone. It is unlikely that Picture Stone extends much further than the combined mining and prospecting area.
The resources estimate is approximately 300 000 m3 of which 10% will be large sizes (longer than 2 metres).