Pilanesberg Platinum Mines, Western Bushveld Complex, Bojanala Platinum District, North West, South Africai
|Regional Level Types|
|Pilanesberg Platinum Mines||Group of Mines|
|Western Bushveld Complex||Complex|
|Bojanala Platinum District||District|
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||25° 5' 17'' South , 27° 2' 27'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-25.08806,27.04111|
|Owned/operated by:||Sedibelo Platinum Mines Ltd|
|Locality type:||Group of Mines|
|Köppen climate type:||BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate|
Owned by Sedibelo Platinum mines, previously known as Platmin Limited until name change in December 2013 and is a joint venture with Bakgatla Pallinghurst. Open-cast mining operations began December 2008.
The Pilanesberg Platinum Mine area is characterized by outcropping reef and near-surface resources. The UG2, Merensky and Pseudo reefs are mined simultaneously in a single open pit. The Pilanesberg Mine lies within the Swartklip Facies of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex. The Upper Critical Zone is attenuated and the Merensky Reef and UG2 Chromitite Layer occur within a vertical interval of 20 to 30 meters. The Upper and Lower Pseudo reefs are located between the Merensky Reef and UG2 Chromitite Layer. Locally, additional mineralization occurs in the anorthosite footwall to the (Contact) Merensky Reef and within harzburgite below the Upper Pseudo Reef where the Merensky Reef is potholed. Strike at the Pilanesberg mine is generally north-south with dips generally to the east varying between 5° and 40°. Local variations in strike and dip do occur and are related to primary “folding or doming” within the Bushveld Complex, as well as later faulting.
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Province (Former) - 838 mineral species & varietal names listed
Complex - 527 mineral species & varietal names listed
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4 valid minerals.
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This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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2050 - 2300 Ma
Age: Rhyacian (2050 - 2300 Ma)
Reference: Thiéblemont, D. (ed.). New edition of the 1:10,000,000 geological map of Africa. CGMW-BRGM. 
|Rhyacian - Siderian|
2050 - 2500 Ma
|Pyramid Gabbro-Norite of Rustenburg Layered Suite of Bushveld Complex|
2300 - 2500 Ma
|Paleoproterozoic intrusive rocks|
Age: Siderian (2300 - 2500 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Bushveld Igneous Complex
Lithology: Intrusive igneous rocks
Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529.