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.

Anglo Platinum confident on metal’s future

[img:Anglo%20Plat%20-%20Pic%201_0.JPG|Anglo Platinum’s
Potgietersrust
platinum mine plant
]Johannesburg --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 12 February, 2008 - The Anglo Platinum group – the world's leading primary producer of platinum group metals (PGMs) – has re-affirmed its confidence in the continued robust demand for platinum, and will continue with its multi-billion rand South African expansion programme in 2008.

Aquarius profits up 25% in Q2 of 2007

[img:Aquarius%20-%20Pic%201_0.bmp|Marikana – the Aquarius
operation which showed
a 45% increase in
production in the
second half of 2007
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 8 February, 2008 - Aquarius Platinum Limited –a focused platinum group metals producer in southern Africa, and listed on the Australian, London and Johannesburg stock exchanges – is living up to its reputation as one of the world’s fastest growing platinum companies.

Load- shedding again – but not for the mines

[img:4%20Feb%20New%20Power_0.JPG|Number Nine shaft at the
Gold Fields Driefontein
mine – one of many
affected by the current
power crisis
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 4 February, 2008 - The new week is off to a promising start in terms of the power crisis which has been disrupting the mining industry for the past ten days.

Mines start moving towards normal

[img:Jan%2031%20Crisis..thumbnail.JPG|The Implats Marula mine
– one of many in the
process of returning to
full production
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 31 January, 2008 - Most of the major gold, platinum, diamond and other mines in South Africa are in the process of ramping up production in the hope that – in the event of no change in the electricity supply situation – their output would be back to normal by the end of next week.

Floods interrupt Amandelbult production

[img:Floods%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Plant at one of
Anglo Platinum’s
mining operations
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 23 January, 2008  - A major storm has affected operations at Anglo Platinum’s Amandelbult mine, resulting in several underground working areas being inundated by flood water. As a result, current production at the mine is running at approximately 25% of normal output.

Power crisis meeting today

[img:Power%20-%20Pic%201_0.jpg|Internal view
Mozal smelter
Mozambique
]Johannesburg, South Africa --- MININGREVIEW.COM --- 21 January, 2008 - South Africa's state-owned power utility, Eskom Holdings Ltd., will be meeting with major electricity consumers today to discuss the way forward in the light of the country’s worst ever power crisis.

Eskom chief executive Jacob Maroga will be facing top executives of his company’s top 150 power users. This includes such mining giants as BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Xstrata, Sasol, and Richards Bay Minerals.

Today’s meeting comes in the wake of a week in which “most areas of the nation were without power for between 2.5 hours and 5 hours for a fifth day as the gap between supply and demand doubled to 3 000 megawatts from yesterday”, Eskom said on its website on Friday.

HUGE SUCCESS

These are the main findings published in the PricewaterhouseCoopers report “Mine — Riding the Wave” — a review of global trends this year in the mining industry. The annual study is now in its fourth year, and provides a comprehensive analysis of the financial performance and position of the global mining industry. It looks at 40 of the world’s largest mining companies representing over 80% of the global industry by market capitalisation, and also discusses the current global trends affecting the sector.

R20M EXPORT ORDERS

A R10-million (US$1.4 million) export order to Dubai has been secured by bulk materials handling and minerals processing specialist Osborn Engineered Products SA (Pty) Limited.

Based in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg, Osborn Engineered Products is a leading manufacturer of bulk materials handling equipment, and a specialist turnkey materials handling contractor for mobile and fixed crushing and screening plants and conveyor systems.

NEW DRILLING TECHNOLOGY

The main sink on the ventilation shaft commenced at the end of May, while collar construction on the main shaft is on target for actual sinking to begin in August 2007. It is believed to be the biggest vertical shaft system in the Anglo Platinum group in more than a decade.

Murray & Roberts Cementation is the shaft-sinking contractor on the project, while Murray & Roberts Construction has been sub-contracted for all the surface civils associated with the new mine. Both companies began work on the project in August last year, with construction scheduled to take about a year, and shaftsinking about three years.

NEW AFRICAN PLAYER

Kevin Dabinett
Kevin Dabinett, African
operations manager
of Coffey Mining

This is the word from Kevin Dabinett, newly appointed Africa operations manager for Coffey Mining (Pty) Limited. He explains in an exclusive interview with Mining Review Africa that the company has entered the African market through a take-over of RSG Global, which had a strong presence in Africa with offices in South Africa and Ghana.

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