Welcome to Implats

We are a leading fully integrated Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) producer. The Group is structured around seven mining operations and Impala Refining Services (IRS), a refining business.

Implats in data - FY2022

Wages and benefits

Local procurement spend

Social economic development

4 072 kT
Carbon emissions footprint (scope 1 and 2)


Water recycled/re-used

Top 30 Index
FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment

Top 100
Best Emerging Markets Performer - Vigeo Eiris

Creating a better future

This is our purpose


Creating a better future through the metals we produce

Our metals touch lives every day. We are committed to supplying the metals needed to develop, sustain and improve our world.

  • Connect people through hard drives, smart phones, computer screens and petrol
  • Save lives by their use in cancer treatments, pacemakers and airbags
  • Green the world through their efficacy in fuel cells, autocatalysts and clean water technologies
  • Grow wealth via investments in bars, coins and jewellery, derivatives, ETFs and shares
  • Celebrate lives through their use in jewellery, clothing, lipstick, paint and food preservation

Creating a better future through the the way we do business

Bringing long-term growth and opportunity for all our stakeholders

  • Developing and caring for our host communities
  • Providing meaningful employment
  • Caring for and supporting our environment
  • Creating value for all our stakeholders

Creating a better future through superior performance

Sustaining industry leading business and financial performance through the commodity cycle

  • Securing business growth and a sustainable enterprise
  • Delivering a steady supply of superior quality products
  • Generating meaningful taxation contributions and social investment
  • Yielding compelling investment returns

Our vision

Our vision is to be the most valued and responsible metals producer, creating a better future for our stakeholders

We aspire to deliver value through excellence and execution, adjusting to market dynamics to remain competitive, delivering strong financial returns through commodity cycles

We are committed to responsible stewardship, long-term value creation and being the trusted partner in the way we do business, treat people and limit our environmental impacts

Our value-driven focus is to be a sustainable, high-value and globally competitive integrated metals producer

Our metals, and the way we produce them, improve quality of life - today and for generations to come

Through the positive contribution we make to society, we create lasting benefits for our stakeholders in a way that is respectful, responsible and transparent

Our values

At Implats, we respect, care and deliver. The values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours that we share set us apart and make Implats unique and special.


  • We believe in ourselves
  • We work together as a team
  • We take ownership of our responsibilities
  • We are accountable for our actions


  • We set each other up for success
  • We care for the environment
  • We work safely and smartly
  • We make a positive contribution to society


  • We play our A-game everyday
  • We go the extra mile
  • We learn, adapt and grow
  • We create a better future

Best-practice water management

Implats holds an "A" performance score for its 2020 CDP Water Disclosure Project submission – one of only 106 companies globally to have made the CDP's 2020 water security A-list. The A-rating, the second consecutive year Implats has achieved this score, places us in the leadership band with a select group of companies for achieving best practice in their 2020 disclosure, awareness and management of water security risk.

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Industry leading accommodation

Employee accommodation and living conditions remain key strategic issues for improving the wellbeing of our employees and host communities in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Our focus remains on facilitating the creation of sustainable human settlements and access to decent accommodation for employees who are residing in informal structures.

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Mobile Career Expo reaches 6 500 local learners

Impala Rustenburg's innovative mobile Career Expo showcased a wide range of career opportunities in the mining industry to 6 500 youth in grades 9 and 11 during 2022. This was the second Career Expo in a two-year cycle, bringing the total number of high school learners reached to 12 200.

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Our history

Implats' key stategic phases at a glance

  • 1924 1987
  • 1990 1998
  • 2000 2004
  • 2006 2007
  • 2008 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
Platinum is discovered in in the Bushveld Igneous Complex and the first vertical shaft is developed. A major expansion takes place in Rustenburg to raise the capacity of the mine and match refining capacity.
Implats acquires an interest in Western Platinum and Eastern Platinum (collectively known as Lonplats) as Karee is merged into these entities. Impala Refining Services is established to capitalise on Implats’ surplus smelting and refining capacity.
Strategic acquisitive typifies this period of growth, with Implats buying the mineral rights to Marula, strategic stakes in Zimplats and Mimosa and entering into a joint venture to develop Two Rivers. The Group sells its stakes in Barplats and Lonplats.
Black economic empowerment (BEE) transactions are negotiated, with Implats finalising a BEE deal with Royal Bafokeng Holdings (Pty) Ltd (RBH).
PGMs entered a sustained period of low prices. The Group shifts its strategic focus from growth to cash preservation in a “lower for longer” strategy to respond to the low price environment.
PGM prices remain depressed. Impala Rustenburg embarks on a transition into a profitable and leaner operation given the low price environment, triggering job security concerns.
Implats redefines its vision, mission and strategy to position the Group as a “value over volume” producer, successfully restructuring Impala Rustenburg and returning it to profitability without the feared large-scale retrenchments. Higher rand prices produce tailwinds. The Group investigates the mechanised, shallow, palladium-rich Waterberg project.
Implats reinstates dividend payments on its operational turnaround, aided by the sustained higher price environment. The Group buys Canadian palladium producer, North American Palladium (now Impala Canada). Covid-19 impacts all operations. The Group retains its stake in Waterberg, opting out of increasing it.