• Water use license (IWUL) issued
  • initial water sufficient for Phase 1 operations from boreholes (extract 2.129 M cubm/a 1.85 M cubm/a). All relevant water infrastructure, including pumps, storage tanks and pipelines completed
  • later augmented, sufficient for Phase 2 operations, through processed water from Marapong Boikarabelo Effluent Treatment Plant. Construction has begun with 13 kilometres of pipeline having already been laid


  • Contract for supply of construction power from ESKOM for connection into grid in October 2016
  • Transmission lines installed and construction of 30MVA electricity sub-station completed


  • Earthworks and three bridges for construction on 51-kilometre rail link from mouth of mine to main railway line completed
  • Rail Network Stablising Facility completed


  • Coal to be exported via Richards Bay


  • Memorandum of Agreement for upgrade of provincial roads concluded
  • Construction of internal roads ongoing


  • Accommodation for the housing of 400 construction staff, with the potential to increase this to 1320 and all ancillary services, including electricity, sewerage and kitchens completed


  • Office accommodation completed

Ancillary Works Programme

  • A contract for the construction of all outstanding infrastructure – including earthworks, drainage, workshops and secure storage – is under negotiation with potential EPC contractors


  • A heads of agreement and MOU have been entered into with Sedgman Limited for the design, construction and operation of the coal handling and preparation plant