In the biggest transportation operation of its kind, Natro Freight’s mining and minerals division is moving about 80 000 tons of platinum ore, concentrate and matte every month between widely scattered mines and processing plants in North West Province and Limpopo. That makes it the world’s leading transporter of platinum.

South Africa’s largest diversified transportation and logistics company, Natro has assigned a fleet of 35 new Volvo trucks, hauling special made-for-purpose tippers, for the 24-hour-a-day operation of transporting ore, concentrate and matte between Anglo Platinum mines, concentrators and smelters. Another fleet of Natro tankers carries crushed matte.

The mines are situated at Rasimone and Bleskop, while the concentrators are located at Union, Western Limb Tailings, Frank, Potgietersrus Plats, Lebowa Plats, Amandelbult, Rasimone and Mototolo. The smelters involved in the operation are at Polokwane, Waterval and Union.

“We had to design specialstrength, lightweight tippers for the assignment because of the high density of the product, and to make the transport as economical as possible,” says Billy de Scally, general manager of Natro Freight’s mining and minerals division. “Each truck has to haul up to 34 tons of material.”

Anglo Platinum produces about 40% of the world’s platinum, and Natro moves most of it. “That makes us the world’s biggest transporter of platinum concentrate and matte,” says de Scally, “and it’s a record we’re proud to hold.”

Natro Freight’s strong BEE credentials come from the 50% shareholding in Natro Group Holdings and its subsidiary, Natro Fuel & Chemical Logistics.