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Located in the North West province, the Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN) is a community consisting of approximately 150 000 people across 29 villages. About 1 200km2 of land is owned by the Royal Bafokeng people. 

Hans Merensky discovered the Bushveld Complex during the 1920s. With time, it became evident that the complex was the world’s greatest ore body of platinum group metals (PGMs) and lay along land owned by the Royal Bafokeng people. Over the next years, there was a dispute between governments, assisted by mining companies, when they tried to dispossess the RBN people of their land rights. All attempts were fruitless and mining companies reached an agreement with the RBN to pay royalties to the RBN in exchange for the right to mine on their land.

The Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) mining operations are situated on the Western Limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, immediately south of the Pilanesberg Complex. Rocks of the lower, critical and main zones of the Rustenburg Layered Suite (RLS) underlie operations, apart from a small portion of the northern boundary area where the igneous rocks of the Pilanesberg Complex occur.

RBPlat – operating from the Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine (BRPM), Styldrift Mine and the recently acquired Maseve Mine (under care and maintenance), is exploiting the two primary and economically favourable PGM enriched stratigraphic horizons, the Merensky reef and the UG2 reef. Both reef horizons contain concentrations of base metal sulphides and PGMs, of which the Merensky reef historically has been the most important platinum producing layer in the Western Bushveld Complex. The PGMs consist of platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), iridium (Ir), rhodium (Rh), osmium (Os) and ruthenium (Ru). Copper (Cu), nickel (Ni) and gold (Au) are also extracted

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Name of operation: Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine
Type of operation: Underground
Owner of operation: Royal Bafokeng PlatinumName of operation: Styldrift
Type of operation: Underground
Owner of operation: Royal Bafokeng PlatinumName of operation: Maseve Mine
Type of operation: Underground
Owner of operation: Royal Bafokeng Platinum

Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine
BRPM concentrator
Smaller mining operations


Exhibitors we would like to include any company that supplies equipment or products to the platinum mines, or that supplies equipment or products that can be used in the platinum mining processes. Bafokeng is a platinum mining area so, if you’re involved in that business, then this is the expo for you.