UMK - United Manganese of Kalahari
“We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity, a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.” Nelson Mandela – Inaugural Address 1994

Welcome to United Manganese of Kalahari

United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK) is a South African company, mining manganese in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The mine is situated 13km south of Hotazel, 42km north of Kathu and 80km north west of Kuruman.

UMK is strategically located with good access to rail infrastructure, and has a state of the art load out station to enable rapid train loading.

UMK sells its products in both the local and export markets.

Sustainability Envisioned Future


To become a leading empowerment mining company with an objective of establishing a legacy of sustainable mining and socio-economic development that is environmentally responsible and meets the core needs of its stakeholders.


Operating – to produce manganese ore of consistent quality in a safe and cost-effective manner based on international best practices.

Sustainable Development – to develop and ultimately leave behind an uplifted community in our mining area, mining in an environmentally responsible way whilst meeting required shareholder returns.