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Samancor Chrome Mines


Chromite and ferrochrome


Steelpoort and Rustenburg areas, South Africa


Kermas Group (72%), Batho Barena (28%)


Stratiform mineralisation in layered intrusive complex

Mineral Types

Lumpy and finer chromite

Key Equipment

Hand-held pneumatic drills


19.8Mt proven, 51.3Mt probable

Annual Production

Over 3Mt/y chromite

Mining methods:

Room-and-pillar, open cut

Recovery method:

Crushing/heavy medium separation, grinding/gravity and hydraulic separation



Key equipment

Handheld pneumatic drills, load-haul-dumps, scrapers, high-intensity magnetic separators, spirals

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