About Coaltech

The Coaltech Research Association is a voluntary collaborative non-profit organisation which addresses the research needs of the Coal Industry of South Africa. Coaltech’s main purpose is the development of technology and application of research findings to make the South African Coal Industry competitive, sustainable, and safe.

A key objective of the Coaltech Programme was and still is to foster collaboration among the key stakeholders, namely:

  • Mining Groups and Mines
  • Researchers and Research Organisations
  • Educational Institutions, Academic’s, and Students
  • Government Organisations

Led by the Coaltech Board & specialised Steering Committees the Programme ensures that the research remains relevant and in line with the needs of industry, and encourages the development of sufficient and well equipped Coal Mining Researchers and Students.

Coaltech's History

In 1999 Coaltech 2020 Research Programme was established with the purpose of ensuring that the South African coal industry remains competitive, sustainable and safe. With the continuation of collaborative initiatives aimed at developing technology in the coal industry, Coaltech 2020 Research Programme was transformed into the Coaltech Research Association.

Coaltech's Current Board

Phillip Mulder Seriti

Veli Sibiya Sasol Mining
Vice Chairperson

Avhurengwi Nengovhela Coaltech

Maynard Lombard Thungela
Processing Chairperson

Marthinus W. van Wyk Thungela
Surface Environmental Chairperson

Gavin Silver Seriti
Mining Chairperson


Londolani Rampfumedzi SACMA Representative

Naadira Haniff Thungela

Marius Smith Glencore

Sietse van der Woude Minerals Council South Africa