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Metals Beneficiation

Metals Beneficiation

Mining and mineral beneficiation plays a pivotal part in South Africa’s economy. The country’s mineral reserves are among the most valuable in the world. South Africa has the world’s largest reserves of platinum group metals (PGMs) and manganese, and some of the largest gold, diamonds, chromite ore and vanadium deposits. Platinum, coal and gold are the three largest mining exports.

Key Opportunities

Iron and Steel

  • Supply of technologies aimed at enhancing competitiveness
  • Downstream manufacturing (foundries and mini-mills)


  • Establishment of smelters and downstream production
  • Production of titanium dioxide pigments
  • Production of titanium metal for 3D printing applications

PGMs and chrome

  • Value chain development for catalysts and fuel cell manufacturing
  • Development of ferrochrome production capacity


Metals beneficiation facilities in the RBIDZ:

  • Industrial sheds / plots
  • Warehouse facilities
  • Common facility centres
  • Material recycling and handling facilities
  • Truck terminal and parking facilities
  • Skill development centres
  • Systematic network of internal roads
  • Utility lines
  • Firefighting system for the park
  • Common effluent treatment and solid waste disposal and management facilities including hazardous and non-hazardous waste


Expected hub locators include manufacturers and/or processors of:

  • Aluminium conductors
  • Aluminium extrusions for construction material, automobile industries, casings, industrial manufacturers
  • Aluminium castings for the automobile sector, marine engine parts an structures
  • Aluminium foils for food packing and pharmaceutical wraps, cable wraps
  • Aluminium powder and paste for explosives and paints
  • Aluminium slug for producing aerosol cans
  • Aluminium dross to recover aluminium metal


The Metals Beneficiation Hub will offer:

  • Improve intra-inter department cooperation
  • Support technical upgrade
  • Promote industry development by encouraging cluster/alliances/cooperation in the metals and aluminium pipeline
  • Generate sub-sector data including export/import market information

Benefits of locating in the RBIDZ:

  • Improved infrastructure, inter-department cooperation
  • Promote industry development by encouraging cluster / alliances / cooperation in the metals, aluminium pipeline
  • Established linkages with markets
  • Generate sub sector data, including import / export market information
  • One stop services



The RBIDZ is a company made up of real people, with a real dedication, and passion to effect real change in South Africa. This commitment and energy is apparent in all the company dealings with all its stakeholders.

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