According to GlobalData, South Africa is the world’s seventh-largest producer of coal, with output of 255Mt in 2022, up by 12% on 2021. Over the five years to 2021, production from South Africa decreased by a CAGR of 3.05% and is expected to rise by a CAGR of 0.74% between 2022 and 2026. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of this market in its Global Coal Mining to 2026 report. Buy the report here.

South Africa accounts for 3% of global production, with the other largest producers being China (52%), India (10%), Indonesia (7%) and Australia (7%). Exports of coal from South Africa increased by 11% to 73Mt in 2022 over 2021, with the highest share being exported to India. South Africa’s coal exports are expected to grow at a CAGR of 0.67% between 2022 and 2026, to 75Mt by 2026.

Leading producers of coal in South Africa are Exxaro Resources, Glencore, Anglo American, South32 and African Rainbow Minerals. Exxaro Resources's output was 42.27Mt in 2021, down by 10% on 2020. Glencore produced 21.09Mt, a decrease of 3%, and output from Anglo American was 10.04Mt, a decrease of 35% on the previous year.

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