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Lephalale (formerly known as Ellisras) is located east of Waterberg coalfield, which means that not only is it a mining town of the highest calibre, but it is also ripe with growth potential.

Lephalale, or as it was originally known Ellisras, was established in 1960 and named for the original farm owners, Patrick Ellis and Piet Erasmus. In 2002 Ellisras was renamed Lephalale a word which is derived from the Setswana word, meaning ‘to flow’.

Because of its vast coal reserves, Lephalale is often touted as the ‘the future of power generation in South Africa’. In fact, the town is situated in the middle of one of the biggest development projects in South Africa, including the new Medupi Power Station, a projected Sasol plant and the Mabula coal project in Botswana.

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Name of operation: Grootegeluk Coal Mine

Type of operation: Opencast

Owner of operation: Exxaro

  • Grootegeluk Coal Mine
  • Matimba Power Station
  • Medupi Power Station
  • Local industry

Exhibitors we would like to see include companies that supply equipment or products to coal mines and power stations.