Ntsimbintle Mining, a B-BBEE company, was formed in 2004 to pursue exploration and mining opportunities emerging in the South African manganese sector and successfully applied for prospecting rights in 2004, in an area between Kathu and Hotazel, in the Northern Cape. These rights were held in Ntsimbintle’s subsidiary company, namely Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining (Pty) Limited.
Initial prospecting activities commenced in 2006. Eventually Pallinghurts Resources and OM Holdings acquired a stake in Tshipi. The Tshipi mining right application was approved in 2010 and after a 20-month construction and commissioning phase, Tshipi Borwa Mine railed and exported its first manganese ore.