About Samancor Chrome
Samancor Chrome’s core business is the mining and smelting of chrome ore. With an annual capacity of some 1.2 million tons of ferrochrome and chromite ore, Samancor Chrome is one of the largest integrated ferrochrome producers in the world. The company produces ferrochrome, which is used in different areas of the stainless steel smelting process.
Samancor Chrome is a private company. Its history goes back as far as 1975, when it was established as a result of a merger between SA Manganese Ltd and Amcor Ltd. SA Manganese was formed in 1926 to mine manganese ore in the Northern Cape. Amcor was established in 1937 to exploit mineral deposits for the steel industry and to process those minerals into ferroalloys.
Samancor was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) until 1998 when the minority shareholders were bought out by the then majority shareholders, Billiton and Anglo American. This resulted in the delisting of the company and shareholding of 60% African Metals Ltd (a BHPB Company) and 40% Anglo South Africa Capital (Proprietary) Ltd (an Anglo American company).
Samancor then consisted of chrome and manganese operations and stainless steel investment with marketing and distribution arrangements via structures held wholly and indirectly by BHPB and Anglo American. Towards the end of 2004, bids were invited for the purchase of Samancor Chrome. The successful bidder, the Kermas Group, effectively took over the operations from June 1, 2005. Samancor Chrome is currently owned by Samancor Chrome Holdings Proprietary Limited, which is in turn held by Terris Chrome Limited (which holds in excess of 70%), a minority shareholder and various Black Economic Empowerment Shareholders.
South Africa currently supplies in excess of 30% of worldwide ferrochrome demand. This position can be ascribed to the following factors:
- The Bushveld Igneous Complex, which contains nearly 70% of the estimated world reserves of chromite
- The development, in the early 60s, of the AOD process which facilitated the introduction of South African charge chrome into the stainless steel industry
- Historically cheap power, driven by the existence of extensive steam coal reserves
Over 70% of Samancor Chrome’s chrome ore output is consumed in the production of ferrochrome in South Africa. The remainder of the ore is exported. Some 85% of chrome alloy production is exported to stainless steel producers across the globe. Stainless steel alloy typically contains 18% chrome and 8% nickel. The chrome content in stainless steel gives it its luster, shiny appearance and resistance to corrosion.
Samancor’s outputs include the chrome ore extracted by its mines and chrome alloys produced by its plants. Samancor Chrome’s five fully integrated and self-reliant chrome alloy plants have a combined annual production capacity of more than 1.2 million tons of alloy, including charge chrome and ferrosilicon chrome.
The company’s total chromite resources exceed 650 million tons and are expected to support current mining activity for well over 100 years at the current rate of extraction. Some ores and concentrates are exported, but main allotments are destined for conversion into ferrochrome at the alloy plants.
The company’s corporate office is based in Sandton, Johannesburg. Four ferrochrome plants and two chrome ore mining complexes operate as separate business units in different locations in South Africa:
- Western Chrome Mines in the Rustenburg area in the North West Province
- Eastern Chrome Mines near the Lydenburg / Steelpoort area of the Limpopo Province
- TC Smelter in the Rustenburg area in the North West Province
- Ferrometals near eMalahleni, Mpumalangga Province
- Middelburg Ferrochrome near Middelburg, Mpumalangga Province
- Tubatse Ferrochrome in the Lydenburg / Steelpoort area of the Limpopo Province
- Tubatse Alloy in the Burgersfort area of the Limpopo Province
The potential of the company’s mineral resources, its dynamic leadership, and the technological innovation, infrastructure and knowledge capital developed over the years, combine to depict a very positive future for Samancor Chrome. The company continues to develop and implement best practices in all areas of operation.
Samancor Training Programme
At Samancor Chrome, an exciting opportunity has become available for graduates to join Samancor Tubatse Alloy situated in Limpopo Province (Driekop). This opportunity is a training programme at Samancor Chrome for engineering graduates to implement process improvement initiatives and projects in a safe manner.
Within this Samancor training programme, engineering graduates hold the roles and responsibilities to:
- Manage SHEQ compliance within the Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Section through effective use of the Toolbox
- Utilize the Information Management System (IMS) to initiate, investigate and report SHEQ status
- Liaise with internal customers and suppliers
- Define equipment critically using a risk matrix
- Conduct regular plant inspections
- Condition Based Monitoring
- Adherence to Maintenance Schedule
- Planned / Preventative Maintenance
- Unplanned / Breakdown Maintenance
- Continuous Improvement through Operational Excellence
- Monitor and control section costs
Samancor Chrome seeks young talented people who possess the following behavioral competencies:
- Safety Leadership
- Co-ordinate and Control
- Results Orientation
- Operational Problem Solving & Decision Making
- Aligning Performance for Success
- Work Standards
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Managing Conflict
- Team Supervision
- Business Understanding
Within the workplace, Samancor Chrome expects you to have the skills in:
- Operating computer systems
- Maintain health, safety and security within the internal environment
- Understand and apply a problem-solving technique
In order to be eligible for this Samancor training programme, you must meet all of the minimum qualifications listed below:
- You must have a Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
- You must be computer literate (MS Office is a prerequisite)
- Preferably have a code 8 driver’s license (it will be advantageous)
- You must have recently (2017, 2018 and 2019 graduates) completed a degree at a reputable and recognized tertiary institution of higher education in South Africa
The duration of this Samancor training programme is 1-2 years. The programme cannot guarantee you a permanent position at Samancor Chrome.
Apply for this Samancor training programme for engineering graduates by clicking here.
In the online application form, you will be required to upload the following documents:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) with updated contact details
- Certified copy of valid identity document (ID)
- Certified copy of academic transcript
Samancor training programmes for engineering graduates may not be advertised every year. Please make sure that you keep updated with the opportunity advertisements, which you should find on the Samancor Chrome’s website.