Shondoni mine

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The Shondoni mine is an operating coal mine near Embalenhle, in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It replaced the Middelbult mine, which had depleted its coal reserves.


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The Shondoni mine was commissioned by Sasol Mining, its owner, in 2013 to replace the Middelbult mine, which was depleting its coal reserves. The mine was initially planned to begin operating and replace Middelbult in 2015.[1]

However, it wasn't until 2018 that Shondoni began operating. Sasol announced that the mine should produce between 8-9 million tonnes of coal per year, over 30 years, while employing 1200 people.[2]

However, a recent SEC filing showed that the Shondoni mine produced just 7.1 million tonnes of coal in 2019.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: Sasol Mining
  • Location: Near Embalenhle, Municipality of Govan Mbeki, District of Gert Sibande, in Mpumalanga Province.
  • GPS Coordinates: -26.4675105, 29.0536435 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 7.1 Mtpa (in 2019)[3]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 190 Mt[4]
  • Coal type: Bituminous[5]
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: underground[3]
  • Start Year: 2018[2]
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Sasol Mining’s coal-to-liquids horizon extending to 2050," "Creamer Media's Mining Weekly," October 25, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Sasol’s Shondoni colliery: a R5.5 billion investment in South Africa," "Mining Review Africa," July 6, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "FORM 20-F," "United States Securities and Exchange Commission," October 28, 2019.
  4. "Lack of Investment Stymies South Africa Coal Producers," "Coal Zoom," July 29, 2018.
  5. "OPERATING AND DEVELOPING COAL MINES IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2014," "Department of Mineral Resources: Republic of South Africa," 2014.

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