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The World Coal Association (WCA) has welcomed July Ndlovu of Anglo American’s South African coal business as its new chairman.

Ndlovu brings new leadership to WCA in key global markets, with South Africa being a major supplier to emerging economies.

He joined Anglo American in 2001 and was appointed as chief executive of the company’s South African coal business in 2016.

Prior to this, he was executive head of processing at Anglo American’s platinum group metals and employed by Anglo American subsidiaries in Zimbabwe, holding senior managerial positions across the metallurgical coal operations and technical services.

“I am honoured to chair the WCA at a time when the role of responsible coal is front and centre,” Ndlovu said of his appointment.

“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, by working together to deliver a new era of clean coal technologies.”

The WCA thanked its outgoing chair Glenn Kellow, president and chief executive of Peabody, for his contribution and leadership to the WCA over his two-year term.