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Tharisa remains committed to Zim PGMs investment

By: Cameron Mackay     8th February 2019 Despite the turbulent political landscape in Zimbabwe currently, low-cost platinum group metals (PGMs) and chrome concentrate producer Tharisa Minerals remains fully committed to its Investment Project Framework Agreement with the Zimbabwe government. The agreement involves the establishment of a... 

Sibanye-Stillwater market update draws AMCU’s fury  

By: Simone Liedtke     11th January 2019 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has accused gold miner Sibanye-Stillwater of “bragging about its profits” and of “shocking arrogance” while the union’s members remain on strike at the miner’s South African gold operations. The union said it viewed Sibanye’s market... 

Amid falling platinum prices, PGM miners upping chrome ore production to improve profitability 

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 Some platinum group metals (PGM) producers have become large producers of chrome ore to improve their profitability, says Kagiso Asset Management investment analyst Mandi Dungwa. South Africa is the world’s largest chrome producer, delivering more than half of the global ore supply in 2017, with... 

Amid falling platinum prices, PGM miners upping chrome ore production to improve profitability

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 Some platinum group metals (PGM) producers have become large producers of chrome ore to improve their profitability, says Kagiso Asset Management investment analyst Mandi Dungwa. South Africa is the world’s largest chrome producer, delivering more than half of the global ore supply in 2017, with... 

SA, Russia recommit to implementation of PGMs MoU

By: Anine Kilian     24th July 2018 South Africa and Russia recommitted themselves to the continued implementation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on platinum group metals (PGMs), following the third yearly PGMs conference, which took place in Johannesburg, on Tuesday.   Delegates at the conference agreed on the need to... 

OPINION: Platinum industry needs productive dialogue to survive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2017 Platinum group metals (PGM) mining finds itself in a precarious situation. The price of platinum is in decline, producers’ profits have dropped significantly, the operational costs have been increasing, the threats of retrenchments are constant, the current regulatory uncertainty around the... 

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 Despite the mixed performance and expectations of the recycling industry, local platinum producers Sibanye and Northam Platinum this year entered the platinum-group metals (PGMs) recycling market. Platinum recycling is projected to decline by 6% year-on-year to 1.76-million ounces this year,... 

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 Despite the mixed performance and expectations of the recycling industry, local platinum producers Sibanye Resources and Northam Platinum this year entered the platinum-group metals (PGM) recycling market. Platinum recycling is projected to decline by 6% year-on-year to 1.76-million ounces this... 

South Africa Inc needs to pull out all stops to boost platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2017 Platinum has special South African significance, which presents an ideal opportunity for business, government and labour to work together to revive the falling fortunes of platinum group metals (PGMs), the rising palladium price rise notwithstanding. Huge emphasis needs to be placed on the demand... 

New cost-slashing platinum technology gaining impressive momentum

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2017 The new cost-slashing, time-saving, capital-unlocking, mine-broadening and cobalt-saving platinum technology, driven by diversified mining company Pallinghurst and South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is gaining impressive international momentum as an initiative... 

Lonmin maintaining FY17 guidance despite weaker Generation 2 shafts production

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd February 2017 Platinum producer Lonmin is disappointed by first-quarter production figures at its Generation 2 shafts; however, with the initiative of deploying additional stoping and vamping crews and the expected platinum ounces from the smelter clean-up project, it is maintaining its sales guidance for the... 

Despite disappointing Q1 production figures, Lonmin maintains FY17 guidance

By: Ilan Solomons     26th January 2017 Platinum producer Lonmin is disappointed by first-quarter production figures at its Generation 2 shafts; however, with the initiative of deploying additional stoping and vamping crews and the expected platinum ounces from the smelter clean-up project, it is maintaining its sales guidance for the... 

Vested interests, lack of understanding hamper establishment of S African PGMs exchange

By: Ilan Solomons     27th March 2015 As more than 80% of the world’s known platinum-group metals (PGMs) reserves are in South Africa, it is ideal that a PGMs exchange be established locally to ensure that the country receives maximum benefit from its mineral wealth, avers investment company Pan-African Investments & Research... 

Champion of local PGMs exchange cites vested interests, lack of understanding as key impediments to its establishment 

By: Ilan Solomons     27th March 2015 As more than 80% of the world’s known platinum group metals (PGMs) reserves are situated in South Africa, it is imperative that a PGMs exchange be established locally to ensure that the country receives maximum benefit from its mineral wealth, avers investment company Pan-African Investments &... 

Stakeholders weigh in on future of SA’s platinum industry

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2014 Ongoing wage negotiations, protracted strike action and declining production in the platinum mining sector have raised concerns about the current state of platinum mining in South Africa, with certain mining houses re-evaluating their platinum assets and considering divestment. Consulting firm... 

Stakeholders weigh in on future of SA’s platinum industry

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2014 Ongoing wage negotiations, protracted strike action and declining production in the platinum mining sector, impacting on international investor sentiment, have raised concerns about the current state of platinum mining in South Africa, with certain mining houses re-evaluating their platinum... 

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