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South African Platinum Miners Asked to Reduce Water Use by Half

Mines in South Africa’s main platinum producing area, run by companies such as Anglo American Platinum Ltd., are being asked to cut water use in half after a drought.

Operations near Rustenburg in North West province “have been asked to cut their consumption,” Linda Page, a spokeswoman for the Department of Water Affairs, said today by phone. “Domestic users should get first preference obviously.”