• Africa Region
  • Africa Region


Our Africa Region is a significant contributor to the growth and performance of our global resources company, South32. 

Our Africa Region has four operations in South Africa and Mozambique including South Africa Manganese, South Africa Aluminium, South Africa Energy Coal and Mozal Aluminium. Our operations provide employment opportunities and contribute to local communities.
Our Manganese operations in Hotazel in the Northern Cape within South Africa are situated in an area with the world’s largest known deposits of manganese ore. Our ore is accessed from the Wessels underground mine and the Mamatwan open-cut mine.

South Africa Energy Coal operations are located in South Africa’s coal rich corridor, in the towns of eMalahleni and Middleburg. We are the third-largest exporter and fifth-largest domestic supplier of energy coal in South Africa. 

Our Aluminium operations are located in the South African province of Kwa-Zulu Natal and in Maputo, in the province of Maputo. Our operation known as Hillside is the largest aluminium smelter in the Southern Hemisphere, followed by our Mozal operation in Mozambique.

South32 is committed to supporting the developmental agendas of downstream beneficiation in the African countries in which it operates. More than 30 per cent of the ore produced at Hotazel is sent to Metalloys for beneficiation, where the manganese alloy is produced. Our Aluminium business supplies part of the primary product to a local company that manufactures a variety of value-added aluminium-based products and materials for local consumption and export.

Our South Africa operations are fully committed to the requirements stipulated in Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). 


Mike Fraser - President and Chief Operating Officer, Africa 

Mr Fraser was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, Africa in January 2015 and oversaw the set-up of the Africa Region for South32.

Mr Fraser was President, Human Resources and a member of BHP Billiton’s Group Management Committee from 2013, having first joined the company in 2000. During his career, Mr Fraser was Asset President of the Mozal operation in Mozambique from 2009 to 2012, having also worked in various roles in BHP Billiton’s coal, manganese and aluminium businesses in a number of geographies. He also held a variety of leadership roles in a large internationally diversified industrial business.

Mr Fraser holds a Master of Business Leadership and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of South Africa.


operations AND LOCATIONS

The Africa Region portfolio of operations comprises:   




South Africa Aluminium (100 per cent interest) operates an aluminium smelter in South Africa known as Hillside in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal. Hillside is one of the world’s most advanced and efficient aluminium smelters. It produces high-quality primary aluminium ingot for the export market and supplies approximately 15% of production in liquid metal form to Isizinda Aluminium which in turn supplies aluminium slab to Hulamin, a local company that produces further beneficiated products for the domestic and export markets.

Mozal Aluminium (47.1 per cent interest) is the only aluminium smelter in Mozambique and the second-largest aluminium smelter in Africa. Midal, Mozambique's first downstream aluminium industry has been receiving aluminium from Mozal since October 2014. 

Energy Coal

South Africa Energy Coal (92 per cent interest) operations, located near the towns of eMalahleni (Witbank) and Middelburg in the coalfields of Mpumalanga in South Africa, consist of primary coal mining operations (Khutala Colliery, Klipspruit Colliery and the Wolvekrans Middelburg Complex), as well as three processing plants. This operation is the third-largest coal producer in the country and the second-largest supplier to Eskom for power generation purposes.


South Africa Manganese (44.4 per cent interest) operations are situated at Hotazel in the Northern Cape, which has the world’s largest known deposits of manganese ore. The ore is accessed from the Wessels underground mine and the Mamatwan open-cut mine. 


More than 70 per cent of the ore produced by South32 is sold directly to external customers, while the remainder is beneficiated at our Metalloys smelters located at Meyerton in Gauteng, South Africa.


Transformation is central to our efforts to make a meaningful contribution to the social and economic development of South Africa. We are committed to the National Transformation Agenda as enacted in the B-BBEE Act and the Mining Charter. We have accelerated the implementation of key transformation initiatives and aim to move beyond compliance by 2020.

Mining companies operating in South Africa are required to submit Social and Labour Plans to the Department of Minerals and Resources prior to the granting of a mining right.

Through our plans, we aim to ensure that empowerment and sustainable growth in South Africa is enhanced by:
  • Facilitating economic empowerment with broad-based equity ownership structures
  • Working towards equitable representation and the upskilling of our historically disadvantaged workforce at all levels
  • Developing black small and medium enterprises and the creation of opportunities for growth for existing black enterprises
  • Increasing our local engagement through focussed and sustainable community development
  • Improving the housing and living conditions of our employees and ensuring our plans are aligned with our values and the requirements of the South African Mining Charter
  • Recruiting from within our local communities



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Melrose Arch
Melrose, Johannesburg, 2076
South Africa

PO Box 61820
Johannesburg, 2107
South Africa
Phone: +27 11 376 9111