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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, a division of South32, 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.

Other mines in the area include Black Rock Mining Operations, Kalagadi Manganese, United Manganese of Kalahari, and Kudumane Resources.


Name of operation  Type of   Owner of  operation Commodity
Black Rock Mine Operations Underground Assmang Manganese
Wessel Mine Underground South32 Manganese
Mamatwan Opencast South32 Manganese
Kalagadi Manganese Mine Underground Kalahadi Resources Manganese
UMK Mine Opencast UMK Manganese
Kudumane Mine Opencast Asia Mineral Ltd Manganese
Sebilo Mine Opencast Sebilo Resources Manganese

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