Platinum mining giant South Africa forced by virus to look into abyss

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By Felix Njini and Elena Mazneva
Bloomberg News
Sunday, August 9, 2020

South Africa's gold industry has been dying slowly for years. As the coronavirus undercuts the already fragile case for investment, its platinum mines may be next.

Beset by power and water shortages, alongside whipsawing government policies, South African producers have cut spending over the past decade on mines responsible for 75% of global platinum supply.

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The virus is accelerating that trend, damping demand for the catalytic converters that are the largest users of the metal, while stimulus packages push automakers to speed a shift to electric vehicles.

A series of mega open-cast projects risk being shelved -- depriving a recession-hit economy of essential investment -- but the toughest blow may land on the so-called western limb, the traditional heartland of the nation's platinum belt. ...

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