PLATAFRICA 2019 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The 20th year of PlatAfrica has seen another round of incredible entries. Open to students, apprentices and professionals in South Africa, PlatAfrica affords jewellers the exceptional opportunity to work with platinum. While South Africa is the world’s largest producer of this precious metal, it is only a small contributor to global platinum jewellery production. Hosted annually by Metal Concentrators, Anglo…

Trading Responsibly: What to know when buying minted bars

The precious metals industry is a unique and thrilling one but also a highly regulated one. Its prices are live. It is weighty with the materials that we, collectively, have deemed emotionally and financially precious. It is also a field that now, more than ever, is being challenged by pressing ethical considerations. As a producer of minted bars, MetCon realises…

The Gold Standard of Sustainability

Slowly, we're waking up. As a global population we are considering our environment and the part humans play in the conservation or devastation of our treasured landscapes. Increasingly, sustainability is of great importance and we will see consumers begin to demand environmentally-friendly products, with ethical origins and respectable processes. Providers will need to prove a dedication to a different way…
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Welcome to the 20th year of PlatAfrica

Welcome to the 20thyear of PlatAfrica, the design competition that celebrates new and professional talent in Platinum jewellery design and manufacturing. Proudly presented by Metal Concentrators, in collaboration with Anglo American Platinum, the competition is set to highlight the strength and beauty of Platinum and reveal the glowing jeweller talent of South Africa. PLATAFRICA 2019 Metal Concentrators, in association with Anglo…

Anglo American Platinum and Metal Concentrators want to move mountains

Platinum Partnership “If you want to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today” – African Proverb The above quote is very appropriate especially in the physical reality of the Platinum Mining Industry, but today is the start of the moving of symbolic stones to move symbolic mountains for South Africa in the future. This very significant Agreement…

PlatAfrica 2018 design and manufacture competition

METAL CONCENTRATORS NEWS – IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The Platinum Design Competition, known as ‘PlatAfrica’, which is presented by Metal Concentrators in conjunction with Anglo American Platinum is now in its nineteenth year. PlatAfrica is a high-profile initiative that promotes innovation and nurtures new talent in platinum jewellery design and manufacturing. Metal Concentrators represents Anglo American Platinum in the South African jewellery…

Platinum – its investment appeal

South Africans all across the nation are hopeful that February 2018 marked the dawn of a new era, with the prospects of better working relationships between business and government, dedicated investment in the education and training of our young people and a renewed focus on developing entrepreneurs to grow our economy coupled with an intense clamp down on corruption.  MetCon…

Thuthuka Jewellery Development Program

The road to success as an aspiring jewellery designer and manufacturer is littered with the broken dreams of many who have travelled that route. Although a number of institutions strive to offer courses in various aspects of design, goldsmithing and diamond setting, the falloff rate remains alarming - and those who do graduate, invariably find it difficult to secure positions with manufacturing jewellers. Recognising…

Smile

Anyone who thinks the future for SA looks bleak and depressing, without hope, is welcome to accompany us to the Intuthuko Centre assisted by SMILE Impact in Mooiplaas. The Centre is not set in a beautiful farm, instead, as you enter the township, it looks like it could be a farm where plastic is grown. Rubbish from the Centurion area gets dumped here at…

Smanga Shabangu

Smanga is the enterprising owner of Ortanium Design and creator of Bullion Bear investment bars. Through his SIBEKELO Program he encourages investors to save for the future, utilising a stockvels concept wherein members contribute monthly towards the purchase of gold or silver minted bars. Each 10gm bar, produced and certified by MetCon and supplied in tamper-proof packaging, displays a stylised…

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