Coal Resources and Coal Reserves quoted for Exxaro-managed assets fall within existing Exxaro mine or prospecting rights. Rights are of sufficient duration (or convey a legal right to convert or renew for sufficient duration) to enable all reserves to be mined in line with current production schedules. The only exceptions are the Grootegeluk (executed March 2011 for 30 years), Matla (executed March 2015 for ten years) and Forzando (executed June 2013 for 16 years) operations where adequate Coal Reserves exist for LoMPs extending well beyond the period for which they were granted. Significant developments within the mineral right authorisations are discussed. Exxaro prospecting and mining authorisations are managed to ensure reporting compliance as required by the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and National Environmental Management Act (NEMA).
The status of prospecting and mining rights indicating the right type, name, reference number, status, expiry date and ownership (% attributable to Exxaro) is presented in table 81 and table 82 (in appendix A). The prospecting and mining right boundaries are shown in the discussion of individual operations and projects in the ancillary section.
Exxaro manages several operations in Mpumalanga (figure 5).
Arnot is currently under care and maintenance. The converted mining right is executed but registration is pending. The right was timeously submitted for registration but referred to correct historical property-naming conventions. The corrections were made, and the right was resubmitted for registration.
The converted mining right for Matla mine was executed in March 2015 and timeously submitted for registration, which is pending. Matla encountered a similar historical property-naming correction request as at Arnot. The corrections were made, and the right was resubmitted for registration.
The converted mining right and adjacent new mining right at Leeuwpan mine have both been executed and registered. Approval of a ministerial consent (section 102 of the MPRDA) submitted to amalgamate the two rights has been granted, and execution is pending.
Exxaro has disinvested from NBC, which includes the mining areas of Glisa (converted mining right), Eerstelingsfontein and Paardeplaats, both new mining rights.
The Belfast mining right was executed in October 2013 and registered in March 2015. All pending licensing appeals lodged against the operation were resolved in 2018 and construction is under way.
ECC complex comprises the Dorstfontein, Forzando and Tumelo operations. The Tumelo mining right was registered in January 2013 and lapsed in 2015. A renewal was timeously submitted, and approval is pending. The operation is currently under care and maintenance.
The Dorstfontein complex comprises three mining rights. The mining rights of Dorstfontein West (123MR - executed June 2012), Dorstfontein West and Vlakfontein
(119MR - executed June 2012) and Dorstfontein East (51MR - executed June 2006) were granted for 30 years. A ministerial consent (section 102 of the MPRDA) application to include the Rietkuil Vhakoni (1916PR) prospecting right into the Dorstfontein West mining right was timeously submitted in July 2015 and approval is pending.
The Forzando complex comprises two mining rights, Forzando South (380MR) and Forzando North (381MR), both executed in June 2013 for 16 years. The application to renew the prospecting right of Legdaar (1846PR) was submitted in early 2015 and approval is pending. A section 102 application to include the Kalabasfontein prospecting rights (1170PR and 1035PR) into the Forzando South mining right was timeously submitted in June 2018 and approval is pending.
ECC also holds a 49% interest in the prospecting right of Schurvekop (1063PR), with Mmakau Coal as the majority owner. A mining right was submitted by Mmakau Coal in 2017 and approval is pending. The legislative process following submission is progressing well.
Exxaro manages three operations in Limpopo: the Grootegeluk complex (Grootegeluk and adjacent Thabametsi mining rights) (figure 7) and the Waterberg North and South prospecting rights.
The converted mining right of Grootegeluk mine (46MR) was executed in March 2011 and registered in May 2012 for a period of 30 years. An approval for ministerial consent (section 102 of the MPRDA) was submitted in September 2017 to include two mine dump areas that currently fall outside the mining right. The application was approved. Thabametsi mine, a development adjacent to Grootegeluk, was granted a mining right (10013MR) for 30 years. The mining right was executed in June 2016 and registered in July 2016.
The Waterberg prospecting rights are grouped in two projects: Waterberg North and Waterberg South. All the Waterberg North prospecting rights (Pentonville: 10719PR, Carolina: 10718PR and Dartmoore: 10720PR) as well as the Waterberg South prospecting right (Swelpan: 10721PR) have been granted. Exxaro is currently considering the strategic fit for these rights.
The Moranbah South project area in Australia includes two mineral development licences (MDLs 277 and 377) and two exploration permits for coal (EPCs 548 and 602). The mineral development licence MDL 277 will expire in June 2021 and MDL 377 on
30 September 2018. The current term of EPC 548 expires on June 2022 and EPC 602 in December 2018. Applications for both MDL 377 and EPC 602 were timeously submitted.