South Africa Manganese documents
Our South African manganese mines are found in the manganese rich Kalahari Basin, in the country’s northern cape, which is home to 80 per cent of the world's manganese ore body.
Our South Africa Manganese operation can be found in the manganese rich Kalahari Basin, in the country’s Northern Cape, which is home to 80 per cent of the world's manganese ore body.
This manganese business is made up of two manganese mines, and the Metalloys manganese alloy smelter which was placed on care and maintenance in FY20.
The open-cut Mamatwan mine started operating more than half a century ago, with the underground Wessels mine following a few years later. The Metalloys alloy smelter was built by industry pioneer Dr H.J van der Bijl back in 1939, in the city of Vereeniging before being relocated to a site near Meyerton.
On 29 November 2021, we announced that the Samancor Manganese Joint Venture had entered into a binding conditional agreement for the sale of Metalloys to Satka. Read the announcement here.
The two mines are part of the Hotazel Manganese Mines (HMM) consortium, which we hold a 44.4 percent interest in, and the remaining is held by Anglo America Plc and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment entities.
The Wessels mine has vertical and incline shafts and uses the mechanized bord and pillar mining method. While the Mamatwan mine uses the terrace mining method.
The Metalloys alloy smelter is one of the largest smelters in the world, producing high and medium carbon ferromanganese alloy.
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We have seen an incredible amount of change in South Africa since we started operating here, and we’ve done our best to bring about positive changes as well.
We are working hard to make a meaningful contribution to the social and economic development of the country and we are committed to South Africa’s National Transformation Agenda.
We are doing this by:
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Get in touch with South Africa Manganese
Barry was appointed Acting Vice President Operations South Africa Manganese in February 2022. Prior to this he was General Manager at our Wessels Mine and before that, General Manager at Mamatwan Mine. Barry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering, as well as a Masters degree in Business Leadership. He is also a council member of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa.
Noleen Dube, Corporate Affairs1 Peperboom Avenue, Hotazel