Coal of Africa (CoAL) had to halt operations at its Vele colliery due to heavy rains that flooded its mine.

The colliery is located in the Tuli coalfield in Limpopo, approximately 48 km west of Musina. It contains an estimated coking coal resource of approximately 680 Mt in situ.

CoAL says it expects production to restart in a week or so if the rain subsides. The 500 mm per annum rainfall in the past five days compared to 450mm normal rainfall per annum.

Dongola Ranch, CoAL’s lodge and management facility near Vele colliery, has become a crisis communications hub and a safe haven for people stranded near the Mapungubwe World Heritage site and surrounding farms.

The Weather bureau has reported that more rain is expected for the Limpopo province.

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