History and location

Our South Africa Energy Coal operations are located near the towns of eMalahleni (previously known as Witbank) and Middelburg, in the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Coal mining has long been part of this region, with the name eMalahleni translating to ‘place of coal’.

Beneath the surface

In this region, we have four coal mining operations, Khutala Colliery, Klipspruit Colliery, Middelburg Colliery and the Wolvekrans Colliery, as well as three processing plants, producing  energy coal for the domestic and export market. Our team here is made up of approximately 4,100 full-time employees and 4,300 contractors.

South32 owns 92 per cent of South Africa Energy Coal, with the remaining eight per cent held by a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment consortium, led by Pembani Holdings.

The Khutala Colliery is an underground bord and pillar operation while the Klipspruit, Middelburg and Wolvekrans collieries are opencast mines using dragline, as well as truck and shovel operations, to extract coal.

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Connecting with local communities

We have partnered with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, and together we have worked on a number of initiatives that work for the community and the environment.

See case study

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 change 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

Together with the people of the Mpumalanga, we develop plans to help improve local lives.  

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Building our community one house at a time.

Seeing the communities we work with grow and prosper is such a rewarding aspect of our business.

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Get in touch with South Africa Energy Coal

Stephan Muller
Stephan Muller

Stephan Muller, Vice President Operations

Stephan started in the role of Vice President Operations in October 2015. He has 30 years of experience in mining, processing and refining, working across chrome, coal, aluminium, platinum and manganese. Over the past 15 years he has held General Manager and Head of Production roles across  various commodities. Stephan has an Engineering Mining degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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Klipspruit Colliery
Farm Klipfontein 3
Registration Division IS
Ogies, 2230
South Africa
Phone: +27 (0) 13 689 4602