IPC Coal
Company History
Founded in 2005, ICC Commodities Ltd based in London initially focused on the supply of SABS approved cement to South Africa. The company opened its office in Durban in 2007 and was soon expanding its operations in South Africa to supply metals & minerals as well as agricultural products. In 2008 ICC Commodities through its subsidiary IPC Coal (Pty) Ltd formed a partnership with Nucoal Mining (Pty) Ltd and began to market its coal products into the domestic market. Opportunities then presented themselves nationally with Sappi Paper, Illovo Sugar, and then with smaller boilers in the KZN steam market.


“IPC Group” has today consolidated its business strategy focusing in the coal industry through IPC Coal (Pty) Ltd trading in carbon products locally and exporting through ICC Commodities Ltd. In addition to the paper, sugar and steam markets IPC Coal also supplies product into the power electric industry.

IPC Cement (Pty) Ltd has now been registered as a separate entity focused on the sales of cement both locally and into Africa.

Jonathan Erskine
CEO and co-founder
Location: UK / South Africa

Jonathan has over 20 years experience trading commodities. Born in Durban, South Africa. Jonathan left Durban to form a successful clothing company in Hong Kong and also spent several years in China developing direct relationships with the factories.  In China he turned over $15million in the contract and clothing business. In 2001 after leaving China for the UK, he became sales director with a trading company in computer components which is where he met Julian Booth. Within two years he helped increase turnover from £28 million to in excess of £80 million.

In 2003 Jonathan left with Julian Booth to form their own IT trading company.  In 2007 after becoming aware of a shortage of cement in South Africa ahead of the 2010 World Cup, together they formed a new company ICC Commodities (UK) Ltd. In 2008 he started IPC Coal (Pty) Ltd.

Julian Booth
Executive Vice President and co-founder
Location: UK

After graduating with a degree in Business Studies, Julian worked for a large IT Distributor.  In 1999 he joined another leading IT company trading peripherals.  Julian was made a director in his third year with the company and with Jonathan helped increased sales from £28 million to over £80 million. In 2003 along with Jonathan Erskine he left to form Rapid Global Ltd.  In 2007 with Jonathan formed ICC Commodities (UK) Ltd with a view to becoming a leading supplier of raw material and commodities.

Prea Govender
Bookkeeper / Logistics
Location: South Africa

Prea has joined the IPC Group as from the 1st January 2014 as the Bookkeeper and Logistics Co-ordinator. Prea has been in the bookkeeping field for the past 9 years. Her previous employment history spans the following: Nandos, Bass Group and G4S Cash Solutions.

Paul Erskine
Location: South Africa

In July 2006 Paul Erskine negotiated the take over and management buy-out of Woestalleen Colliery for R65Million. He was appointed COO of Nucoal Mining.

Woestalleen Colliery was to become Nucoal Mining's flagship. Paul Erskine arranged with Frazer Alexander to set up phases 2 and 3 which was the expansion of the washing plant at Woestalleen from 65,000T per month to 350,000T per month. He arranged R150Million worth of funding which completed the capital expenditure required to take Woestalleen to a 2,4Million Ton coal exported. He also negotiated the acquisition of Vuna Colliery / Zonnebloem Coal Reserve in 2006 which had 26Million tons of coal. He was instrumental in negotiating a 3Million ton / 5 year Eskom contract for middlings.

By 2009 the Woestalleen Colliery had more than 20Million tons of reserves and a fully operational 350,000T washing operation but lacked the export allocation for its' 2,4Million tons of coal capacity. Paul approached Coal of Africa, a listed company on the AIM and JSE and by December 2009 it successfully sold the company Nucoal Mining to Coal of Africa for R650Million.

Paul decided to do his "bucket list" and most of his adventures can be seen on his website www.paulerskine.co.za

In 2011 Mbuyelo Mining were looking for equity and operational finance for Elandspruit Colliery and in July 2011 Paul and Simon put in the funding for Elandspruit Colliery. Together, they mined a total of 1,9 million tons of coal in just 18 months.

In 2012 Paul, for IPC, negotiated a Joint Venture with Nungu Mining, the Mining Right Holder for Elandspruit and mining continues successfully.

Greg Love
Financial Accountant
Location: South Africa

Greg Love has joined the IPC Group in April 2012 as the Financial Accountant. Greg Love is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He has been in the Accounting/ Administration field for the past 20 years and his scope of employment ranges from Construction, Hospitality Industry, Insurance and Labour Broking.

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