Sasol has recently opened a new mine, Impumelelo Colliery, in its host province of Mpumalanga, where it beneficiates coal into high-value fuel and chemical products at world scale. Impumelelo is one of three world-class mines Sasol has constructed in the last decade as part of its R14 billion mine replacement program and includes Thubelisha and Shondoni. The inauguration was attended by Minerals Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe. Sasol’s Impumelelo Colliery is the 5th mine to be opened in South Africa in the past 12 months, signaling greater attractiveness for the South African mining industry. [Source: Sasol officially opens another coal mine, sustaining jobs]
With an investment of R5,6 billion, Impumelelo will have the capacity to produce 10,5 million tons per annum. The colliery currently employs 1760 people, most of them from nearby communities in Mpumalanga.
A unique feature of the mines is the investment in technologically-advanced measures that Sasol has made to ensure the safety of its employees as well as the environment. “These include Proximity Detection Systems on our production electrical trackless machines, which warn and eventually stop the machine from operating when a person is too close,” said Nqwababa. Another technology measure that the mines have is an electronic trigger LED flickering light system to enhance the underground safety precautions. This system visually draws miners’ attention when there is movement in the roof. Other investments are in a variety of noise reduction technologies.
Sasol’s mining business, which falls under its upstream portfolio, is the third-largest producer of coal in South Africa with an output of some 40 million tons per annum. The business contributes 13% to Sasol’s earnings and is integral to the global integrated chemicals and Energy Company’s long-term sustainability.
More Investment is Welcomed
Africa is becoming an increasingly attractive investment location. Coal, in particular, is a key part of South Africa’s energy mix. Speaking at the official opening of Impumelelo, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said that the further development of new mines is a great sign of South Africa’s investment attractiveness.
“We have an economy to grow, and therefore as the government, we will continue to prioritise the creation of a stable environment for this economic growth to happen. We welcome this investment by Sasol. In an economy where unemployment is so high, these new mines are making a positive impact on job creation,” Mantashe said.
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