Northam Platinum Bursary Programme

Northam Platinum is a fully empowered, independent and integrated platinum group metal producer. This JSE-listed, PGM producer’s major operations are located in Booysendal and Zondereinde, their two privately owned mines. Additional metallurgical operations, including a base metals removal and smelter plant, are also done in Zondereinde.

Northam is known for its three major products, platinum, rhodium and palladium. These products are typically used industries the jewelry, motor manufacturing, and other industries. The company’s Zondereinde mine produced an output of 280,000oz of refined PGMs in 2016. This location has a projected life of mine (LoM) of 25 years.

The Booysendal location maintains three mines – Booysendal Merensky North, Booysendal UG2 North, and Booysendal South. Through its aggressive expansion program, Northam has acquired several other mines in just a number of years. Among them was Aquarius Platinum, Eland Platinum. Northam’s most recent acquisition was A1 Specialised Services located in Pennsylvania, USA. The acquisition was made in July, 2017 for USD10.7 million.

Northam Bursary Programs

Northam offers extensive development and training programmes that can train, educate and equip individuals with the right skills, expertise and knowledge. This is line with the company’s goal of expanding their talent pool.

Candidates fit for the position are carefully chosen and development plans are put into effect to develop employees for specific roles.

Northam bursaries are awarded student in their second year who intend to pursue the following fields:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

In-service training is available to interested students during their vacation period.

Successful bursars enter into graduate internship lasting for two years prior to joining the Northam workforce.

Career Options

Northam has been at the forefront of technological advancements in the PGM sector. It has pioneered various innovative solutions including hydro-powered mining equipment, a commonly used technology utilised in the mining sector.

The company sees its employees, the workers responsible for the extraction, processing and marketing of its products as indispensable to the company’s success. Thus, employees are afforded access to any opportunity to improve their worth.

In most cases, vacancies within the company, including bursary and learnership opportunities are advertised in local newspapers.


Minimum requirements and eligibility are announced together with the bursary or learnership program when advertised in local newspapers.

How to Apply

Once a bursary or learnership gets announced, review the minimum requirements set by Northam. Send the required documents to:

Booysendal location: HRApplicationsBD@norplats.co.za

Zondereinde location: HRApplicationsZE@norplats.co.za

You may also email your enquiries to the email addresses listed above.

For more information about Northam Platinum South Africa, visit their website by clicking the link below.


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