Coal mine opens

More than 300 em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties will be made avail­able

The Star Late Edition - - METRO - TEBOGO MONAMA tebogo.monama@inl.co.za

MORE THAN 300 jobs have been cre­ated at a re­cently opened mine in Bronkhorstspruit.

The Canyon Coal opened its Khanye Col­liery with a blast, fol­low­ing a det­o­na­tion pro­ce­dure led by Min­eral Re­sources Min­is­ter Gwede Man­tashe, in Bronkhorstspruit last week.

The mine’s spokesper­son Nes­li­han Er Ogur said the es­tab­lish­ment of the mine cre­ated 316 full-time jobs and 194 tem­po­rary op­por­tu­ni­ties dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase.

“When the mine is in full pro­duc­tion, a to­tal of 316 peo­ple will be em­ployed on a full-time ba­sis. These num­bers in­clude the two plants, the min­ing em­ploy­ees, weigh­bridge and stock­yard, lab­o­ra­tory, of­fice and sup­port per­son­nel.

“The mine is also in­volved in en­ter­prise de­vel­op­ment, in or­der to de­velop small and medium en­ter­prises to start up and de­velop sus­tain­able busi­nesses,” Ogur said.

“The mine pro­cures goods and ser­vices on a pref­er­en­tial ba­sis from the lo­cal providers and only pro­cure from out­side if the lo­cal busi­nesses can­not pro­vide the re­quired goods and ser­vices,” she said.

At the open­ing of the mine, Man­tashe said: “We have to pro­duce op­ti­mally. We have re­sources we are not us­ing, mines that are not be­ing mined. We must im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity. That’s why I’m ex­cited by the pre­sen­ta­tion about your plans.”

Canyon direc­tor Rudzani Mu­dogwa, whose com­pany Kalyana Re­sources is an em­pow­er­ment part­ner, pro­vided a high-level pre­sen­ta­tion about Canyon’s plans, in­clud­ing Khanye op­er­a­tions. Khanye has re­serves of about 39 mil­lion tons, with an es­ti­mated life span of 15 years. Canyon is also com­plet­ing a pro­cess­ing plant on the mine.

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