"Gold is forever. It is beautiful, useful, and never wears out. Small wonder that gold has been prized over all else, in all ages, as a store of value that will survive the travails of life and the ravages of time."
James Blakeley

Rand Refinery is the largest integrated single-site precious metals refining and smelting complex in the world.

Since 1920, we have refined nearly 50 000 tons of gold - almost one third of all the gold mined worldwide. Our longstanding history as one of the world's leading refiners has seen Rand Refinery receive global accreditation, international referee status (one of only five international LBMA referees, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere), and ISO certification.

In the early days of South African gold mining, the crude bullion produced had to be shipped to London for refining. The concept of a local refinery had been considered for several years before the first positive step was taken in 1909, when the Transvaal Chamber of Mines founded the Witwatersrand Co-operative Smelting Works, to treat the gold and silver bearing by-products from reduction works. During the same period the Chamber of Mines investigated the possibility of establishing a local gold refinery. On 27 November 1920, Rand Refinery Limited was registered as a private company with initial capital raised from shares limited to gold mining companies that were members of the Chamber of Mines.

The site at Germiston, 16 kilometres east of Johannesburg, was selected because services and rail facilities were available and its position was the geographical centre of the Witwatersrand gold mining area. South Africa's unit of currency, "Rand", was derived from the name "Witwatersrand" (White waters' ridge), the ridge upon which Johannesburg is built and where most of South Africa's gold deposits were found. Hence the historic name: Rand Refinery

Now, almost 100 years later, Rand Refinery is one of the largest gold refineries in the world. We proudly offer a range of gold Kilo Bars, gold Krugerrands, and gold Minted Bars in various sizes and designs.
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