Anglo American’s South African iron ore business, Kumba Iron Ore Limited, is a leading value add supplier of the highest quality iron ore to the global steel industry. It has been mining iron ore in South Africa, in one form or another, for over 70 years. Kumba is a pure-play iron ore company, extracting iron ore from mines in the Limpopo and Northern Cape provinces of South Africa, with corporate offices in Gauteng. It operates two open cast mines, Sishen and Thabazimbi, with a third, Kolomela, currently in the development phase.
The company is the fourth largest supplier of seaborne iron ore in the world, exporting more than 34 million tonnes per annum to steelmakers in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Kumba has reserves of more than one billion tons of high quality haematite. It is a fully empowered company in terms of the 2014 equity ownership requirements set out in the South African Mining Charter. Shareholders include Anglo American (63 percent), the Industrial Development Corporation (13 percent) and minorities (24 percent).
In gearing to maintain its position as a leader in iron ore mining and beneficiation, Kumba is committed to creating a stimulating and rewarding workplace, offering progressive training and development while creating ownership options for its staff through Envision – the employee share participation scheme. Safety and occupational health, human resources, employment equity, community development, and limiting the company’s environmental impact are at the heart of Kumba’s approach to enabling sustainable development. Kumba’s role in development includes interventions designed to alleviate poverty, building infrastructure and supporting community development. Development programmes are guided by Kumba’s social and labour plans, company policies and
strategies, and interaction with all levels of government and community representatives.
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