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Kumba is well positioned to supply the growing Asia-Pacific as well as European steel markets

Operations

We help meet ever-growing demand

We are a leading supplier of high-quality iron ore to the global steel industry operating primarily in South Africa. We focus on creating and sharing value.

We have a 73.9% interest in Sishen Iron Ore Company Proprietary Limited (SIOC), an entity which we manage.

SIOC, in turn, owns the operating assets of the company. The remaining 26.1% interest in SIOC is held by the following black economic empowerment (BEE) shareholders:

  • Exxaro Resources Limited (Exxaro), a leading BEE company listed on the JSE (19.98%)
  • SIOC Community Development Trust (SIOC-CDT), a trust that funds projects in local communities (3.0%)
  • Envision, an employee share participation scheme (3.1%)

Our mining operations are in the Northern Cape and Limpopo Provinces, while our port operations are in Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape Province. Our mining operations comprise the following:

Sishen mine

Sishen mine, is near the town of Kathu in the Northern Cape Province. Sishen is our flagship operation and one of the largest open pit mines in the world – some 14km long. Sishen mine has sufficient reserves to sustain a 19-year life of mine.

The bulk of our iron ore production comes from Sishen mine, with most of it being exported. We mine by opencast methods and then transport the ore to the beneficiation plant where it is crushed, screened and beneficiated. We beneficiate our products through dense media separation and jig technology. The jig plant at Sishen mine is the largest of its type in the world.

At Sishen we produce iron ore products which meet different specifications, according to our customers’ needs.

Kolomela mine

Kolomela mine, is near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape Province. Kolomela is our newest mining operation, having been completed at the end of 2011. Its name means ‘to dig deeper’ or ‘to persevere’. Kolomela has a life of mine of 25 years. Our team members at Kolomela mine have done an excellent job of ramping up the mine and sustaining its production over the last few years.

Our Kolomela lump iron ore is in demand because of its excellent physical strength and high iron content.

Thabazimbi mine

Thabazimbi mine, is near the town of Thabazimbi in the Limpopo Province. Thabazimbi mine has been in operation since 1931. We mine using conventional opencast methods and process our ore through a single processing facility.

Thabazimbi mine produces primarily high-grade haematite ore (more than 62% iron (Fe) content), which is particularly low in contaminants which we sell exclusively to ArcelorMittal SA.

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Kumba Iron Ore