What We Do

We create value by focusing on our strategic and shared ambitions, and on our related priorities. We believe that everyone has a role to play in value creation.

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.

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, which owns and operates the Phola Coal Processing Plant, and a 23.22% indirect interest in Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). RBCT is the largest coal export facility in Africa, with an advanced 24-hour operation and a design capacity of 91 MTPA.

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