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Platinum Group Metals News

Nkomati Mine, South Africa 

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Mine 

Africa’s platinum people get set for the Platinum Century

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The amazing story of the Bafokeng and the world’s most promising precious metal. 

The precious metal that has given a nation its finest hour

By: System Author     10th September 1999 The majority of the 300 000-strong Royal Bafokeng Nation still live in their traditional national area, north of the Magaliesberg, near Rustenburg in what is now the North West Province of South Africa. 

Law proves to be Bafokeng’s strongest traditional weapon

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Although the relations of the Royal Bafokeng Nation with the mining companies can today be 

Gold and lions to strengthen each other

By: System Author     10th September 1999 Gold and lions will come together at the Johannesburg zoo at a new lion enclosure costed at R6-million, which will include a gold and lion shop featuring South African designed and manufactured gold jewellery. 

Platinum producer prepares

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 The world’s leading platinum producer, Amplats, has recommitted itself to a further 350 000 oz expansion programme by 2003 as it prepares for the ‘platinum century’. 

Nike, watch out . . .

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 . . . here come the branded precious metals and minerals 

Rustenburg Platinum Mines, South Africa

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Mine 

Lean operating approach sinks in

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Drilling, tunnelling and shaftsinking 

Karee Mine, South Africa

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Mine 

It’s about marketing, stupid!

By: System Author     20th August 1999 The post-gold era has dawned in the form of a platinum-dominated mining industry but, differently to its predecessor, the South African platinum industry has a massive marketing strategy in place that is bound to make it a price-maker, not a price-taker. 

The great platinum story

By: System Author     13th August 1999 South Africa this year celebrates 75 years since the discovery in 1924 of the largest platinum reserve in the world in the Bushveld Complex, Northern Province. 

News coin could use 100t of SA gold

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Gold 

Refinery starts with semis

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Gold 

Gold brands to be launched

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Gold 

Platinum catching gold

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Editorial 

Kroondal Platinum Mines, South Africa

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Name: Kroondal Platinum Mines. Location: The mine is located 90 km west of Pretoria, in the Bushveld Complex of South Africa, adjacent to the world-class Rustenburg operation, the largest platinum-group metal (PGM) producer in the world. Brief description: The mine comprises two blocks of mineral... 

New platinum shafts

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 With two of Eastern Platinum’s three inclines nearing the end of their life, the mine, near Brits in the North West Province, has embarked on a R104-million project to sink the Newman twin incline shafts. The platinum activities of Lonmin (previously Lonhro) as contained in Lonmin Platinum... 

India to train ten SA jewellers

By: System Author     9th July 1999 On the initiative of the South African High Commission in India, Jerry Matsila, ten South Africans from the North West Province will be trained by experts at the University of New Delhi in jewellery design and manufacture. Funded by the Indian Technical Education Commission, the programme will be... 

Respect margins at all costs, says Evans

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Contractors must be effective and efficient, and optimise their core-competences if they are to make a decent profit, and margins must be respected at all costs. This simple philosophy, followed by Kroondal Platinum Mine (KPM) MD Dave Evans, is the foundation on which the R310-million greenfields... 

KPM eyes Marikana project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Exploration is under way to check the size of the ore reserve at Aquarius Platinum’s newly-acquired Marikana site near Brits in the North West Province, fuelling speculation among South Africa’s investment and mining communities about the future of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed... 

R310m and ten months later

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 In just ten months, the entire R310-million construction phase at Kroondal Platinum Mine (KPM) in the North West Province has been completed. Although KPM’s management structure has been credited for setting the framework for the project’s success, detailed planning by project manager... 

Total mining solution sought

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The Kroondal Platinum Mine (KPM) project has led to a radical change in operating philosophy for shaftsinking company Cementation Mining, which has been called on by its client to conduct the underground mining operations at the greenfield project in the North West Province. KPM supplies fixed... 

