Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) opened its new wash plant in an opening ceremony attended by King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. ZAC is located on the border of the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, close to Ulundi and is the sole producer of prime anthracite in South Africa.
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the new plant, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, and the managing director of ZAC, Vuslat Bayoglu, together declared the wash plant open. The opening ceremony continued with a number speeches from distinguished guests including Sihle Zikalala, chairperson of the ANC in KZN, Judge Ngwenya from the Ingonyama Trust Board and Thabo Mokoena director general of the DMR. A representative from the Department Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in KZN also gave a speech.
Attendees also heard speeches from a former employee of ZAC, and the current mayor of Ulundi Wilson Ntshangase and the mayor of Zululand district municipality Mzamo Buthelezi, among others. Finally, guests were addressed by King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, who said that ZAC is a very important business in Zululand and stated that it must be protected and supported by the community and workers.
The new coal processing plant has 50tph capacity and is expected to wash three million tons of discard in the next five years. This reclamation of the long-standing discard dump will decrease the rehabilitation footprint of ZAC and produce 1mt of salable product which will be made available for the export market. The mine represents a R100-million investment in the area and employs 1 350 people.