Development of the new Kolomela Mine is on schedule to start production in the first half of 2012, ramping up to full capacity of 9Mtpa in 2013
Kolomela mine is situated in the town of Postmasburg in the Northern Cape province. Its name, Kolomela, means “to dig deeper or further” or “to persevere”, and the mine was a great success story during its first three years. It was completed on time, on budget, at the end of 2011, and has ramped up beyond expectations over the last two years, producing 10.8Mt in 2013. Kolomela mine produces lump ore with excellent physical strength that allows us to meet a niche demand.
The team at Kolomela mine has done an excellent job of ramping the mine up and sustaining its production over the last few years. During 2013 Kolomela mine produced 10.8Mt, almost 2Mt above the original target of 9Mt. A fundamental part of this success is the flexibility built into the mine plan, including the decision to open two additional pits. These give us the opportunity to push Kolomela harder without compromising the future of the mine, as well as keeping waste mining in line with the ore produced – an objective that is crucial to the mine’s success. The extra production at Kolomela mine in 2013 allowed us to make up some of the shortfall in production at Sishen mine, which went a long way to addressing logistics concerns.
At a glance
11.1Mt railed on the IOEC, all of which was exported
ISO 14001 certified
Number of staff: 1,065 permanent full-time employees and 1,649 full-time contractors
Total tonnage produced: 10.8Mt of final product and 46.7Mt of waste
Total investment in social and community projects: R51.7 million
Safety record: LTIFR of 0.20, with 0 fatalities
Unit cash cost: R181.81/tonne
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