Client: South32 Limited

Proposed Extension of the Railway Infrastructure at the Wessels Mine, Northern Cape

July 01, 2021

Hotazel Manganese Mines (Pty) Ltd (HMM), a subsidiary of South32 Limited, owns and operates the underground Wessels Manganese Mine (Wessels Mine) located approximately 15 km north of the town of Hotazel, in the John Taolo District Municipality and the Joe Morolong Local Municipality, Northern Cape province. 

As part of its on-going mine planning, HMM has identified the need to upgrade the existing railway infrastructure at the Wessels Mine. In this regard, HMM is proposing to modify the staging rail line and to design a new rail balloon (turning loop). The proposed extension will be undertaken within the Wessel Mine’s Mining Right boundary and will cover an area of approximately 10 ha.


Name: Rizqah Baker
Telephone: 011 467 0945


All stakeholders are invited to register as Interested and Affected Parties (I&AP) and submit any initial comments on the proposed project. In this regard, a Background Information Document (BID) has been made available for review and comment from 1 July - 2 August 2021. Should you wish for your comments to be included in the Basic Assessment Report, comments should reach SLR by no later than 2 August 2021.