Lonmin Platinum is one of the largest producers of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) in the world.
The company is involved with discovery, extraction, refining and marketing of PGMs. PGMs are mainly used for autocatalyst converters, jewellery, investment and for industrial applications.
Most of Lonmin’s mining operation is based in the Bushveld complex in the North West Province of South Africa. Lonmin’s refinery, called Precious Metals Refinery (PMR), is based at Brakpan in Johannesburg. The PMR is committed to the enterprise development of emerging black SMMEs.
It is this reason that PMR has partnered with Lepharo to make a contribution to development of SMMEs by providing procurement opportunities to these entities.
Macsteel facilitates and establishes collaborative partnerships with relevant NGOs, and within the Public and Private Sectors who are actively involved in economic development initiatives in our communities.
They recognise the significant relevance of effective partnerships in providing sustainable and holistic solutions to the challenges that impact on both the entry and acceleration of SMMEs into the manufacturing/steel industry.
PG is the name for glass in Southern Africa. Established in Cape Town in 1897, the group produces, distributes and installs automotive building glass, aluminium and glass film solutions. The PG Group is a significant worldwide player.
The PG Group is committed to investing in South Africa and its people. All companies in the group participate actively in social responsibility programmes. PG Group has also taken the lead in furthering black economic empowerment in the glass industry and our operations comply with the highest international safety, quality and environmental standards.
Lepharo has assisted The PG Group in identifying BEE opportunities within the Gauteng region. Our biggest ED / SD success story was at PFG in Springs and it involves Waste Management. This enabled our existing white owned supplier to convert to a certain percentage of black ownership through interaction with Lepharo.
This project was not only exciting but has also proven to be successful in that there has been an expansion in their business within our group and has led to additional job creation PG Group are new to the Lepharo Board but look forward to continuing the journey and getting more involvement from across our Group.
SEDA was established in December 2004 as an agency under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). In April 2006, the DTI created the SEDA Technology Programme (STP) within the Small Enterprise Development Agency.
This was part of the government’s national strategy of consolidating support interventions for small enterprises across different government departments and agencies, to improve the delivery of services to entrepreneurs, potential entrepreneurs and small enterprises. In keeping with this strategy, SEDA have greatly supported Lepharo with the necessary funding towards operational costs and a range of services to enable small enterprises in the second economy (informal sector) to access and transfer technology.
Impala Platinum is in the business of mining and marketing platinum group metals, as well as nickel, copper and cobalt. The group also has considerable expertise in processing and refining.
As Implats’ primary operational unit, Impala Platinum has operations situated on the Impala lease area on the western limb of the world-renowned Bushveld Complex near Rustenburg in South Africa, and in Springs east of Johannesburg. Impala was one of the first companies to consider the idea of establishing a base metals incubator to develop SMMEs in Ekurhuleni.
Impala Platinum supports Lepharo by sponsoring internal auditing services and helping with financial management and payroll services.
The Lepharo centre is located on the premises of Exxaro’s former Zincor company. Zincor previously operated as South Africa’s only Zinc refinery. Exxaro is the result of an empowerment transaction that involved the unbundling of Kumba Resources’ iron ore assets and the relisting of Kumba as Exxaro in November 2006. Exxaro, listed on the JSE Limited, is South Africa’s second largest coal producer and third largest global producer of mineral sands. Together with Impala Refineries, Exxaro was one of the first companies to consider the idea of establishing a base metals incubator to develop SMMEs in Ekhurhuleni. A feasibility study on this initiative was conducted by IZASA and results showed that sustainable SMMEs in sheet-metal work and spin-casting using base metals could be established.
An expression of interest was submitted to GODISA (now SEDA Technology Programme) for funding to start a base metals incubator in Ekurhuleni. Accepting Exxaro’s expression of interest, funds were raised among the partners (SEDA Technology Programme, Impala Refineries and Ekurhuleni Municipality) to establish and manage the centre.
More recently, Exxaro have started to recognise some of the Lepharo incubatees and have offered them supplier contracts as well as periodic training on how to operate specialised machinery.
The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is one of the partners of the SEDA Ekurhuleni Base Metals Incubator. They help by maximising Ekurhuleni’s business to engage incubatees.
Ekurhuleni is an important economic centre in South Africa. Ekurhuleni’s economy has been undergoing a major transformation in recent years, and the manufacturing of metal products is now one of the most important and labour intensive industries in the area, contributing 29% of manufacturing products and 33% of employment.
Through its partnership with the Lepharo Incubation Programme, the City of Ekurhuleni will continue to make an important contribution to job creation in the region while capitalising on higher literacy rates.
Gold 1 is a mining group that is focused on developing and mining low technical risk, high margin precious metal resources in diversified jurisdictions. The company’s flagship Modder East gold mine was advanced from a greenfield exploration project through to production and is the only new mine to be built in South Africa’s historically rich East Rand Goldfield in 30 years.
The mine, situated 30km east of Johannesburg, currently has a 10-year mining life of mine and comprises a shallow gold mine where the primary targets are Black Reef and UK9A Kimberley Reef, which are situated between 300 and 500 metres below the surface.
The Gold 1 Group is owned by the consortium BCX Gold Investment Holdings, which comprises Baiyin Non-Ferrous Group, the China-Africa Development Fund and Long March Capital.