Kalagadi Manganese is a project that’s on the lips of the whole mining community at the moment. An ambitious development in a harsh and sparsely populated Northern Cape.

Read more: Project progress

The debate on the nationalisation of mines seems to be heating up. Organised business is opposing it, while the ANC Youth League is adamant for it to go ahead. It will be interesting to note what tax changes will be brought about if this does happen or whether the government will introduce the mining super tax as in Australia ( which has the effect of discouraging foreign investments in the mining sector) and use it as a drive to take over the existing mines.

Read more: Mining: Tax implications

ON Saturday November 19, 2011, I took some of our staff members from Kalagadi Manganese, contractors as well as local celebrities, Penny Lebyane from Thobela FM and Kwela Tebza, to visit a school in Kuruman, the Northern Cape, called Makgolokwe Junior Secondary School.

Read more: Makgolokwe Jr. Secondary School: Passion to make a difference

KALAGADI Manganese also has to build a road that connects the mine to the main road R380. The mine road is 9.3km long. Aurecon was appointed as the Engineering , Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) for the mine road.

Read more: Road

KALAGADI is required to design and build a railway siding that is 23 km long, connecting to the main Manganese corridor line from Hotazel to Port Elizabeth.

Read more: Rail