Coal of Africa Ltd. (CoAL) announced that its board approved a R220 million expansion at Vele Colliery. This is in line with the company’s publicly announced strategy to reposition itself as a project development company focusing on its coking coal assets. The colliery ceased production during October to prepare for the construction phase. Completion of the expansion is expected by the end of 2014. The colliery will begin to ramp up operations during 2015, and will be at full production by the end of that year. A collaborative and inclusive engagement process with the contractor companies operating at the mine has concluded, with 49 people retained. A total of 138 employees have been redeployed to other operations and 155 employees were retrenched.