ABOUT US

Gauteng Refinery is part of a group of companies which has been active for over 34 years in precious metals beneficiation throughout Africa

It is in the business of recovering and refining gold and silver, as well as the platinum group metals : platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium.

VISION

We are a technology driven, proudly African organisation maximising the African continent’s precious metals supply chain from source to end user in a responsible and sustainable manner

MISSION

Our mission is in unlocking opportunity in the precious metals value chain

VALUES

We believe that in order to operate in a sustainable and responsible manner, we must live our values every day

They are defined as follows,

TRUST

Because of our firm belief in reliability, we are confident that all our stakeholders can be assured of a relationship built on mutual trust and respect. We know our products and services lend credence to this fact.

TRANSPARENCY

We perform without any hidden agendas or conditions. We make available all relevant information required for collaboration, cooperation and collective decision making.

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

We provide technical excellence through our qualified team of engineers and chemists who are focused on providing quality and innovative products. We also ensure best practice in all our processes (engineering, refining, recoveries, environmental).

GAUTENG REFINERY IS A LEADING GLOBAL SUPPLIER OF OSMIUM

The metal is used to produce very hard alloys for fountain pen tips, instrument pivots, gramophone needles and electrical contacts

Osmium is the heaviest metal known to man, harder than diamond with an extremely high melting point of 3,033 degrees centigrade

In addition to osmium, we also synthesise osmium tetroxide (OsO4), which is predominantly used in electron microscopy as a stain to add contrast to digitally scanned images

Currently, significant research is being done on new applications such as cancer treatments.

PROFILE

Our story introduces the types of services and products we offer and the evolution of our technical experience and expertise. It is through the history of a company older than 34 years that trust and transparency have developed, have become of paramount importance and are maintained to this day.

Our services include refining of precious metals and precious group metals, toll refining, urban mining initiatives, residues recovery and environmental compliance. Our different processing plants are located in various areas in South Africa.

Through our group company, African Argentum Resources, we manufacture a wide range of value added silver products. These include, but are not limited to, silver nitrate, silver sulphate, silver coat and anodes.

In addition, African Argentum Resources markets various platinum and palladium salts on behalf of Gauteng Refinery.

 

Our Head Office is in the beautiful grounds of a national heritage site in Founders Hill, Modderfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Main operations site in Johannesburg

Gauteng Refinery specialises in the recovery and refining of precious metals. Our precious metals refinery offers a comprehensive range of refining techniques to recover gold and silver and all six platinum group metals. All metals we supply are purified to 99,9% plus purity and sold either as sponge, granules, bars or intermediate salts, depending on customer requirements.

HISTORY

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LEADERSHIP

Rob Heather - Managing Director and Founder. Rob has a B.Sc. Chemical Engineering and MBA from the University of Cape Town.

Lindani Mthwa is the Co Founder and Executive Chairperson of Siyanda Resources, a resources investment company. The Public Investment Corporation a registered financial services provider wholly owned by the South African Government, owns a 30% share in Siyanda Resources.

Piers du Plessis - Director. Piers spent over 20 years at Anglo Platinum in metallurgical operations and process design, is a member of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) and a member of the Mine Metallurgical Managers’ Association of South Africa (MMMA).

Refilwe Monageng is an Executive Director of White Rivers Exploration, a joint venture company with Harmony Gold. He has served on the Minerals and Petroleum Board of South Africa since February 2015, and participates in the Commonwealth Study Conference.

Peter Moravec - Contracts Manager. Peter joined the Group in 2014. He previously held similar financial positions in the mining sector.

Geoff Skelton - Chemical Engineer with 30 years experience in senior management and process design. Geoff is a former General Manager of the Impala Platinum Springs Refinery, and is a leading World authority on Platinum Group Metals Extractive Metallurgy.

Tony Eliott – Chemist. Former Sales and Marketing Director for Johnson Matthey.

Carl Homveld - Quality Manager. During his first year of employment at Armscor he received a bursary to study chemistry which soon became his passion. During this time he held various executive management positions including Managing Director at a German multinational where he worked for 21 years.

Galeboe Khonkhobe - Metallurgist, MBA. Management positions with Rand Refinery and AngloGold Ashanti.

Rieker Ackerman - Metallurgist with AngloGold Ashanti, and later Rand Refinery on the Executive Committee managing the Smelter and Gold and Silver Refinery.

