South Africa

Klipspruit Mine

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Mine TypeOpen Pit
  • Coal (thermal)
Mining Method
  • Dragline
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
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Related AssetSeriti Power (SAEC) Operation


Seriti Resources Holdings Proprietary Ltd. 90 % Indirect
Johannesburg, 1 June 2021: Following the fulfilment on 15 May 2021 of all conditions precedent in respect of Seriti’s acquisition of South32 SA Coal Holdings Proprietary Limited (SAEC), Seriti is pleased to advise that the transaction has now closed and that it has assumed management of these operations from 1 June 2021.

SAEC has been renamed Seriti Power, and comprises the Khutala, Klipspruit, and Middelburg Mines Services (MMS) North and South mines, which provide coal to the Kendal and Duhva power stations, as well as export coal via the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Seriti holds a 90% interest in Seriti Power, while an Employee Trust and Community Trust each hold a 5% interest.



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Deposit type

  • Sedimentary


The topography of the Klipspruit area is generally flat to gently sloping, at a mean elevation of approximately 1,600 m. The area drains towards the north. The unconsolidated material that overlies the solid sediments consists of soil, sand, laterite and clay. The thickness of this unconsolidated overburden averages 6 m, but varies depending on the depth of weathering.

Exploration boreholes target the full coal-bearing sequence and terminate in Dwyka Tillite. The sedimentary strata comprises mainly white, fine- to coarse-grained sandstone layers with alternating shale and shaly sandstones with bioturbated layers in places. The No.2 and No.4L Seams are separated by sandy shales grading into medium-grained sandstone towards the top. Coarse grained, hard sandstone layers are present immediately above the No.4L Seam.

Coal seams preserved in the Klipspruit area include No.5, No.4U, No.4L, No.3, No.2 and No.1 Seams. As a result of the topographic surface sloping to the north, all of the coal seams except for No.2 and No.1 Seams have been affected by weathering. This is especially true of the No.5 Seam, which is almost totally lost to erosion north of the Ogies Dyke.

A dolerite dyke has been identified in the Bankfontein area, which has affected Coal Resources mainly in the No.4U Seam. This was the result of deep weathering adjacent to the dyke.

The Ogies Dyke is a well-known post-Karoo intrusive structure that extends for some 70 km in an east-west direction. It forms the southern boundary of the main Klipspruit opencast resource area, and separates it from the Klipspruit South resource area. The dyke varies in thickness from 40 m to 70 m and dips steeply to the south. It does not vertically displace the coal seams.



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Mining Methods


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Crushers and Mills

Milling equipment has not been reported.



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CommodityUnits2020 *201720162015
All production numbers are expressed as clean coal. * Average annual production reported in 2020

Operational metrics

Annual production capacity 8 Mt of coal (thermal) clean coal

Production Costs

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Mine Management

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