Iron Ore is mined in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, from open-cast operations, at the Khumani Iron Ore Mine, which is located near the town of Kathu, and Beeshoek Iron Ore Mine which is located outside the town of Postmasburg.
The iron ore produced is sold in both the export/international market and domes-tically to South Africa’s largest long and flat steel producer.
Various grades of manganese ore are mined at the Nchwaning and Gloria mines, located in the Black Rock area of the Northern Cape province and manganese alloys are produced at the Cato Ridge Works in Kwazulu-Natal and at the Machadodorp Works in Mpumalanga. Assmang also have a 54.36% shareholding in Sakura Ferroalloyes SDN.BHD a manganese alloys production facility in Malaysia.
Both are fully integrated manganese alloy smelters as manganese ore feed is mainly sourced from Assmang’s manganese mines. Cato Ridge Alloys, a joint venture with Japanese partners, produces refined ferro manganese.
Assmang Proprietary Limited, a company incorporated in the Republic of South Africa and its joint venture and subsidiary companies.
The Company mines manganese ore at the Black Rock Mining Complex and iron ore at Khumani and Beeshoek Mines in the Northern Cape Province.
Product, from the different Assmang operations, is transported to the various ports for export, either via rail transport on a national rail network operated by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), the largest division of the government owned Transnet Limited, or via road transport, by privately owned road freight companies.
Ports and Harbours
Assmang exports from four of the eight commercial ports on the 2954km South African coastline. These ports are all controlled and managed by Transnet National Ports Authority, a division of the government owned Transnet Limited. Transnet Port Terminals, another Transnet business unit, provides the cargo handling and logistics services to the ports. Assmang also exports via the Port of Maputo, in Mozambique.