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

Gauteng Refinery defines its stakeholders as clients, government, regulatory bodies, investors, industry players, employees, suppliers and communities

The company actively engages all of the aforementioned during the course of its daily business and believes that relationship building and management are key to fuelling the sustainable future of the company and its activities

We are committed to protecting the interests of stakeholders through communicating our business practices and policies and by operating with trust, transparency and in a responsible and sustainable manner.

GEOGRAPHIC FOOTPRINT

The company’s footprint includes several sites in Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa and has an increasing presence in a number of African countries

Noteworthy is the fact that Gauteng Refinery sells its products and services throughout the World.

The Jaw Crusher at our Evander operations

REFINING OF PRECIOUS METALS AND PLATINUM GROUP METALS

 

Our company is in the business of recovering and refining gold and silver, as well as the six platinum group metals: platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium

Gold sponge drying under infrared lamps

Gold
Our Gold has a minimum purity of 99,5% plus and is sold in sponge form, but can also be supplied as intermediate salts, granules or bars.

 

Silver
Silver concentrates from mines, metallurgical facilities and consumer and industrial wastes are processed to produce 99,99% silver.
This is subsequently sold to our group company African Argentum Resources to manufacture value added products for a wide range of applications.

 

Platinum
Our Platinum has a purity of 99,95% plus and is usually sold in sponge form, but can also be supplied as granules or bars. A range of platinum based compounds can also be supplied, including colloidal platinum. Assay certificates for each batch are available.

 

Palladium
Our Palladium is sold with a minimum purity of 99,95% and is available in sponge form, but can also be supplied as granules, bars or intermediate salts. Gauteng Refinery's palladium feedstocks are sourced from a number of sources including process residues, electronic scrap, auto catalysts and scrap printed circuit boards. A range of palladium based compounds such as palladium chloride can be supplied.

Filtering gold bearing slurries

 

Osmium extraction process using glass reactor vessels

Rhodium
We process, refine and supply Rhodium at 99,9% purity being available in sponge and powder. Assay certificates for each batch are available.

 

Ruthenium
Gauteng Refinery's Ruthenium is sold with a minimum purity of 99,9% plus. It is available in sponge form, but can also be supplied as intermediate salts.

 

Iridium
Iridium is sold with a minimum purity of 99,9% plus and is available in sponge form, but can also be supplied as intermediate salts.

 

Osmium
Gauteng Refinery is a leading global supplier of Osmium. It has a minimum purity of 99,8% and again assay certificates are available for each batch.

 

Please contact us for any product queries. You can also learn more about the detailed characteristics of these metals by downloading the document on "Quick Facts for Precious Metals and PGMs" here

Work at the Mintek based processing labs

SOME OF THE USES OF THE PRECIOUS METALS WE PRODUCE

TOLL REFINING

One of the primary aspects of the business is toll refining. This is the processing, recovery and refining of materials (e.g. concentrates, residues, jewellery scrap, auto catalysts, electronic scrap) that contain gold, silver and the six platinum group metals : platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium. This is in general performed on behalf of the owner with recovered and refined metal(s) being returned in a form of their choice.

Gauteng Refinery has no set terms and conditions with agreements being structured to suit individual clients.

A view of Gauteng Refinery’s Mintek site

Each batch of material from a customer is processed individually and retains its identity throughout the process, thus maintaining the integrity of the metal accounting principles, as well as ensuring an accurate and precise metal balance across each batch of material processed.

The company has access to facilities provided by an international service provider that will facilitate the financing of the refining metal inventory and pipeline. This includes a comprehensive range of customised financial services and tools to help Gauteng Refinery protect its margins and manage volatility. Additionally, because Gauteng Refinery has access to an FX pricing platform that can price gold at any time and/or hedge; and with an efficient mechanism for USD/ZAR conversion; the company can provide a more rapid processing and payment pipeline. This mitigates the costs and risks of metal price and exchange rate fluctuations.

Gauteng Refinery’s client base includes corporate organisations such as Anglo American, De Beers, Johnson Matthey, Pan African Resources, Rand Refinery and Sasol.

Feedstock for toll refining is sourced in a manner which ensures conformance with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for minerals from conflict affected and high risk areas, as well as the requirements of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and the London Bullion Market Association’s (LBMA) Responsible Gold Guidance.

URBAN MINING INITIATIVES

The term Urban Mining refers to the recovery of precious metals from the processing of and value recovery from materials that originate and have become disposable from the technical era. These include inter alia electronic waste, spent autocatalysts, used X rays and photographic film.

