This list of mines in South Africa is subsidiary to the list of mines article and lists working, defunct and future mines in the country and is organised by the primary mineral output. For practical purposes stone, marble and other quarries may be included in this list.
South Africa produces in excess of 255 million tonnes of coal (2011 estimate) and consumes almost three quarters of that domestically. Around 77% of South Africa's energy needs are directly derived from coal and 92% of coal consumed on the African continent is produced in South Africa. The use of coal
Coal Mining in South Africa Coal mining’s advent in South Africa can best be traced to the start of gold mining in the late 19 th century, particularly on the Witwatersrand, with the first coal in appreciable tonnages being extracted on the Highveld coal field close to the nascent Witwatersrand gold mines.
The South African mining industry entered into a new dawn at the turn of the century and Ikwezi Mining plans to be the rising star in the junior coal mining sector. Our Business Ikwezi Mining is a resource exploration and development company aiming to create Shareholder value through the acquisition, exploration and development of coal projects in South Africa.