Established in 2005, UMK is a 51% black owned company and, is the 4th largest manganese producer in South Africa.
After numerous years of groundwork and extensive exploration of the eight farms for which prospecting rights were granted, 361 boreholes were drilled, the results of which were astounding, with the most significant manganese deposits being found on Botha, Smartt and Rissik Farms.
In 2018 the mineral resources were estimated at more than 500Mt with 280Mt in Measured and Indicated categories. Mineral Reserves for Open Pit Mining are estimated at 112 Mt that provides a Life of Open Pit Mine of more than 30 years. Additionally, resources, potentially minable underground can reach 150 Mt. The underground reserves will be confirmed after completion of infill drilling and a pre-feasibility study, currently in progress.