Natascha Viljoen, CEO of Anglo American Platinum, said: 'We have had a strong production and refined production performance this quarter, despite the ongoing implications of Covid-19.
Although we had no work-related fatalities in the quarter, we are disappointed with the increase in injuries and plans are in place to continue safety improvements and ensure a sustained turnaround.
Total PGMs production increased by 7%, largely due to a 17% increase in production from Mogalakwena, and despite continuing implications from Covid-19 which led to a longer return-to-work process particularly at Amandelbult and Mototolo. We saw a strong recovery in our refined production, which increased by 59% compared to Q1 2020, as processing operations were back at normal operating capacity following the completion of the ACP rebuild in November 2020. Since then, the ACP has been performing ahead of expectations, and able to smelt more tonnes from Polokwane smelter. Refined production, however, was affected by the planned maintenance at the Base Metals Refinery. Sales volumes were strong in Q1, increasing 66% as refined production was supplemented by the drawdown of minor metals from refined inventory, following robust demand for these metals.'
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Anglo American Platinum Limited is a member of the Anglo American plc Group and is a leading primary producer of platinum group metals. The company is listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE). Its mining, smelting and refining operations are based in South Africa. Elsewhere in the world, the Group owns Unki Platinum Mine in Zimbabwe. Anglo American Platinum has a number of joint ventures with several historically disadvantaged South African consortia as part of its commitment to the transformation of the mining industry. Anglo American Platinum is committed to the highest standards of safety and continues to make a meaningful and sustainable difference in the development of the communities around its operations.
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