Exxaro Resources Limited is one of the largest South Africa-based diversified resources groups with interests in the coal, titanium dioxide, ferrous and energy markets. It is the second-largest coal producer in South Africa, with current production of close to 44-million tonnes per annum, and is listed on the JSE Limited, where it is a constituent of the Socially Responsible Investment indices.
Exxaro’s flagship mine, Grootegeluk, is situated in Lephalale, Limpopo Province. It is among the most efficient mining operations in the world, and operates the world’s largest coal beneficiation complex from a single pit with mineable reserves of more than 30 years. Products include thermal, metallurgical and semi-soft coking coal. More than 80% of the coal produced is distributed to the nearby Matimba and Medupi power stations.
Grootegeluk is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy workplace through Exxaro’s sustainability vision of Zero Harm and has seen a decline in all incident frequencies over the past five years and the emergence of world-class safety statistics. Grootegeluk has maintained its ISO and OHSAS certification for the past 10 years and has not
experienced a fatality since 2012.
On the environmental front, Grootegeluk is in possession of all required authorisations to operate and strives to fully implement the conditions relating to these licences. Operating in a water-scarce area like the Limpopo province also poses some challenges and Grootegeluk is continuously striving to actively and innovatively reuse the water inside the mine’s reticulation system, thereby contributing to the conservation and demand management of the water in the Mokolo catchment.