Company Info
Thungela means to “ignite” in isiZulu. We might be a new company, but our roots are deep. Our legacy and foundation in coal mining stretch back to 1945. We are building a future-oriented leading thermal coal business with an “owner” mindset focused on value creation for all stakeholders.

Thungela is one of the largest pure-play producers and exporters of thermal coal in South Africa, based on aggregate thermal coal reserves and marketable thermal coal production.

Thungela owns interests in, and produces, its thermal coal predominantly from seven mining operations.

These include: Zibulo Colliery, Greenside Colliery, Goedehoop Colliery, Khwezela Colliery, Mafube Colliery, Isibonelo Colliery and Rietvlei Colliery. Our operations are amongst the highest quality thermal coal mines in South Africa by calorific value.

Our business operates a site-driven structure supported by centralised corporate functions, to improve efficiency across our operations. As of 31 December 2020, Thungela employs 7,525 employees and independent contractors. This excludes third-party service providers.

As a leader amongst South African thermal coal miners, we are committed to performing our operations with a view to a sustainable future, in accordance with our environmental, social and governance (ESG) programmes. Accordingly, our ESG framework prioritises those ESG areas most salient to host communities and stakeholders. It organises how these matters are integrated into Thungela’s operations.

Thungela also holds a 50% interest in Phola Processing Plant Proprietary Limited, which owns and operates the Phola Coal Processing Plant, and a 23.22% indirect interest in Richards Bay Coal Terminal Proprietary Limited. The Richards Bay Coal Terminal is one of the world’s leading coal export terminals, with an advanced 24-hour operation and a design capacity of 91 Mtpa. 

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