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Rustenburg Chrome Mine has a reputation as being a supplier of high quality chrome ore. The mine is run by LANXESS’ Leather business unit and supplies in particular company sites in South Africa and Argentina that process the raw material into chrome chemical intermediates and finally into products for amongst others the manufacture of leather. It is situated some 14 kilometers from the town of Rustenburg in the North West Province. The mine is part of a mineral deposit known as the Bushveld Igneous Complex which holds the majority of South Africa’s chrome ore deposits.

The ore is broken underground  and brought to the surface by a system of conveyor belts. On surface it is processed  to yield chemical concentrate, the raw material for LANXESS’ chrome chemicals plants, lumpy ore and and metallurgical concentrate the raw material for the ferrochrome industry, as well as foundary sands which is used in metal foundaries.

LANXESS obtains New Order Mining Rights (May 2013)
Rustenburg Chrome Mine now operating as LANXESS Chrome Mining (Pty) Ltd 

LANXESS has been granted New Order Mining Rights by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) for its chrome mine in Rustenburg. This has resulted in organisational changes within the company’s mining operations. These changes include the ownership structure and a name change of the company.
In a recent stakeholder breakfast session attended by approximately 50 participants, LANXESS South Africa Managing Director Karl-Rudolf Gassen said the legal process to transfer these rights from Bayer to LANXESS was concluded in April.

Following the completion of the transfer, Rustenburg Chrome Mine will now conduct business under its new name, LANXESS Chrome Mining (Pty) Ltd with immediate effect. Dirlem (RF) (Pty) Ltd, which is partly owned by LANXESS employees, will hold 26% of the shares in the new company.
Gassen said, a New Order Mining Rights application must satisfy several prerequisites, including the submission of a mining works programme, a Social and Labour Plan (SLP), an environmental management programme (EMP) and the applicant's status in terms of the participation level of Historically Disadvantaged South Africans (HDSAs) in the ownership and management of the organisation.

He added that LANXESS has an Employer of Choice strategy that regards a collaborative approach between the employee and the employer as important.
“This means our business is tailored to ensure that the employer and employees share the same interest in making sure that the company is following a productive path,” he said.

Speaking at the stakeholder breakfast, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) representative, Patrick Letoro said employees should view this achievement as their own success and continue to seek ways to operate the mine in a safe and progressive way.

“After waiting this patiently for the New Order Mining Rights to be granted, we as the workforce should be committed to making sure that our mine runs smoothly. We are very proud of this achievement and will not give up on improving our standards everyday,” said Letoro.


Sarel  Ferreira

Sarel Ferreira
Chief Executive Officer

LANXESS Chrome Mining (Pty) Ltd.

Rietfontein Farm 338 JQ


0292 Rustenburg

South Africa, ZA

Phone: +27 14 536 0600

Fax: +27 (0) 14 536 3997

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LANXESS Chrome Mining (Pty) Ltd.

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Rietfontein Farm 338 JQ


0292 Rustenburg

Phone: +27 14 536 0600

Fax: +27 14 536 3997

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