Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mining and Minerals

The country's mineral industry can be broken down into five broad categories:

1) Gold,

2) PGM,

3) Diamonds,

4) Coal and

5) Vanadium.

The mining industry in South Africa has seen significant restructuring and changes since the early 90’s with the traditional “big six” mining houses:

1) Anglo American / De Beers,

2) Gencor / Billiton,

3) Goldfields,

4) JCI,

5) Anglovaal and

6) Rand Mines

The phasing out of the concept of mining houses has opened the door for consulting engineers serving the mining industry to be involved in projects which were previously the preserve of the mine owners themselves. The clear trend now is to outsource much of the engineering function. (Mbendi)

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