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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Moneyweb by Ciaran Ryan.]

The Mining Indaba in Cape Town is an opportunity to showcase SA’s vast untapped mineral resources, but each year seems to reinforce our fading significance as a mining power.

Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Mauritania and Niger are just some of the countries that have come to Cape Town to rub our noses in our imperial decline.

Twenty-five years ago, SA ruled the world in gold production. Today, we just about make it into the world’s top 10 producers. You can blame that on the enormous cost of mining at up to depths of four kilometres, but that does not explain the death of exploration in SA.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in December 2018 (CPI) & +5.2 y/y in December 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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