Crack of dawn

Anglo American’s Isibonelo colliery in South Africa is located approximately 120km east of Johannesburg, near Secunda, Mpumalanga
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Ailbhe Goodbody

It is an open-pit mine that uses the dragline strip-mining method and provides approximately 5Mt/y of thermal coal to Sasol for conversion into synthetic fuels.

Anglo’s photographer captured the dragline in the open pit at dawn, silhouetting the equipment against the rising African sun.

Photo: Anglo American