Beijing to Pump $877M into SA's Platinum Sector
Source: Commodity Online (5/28/10)
"The investment will be China's second largest in Africa."
Recently, China has decided to pump in $877 million into South Africa's platinum sector. In a deal backed by the China-Africa Development Bank, Chinese state-owned mining firm, Jinchuan, will acquire a 51% stake in the small platinum developer and develop its Frischgewaagd-Ledig mine.
A long-term supply agreement entitles the state firm to all of the platinum that is subsequently produced at the Rustenburg facility.
Platinum is mainly used in the production of catalytic converters, a device that reduces the toxicity of automobile emissions.
Wesizwe shelved a plan to develop the Rustenburg mine last year as the global recession eroded demand.
The investment will be China's second largest in Africa. In 2007, Beijing acquired a 20% stake in South Africa's largest bank, Standard, for $5.5 billion.