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Lifeline for Assmang Chrome Machadodorp Works


Machadodorp Works was given a possible new lease on life with the approval of a smelter strategy by the Executive Committee (EXCO) of Assmang, a joint venture between African Rainbow Minerals Limited and Assore Limited. 

Approval for the production of manganese pellets from slime was given.  This trial period will last for a period of four (4) months.  Should the trial prove to be successful, an Executive Committee decision will be made regarding the feeding of the pellets to the Furnaces.

In line with the strategy, Assmang Chrome has commenced with the Pelletising start-up project on 5 February 2014.  The start-up project involves the cleaning of the Plant, equipment cleaning and overall repair and maintenance.

In an attempt to bring transparency to the process, the Company decided to advertise the positions internally for the production employees. These employees are currently undergoing intensive training in preparation for the very important task of operating the Pelletising Plant.

Engineering services are also rendered by current internal employees who were nominatedto assist with the project.All employees are currently very dedicated towards the success of the project.

Up to now, indications are positive and deadlines are met as per the project plan.  There is a positive vibe amongst employees as they realise the impact of this significant milestone.  Each and every employee is of the realisation that they can directly contribute by means of commitment and hard work. The Management team of Assmang Chrome has committed to ensure the safety of all employees and that all safety standards remain intact.

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