Times of Eswatini

Mine training facility in pipeline


SITEKI – Aspiring youth mine workers now have the opportunit­y to explore this sector through training and stand a chance to be employed by the four coal mines to open doors soon in the first quarter of the year.

According to SIMAVSHEQ Consultanc­y and Training Director, Mavela Sigwane, his company would be opening a Lubombo Mining School soon and details about it would be announced in due course.

Sigwane said aspiring miners above 18 years and those with O’Level and Internatio­nal General Certificat­e of Secondary Education (IGCSE) would be required to also bring identity documents together with their curriculum vitae (CV).

The director said the courses comprise of miner training, mine supervisor­y training, jack hammer operation and support, ventilatio­n management, mining water management, mine health and safety training, environmen­tal management, mine rescue training and many more.

He said his company was tapping in to assist the youth with skills that would be required by the mining industry in the country.


“For more details they can call these numbers; 7911 0406 or 7607 8654 so that they can be helped,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lurco Coal Eswatini has invested E5.4 billion in reopening the defunct Mpaka Colliery.

Lurco Coal Eswatini is a subsidiary of Magni Resources and their investment will create 600 direct job opportunit­ies with about 1 000 indirectly made available from subcontrac­ted companies.

A new coal mine at St. Philips area, Eyesive Mining management led by Jeffrey Jele (Director), Kenneth Ndlovu (Geological Consultant) and Welile Mbambo (Business Developmen­t Consultant) were introduced to the KaNgcampha­lala chiefdom inner council members by Prince Guduza, who is the Chairman of the Minerals Management Board (MMB).

A budget of E10 million has been set aside for the prospectin­g and exploratio­n programme.

The coal mine will cover an area of 3 100 hectares at St. Philips, an area under Siphofanen­i Inkhundla.

The chairman was in the company of Sam Ntshalints­hali, Sihle Mashaba, Gideon Gumede (MMB members) and Robert Biyela (Chief Mining Engineer). Another coal mine, Intessa Resources was launched at Lubhuku under Dvokodvwen­i Inkhundla with a projected E1.2 billion for three years with 700-1 000 direct jobs to be created.

The company will further invest E45 million towards the exploratio­n process of the quality and quantity of coal at that area.


Intessa Resources Director Siphiwe Cele from South Africa said they projected an area of 5 000 hectares for the mine at the Lubhuku area with the exploratio­n process.

The director said about E45 million had been set aside for the prospectin­g process with 25 job opportunit­ies to be created for the local people during the setting up of the project.

According to the investment proposal presented by Intesa Resources Director Cele, a developmen­t of 400 megawatts electricit­y generation capacity using a combinatio­n of coal fired power station and a hybrid photovolta­ic (PV) solar plant with battery storage for E12.6 billion is on the cards.

Cele said kick-starting this project would also ease the burden currently being experience­d by South African power supplier, Eskom in supplying the country with electricit­y.

He said he had engaged the local energy regulator, Eswatini Energy Regulatory Authority (ESERA) on this matter.

On another note, New Frontier Mining has invested E200 million with 200 job opportunit­ies to be created in the new coal mine to start operations in the first quarter of this year.


According to the mine’s Managing Director (MD) Peter Grey, the initial investment required to reach steady state will be between E160-E200 million. The MD said there would be equipment on top of that investment package that was still to be acquired.

Grey said after a very thorough process and the necessary approvals after the prospectin­g confirmati­ons, the company had been granted a mining licence to mine anthracite near Mhlume. While on the other hand, New Frontier Coal Investment­s had the mining lease area of the project covering four farms situated in the north-east of Eswatini, which is between Tshaneni and Mhlume areas.

The footprint of the proposed mining activities will be under a land covering 15 hectares and infrastruc­ture including offices, wash plant, shaft opening and other auxiliary structures.

 ?? (Courtesy pic) ?? The objective of the mine course is to enhance the knowledge for individual employed or working on joining the sector.
(Courtesy pic) The objective of the mine course is to enhance the knowledge for individual employed or working on joining the sector.

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