20 to 50 million metric tons of E waste are disposed of worldwide every year. In the United States of America, E waste is still the fastest growing municipal waste stream. Americans dump cell phones containing over $60 million in gold and silver every year.

Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent of the electricity used by 3,657 homes in the USA every year. It takes 245 kgs of fossil fuel, 22 kgs of chemicals, and 1,5 tonnes of water to manufacture one computer and monitor.

It is estimated that around 80 000 tons of electronic waste is generated in South Africa per year. For every million cell phones that are recycled, 16 tons of copper, 350 kg of silver, 195 kg of gold and 15 kg of palladium can be recovered, yet only 12,5% of all electronic waste is currently recycled.

Several initiatives have been introduced via the Urban Mining Business Unit which involve the recycling of suitable waste streams arising from E waste, X rays and spent autocatalysts. All of this has historically been exported for treatment and recycling companies in Europe, the Far East and USA.

The benefits of processing the listed waste streams in South Africa instead have been brought to the attention of relevant government institutions to support the growth of local businesses including waste collectors and to assist local job creation.

Various other waste streams are also treated and recycled including mine residues, tailings and spent catalysts. Gauteng Refinery has long standing associations with many recycling companies and mining houses.

Used computer parts ready for recycling

RESIDUES VALUE RECOVERY AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE

Our group of companies has over 34 hard earned years of experience in managing by products, residues and wastes, with the associated environmental and other benefits.

A key part of this has been innovative partnering with Mining and Metallurgical operations for :

Site Clean Ups
Based on an upfront resource map and work plan, materials are extracted from infrastructure, equipment, smelt houses, bag houses, precipitators and other for subsequent precious metals recovery and refining.

Residues
On or off site recovery from materials such as dusts, fines, carbon fines, wood chips and slags.

Waste Materials

  • Solid wastes such as crucibles, refractories
  • Liquid wastes such as mine runoff, tailings dam return water, effluents

Gauteng Refinery has proprietary technology to remove contained precious metals down to single figure part per million, whilst also treating effluents fit for discharge in compliance with all legislative, sustainable and moral requirements.

  • Airborne emissions

As with all of the company’s activities, the above is done in close conjunction with Mine Management and Operations Personnel based on full transparency, trust and technical competency.

Gauteng Refinery has rigorous environmental compliance standards. Scrubbers are used to clean emissions

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

Our customers receive a complete service from Gauteng Refinery. We have developed a step by step refining process to provide you with a best in class service and maximum metal return. From the initial material analysis, we will guide and advise you every step of the way. Strategic alliances with other refineries allow us to source and supply specific precious metals’ compounds that are not produced internally.

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS

With a proud history extending as far back as 1934, Mintek is a leading provider of minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products and services to industries worldwide.

Gauteng Refinery’s site at Mintek was acquired from Harmony Gold and for more than 24 years has been recovering and refining gold and platinum group metals.

The company’s relationship with Mintek began in 2015 and due to this partnership, the company enjoys access to shared resources and facilities through several formal collaboration agreements.

It is a strategic alliance that has benefited both parties and continues to contribute to the success of excellence in product delivery.

Mintek’s submerged arc furnace

Responsible Jewellery Council

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) is an international not for profit, standards setting and certification organisation for the entire gold supply chain. RJC members commit to and are independently audited against the RJC’s Code of Practice and Chain of Custody Certification for precious metals. Gauteng Refinery is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and is working towards conformance and accreditation with the RJC’s CoP, CoC and the principles of the Responsible Gold Guidance.

Proudly South African

The Proudly South African Campaign encourages the South African Nation to make personal and organisational contributions to economic growth and prosperity in South Africa, thereby increasing employment opportunities and reinforcing national pride. Gauteng Refinery is a Proudly South African member.

eWASA

The eWaste Association of South Africa (eWASA) was established in 2008 to manage the establishment of a sustainable environmentally sound E waste management system for the country. Since then the non profit organisation has been working with E waste handlers to manage E waste effectively.

Gauteng Refinery has an active interest and concern in E waste with there being opportunities to establish local businesses focusing on collection and recycling of E waste to support environmental awareness and responsibility. Large quantities of E waste are still exported for processing in Europe and the USA, which could easily be processed locally and support local job creation.

KEY CLIENTS

The company recognises the vital importance of meeting all customer requirements in a highly competitive market place. We are proud to have sound and long standing relationships with many of our clients and to have had these close associations which are built on trust and dependability.

