UK-based rope manufacturer Bridon International has delivered sinking ropes for the Leeuwkop platinum mine owned by Afplats, a South African subsidiary of Implats.
As part of the deal, Bridon has commissioned three 7,000m sinking ropes to Afplats to develop the twin mine-shaft system at Leeuwkop.
Bridon's Tiger Dyform 24LS ropes will assist the sinking of the site's 1,350m shaft system.
This is the first time an international rope manufacturer has supplied sinking ropes for a South African mine in 90 years, according to the company.
Rope advisers from Bridon contributed on-site expertise and assistance through the installation process.
The Leeuwkop mine, with a projected mine life of 22 years, is expected to produce 250,000 tonnes of platinum ore per month, equating to roughly 160,000oz of platinum every year.
Bridon chief executive Jon Templeman said, "When seeking a supplier for the hugely impressive Leeuwkop development, Implats made clear they required the most technologically advanced rope solution available anywhere in the world.
"The Bridon team relished the challenge of developing and manufacturing these world-beating ropes, and our services team is looking forward to supporting their installation and application," Templeman added.
Image: Bridon is assisting the development of Leeuwkop's shaft system. Photo: Leeuwkop.