On Friday the 29th of November 2013, Kalagadi Manganese launched 7 key projects. The day gave way to the opening of mine shaft, the sinter plant, the rail line, the road infrastructure, the ore preparation, the reservoir and the substation. In an all star cast of government officials and celebrities, even the president of South Africa: Jacob Zuma attend the monumental event.
Unveiling the plaque at the sinter plant, the president listed as the mining minister of South Africa, Susan Shabangu, read about the life of the late Stanley Nkosi, who the largest manganese sinter plant in the world is now named after.
Touring through the sinter plant and then returning to the celebration area, the president commended the Kalagadi team for their efforts, particularly the incorporation of women in leadership roles.
Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, chairperson of Kalagadi Manganese addressed the crowd, promising that not one single piece of manganese would leave the mine, without attaching some form of beneficiation for the people of South Africa. She also reiterated her commitment to building a smelter in the Eastern Cape, to further beneficiate their product.