Our Hillside Aluminum smelter in Richards Bay uses alumina imported form our Worsley Alumina operation in Australia to produce high-quality, primary aluminum.
For more than 20 years we have played a key part in South Africa’s aluminum industry.
Our Hillside Aluminum smelter in Richards Bay, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, about 180 kilometres north of Durban, produces high-quality, primary aluminum for export markets.
We also supply a small portion of liquid metal to a local downstream Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment company, Isizinda Aluminum.
Aluminium is made by crushing and refining bauxite-an aluminium ore-into a white alumina powder. Then smelting the white alumina powder into aluminium metal.Alumina processed at Hillside is imported from South32’s Worsley Alumina operation in Australia. Hillside’s capacity of 720 kilotonnes a year makes us the largest producer of primary aluminium in the southern hemisphere. Here we use advanced technology to help maximise our smelter productivity. We have a team of about 1,400 working at the smelter.
We've teamed up with I Can! to launch a Learnership Academy in Richards Bay, to give people with disabilities greater independence and social connection, and to help them get jobs.See case study
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:
We are working with the Kwa-Zulu Natal community to improve the wellbeing of local people.
We've partnered with Wildlands Recycling for Life network, to turn waste into school desks.Read more
We use responsible sourcing practices in our supply chain, and taking action against modern slavery.Read more
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Calvin has been working at our operations for over 10 years. He has held various leadership roles at Aluminium South Africa and Wessels Manganese Mine across maintenance, engineering and process governance and improvement. Prior to his current role, Calvin held maintenance and engineering positions in Rio Tinto, Coca-Cola Sabco and Tongaat Hullet before joining South32 in 2007.