KUDUMANE MANGANESE RESOURCES (PTY) LTD
Location of Kudumane Manganese Resources (KMR) Mine
Kudumane Manganese Mine is located in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality (“JTG”), about 1 kilometer from Hotazel town which is approximately 60 kilometers from Kuruman. Generally, the local infrastructure is reasonable, having been developed specifically to serve the needs of the town of Hotazel and the surrounding mines. All important towns and villages in the region are served by a network of tarred and gravel roads.
Production of Manganese Ore from the current project in Farm York is approximately 1 million tonnes per year and will increase to 1.5 Mt/annum and ultimately 2 Mt/annum, with the expansion of mining at Farm Hotazel and eventually the introduction of underground operations at Farm Telele. The main components of the project comprise of an open-pit mine, a crushing and screening plant, mine residue disposal and storage facilities, and various support infrastructure and services.
The expected life of mine is 10 to15 years for the open-pit mining operations after which underground mining will commence for an estimated 30 years. The R1.5 billion project has been in full Mining Production since 2013, following the first phase of Bulk Sampling activities.
- Administrative Offices
- 10 km railway siding
- Automated Rapid loading station
- Crushing and screening plant
- Hotazel housing & other developments
The mine gives preference to the locally unemployed wherever possible when the required skills or experience is not available locally, recruitment is extended nationally. The labor-sending area is Hotazel and the surrounding communities within the Joe Morolong Local Municipality, the District Municipality of John Taolo Gaetsewe and thereafter the rest of the province and the country.
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 Ukraine with 9%, India's 3%, and China's 2%.
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.
There are two main ore types in the Kalahari deposit, the primary Mamatwan type ore, and the secondary Wessels type ore. Farm York 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 found along with the contact of such dykes, and the primary resource on Farm York is 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.