R34m saved on project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 An integrated solution to a specific project is what project manager and plant designer Dowding Reynard & Associates (DRA), in conjunction with Kroondal Platinum Mine (KPM), has developed for the greenfield project near Rustenburg in the North West Province. DRA has been involved since the... 

900 g/t PGM grade

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 It is essential that the correct balance be struck between the grade and recovery of the platinum-group metals (PGMs) at Kroondal Platinum Mine (KPM) – the higher the grade, the lower the recovery, metallurgical manager Gordon Ramsay tells Mining Weekly. “We expect to see a PGM grade... 

Make a date for mining

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The innovative outsourcing paradigm of Kroondal Platinum Mine, coupled with the consultative and participative style of its management team of four, is the ideal environment for opencast-mining contractor MCC of Midrand, Gauteng. Involved since the inception of the project, the plant-hire company... 

Drive to research deep-level underground transportation

By: System Author     25th June 1999 As part of Project Deepmine, CSIR Miningtek has been given the task of evaluating and making recommenda- tions on worker transportation for deep-level gold-mines of between 3 000 m and 3 500 m. A literature and technology search of local and international databases, which is just about complete,... 

Successful tramming devices

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Datarail 100 system from SA Automation has found extensive application in tramming of ore in coal, gold and platinum mines. These devices are used in many successful installations throughout the industry. The system is certified for use in trade, and is competitively priced when compared to... 

Mining locos taken for granted

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Mining locomotives are such an established part of Southern African mining that they are taken for granted only too often. This has resulted in many users not utilising the full potential of their horizontal-transport investment. Mine rolling-stock and locomotive investment at present-day... 

Mineral processing simulated

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Mid-February saw the delivery to Lonmin’s Karee platinum mine of a fully portable pilot flotation plant, termed the flotability characterisation test rig (FCTR), which was then commissioned prior to the official launch in April. University of Cape Town (UCT) dean of engineering Professor... 

Boost for SA, Oz research

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Potentially one of the greatest achievements in the 37-year history of the Australian Mineral Industries’ Research Association (Amira) P9 project is the concept and research behind its flotability characterisation test rig (FCTR). The Amira P9 project consists of mining companies and... 

Stepping into the mining-house breach

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The changing mining industry is providing new opportunities for consulting engineers serving the mining industry. The phasing out of the old mining-house concept in particular is resulting in tenders being invited for work which was previously the preserve of the mine owners themselves. A firm... 

Gold beneficiation initiatives take off

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South African gold-mining company Anglogold is undertaking various initiatives to support local gold beneficiation, including the ‘Riches of Africa’ gold jewellery design competition. At a gala function held in Gauteng in May to announce the overall winner, Anglogold CEO Bobby Godsell... 

Gold’s monetary role increasing

By: System Author     4th June 1999 There is still a broad appreciation of gold’s role as a monetary asset, evidenced by the fact that 120 institutional holders of the metal, such as Russia, Poland and the Philippines, are actively adding to their reserves. This is the view of World Gold Council (WGC) gold market analysis... 

Declines progress

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Both the South mine material and conveyor declines at Anglo American Platinum’s Bafokeng-Rasimone platinum mine in the North West Province have reached level three elevation. Awarded to shaft-sinking company Cementation Mining, the R165-million contract involves the development and... 

New R200-million PGM smelter

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Lonrho Platinum has commissioned Dowding Reynard and Associates (DRA), of Johannesburg, as engineering, procurement and construction management contractor for an overall R200-million project to design and build a massive new platinum-group metals (PGM) smelter near Marikana, in the North West... 

The long and the short of mining

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Despite some predictions that longwall mininh in coal-mines has lost favour in South Africa, with the number of mines using this method steadily declining, CSIR Miningtek mining systems programme manager Pat Willis maintains that longwall may be the way of the future. “As South African... 

Gold.com: gold in bid to become cyber currency

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Over the last few years, it has become fashionable to talk of the demonetisation of gold; some have even referred to it as reverse alchemy. How can gold, which is really ‘g’ plus ‘old’, ever expect to regain a central place in the fast- moving, bit-and-byte-based financial... 

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