Springboklaagte coal project

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The Springboklaagte coal project is a proposed coal mine near Delmas, in Mpumalanga, South Africa.[1]


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In 2008, Lexshell 99 entered into an agreement to acquire the shares of Springboklaagte Mining Pty Ltd; Lexshell 99 is jointly controlled by Izimbiwa Coal and Umcebo Holdings Mining (Pty) Ltd. Izimbiwa is owned by Phembani (50.01%) and Glencore (49.99%).[2]

By 2011, exploration drilling at the Springboklaagte deposit and feasibility studies relating to the project were progressing.[1]

A 2014 Minerals Yearbook from the USGS stated that the Springboklaagte project could produce 2.4 Mt/yr of run-of-mine coal starting in 2019.[3] The mining rights for Springboklaagte were granted in May 2016 for 20 years (expiring on 30 May 2036).[4]

However, a 2019 Resources and Reserves report from Glencore stated that the mine is still awaiting environmental licensing and permitting.[4]

In 2021, the project continued to be the subject of consulting studies and reports.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Umcebo, Izimbiwa[2]
  • Parent Company: Glencore, Phembani[2]
  • Location: Near Delmas, Municipality of Victor Khanye, District of Nkangala, in Mpumalanga Province.
  • GPS Coordinates: -25.748451, 29.538781 (approximate)
  • Status: Proposed
  • Production Capacity: 2.4 Mtpa (in 2014)[3]
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 87 Mt[4]
  • Coal type: Thermal[4]
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: underground, open cast[4]
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Interim Results 2011," "Investegate website," August 25, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Project Description," "Phembani website," accessed August 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "2014 Minerals Yearbook: South Africa," "USGS," 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Resources & Reserves as at 31 December 2019," "Glencore," 2019.

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