Phosphate Mining Firms Set Sights on Southern Africa's Sea Floor .Nov 17, 2016 . Since then, the fledgling seabed phosphate industry has found minimal success. While several operations are proposed in the Pacific islands, New Zealand and Mexico rejected attempts at offshore phosphate mining in their territory. This means southern African reserves – created in part by currents.the phosphate industry in south africa,SA's 2nd largest phosphate deposit owner targets production restartJan 24, 2018 . Fertilizer feed material mining company, Kropz SA, is looking to restart its Elandsfontein operation before the end of the 2018 calendar year writes Laura Cornish.Situated on the West Coast of South Africa, the Elandsfontein phosphate project was commissioned in 2017, but following the combination of.