In a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the new wash plant at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC),
King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and the ZAC Managing Director Vuslat Bayoglu, together declared the wash plant officially open.
The new coal processing plant has a capacity of 50 ton per hour and is expected to wash 3 million tons of discard over the next five years.
This reclamation of the long-standing discard dump will decrease the rehabilitation footprint of ZAC and produce 1 million ton of salable product, which will be made available for the export market.
The mine represents a R100-million investment in the area and employs 1350 people. Other speakers at the opening included Sihle Zikalala (ANC KZN chairperson), Judge Ngwenya (Ingonyama Trust Board), Thabo Mokoena (Director General) Department of Mineral Resources and Mrs Mavundla representing the Department Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in KZN.
Attendees also heard speeches from a former employee of ZAC, and the current mayor of Ulundi M Ntshangase, the Mayor of Zululand District Municipality Mr M Buthelezi, as well as the Prince Mr MZ Zulu.
Finally, guests were addressed by His Majesty the King, who said ZAC is a very important business in Zululand and stated that it must be protected and supported by the community and workers.