Africa Mining IQ tracks over 500 South African mining projects, offering the latest, in-depth intelligence and insights on local mining business activities.
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Mining projects move into this phase when owners do not find it feasible or practical to continue with development. This can take place if funding runs out or market changes take place.
Many projects in this phase could still be reconsidered in the future and explored by other owners. These can be ideal investments with the right market changes and new funding.
Mines move to this phase when all the ore has been extracted from that mine, also referred to as reaching the end of the Life of Mine (LOM).
Refers to Licences handed back to the Government by Mine Owners and Exploration Companies, due to various scenarios, such as: they were no longer viable, insufficient funding to continue with exploration etc. These Mining Projects could be further explored at a later stage by other Mine Owners and Exploration Companies obtaining the required Licences from the various Governments responsible.
Expansions and / or refurbishments to any existing mines follow the same phases.
Starting at the Pre-Feasibility Phase onwards and once the Expansion and/or Refurbishment phase is completed, the phase changes from “executable” to “Completed”.
South Africa has long been an international mining investment destination, and still holds vast quantities of minerals, such as gold, platinum, coal, iron ore and copper. This makes South Africa a strong candidate for investment opportunities in the mining sector.
With highly developed road, rail and sea freight infrastructure linking the country’s lucrative mines to international markets; an established supplier value chain; and some of the world’s largest mining houses, South Africa is a proven top-tier investment destination for mining.
South Africa boasts some of the world’s largest and richest gold mines, with a strong history of gold mining. Reefs such as the Witwatersrand and the Barberton Greenstone Belt continue to offer significant business, while historically mined tailings are also proving to be profitable business.
Holding more than 90% of global PGM reserves, South Africa accounts for 75% of global PGM supply. South Africa also hosts the largest number of PGM mining operations. This makes South Africa the ideal mining opportunity investment when it comes to PGMs, as the country has a strong share in the global market.
South Africa produces around 58.9 Mt of coal per annum, and exports approximately 30% of this. The combined value of local and exports sales averages at around R139. 4 billion a year. The coal industry employs over 92,000, representing about 19% of total employment in country’s the mining sector.
Two of the biggest coal mining projects in the country are surface mining operations at the Mafube Colliery and the New Largo Project.
South Africa is, again, a world leader in diamond production, with its largest diamond producer recovering around 8 Mct/year.
Diamonds mining in Southern Africa currently takes place through opencast methods, yet depth limits of open pit are being reached. Underground mining is being developed to continue production below the open pit, delivering new opportunities for diamond recoveries.
Being the world’s leading producer of manganese, at over 6 Mtpa, SA has about 78% of the world’s identified manganese resources.
Most of the manganese mined in South Africa is exported, as it has no substitutes that are suitable to be used on a global scale. As South Africa has a fundamental role to play in the future supply of manganese, investors interested in this sector can find an array of new business opportunities.
South Africa is the world’s leading producer of chromite ore, with production at around 17 million metric tons per year.
Chromite ore is necessary to make chromium for stainless steel and due to this, the country holds advanced investment opportunities in this valuable mineral’s mining sector.
Alternative and renewable energy markets (such as battery energy storage, renewable energy harvesting, electric vehicles, cell phones and towers, computers, smart homes, pipelines and super tankers) are driving increasing demand for copper. South Africa produced over 100 000 tons of copper in 2019, and the country holds promising investment returns.
Growing stainless steel production and the lithium battery market is expected to drive significant medium-term returns on nickel investments. The electric vehicle market demand alone is expected to increase 1 000% over the next 10 years, creating huge demand for this strategically valuable metal.
Providing accurate, reliable and up-to-date online intelligence on mining projects across South Africa, Africa Mining IQ offers vast business opportunities to those servicing the mining industry.
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