Iron Ore

Iron Ore is mined in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, from open-cast operations, at the Khumani Iron Ore Mine, which is located near the town of Kathu, and Beeshoek Iron Ore Mine which is located outside the town of Postmasburg.

The iron ore produced is sold in both the export/international market and domes-tically to South Africa’s largest long and flat steel producers.

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Manganese

Various grades of manganese ore are mined at the Nchwaning and Gloria mines, located in the Black Rock area of the Northern Cape province and manganese alloys are produced at the Cato Ridge Works in Kwazulu-Natal and at the Machadodorp Works in Mpumalanga.

Both are fully integrated manganese alloy smelters as manganese ore feed is mainly sourced from Assmang’s manganese mines. Cato Ridge Alloys, a joint venture with Japanese partners, produces refined ferro manganese.

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Chrome

Chrome Ore is mined on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex. The underground mining operation at the Dwarsrivier Chrome Ore Mine is located in the Steelpoort Valley in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.

The ore is sold to domestic ferrochrome producers as well as the export market. The charge chrome production furnace at Assmang’s Machadodorp smelter has been idle since 2012. However, production of fines and chips continues annually.

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