Platinum Group Metals

The platinum-group metals, more commonly known as PGMs, are iridium, osmium, palladium, platinum, rhodium, and ruthenium. Platinum group metals incorporates, mining, exploration, processing, precious metals. Electric vehicles use both palladium and rhodium, as well as platinum for use in the manufacture of the catalytic converter. Platinum and palladium are used in jewelry manufacture. PGMs are usually mined in deep level, narrow reef mines, where safety is of utmost concern.

STEEL GRATING, STAIRTREADS, PRESSED FLOORS, HANDRAILING, EXPANDED METALS

Vital Engineering (Pty) Ltd is pleased to support Chavda & Associates with the supply of products to the Angolan diamond mines. With international experience and the high ISO 9001 accreditation, Vital is confident that its customers will be satisfied with its quality products.

Vitagrid® is fast becoming widely acclaimed for innovative and high quality safety serrated grating, handrail and expanded metal products and standards ensuring reduced costs and low maintenance cycle replacements. Various finishes are available and the new Vitaglass® corrosion resistant coating offers even better product life in the most demanding of conditions with no loss of walking surface grip.

STEEL GRATING, STAIRTREADS, PRESSED FLOORS, HANDRAILING, EXPANDED METALS

Vital Engineering (Pty) Ltd is pleased to support Chavda & Associates with the supply of products to the Angolan diamond mines. With international experience and the high ISO 9001 accreditation, Vital is confident that its customers will be satisfied with its quality products.

Vitagrid® is fast becoming widely acclaimed for innovative and high quality safety serrated grating, handrail and expanded metal products and standards ensuring reduced costs and low maintenance cycle replacements. Various finishes are available and the new Vitaglass® corrosion resistant coating offers even better product life in the most demanding of conditions with no loss of walking surface grip.

CHAVDA APPOINTED DISTRIBUTOR OF REMA TIP TOP PRODUCTS FOR ANGOLA

Nenana Management Services is the holding company for Rema Tip Top South Africa. Rema Tip Top South Africa specialises in optimising the versatile properties of rubber, teflon, ceramics, polyurethane and polyethylene. Rema Tip Top has been involved in the supply of rubber products to various industries world wide. Currently 25% of exports to sub-Saharan Africa are to the diamond mining industry.

WHO IS MAHAVEER CHAVDA?

As a child I remember walking home one day and finding all our furniture in the street. Our family was removed from Maitland to Elsies River because of the Group Areas Act. We were moved to Cravenby, but after a while we couldn’t afford the rent … and you know what this means.

I attended Holy Trinity Primary School in Elsies River and then Livingstone High in Claremont.

WHO IS MAHAVEER CHAVDA?

As a child I remember walking home one day and finding all our furniture in the street. Our family was removed from Maitland to Elsies River because of the Group Areas Act. We were moved to Cravenby, but after a while we couldn’t afford the rent … and you know what this means.

I attended Holy Trinity Primary School in Elsies River and then Livingstone High in Claremont.

ENDIAMA’S DEAL WITH SOUTH AFRICAN LOGISTICS GROUP

Enditrade is a 100% owned subsidiary of Endiama, while Chavda & Associates is a procurement, logistics and support company with long experience in the mining sector. Chavda & Associates, headed by Mahaveer Chavda, also has an extensive and impressive track record in dealing with Angola’s infrastructural challenges.

Endiama is a shareholder in all of Angola’s diamond mines, and the rationale behind the partnership deal between Chavda and Enditrade is to ensure lower costs at these mines through efficient management of the logistics chain.

HEAVY DUTY SLURRY PUMPS FOR PLATINUM

Krebs Engineers has remained the world’s leading hydrocyclone supplier over the past 50 years and in the last decade the millMAX heavy duty slurry pump was added to the Krebs stable - giving the company the ability to supply complete slurry solutions to clients in the mining industry. The millMAX pump represents one of the most innovative developments to occur in the slurry pump industry in many a year.
Millmax
A millMAX pump installed on a mill
discharge application.

Krebs Engineers Africa has been supplying millMAX heavy duty slurry pumps into Southern Africa, and in particular to the South African platinum industry.

IMPLATS’ PLATINUM OUNCES INTO THE FUTURE

Of this, 1.15 million ounces will still come from Implats’ mainstay, the Impala Platinum lease area in the western Bushveld near Rustenburg. That operation will remain at its steady state of production, with two major shaft sinking projects recently begun to replace older shafts nearing the end of their lives.

The 20 shaft, being sunk by Murray and Roberts Cementation, will be the last shaft in Impala’s main lease area to go down just over 1,000 metres; the others in the future will be deeper. The 20 shaft underwent its first blast for the main shaft sink in August 2005, with the pre-sink having been completed. The 20 shaft is at the northern end of Impala’s lease area next to the 12 North shaft, and it will produce 185,000 tonnes of reef a month. It will consist of a single large station below reef, with a decline system feeding upwards and another one feeding downwards. It is scheduled to begin its first production in 2007.

TJATE PROJECT GIVES JUBILEE BALANCE

Bird’s excitement about Madagascar almost threatens to overshadow Tjate, particularly following favourable results from geophysical work done on the company’s Lavatrafo property in the Londokomanana region located some 150 km north of Antananarivo. This has led to Jubilee commissioning a 2,000 metre drilling programme there.

 

The first borehole of that programme has intersected a x70 metre-wide multi-metal (nickelcopper- platinum-palladium) formation at a depth of 37 metres. The intersection over the entire width (from 38 metres to 108 metres) graded 0.23% nickel; 0.11% copper and 1.05g/t 3E (platinum, palladium and gold). The platinum to palladium ratio is 1 to 1.

BLUE RIDGE AND SHEBA’S RIDGE STUDY FEASIBILITY

Ridge Mining changed its name from Cluff Mining in May 2005, following its decision to focus on its platinum assets. Prior to this Algy Cluff, who headed Cluff Mining, had invited Terence Wilkinson, the former chief operating officer of Lonmin, to join the Cluff Mining board. Wilkinson, who is now CEO of Ridge Mining, introduced Martin Sharpe, co-founder of Sperrylite which owned platinum rights in South Africa, into the partnership. Of the four projects that came out of that agreement, the number has been reduced to two, these being Blue Ridge and Sheba’s Ridge, while a third, Fountain’s Ridge, has since been added.

BLUE RIDGE – FEASIBILITY ALMOST DONE
The more advanced of these projects is Blue Ridge, which is an underground mineable platinum project whose feasibility study is under revision. A great deal of drilling (some 92 boreholes drilled with 155 deflections) had been done in 2003, but the change in the rand environment required an optimisation of the original feasibility work. This has been done over the past 18 months. Blue Ridge has the potential to be a UG2 reef platinum mine from surface to 800 metres underground, at a rand price of R6.50 to the dollar.

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