PGM - Constructing a new Platinum mine

A new platinum mine, Maseve Platinum Mine, just outside Rustenburg, South Africa recently commenced operation after the construction phase was completed successfully. The area is know for it's platinum minerals and there are a number of mines around. The mine is located in the North West province and adjoins with Wesizwe’s Frischgewaagd-Ledig Project. It also shares a boundary with the Styldrift mine which is currently under construction, and the producing Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine, both of which are owned by Royal Bafokeng Platinum Limited.

Western Bushveld Joint Venture - Project 1 (Maseve Platinum Mine)
Maseve Investments 11 (Pty) Ltd, Subsidiary of Platinum Group Metals Ltd, Canada

DRA was contracted by Maseve to design and construct a 165ktpm concentrator at the Maseve Platinum Mine. Work was started on the project in January 2013 and The Concentrator was successfully commissioned and passed its performance test in Feb 2016. The scope of DRA’s work included the engineering design, procurement, construction, management and the commissioning (EPCM) of the concentrator.

Here are some impressive statistics:

  • Earthworks: 840 000 m³
  • Civils: 13 000 m³
  • Buildings Square Meters: 10 800 m²
  • Total Conveyor & Process Plant Steelwork: 1583 t
  • Process plant & Fire Water Piping: 19 km
  • Plant Plate work: 240 t
  • Tubular Hand railing: 6 km
  • Steel Flooring: 1860 m²
  • Electrical Cable: 53 km
  • Instrument Cable: 35km
  • Number of Conveyors: 9
  • Number of Conveyor Pulleys: 41
  • Conveyer Belting: 5.7 km
  • Number of Conveyor Drives: 10


Executive Producer: Platinum Group Metals
Produced by: TimeLapse SA
Directed by: Joe Louw / Jonelle Louw
DP: Joe Louw
Offline editing & grading: Jonelle Louw
Online editing & Graphics: Nanette Dreyer - Handmade Media