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OUR APPROACH TO MINING
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LOGISTICS - A CRITICAL LINK
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The Difference Makers
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THE JOURNEYS OF IRON ORE
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IRON ORE
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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2018
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2019 Annual Results
Annual Results 2019 overview
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We produce a high-grade iron ore that is one of the minerals that society needs to develop and prosper. Iron ore is the key component in steel, the most widely used of all metals. It is used in the construction of buildings and bridges, and manufacturing of vehicles and many household appliances.

Our production process consists of: exploration; planning and building; mining; processing and blending; shipping; marketing and selling.

Exploration

Our exploration in South Africa is focused in the Northern Cape, close to our existing operations. On and near-mine exploration and resource definition drilling is conducted to increase confidence in the geological models; these are updated annually in support of life of mine and long-term planning.

Planning and building

Our geologists and engineers design our mines using virtual mine planning systems. We build mines that are effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sound – mines that minimise our environmental footprint while safeguarding our cash resources.

Mining

We extract iron ore by mining the iron ore bodies within our mining leases using open pit methods. We are implementing a technology roadmap that aims to accelerate the adoption of technology to improve safety, quality, efficiency and resource utilisation.

Beneficiation

We use dense-media and ultrahigh density media processing and jigging technologies to regulate the physical properties of the finished product, removing impurities and improving product quality. We also support the South African government’s objectives to maximise the developmental impact of the minerals sector.

Processing and blending

Blending allows us to utilise products from our operations to provide niche specification products to our markets. Products are screened and sized to match customer requirements, and then transported through our outbound logistics chain.

Shipping, marketing and selling

As a group, we sell iron ore domestically and internationally. Export customers are in a range of geographical locations around the globe, including China, Japan, India, South Korea and countries in Europe and MENA. Domestically, we sell ore to ArcelorMittal SA.