History and location

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 an alloy smelter.

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, where it still operates today.

Beneath the surface

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. The smelter has the capacity to process up to one million tonnes a year of the HMM’s manganese products.

About 3,000 people- both full-time employees as well as​ contractors- work on our South African manganese projects.

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Playing our part

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:

  • Boosting economic empowerment with broad-based equity ownership structures
  • Advocating for equal representation in the workplace by upskilling historically disadvantaged workforces
  • Creating opportunities for the growth of black enterprises
  • Recruiting from within our local communities
  • Improving housing and living conditions for our team members
  • Increasing local engagement through sustainable community development
  • Making sure our plans are aligned with our values and the South African Mining Charter
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Get in touch with South Africa Manganese

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Lucas Msimanga

Lucas Msimanga, Vice President Operations 

Lucas was appointed Vice President Operations South Africa Manganese in February 2015. Prior to this he was Vice President Operations at Hillside Aluminium. Lucas holds an Honors degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a Masters degree in Business Leadership.

Noleen Dube, Corporate Affairs

1 Peperboom Avenue, Hotazel
Northern Cape, 8490
South Africa
Phone: +27 53 742 2293