There is no doubt that mineral and mining companies have remained part of the biggest companies in South Africa. Despite a significant hit on these companies a few years ago which led to the shrinking of many of them, it is interesting seeing them pick up with records of unprecedented growth. Therefore, in this article, we consider some of the largest mining companies in South Africa. We also consider those that specialise in gold among other things.
Among industries like tech, banking, media, and financial firms, mining companies remain one of the biggest industries in the list of public companies in South Africa. This comparison also includes private-owned organisations. In terms of operation, mining activities can be grouped into various categories based on their resources.
These categories include metal ore mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction, nonmetallic mineral mining and coal mining. For the purpose of this article, we look into some of these mining industries based on their general activities.
Top mining companies in South Africa
Among the various South African mining companies in the country, the following are some of the top companies in that field.
1. Anglo American
Based in Johannesburg, Anglo American plc is one of the largest producers of platinum in the world. More so, the company is one of the major producers of nickel, diamonds, metallurgical and thermal coal, copper, and iron ore. Apart from their presence in London, United Kingdom, Anglo American plc also operates in North America, Australasia, South America, Europe, among others.
A beautiful thing about this mining company is their level of integrity to ensure that their products form part of the resources needed to create a more sustainable future. With the combination of creativity, innovation and expertise, they have maintained their status as part of the leading companies in the mining industry.
2. BHP Billiton Energy Coal South Africa Proprietary Limited
Formerly known as Ingwe Collieries Limited, the company prides itself as the owner and operator of collieries in the Mpumalanga province as well as KwaZulu Natal province in the country. BHP Billiton was founded in 1944 and operates as part of South32 Limited.
3. Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a British-Australian multinational mining company that has its headquarters in London, UK. With a presence in as much as 40 different countries, the company is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and they are into the production of aluminium, diamonds, bauxite, molybdenum, copper, uranium, coal and iron core among others. In their 146 years of operation, Rio Tinto is proud to be currently an employer of 47,000 workers and with a revenue of US$40.522 billion as of 2018.
4. Kumba Iron Ore Ltd
As one of the iron ore mines in South Africa, Kumba Iron Ore focuses on exploring, beneficiating, marketing as well as the sales of iron ore to the international market. The company succeeded Kumba Resources after the operations of coal and heavy minerals spun off back then in November 2006. The result of this birthed Kumba Iron Ore which now focuses on heavy minerals and Exxaro Resources which is in charge of coal. Kumba Iron Ore, as at 2014, had a net income of R14,148 million and a total of 14,040 employees.
Sibanye-Stillwater is one of the biggest gold mining companies in South Africa and also the third largest company that produces palladium and platinum. The company mines, extracts, and processes gold in the production of a beneficiated product which is then refined into gold bars containing a purity percentage of not less than 99.5. In April 2019, Sibanye-Stillwater again became the proud owner of SFA Oxford, a prominent consulting company in metal market analytics.
List of mining companies in South Africa
As said earlier, there are lots of mining companies which are based in the country. So, apart from the ones discussed earlier, the following are some other South African mines list that you may want to consider at any time.
1. South African Coal Mining Holdings Ltd
Location: 198 Oxford Rd, Illovo, Sandton, 2196.
2. African Rainbow Minerals
Location: 29 Impala Rd, Chislehurston, Sandton, 2196.
3. Becker Mining South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Location: 10 Clarke St, Alrode, Alberton, 1451.
4. Anvil Mining Investment Company South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Location: Oxford Rd, Melrose, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196.
5. Cronimet Chrome Mining SA Pty. Ltd.
Location: Building C Willow Wood Office Park, Broadacres, Johannesburg, 2021.
6. Hluma Minerals, Mining South Africa, Minerals
Location: 242 Jean Ave, Centurion Central, Centurion, 0163.
List of gold mines in South Africa
Among the companies that specialise in mining gold, the following is a list of mines in South Africa:
1. Savuka Gold Mine
Location: South, Randfontein, 1764.
2. Mponeng Gold Mine
Location: 955 Park Avenue, West Wits, Carletonville, 2499.
3. Palabora Mining Company
Location: 1 Copper Road, Phalaborwa, 1389.
4. Asanko Gold
Location: 1st Floor, Pebble Beach, Fourways Golf Park,, Roos St, Fourways, Sandton, 2055.
5. Buffelsfontein Gold Mine
Location: Hartebeesfontein Farm, Stilfontein, 2551.
Based on these lists of mining companies in South Africa which have been considered so far, you should bear in mind that several other companies in the industry which operate in the country. While some are large in terms of their output, staffing and equipment; some others are relatively small and so, they have to depend on the bigger companies for their effective operation. However, you can be sure of always finding one that will meet your need.
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