Johannesburg - A strategy is in place to enable emerging
coal miners to play a bigger role in the supply of coal to Eskom, Public
Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Monday.
"Eskom is in the process of developing the strategy,
which would enable emerging miners to play a greater role in the supply of coal
for power generation in South Africa... and take transformation in the industry
to a new level," Gigaba said in a statement.
Gigaba met emerging miners on Monday to explore partnerships
with Eskom, following a session with established coal producers and the SA
Chamber of Mines.
"Eskom's long-term coal supply requirements create
significant opportunities for emerging miners to ramp up their participation in
"This will require significant investment in coal
mining and Eskom is committed to ensuring that this is accompanied by
transformation of the industry."
Gigaba said in addition to coal, suppliers of materials such
as limestone would also be needed.
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