SUPPLY CHAIN DUE DILIGENCE POLICY

Our commitment to honesty and integrity has resulted in a company that is held in high regard with not only our clients and business partners, but by our competitors, government and the precious metals industry in general.

It is our policy to only purchase precious metals from legitimate and ethical sources. The metals which we accept have not been associated with corruption, crime, armed conflict, misrepresentation of tax and royalty payments or human rights’ abuse. We will continue to operate our company with honesty and the highest of moral standards in all aspects of our business.

The shareholders, management and staff of Gauteng Refinery will not tolerate nor profit from :

  • Child labour or any form of forced labour
  • Human rights’ violations and abuses
  • Torture, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment
  • War crimes, genocide

Gauteng Refinery has implemented the above mentioned policy and appointed a Compliance Officer, who is responsible for overseeing our policy, management systems and due diligence process regarding the purchase of precious metals.

We will require all business partners and suppliers to confirm their commitment and compliance to Gauteng Refinery (Pty) Ltd’s Responsible Precious Metals Policy.

This Full Policy is available for download here

HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT

Gauteng Refinery recognises the imperative to operate according to the principles of zero harm to its people, customers and the environment. It is committed to establishing and maintaining the highest practicable standard of occupational Health and Safety for all personnel. The company has in place a Health and Safety Policy to which all employees must comply and which all employees have signed.. The Full Policy is available for download here.

As part of the company’s obligations, it has in place Health and Safety representatives as well as a Health and Safety committee.

Gauteng Refinery has comprehensive and interactive Health and Safety training programmes which ensure that its employees have a clear understanding of its health and safety practices and procedures. The training programmes include specific external training and are currently being expanded to include occupational health training and routine scheduled medical surveillance and medical counselling.

COMMITMENT STATEMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

The company adheres to legislation and ensures compliance with regulations applicable to the industry. We are environmentally conscious and strive to minimise all waste streams. Our Urban Mining initiative promotes recycling of various waste materials in the mining, chemical, automotive and E waste industries.

B-BBEE CERTIFICATE

Gauteng Refinery has been independently verified in accordance with the Code of Good Practice, issued in terms of section 9(1) of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment act 53 of 2003 (Gazetted 11 October 2013).

COMPLIANCE

Gauteng Refinery has established strict policies, procedures and processes to ensure that it conforms to particular standards, frameworks and guidelines. All material at Gauteng Refinery is of known provenance. Systems have been established and implemented to enable an independent third party to verify all stages of processing in order to provide assurance on the veracity and origin of all material.

The company has a code of practice which complies with the regulations and all the requirements of the South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator (SADPMR), as well as all the relevant Acts of Parliament in the precious metals arena.

Gauteng Refinery has fulfilled its obligations in terms of the Mining Charter in respect of the broad based black economic empowerment requirements and achieved its status as a Level 3 Contributor in 2015. Our Verification Certificate can be downloaded here.

We are a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and are working towards conformance and accreditation with its Code of Practice, Chain of Custody and the principles of the Responsible Gold Guidance.

Whilst the company is not a member of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), it does conform to the LBMA’s principles contained in the Responsible Gold Guidance.

Similarly, although not a member, Gauteng Refinery adheres to the World Gold Council's Conflict Free Gold Standard.

COMMITMENT STATEMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS

The company adheres to legislation and ensures compliance with regulations applicable to the industry. We are environmentally conscious and strive to minimise all waste streams. Our Urban Mining initiative promotes recycling of various waste materials in the mining, chemical, automotive and E waste industries.

child on swing

Understanding that ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option if the seriousness of economic inequality, climate change, the need for social transformation and human kind’s footprint on the Earth are factored in, Gauteng Refinery has created a Corporate Social Responsibility Framework which is in line nationally with :

  • The Mining Charter 2018
  • The South African Diamonds and Precious Metals Regulator

and internationally with :

  • The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • The Responsible Jewellery Council

We are committed to serving Africa in as holistic a manner as possible to benefit both the people and the land.

CSR VISION :

Profit, people and planet hold equal value in the precious metal beneficiation process.

CSR MISSION :

Improving the wellbeing of marginalised people along with the ecosystems in which they live.

CSR PRINCIPLES :


Profit :  a successful company cannot be that without consideration of its staff
  • Health and safety
  • Skills development
  • Enterprise development
  • Socio-economic development
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People : working with marginalised people in a manner determined by themselves

Planet : considering ecosystems as the fundamental determinant of human wellbeing.

SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY

SED VISION :

An equitable society where everyone has what they need to lead full healthy lives.

SED MISSION :

A legacy approach to holistic social and economic development within ecological limits.

SED FOCUS AREAS : 

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  • People :    
  • 1) People who live in rural areas are seldom heard and have ‘development’ plans imposed upon them. Development does not come from the outside but comes from within and it is condescending to believe that ‘experts’ know better than the people themselves what is required for a greater state of wellbeing.
  • 2) The youth are considered South Africa’s ‘ticking time bomb’ as they are inadequately catered for.

To assist in addressing these challenges our focus will fall on :

  1. 1) Community development: rural communities who by virtue of not being in proximity to any industry or commercial hub seldom gain CSR benefit.
  2. 2) Youth empowerment: working with both rural and urban youth and targeting disabilities where possible, Gauteng Refinery seeks to take an holistic approach incorporating personal development, skills development and knowledge development.

  • Planet :
  • There is inadequate understanding that human wellbeing is totally dependent on ecological integrity. Gauteng Refinery therefore has a conscious environmental focus with a particular interest in energy and waters. As well as the theme of ecological integrity running through the social focus above, energy and water will have a specific focus but still with a social benefit.

To assist in addressing this challenge our focus will fall on :

  1. 1) In situ environmental education.
  2. 2) Off grid energy and water infrastructure.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We not only respect the stakeholders who have a vested interest in our business, but also those who are affected by where we operate and what we do. As such we consider communities an important part of our stakeholder pool. We undertake a number of corporate social responsibility endeavours focused on historically disadvantaged South Africans.

Our commitment to these initiatives includes :

  • to strive towards compliance with the provisions of the South African Government’s Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment ambitions
  • to commit to investing in education and the development of youth
  • to improve the quality of life of people in the rural communities through fostering awareness of the environment
  • to promote ecological rehabilitation, sound environmental awareness and resource utilisation.

The Zonketina Athletes
The company sponsors soccer and netball teams comprising young, entrepreneurial athletes. Seen here are members of the soccer team. The intention of this contribution is to assist in the upliftment of the youth, as well as providing them with resources and opportunities not easily accessible in the rural area where they live. The team members say that playing sport and belonging to a team gives them motivation and direction.

People are our most important asset. Seen here are some of the team members at our Evander plant

OUR PEOPLE

We acknowledge people as the biggest asset of the organisation and hence our continued focus and vested interest in their development. We understand that if our people are not developing, that we as a company are not developing. Gauteng Refinery has a performance based culture that permeates the company with emphasis on nurturing an ethic of “attitude is everything”.

Talent management is a rigorous philosophy within the company where performance is a key enabler in identifying progression. Mentorship and coaching are instruments through which our talent of today harness their capabilities and skills to become our leaders and specialists of tomorrow.

Internship and learnership programme
Gauteng Refinery offers internship programmes for a limited number of interns approved to conduct their P1 and P2, practical components of their Diploma or Degree.
Similarly, the company also offers learnership programmes which encompass practical, on the job exposure in developing the required skills in the Refinery.
The application processes for these programmes can be downloaded here.

Michele Beaumont – Human Resources Manager
Michele has a National Diploma in Personnel Management, Management Development Programmes, Stellenbosch and Wits Business Schools, an MBA, University of Southern Queensland and is a qualified coach. She has 20 years’ management experience in the corporate environment and joined the company in 2015.
Her areas of responsibility include human resources, recruitment, transformation, business process optimisation, policy construction and refinery operations.

WHY CHOOSE GAUTENG REFINERY FOR A CAREER

Gauteng Refinery provides a dynamic environment for spirited people, hungry to learn, grow and be challenged by this volatile industry. We provide an opportunity to develop your skills and live your passion through exposing you to talented peers in the industry and at our world class facilities.

Our ambition is to build strong teams where team members love what they do. We want to be leaders in our industry, where our culture is one of trust, transparency and technical excellence in everything we do.

CONTACT US

We welcome your feedback and encourage you to contact us if you have any suggestions or enquiries.

Tel : +27 (0) 11 608 1577/74
Fax : +27 (0) 86 542 5247
Email : info@gautengrefinery.co.za

Head Office
Physical Address :
27 High Street
Founders Hill
Modderfontein

Postal Address :
PO Box 588
Modderfontein
1645