Access Africa’s US$ 248-trillion Mining Market

by Ina King (Potgieter)


As mining investors, mine suppliers and mining companies descend on Johannesburg, South Africa, for the bi-annual Electra Mining Africa, the time is ripe for companies providing equipment and services to the mining sector to target business opportunities in the market. Africa, the second-largest mineral industry in the world, has a current market value of $248 trillion.

The continent is richly endowed with mineral reserves and ranks first in the quantity of world reserves of bauxite, cobalt, industrial diamond, phosphate rock, platinum-group metals (PGM), vermiculite, and zirconium. Mining companies should gear up to extract these resources.

Where can you target your business?

On the regional front (illustrated by the graph below) greenfield mining projects in progressive phases of development and operational mines are vast. There are close to 2 000 mining projects in various stages of development, which are further broken down into specific regions:

  • Central Africa: 57 projects
  • Southern Africa: 225 projects
  • West Africa: 225 Projects
  • East Africa: 139 projects
  • North Africa: 18 projects
  • Indian Ocean: 15 projects


South Africa, the highest valued region, is one of two of the largest producers of gold on the continent. The country was also recently named the wealthiest country for its minerals [MACIG 2022 by Global Business Reports (GBR)], including: PGM, base metals, diamonds, and gold. South Africa is experiencing a rise in investments from technological upgrades; digitisation as a reaction to the pandemic; and a positive mentality shift that prioritises productivity, sustainability and transparency.



Greenfield projects in various phases of development

Notably, and great for investors, is the number of projects in exploration phase – 659.


Current value of projects in development

The combined projects in development per region are:

  • Central Africa: $25 160 361 475
  • East Africa: $23 149 752 988
  • North Africa: $1 233 872 984
  • Southern Africa: $85 617 897 702
  • West Africa: $26 981 965 055
  • Indian Ocean: $ 487 705 061


Africa Mining IQ supports African investment opportunities by enabling businesses to effectively target over 2000 African mines and mining projects.

The progressive phases of development per region, and mined minerals per region are available to AMIQ subscribers. This makes it possible for service providers and equipment suppliers to identify exactly where their equipment and/or service offering is needed, and to take the appropriate action to secure both tender-based and tender-less contracts.

Given the seemingly countless opportunities for companies providing equipment and services to the mining sector, combined with the current focus on mining in Africa as South Africa hosts Electra Mining Africa 2022, the time is ripe for investors and service/equipment providers to capitalise on those opportunities.


Close to 10 000 contact details for mine managers, engineers, procurement personnel, and all other essential information for investors and suppliers are available to AMIQ subscribers.

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Benefits to Subscribing to AMIQ

AMIQ tracks over 1 900 projects across Africa. If you want to invest in mining, if you want to invest in Africa, if you provide product or services to mines in Africa, you need AMIQ intel.

Africa Mining IQ has created various analysis reports to provide you with an overview of mining projects in Africa by region, mineral type, and plant type. You can use these reports to analyse growth potential in developing commodity markets and better strategically plan your business development efforts. Africa Mining IQ provides a complete project report for each of the over 1 900 African projects we track, including everything from historical and up to the minute commentaries to contact details for suppliers, engineers and mine owners.

AMIQ has 170 company subscriptions, 20% of which are international. It is becoming easier to do business across the globe. AMIQ is for anyone who supplies a product or provides a service to mines. With key contact details, and being in the know in the early stages of project development, you can build meaningful relationships with the right people and position yourself early for a successful bid for mining projects in Africa. Keep a close eye on developing projects aligned to your business and identify projects, with weekly or monthly alerts. Don’t delay, subscribe to AMIQ today and reap the rewards of comprehensive African mining project intelligence.

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