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South Africa Manganese

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.

South Africa Manganese

1 Peperboom Avenue, Hotazel
Northern Cape, 8490
South Africa
Phone: +27 53 742 2300

Key statistics

2,108 kwmt

FY23 manganese ore production


South32 share - Ore


South32 share - Alloy


FY23 community investment

Our operations

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.

This manganese business is made up of two manganese mines, and the Metalloys manganese alloy smelter in Meyerton, Gauteng, which remains on care and maintenance as we assess future options.

The open-cut Mamatwan mine started operating more than half a century ago, with the underground Wessels mine following a few years later

The two mines are part of the Hotazel Manganese Mines (HMM) consortium, which we hold a 44.4 per cent interest in, and the remaining interest 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.

Partnering with communities

Partnering with communities

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
  • Barry Bezuidenhout

    Vice President Operations

    Barry was appointed 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, External Affairs

Phone: +27 53 742 2293