Mining was Zimbabwe's leading industry in 2002, contributing 27% of export trade. The chief minerals were coal, gold, copper, nickel, tin, and clay, and Zimbabwe was a world leader in the production of lithium minerals, chrysotile asbestos, and ferrochromium, with more than half of the world's known chromium reserves.
ABOUT THE COMPANY – IMPLATS. Implats is one of the top producers of platinum and related platinum group metals (PGMs) (cobalt, copper and nickel), with operations based in the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe and the Bushveld Complex in SA – two of the greatest global PGM-bearing ore bodies.
Chalcopyrite ores are usually processed by means of hydrometallurgical or pyrometallurgical processes, but due to environmental aspects and the possibility of increased exploitation of mixed and lower grade ores and relatively small isolated deposits, there has been a worldwide upsurge of interest in the hydrometallurgical processes of this ore as compared to pyrometallurgy.
INSTRUCTIONS: Work in groups of three. Choose one mining industry in South Africa and find information about the industry of your choice. Choose from the following list: gold, iron, coal, phosphate, manganese, diamond, chromium, copper and the platinum group metals (PGMs).
Anglo American plc ("Anglo American") announces the suspension of its Minas-Rio iron ore operation in Brazil, with effect Thursday 29 March, in order to conduct a full inspection of the pipeline that carries iron ore, in slurry form, from the mine to the export terminal.