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Steel Industry Directory - Iron Ore Supply

Company Name: Kumba Iron Ore (Anglo American)

Company name: Kumba Iron Ore
Category: Iron ore supply
Location: Centurion, Gauteng Province, South Africa

Expertise: Mining, beneficiation, processing and blending of iron ore
Keywords: Sishen, Kolomela, Thabazimbi iron ore mines.
Telephone number: +27 12 683 7000
Fax: +27 86 295 0746
Website: http://www.angloamericankumba.com
Email: yvonne.mfolo2@angloamerican.com

Other information: Kumba Iron Ore is the successor of Kumba Resources. Kumba Resources was listed on the JSE in 2001. Kumba Resources was reorganized in November 2006 when coal and heavy minerals operations were spun off to two newly-created companies Kumba Iron Ore (heavy minerals) and Exxaro Resources (coal).

Kumba Iron Ore owns a majority of the equity of the Sishen Iron Ore Company (SIOC), with the remainder of SIOC owned by Exxaro, the SIOC Employee Share Participation Scheme and the SIOC Community Development Trust. SIOC owns the operating assets of the business. THese assets principally include the following.

  • The Sishen mine, which is near the town of Kathu in the Northern Cape Province. Sishen is Kumba's flagship operation and one of the largest open pit mines in the world - some 14km long. Sishen mine has sufficient reserves to sustain a 19-year life of the mine. The bulk of Kumba's iron ore production comes from the Sishen mine, with most of it being exported. Mining is by opencast methods.
  • The Kolomela mine, which is near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape Province. Kolomela is Kumba's newest mining operation, having been completed at the end of 2011. Kolomela means 'to dig deeper' or 'to persevere'. Kolomela has a mine life of ~25 years.
  • The Thabazimbi mine, which is near the town of Thabazimbi in the Limpopo Province. The Thabazimbi mine has been in operation since 1931. Mining is by conventional opencast methods. The Thabazimbi mine produces primarily high-grade haematite ore with >62% Fe content.

Kumba sells its iron ore both domestically and internationally. Export customers are in a range of geographical locations around the globe, including China, Japan, India, South Korea and countries in Europe and MENA. Domestically, the firm sells high quality iron ore to ArcelorMittal SA.





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