Impala Platinum's Rustenburg mine. (Photo: File, B
Impala Platinum's Rustenburg mine. (Photo: File, Bloomberg)
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  • Implats' Marula platinum mine in Limpopo is eyeing a 10MW solar plant.
  • South Africa experienced record levels of load shedding this year, which has hit mining output.
  • Early this year, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said mining companies can produce their own energy as the country faces electricity woes. 
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Marula Platinum Mine in South Africa, a Limpopo mine owned by Implats, has joined the list of companies looking for an alternative power supply.

South Africa is suffering its worst year of load shedding yet, as Eskom battles ageing infrastructure, and faulty new plants.

This has hit mining output, and the Implats mine now plans a 10MW solar plant.

Earlier this year, minister of mineral resources and energy Gwede Mantashe announced that mining companies would be allowed to produce energy for their own use - without needing a licence.

Implats spokesperson Johan Theron told Business Insider that the mine has “gone out to the market with an interest to secure the necessary information” about building the plant, and that available and interested parties have been invited to prepare submissions. The deadline is 20 October.

“It’s a completely open enquiry whereby any supplier or any provider can contact us for the necessary information,” said Theron. He added that “this is call for proposals and interest, not for tenders or bids, we are still at the early scoping phase.”

In August, it emerged that Sasol was also planning for two 10MW solar plants in Secunda and Sasolburg.

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