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South Africa’s July Ndlovu has been appointed  the chairperson of the World Coal Association (WCA), Mining Weekly can today report.

Ndlovu, who heads Anglo American’s coal business in South Africa, takes up the position at a time when, in his words, “the role of responsible coal is front and centre”.

WCA, headed by CE Michelle Manook, states that it represents “responsible global industry players who are committed to shaping a sustainable future for coal”.

“We find ourselves at a pivotal moment for the coal industry. Our world still needs coal. With a clear strategy in place, we seek to work with governments, investors, and key industry players to uphold global expectations and ensure that all policies are inclusive of all forms of energy.

“We have a real opportunity and a responsibility to our employees, peer industries, governments, shareholders, and communities which are supported by coal globally. The entire coal industry must transform, transition, and work together meaningfully to meet these expectations and deliver the sustainable future that clean coal can bring, to both economic growth and everyday life,” says Manook.

Ndlovu, who joined Anglo American in 2001, was appointed CEO of the group’s South African coal business in 2016, prior to which he was executive head of processing at Anglo’s platinum group metals business and was employed by Anglo subsidiaries in Zimbabwe in metallurgical operations and technical services.

“Our industry provides access to reliable and affordable energy for many countries, particularly in the developing world, while also supplying an essential steelmaking ingredient for global infrastructure development. Our role is to ensure that we meet both our customers’ needs and society’s expectations of us, including by working together to deliver a new era of clean coal technologies,” Ndlovu stated.

Ndlovu replaces WCA’s outgoing chairperson Glenn Kellow, the president and CEO of Peabody, who Manook describes as having been “committed to reshaping the industry through the development of our ‘evolving coal’ strategy, and the WCA continues on this path to change the future of coal”.

Besides Anglo, WCA’s corporate members include Adani Global, Aurizon, Caterpillar Global Mining, Cerrejón, China Energy Investment Corporation, Dyno Nobel, GE Steam Power, Glencore, Komatsu, Orica, Peabody, PT Berau Coal Energy, SUEK, TNB Fuel Services, Whitehaven Coal, XCoal Energy & Resources and Yancoal.