MTE Hotazel 2024, Northern Cape

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Hotazel is a town located in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district in the Northern Cape. It is located 147km north of Posmasburg and 46km north west of Kuruman and is home to 80% of the world’s manganese ore bodies, with several mines in the area dedicated to extracting this resource. Hotazel has been a mining town since the 1950s when manganese was first discovered there, while testing was being done to find underground water deposits.

Two of the major manganese mines in the area are owned and operated by South32 – Wessels and Mamatwan. The Wessels operation is underground and extracts high-grade manganese ore using a mechanised room and pillar method 300m below the surface and has one vertical shaft and two incline shafts. Mamatwan, on the other hand, is open cast and uses shovel and truck mining methods to extract lowgrade ore. Both mines have been in operation for over 50 years.

There is also the Black Rock Mine Operations, operated by Assmang and acquired in 1940. The operation is divided into three mining complexes: Gloria, which produces medium grade semi-carbonate ore, as well as Nchwaning 2 and Nchwaning 3, which each produce various grades of high-grade oxide ore. Since 2014 the Black Rock Project was initiated to expand the operation and its sustainability in the longterm with a total investment of R6.7-billion.

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


Name of operation Type of OperationOwner of Operation Commodity
Black Rock Mine OperationsUndergroundAssmangManganese
Wessel MineUndergroundSouth32Manganese
Kalagadi Manganese MineUndergroundKalahadi ResourcesManganese
UMK MineOpencastUMKManganese
Kudumane MineOpencastAsia Mineral LtdManganese
Sebilo ResourcesOpencastSebilo ResourcesManganese
Smaller mining operationsOpencastVariousManganese

Exhibitors we would like to see:

Suppliers of dust suppression, reverse osmosis and filtration, water treatment systems, general new technology in engineering, fire suppression, conveyor technology, screens, bearings and couplings. All suppliers to the manganese industry are welcome.

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