Richards Bay is also home to several mining operations such as Richards Bay Minerals and South32. Richards Bay Minerals is a subsidiary of Rio Tinto in South Africa and the mine produces ilmenite from mineral sand deposits. South32 is an aluminium smelter that produces aluminium metal and uses advanced technology to achieve maximum smelter productivity.
The USD463-million (Rio Tinto share USD343-million) investment will sustain Richards Bay Minerals (RBM’s) current capacity and extend mine life.
RBM currently operates four mines in the Zulti North lease area, a mineral separation plant and smelting facility. The Zulti North ore body grade is declining hence the Zulti South mine is required to maintain the output of high-margin zircon and rutile.
The Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT), which is in the Richards Bay harbour on the Indian Ocean, is the largest coal export facility in Africa. It is situated at one of the world’s deep-sea ports and is subsequently able to handle large ships and large volumes of coal.
These include businesses involved in the industry of sugar, harbour, paper and pulp. As our previous exhibition illustrates, Richards Bay is an ideal area to incorporate all industries.
|Name of operation||Type of||Owner of operation||Commodity|
|Richards Bay Minerals||Dune Mining||Rio Tinto||Rutile, pig iron, zircon|
|KZN Sands||Dune Mining||Tronox||Rutile, pig iron, zircon|
|Richards Bay Coal Terminal||Coal Terminal||Richards Bay Coal Terminal||Coal terminal|
|Richards Bay Mill||Paper Mill||Mondi||Paper, board|
|Various Sugar Mill||Sugar Mill||Various||Sugar|
Exhibitors should include suppliers in the sugar, harbour, paper and forestry sectors. Several sugar mills are dotted along the coastline and the Mondi paper mill is a massive operation, producing Baycel and Baywhite.