Resgen plans to lessen the mine’s environmental footprint by implementing an “in-pit” dumping strategy, where they backfill the mine pit by dumping waste generated from mining into those areas of the mine that has been mined out. The company is in the process of developing a detailed geological model of the coal reserve. Once this model is complete, they will be able to maximise the coal resource, so as to extract as much coal as possible to make a profit. The first phase of operation is set to start in 2020 and in this first phase, the company expects to produce roughly 6 million tonnes of saleable coal per annum. According to their forecasts the Boikarabelo Coal Mine, once it is fully in operation in 2025, will produce around 12 million tonnes of coal per annum. Once the Boikarabelo mine is in action, it can be a key driver in the South African Government’s Strategic Infrastructure Project (SIP1) to unlock the northern mineral belt, with the Waterberg Coal field at its centre.