WATCH: Meet the face of SA's coal mining future
New black-owned mining company is employing from its own community
South Africa’s coal mining landscape has a new kid on the block – the 100% black-owned junior miner Black Royalty Minerals, headed by Ndavhe Mareda, the chairperson of the Makole Group.“For us, mining is a pillar and a cornerstone for the South African economy,” Mareda told Times Select. “It’s a foundation that you cannot ignore when you talk about economic development”.Exploration at the company’s first colliery, Chilwavhusiku Colliery, in the east of Pretoria, started in 2014, and excavation began in the last quarter of 2017.
In February, they started producing 80,000 tons of coals.The colliery employs more than 350 people, 90% of them residents from Bronkhorstspruit, some 50km east of Pretoria.In the longer run, the mine is set to create some 20,000 new job opportunities.It is selling its coal domestically and to the export market.Mareda says his vision is to give back to the Bronkhorstspruit community, and his company has already started handing out tertiary bursaries.“We are giving the locals tenders for transportation and any other thing that the mine might require,” he said.
Watch the video below to hear his story.