South Africa Energy

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As South Africa continues to face problems with load-shedding, government and industry stakeholders have turned towards liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a solution to meet demand. The country is also working to generate new capacity from coal-fired and renewable power plants.

 

The development of key mining value chains, known as beneficiation, is a major objective for the government. While mining operators support the concept in theory, the practical application has proven more difficult and made the related policies in the pending Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) amendment and the Department...

 

The country boasts an estimated $2.5trn worth of proven mineral reserves, while the mineral resources sector contributes 8% to South Africa’s GDP directly, 17% indirectly and is the country’s second-largest employer with an estimated 14% of total employment.

 

Insufficient generation capacity in South Africa led to 99 days of load shedding between January and August 2015, with the impact on the country’s energy-intensive mining industry of particular concern.

 

What factors are driving the iron ore industry?

Chapter | Mining from The Report: South Africa 2016

With an estimated $2.5trn worth of proven mineral reserves, the mining sector accounts for around 8% of South Africa’s GDP and 14% of total employment, making it the second-largest employer in the country. However, the industry’s output and performance have been under pressure in recent years, as bottlenecks in labour relations, uncertainty in policy direction and power shortages have weighed...

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