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JOHANNESBURG - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) opened a new speciality pipe manufacturing plant, Africa Pipe Industries, in Mokopane, Limpopo.

The plant is a joint venture with Africa Pipe Industries (API) and is an empowerment initiative that is earmarked to create 76 direct jobs at peak operational capacity in Mokopane.

The plant consists of an ultra-modern pipe mill that manufactures technically-advanced steel piping for the distribution of water, oil and gas, and will supply customers in Limpopo and sub-Saharan Africa.

Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha, who presided over the official opening of the plant with Amplats chief executive Chris Griffith, said: “This initiative is one of the best since it will create jobs in a volatile economy.”

The plant was commissioned in October and would be API’s first facility in Limpopo.