Map indicating location of Vuna colliery

100% interest
Limpopo Province, South Africa, north of Soutpansberg, 65km southwest of Musina, 80km southeast of Vele Project
  • Electricity supply is being secured from existing Eskom infrastructure
  • Makhado is close to the railway line which runs from Musina and is an important link to the Richard’s Bay Coal Terminal
344.8Mt mineable tonnes in situ (MTIS)
Life of mine: 16 years
Mining method
12.6Mtpa run of mine (ROM) coal yielding 2.3Mtpa hard coking coal and 3.2Mtpa thermal coal for domestic or export markets
Permit status
  • Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) granted environmental authorisation in terms of National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) and Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (2010) with effect from 30 August 2013
  • Application for new order mining right (NOMR) has been submitted
    • Fulfilling black economic empowerment (BEE) requirements in conjunction with fundraising activities prior to granting of NOMR
    • Definitive feasibility study (DFS) completed during 30 June 2013 period
Key highlights
During the December 2012 quarter, the Company and the Nzhelele farmers signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) in respect of the more efficient use of water in the Nzhelele River catchment area of Limpopo Province.
The key objectives of the MoA are to:
  • improve the assurance of water supply to the Makhado Project and other water users;
  • prevent the loss of jobs in the agricultural sector in the vicinity of the Makhado Project as a result of water use at the mine; and
  • facilitate the Makhado Project obtaining a bulk water allocation without negatively affecting the availability of water for agricultural purposes.
Under the terms of the MoA, the Nzhelele farmers surrendered portions of their water-use entitlements; facilitating bulk water supply for the Makhado Project. The MoA also strives to establish the co-existence of mining, local communities and agriculture; maximising socio-economic development in the region.
Makhado Profile
Makhado Profile,
November 2016
Makhado Factsheet
Makhado Project Newsletter,
September 2016
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Makhado Factsheet
Makhado Project,
July 2015
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Makhado Factsheet
Makhado Project Newsletter,
September 2015
PDF (9.25MB)