Kliprand coal mine

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Kliprand Coal Mine is an operation in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.[1]


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Ikwezi Mining, which is incorporated in Bermuda, owns the mine. Ikwezi Mining is a subsidiary of OZA Holdings. Kliprand Colliery (formerly Ntendeka) forms the main part of the Newcastle Project, a project that encompasses a large area mining rights owned by Ikwezi. At present the Kliprand Colliery is the only area that is producing coal. The m in was shut down for a number of weeks in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it began operations once the South African government allowed for the resumption of coal mining. [2] [3]


The mine is the subject of controversy and protests due to the noise, air, and water pollution that it produces. In 2021 local residents protested outside the mine, there were reports of multiple arrests and heavy-handed police tactics to disperse the crowd including the use of rubber bullets. Residents claimed that excessive blasting at the site had damaged the structure of nearby residences. Residents argued that smoke from the blasts was damaging their health, and that their livestock was suffering as a result of grazing on land that had been polluted by coal dust. Residents also raised concerns that the mine was polluting local water supplies. [4]

According to activists on the ground, "the communities of Kliprand Farm, Cloneen, Kàlvlakte, Jan Farm and Dragan Farm of Dannhauser in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal Province, are protesting against the Ikwezi Coal Mine andits Kliprand colliery, which has continuously refused to take responsibility for the impacts from its mining operations."[5]

Mine Details

  • Operator:
  • Owner: Ikwezi Mining[1]
  • Location: Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa [1]
  • Coordinates: -27.87006902, 30.12645014 (Exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production: 0.318734 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) [3]
  • Total Reserves: 294 million tonnes (2014) [6]
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (Thermal)
  • Mine Type: surface
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ikwezi Mining, "Our Business", Ikwezi website, Accessed March 2021
  2. Ikwezi Mining, "QUARTERLY ACTIVITIES REPORT – 3 MONTHS ENDED 31 MARCH 2020", Aspect Huntley website, Accessed March 2021
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ikwezi Mining, "REPORT FOR THE HALF-YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2019", Aspect Huntley website, Accessed March 2021
  4. Centre for Environmental Rights, "Community activists protesting devastating impacts of coal mine shot at and arrested", CER website, Accessed March 2021
  5. South Africa: Communities protest Ikwezi coal mine, Groundwork Africa, March 17, 2021
  6. Hancox, P. John and Götz, Annette E.,"South Africa's coalfields – a 2014 perspective", University of Pretoria website, Accessed March 2021

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