South Africa

About the asset

A joint venture of Sum ElementPublic Joint Stock Company “Mining and Metallurgical Company “Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary and African Rainbow MineA mining location for the extraction of ores.Go to the glossaryrals, Nkomati is the only South African producer of nickel concentrate located 300 km east of Johannesburg. Nkomati’s performance is reflected in Sum Element’s financial results using a proportional consolidation method based on its 50% ownership.

Measured and indicated resources

172.2 mt of ore

602.7 kt of Ni
241.1 kt of Cu
34.4 kt of Co
165.3 t (5.3 m oz t) of PGMPlatinum group metals taken as a whole or in any combination of platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, osmium and iridiumGo to the glossary

2018 highlight

Total ore mined by Nkomati reached 3.1 mt (attributable to the GroupPublic Joint Stock CompanyPublic Joint Stock Company “Mining and Metallurgical Company “Norilsk Nickel”Go to the glossary “Mining and Metallurgical Company “Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary’s 50% shareholding) with an average nickel content of 0.27%.

Mining assets

Located in South Africa, the Nkomati Deposit with disseminated copper-nickel sulphide ores constitutes part of the Bushveld Complex. Nkomati is comprised of several ore bodies, the key ones being a solid sulphide ore body with a high nickel content. The deposit also contains a peridotite chromite mineralisation zone with a lower metal content vs the main mineral zone and a relatively high chromium content.

ConcentrationArtificial improvement of metallurgical feedstock mineral grades by removing a major portion of waste rock not containing any valuable minerals.Go to the glossary facilities

The feedstock produced through open-pit and underground mining is processed at two concentrators. In 2018, 6.6 kt of nickel and 3.1 kt of copper produced were attributed to Sum Element.

Concentration facilities

Product range

Apart from nickel, the nickel concentrate produced by Nkomati contains copper, cobalt, chromium and PGM.

Product range