Coal is South Africa& 39;s third largest source of foreign exchange; platinum being the largest and gold second. Around 15% of the country& 39;s GDP 2000 estimate is spent on energy and 77% of that is derived from coal. In 2004 the coal and lignite mining industry generated a gross income of R 39 billion and directly employed 50000 people.
List Of Coal Mines In South Africa. Grootegeluk mine; The Grootegeluk Coal Mine is a coal mine referred to as an open cast coal mine that is lo ed within the Waterberg Coalfield which is in the Limpopo province of South Africa. It is operated by Exxaro Resources. The mine is 25 kilometres from Lephalale and employs a total of about 2000 ...
Coal mining’s advent in South Africa can best be traced to the start of gold mining in the late 19 th century particularly on the Witwatersrand with the first coal in appreciable tonnages being extracted on the Highveld coal field close to the nascent Witwatersrand gold mines. However demand began to grow slowly at first but then ...
The Kangala mine producing 2.1 million tonnes of saleable coal per annum is lo ed approximately 65km east of Johannesburg in the Witbank coalfield in the Mpumalanga province which supplies more than 50% of South Africa’s saleable export and domestic coal.
South Africa’s coal green fields are mostly lo ed in the Waterberg basin which is reported to be the future of coal mining in the country. Some of the exploration projects recently conducted in this region includes the Waterberg Coal Joint project conducted by Sekoko Resources.
South African Coal Mining Holdings Limited SACMH is a junior coal producer with operations in the Ermelo / Breyten district of the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Having developed a reputation as specialist in thin seam open cast and underground coal mining SACMH produces and processes coal products for international markets.
Another coal of Africa producer is the Tshikondeni mine which is lo ed in Limpopo province approximately 140 kilometers east of Musina. Also owned by Exxaro the mine produces around 3.7 million tons of hard cooking coal per year and employs about 700 people.