The amalgamation of Anglo American’s metallurgical and thermal coal operations has led to the emergence of a truly global coal business with assets in South Africa, Australia, Canada and Colombia.
This business, under the leadership of Seamus French, became effective on 1 January 2014, and is supported by regional management teams in South Africa, under the leadership of Themba Mkhwanazi. We also have operations in Australia, Canada and Colombia.
Our global executive leadership team has set out its near-term business integration plan. Primary focus areas include:
- The elimination of fatalities.
- The management of relationships with stakeholders to enhance business value while meeting economic and social needs.
- The running of operations processes in a planned way to improve safety and environmental performance while delivering a 30% productivity increase and achieving a real cost reduction.
- The achievement of a sustainable 20% return on capital employed.
Our coal business in South Africa produces thermal coal largely for domestic use with a portion being supplied to the export market. Goedehoop, Greenside, Kleinkopje, Landau, Mafube and Zibulo collectively supply just over 17Mt of coal for the export market while Kriel, New Denmark and New Vaal solely supplies Eskom. Isibonelo produces an annual five million tonnes for Sasol Synthetic Fuels under a long term contract. Together, these operations produced 56.6Mt of coal in 2013, with 59% used for local power generation.