Kudumane Manganese Resources (KMR) is South Africa’s newest black-controlled manganese mining company in the country. Mining operations take place in Hotazel, and the management office is based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.
01SOUTH AFRICA’S MANGANESE DEPOSIT
South Africa has the largest mineral resource and mineral reserve base of manganese in the world, and ranks second after China in both the global production and export of manganese ore. Our country holds 80% of global reserves with a 34% manganese content, the majority of which comes from the Kalahari manganese belt. South Africa’s share of the world’s high-grade manganese reserves far outweighs the Ukraine with 9%, India’s 3% and China’s 2%.
02THE KALAHARI MANGANESE BASIN
The Kalahari Manganese Field, located in the Northern Cape, is the largest known deposit in the world and is estimated to contain approximately 13 million tons of exploitable manganese. These reserves, which represent more than 80% of the world's total reserves, are contained in the basin located between Mamatwan Mine and Wessels Mine, and covers an area of about 40km North to South, and between 5- 15km East to West.
03 OUR GEOLOGY
There are two main ore types in the Kalahari deposit, the primary Mamatwan type ore and the secondary Wessels type ore. Farm York is located towards the eastern end of the Kalahari basin in the area which consists mainly of the Mamatwan type ore, and is split by a pair of dykes. As a general rule, manganese enrichment is generally found along the contact of such dykes, and the main resource on Farm York is located towards the northern end of these dykes. A large portion of this resource extends onto Farm Telele.
The ore on these two farms is sufficient to support continued mining activities for more than 30 years.