Wonderkop Chromite Mine and Smelter Field Trip

Taking place on: 28 August 2014

Tour Leader

Johan de Villiers

Loading chromite ore underground

Geology and Operation:
The underground mine is operated by Glencore Xstrata and the chromite ore is mainly from the LG-6 chromitite layer of the Bushveld Complex. Two chromitite layers are processed in the smelter facility which consists of 4 semi-enclosed electric arc furnaces fed by two pelletising plants.

The chromitite layers occur in the lower part of the critical zone of the Bushveld Complex and the layers are up to 1m thick. The mineralogy is relatively constant consisting of predominant chromite, with minor plagioclase and orthopyroxene.

The friable ore chromite is beneficiated, and mixed with a binder to produce pellets and fired in grate furnaces. The pelletised ore is then smelted in submerged arc furnaces to produce a ferrochrome product
and a slag which is discarded.

The trip will involve a visit to the mine and smelter facility.

Cost: R 750-00 per person

Cost Includes:

  • Transport
  • Packed lunch
  • Refreshments on the coach

Min number of participants:              15
Maximum number of participants:   20


Terms and Conditions:

1. Participation will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

2. Preference will be given to registered IMA delegates and accompanying persons.

3. All cancellations must be received in writing and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. Cancellations received before 30 June 2014 will receive a full refund less a 10% administration fee.

5. Cancellations received between 1 July and 15 August 2014 will receive a 50% refund.

6. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after 15 August 2014.

7. Refunds are subject to the approval of and at the discretion of the organising committee.

8. The organising committee reserves the right to change or cancel this tour.