Wonderfontein coal mine

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Wonderfontein Coal Mine is a surface mine in Belfast, Mpumalanga, South Africa.[1]

In 2021, the land near the mine began undergoing rehabilitation.


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Umcebo Mining operates the mine, which is owned by Glencore. It was commissioned and opened in 2014 as an open cast coal mine and wash plant. [1] In 2016 it was the site of a three week strike over low pay, the strikes resulted in the arrest of 57 workers. [2]

Mine Details

  • Operator: Umcebo [1]
  • Owner: Glencore [1]
  • Location: Belfast, Mpumalanga, South Africa [1]
  • Coordinates: -25.851338,29.866819 (Exact)
  • Status: Closed
  • Capacity: 3.6 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) (2016) [1];3 million tonnes (2020).
  • Total Resources: 71 million tonnes (Measured, Indicated, and Inferred Resource )[3]
  • Mineable Reserves: 37 million tonnes (Proven Reserve)[3]
  • Coal Type: BITUMINOUS [4]
  • Mine Type: SURFACE
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Phembani, "Umcebo Mining", Phembani website, Accessed Mach 2021
  2. Reuters, "Striking workers arrested at Glencore's South African coal mine", Reuters website, Accessed March 2021
  3. 3.0 3.1 Glencore, "Glencore Resources and Reserves 2020", Glencore website, Accessed March 2021
  4. South Africa Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), "OPERATING MINES IN MPUMALANGA", DMR website website, Accessed March 2021

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