Anglo Platinum’s strategy is to develop the market for PGMs, expand production into that growth opportunity and conduct its businesses safely, cost-effectively and competitively.
Growing demand is stimulated by substantial investment in research and development into new uses for PGMs; through partners and customers, including Johnson Matthey (Anglo Platinum has a 17.5% stake in Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells), and global development campaigns for jewellery through the Platinum Guild International.
In the second half of 2008, Anglo Platinum reviewed its capital expenditure programme in response to the unprecedented rapid decline in PGM prices caused in the main by rapidly slowing vehicle sales in North America, Europe and Japan having a negative effect on the outlook for PGMs in autocatalysis. The company’s annual planning process included the evaluation of a number of initiatives to reduce costs and improve operational productivity as well as a critical examination of short term supply and demand trends.
Capital expenditure is being curtailed by delaying expenditure across several major projects, including Amandelbult No.4 Shaft, Twickenham, Styldrift, the second slag cleaning furnace at Waterval and numerous smaller projects.
Anglo Platinum’s announced expansion programme and ore replacement projects underpin a sustained high level of exploration activities. Exploration is mainly directed at accumulating geological data in areas where PGM ore bodies are known to occur and is thus primarily focused on quantifying ore reserves and mineral resources in the Bushveld Complex.
Anglo Platinum is involved in developing mining activity for PGMs on the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe. The Great Dyke is the second largest known repository of platinum in the world after the Bushveld Complex. Development and exploration work is focused on new projects in the area, including the Unki mine, as well as establishing extensions to the resource base for future projects. In addition, Anglo Platinum is involved in exploration activities in Canada, Russia, Brazil and China.