There are more than 917 iron ore mines in operation globally, of which 127 are in South Africa, according to GlobalData’s mines and projects database. The following are the five largest iron ore mines by production in South Africa in 2022, according to GlobalData’s mining database, which tracks more than 33,000 mines and projects from early exploration to closure across more than 150 countries and over 100 commodities. Buy the latest mine-site profiles here.

1. Sishen Mine

The Sishen Mine is a surface mine located in Northern Cape. It is owned by Anglo American Plc and produced an estimated 27.42 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine will operate until 2039. Buy the profile here.

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2. Khumani Mine

Located in Northern Cape, the Khumani Mine is owned by African Rainbow Minerals. The surface mine produced an estimated 13.5 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine will operate until 2046. Buy the profile here.

3. Kolomela Mine

The Kolomela Mine is located in Northern Cape. It is owned by Anglo American Plc and produced an estimated 12.58 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine will operate until 2034. Buy the profile here.

4. Beeshoek Iron Ore Mine

The Beeshoek Iron Ore Mine, owned by African Rainbow Minerals, is a surface mine located in Northern Cape. The mine produced an estimated 3 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine will operate until 2035. Buy the profile here.

5. Tshipi Borwa Mine

Owned by Jupiter Mines, the Tshipi Borwa Mine is a surface mine located in Northern Cape. It produced an estimated 1.51 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022. The mine will operate until 2077. Buy the profile here.

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