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We produce a high-grade iron ore

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What we do

We produce a high-grade iron ore that is one of the minerals that society needs to develop and prosper. Iron ore is the key component in steel, the most widely used of all metals. It is used in the construction of buildings and bridges, and manufacturing of vehicles and many household appliances.

Our production process consists of: exploration; planning and building; mining; processing and blending; shipping; marketing and selling.


In South Africa exploration is focused on the Northern Cape, close to current operations, where we can leverage off existing infrastructure and experience. Greenfield exploration is done in prospective mineral belts such as west and central Africa. In addition, on-mine exploration and resource definition drilling is conducted to increase confidence in the geological models, which are updated on an annual basis in support of life-of-mine and long-term planning.

Planning and building

Our geologists and engineers design our mines using virtual mine planning systems. We build mines that are effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sound – mines that minimise our environmental footprint while safeguarding our cash resources.


We extract our iron ore from mining the valuable iron ore bodies within our various mining leases. Mining is currently done by open pit methods. Safety comes first and we focus on zero harm.

We work collaboratively with a team that supports every aspect of our business. In this way, we mine more safely, efficiently and responsibly while creating sustainable value for all stakeholders.

Processing and blending

Blending allows us to utilise products from our operations to provide niche specification products to our markets. Products are screened and sized to match customer requirements, and then transported through our outbound logistics chain.

Shipping, marketing and selling

As a group, we sell iron ore domestically and internationally. Export customers are in a range of geographical locations around the globe, including China, Japan, India, South Korea and countries in Europe and MENA. Domestically, we sell ore to ArcelorMittal SA.

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Kumba Iron Ore