South32’s energy-intensive Hillside aluminium smelter in Richards Bay delivered a record production performance despite unprecedented load-shedding over the past financial year.

The global diversified miner, which is listed on the JSE and Australian Securities Exchange, reported on Thursday that saleable production from the smelter increased by three kilotonnes (kt) to produce a record 718kt  in the financial year to end-June, as the smelter continued to test its maximum technical capacity.

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