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Mooinooi is a mining town situated in North West Province of South Africa. The town is located between Rustenburg and Brits and makes up part of the North West’s platinum belt. Mines in the town do not only produce platinum as there are also chrome mines in the area. Lonmin Mine and Western Chrome Mine are the main mines in Mooinooi among others.

Lonmin mainly deals with exploring, mining, smelting, refining and marketing platinum. Although platinum is the main product at Lonmin, the mine also has chrome which is a saleable by-product produced from the mine’s PGMs. Lonmin’s main mining operation is Marikana, which accounts for 95% of Lonmin’s output.

Western Chrome mine comprises of three underground mines, two surface beneficiation plants and two tailings re-treatment plants. The mine uses two underground methods namely conventional scraper mining and trackless mechanised mining. The main products of the mine are metallurgical and chemical concentrates.

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Name of operation: Western Chrome Mine
Type of operation: Underground
Owner of operation: Samancor

Name of operation: Eland Platinum
Type of operation: Underground
Owner of operation: Northam Platinum

Name of operation: Lonmin Platinum Mine
Type of operation: Underground
Owner of operation: Lonmin

Name of operation: Hernic Ferrochrome
Type of operation: Processing
Owner of operation: Hernic Ferrochrome

Name of operation: Samancor TC Smelter
Type of operation: Processing
Owner of operation: Samancor

Name of operation: Tharisa Mine
Type of operation: Opencast
Owner of operation: Tharisa Minerals

  • Western Chrome Mine
  • Eland Platinum Mine
  • Lonmin Platinum Mine
  • Hernic Ferrochrome
  • Samancor TC Smelter
  • Tharisa Mine