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Hotazel is a town located in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district in the Northern Cape. The town primarily serves the surrounding manganese mines. The Hotazel Manganese Mines division of BHP Billiton still owns and operates two other manganese mines in the area: Wessels (underground) and Mamatwan (open cut). There is also huge investment coming into the area to develop black rock operations.

Wessels Manganese Mine is an underground operation situated 300m below the surface. Access to the workings is achieved by means of a vertical shaft and two incline shafts. The nature of the ore body lends itself to a mechanised room and pillar mining method.

The second mine, Mamatwan, is also a manganese mine. The open pit operation exploits low-grade manganese ore, compared to the northerly located Wessels mine that exploits high-grade manganese ore. It is the latter that accounts for most of the secondary, collector minerals, as opposed to the low grade mineralisation. As a result, the Mamatwan mine produces few secondary, collector-type, aesthetic species.

Other mines in the area include Kalagadi Manganese, United Manganese of Kalahari, Kudumane and Nchwaning mines. The majority of the mine operations in the area are manganese producers.

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Name of operation: Assmang Black Rock Mine
Type of operation: Underground
Owner of operation: AssmangName of operation: Assmang Gloria Mine
Type of operation: Underground
Owner of operation: AssmangName of operation: Assmang Nchwaning Mine
Type of operation: Underground
Owner of operation: Assmang

Name of operation: Kalagadi Manganese Mine
Type of operation: Underground
Owner of operation: Kalahari Resources

Name of operation: The United Manganese of Kalahari Mine
Type of operation: Opencast
Owner of operation: Asia Minerals Limited

Name of operation: Wessels Manganese Mine
Type of operation: Underground
Owner of operation: South32

Name of operation: Mamatwan Mine
Type of operation: Opencast
Owner of operation: South32

  • Hotazel Manganese Mine
  • Assmang Black Rock Mine
  • Assmang Gloria Mine
  • Assmang Nchwaning Mine
  • Kalagadi Manganese Mine
  • The United Manganese of
  • Kalahari Mine
  • Kudumane Mine
  • Wessels Manganese Mine
  • Mamatwan Mine
  • Small mining companies

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