Ubuntu coal project

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The Ubuntu coal project is a coal mine, previously known as the Brakfontein project, near Delmas, in Mpumalanga, South Africa.


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The is owned by Universal Coal (49%) and Ndalamo Resources Pty Ltd (51%).

The Ubuntu coal project was first proposed under the name Brakfontein in 2011, with Universal Coal planning to start a feasibility study in the first quarter of 2012.[1]

In 2018, the mine had all its regulatory authorizations granted, and Universal Coal company was undertaking mine development planning.[2]

According to Universal Coal's 2019 Annual Report, Universal has commenced the development of Ubuntu Colliery, following the acquisition of the surface rights during the Q3 FY2019. Universal holds all regulatory approvals required to commence development of the project. Before 2020, the Company committed to a Coal Supply Agreement with power utility q for the annual supply of 1.2Mt of domestic thermal coal.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor:
  • Parent Company: Universal Coal (49%), Ndalamo Resources Pty Ltd (51%)[4]
  • Location: Near Delmas, Municipality of Victor Khanye, District of Nkangala, in Mpumalanga Province.
  • GPS Coordinates: -26.0645322, 28.8658572 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 1.2 Mtpa[3]
  • Total Resource: 75.8 million tonnes (Measured, Indicated, and Inferred) [3]
  • Mineable Reserves: 9.15 million tonnes (Proved and Probable) [3]
  • Coal type: Thermal[3], bituminous[5]
  • Mine Size:
  • Mine Type: open pit[4]
  • Start Year: 2020
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. "2011 Minerals Yearbook: South Africa," "USGS," 2011.
  2. "ANNUAL REPORT 2018," "Universal Coal," 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Annual Report 2019," "Universal Coal," 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Ubuntu Mine," "Mining Data Solutions," accessed August 2020.
  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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