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…
metcon platafrica 2019

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…

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…

The River of Platinum

The platinum plated sky winked seductively over the campsite. Orange sparks leapt up to reach the stars, creating a meeting place of serenity. There is nothing quite so captivating as the South African night-sky above a bush retreat on a dark night. We sat there – the six of us, in comfortable camp chairs around the glowing embers of an…

Cowries, Gold and Bitcoin

Cowries, Gold and Bitcoin Hindsight has both benefits and drawbacks. If only we had invested a couple of Millions in gold in the third week of March and sold it in the second week of April, we could have turned a cool quarter Million in profit! If only … such is the plight of speculation – simply getting the timing…

Creating fine metal masterpieces

Move over, Midas. South Africa’s largest privately owned gold refinery is giving gold bullion a facelift. Humankind has always had a strange relationship with gold. Our arcane obsession with “all that glitters” is certainly informed by lucid, capital-driven preoccupations, but it is also somehow visceral; the enduring legacy of a primal instinct. Natanya Van Niekerk, the zealous product development manager…

Gold, Politics and Neuroscience

“If I know exactly what I’m going to do, what’s the good in doing it?” Pablo Picasso   Shall I invest in gold now … or should I wait? Who should I vote for … should we get married?  Decisions and choices besiege us daily.  Most are inconsequential and have short-term impact – like what to wear or which route…

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