Anglo American Platinum. Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).

Middelburg, South Africa-based Thos Begbie was awarded the contract for the new smelter last year by Amplats, owing to a government regulation set out in 2015, which replaces the Mines and Minerals Act of 1963, restricting the exportation of raw minerals from Zimbabwe. The new regulation – the Mines and Minerals Development Bill – was approved in 2016 by then President Robert Mugabe, who was replaced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in November 2017

“Amplats previously only had a concentrator plant, but it needs a smelter, as the new regulations require the miner to produce final product for sale,” says Thos Begbie sales engineer Esli Bantjes.

The Mines and Minerals Development Bill aims to regulate the export of raw minerals from the country without written consent from the Zimbabwe government, in hopes of increasing growth from the countries’ mining sector.

Bantjes explains that the company completed 24 cast copper contact shoes and 12 stainless steel pressure rings in early December last year, and is now working on completing the required slag launders, slag tapping and matte tapping blocks for the furnace. Thos Begbie is scheduled to complete the order later this year.

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New smelter in Zimbabwe

New smelter in Zimbabwe

New smelter in Zimbabwe. Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Middelburg, South Africa-based Thos Begbie was awarded the contract for the new smelter last year by Amplats, owing to a government regulation set…